Best Books of the Decade: 1990's
1 Harry Potter and the Sorcer...
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2 Harry Potter and the Prison...
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4.47 of 5 stars 4.47 avg rating — 1,329,568 ratings
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3 Harry Potter and the Chambe...
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4.3 of 5 stars 4.30 avg rating — 1,278,460 ratings
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4 Memoirs of a Geisha
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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 1,070,754 ratings
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5 The Poisonwood Bible
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 458,421 ratings
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6 The Giver (The Giver, #1)
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 962,073 ratings
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7 A Game of Thrones (A Song o...
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4.44 of 5 stars 4.44 avg rating — 851,744 ratings
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8 The Golden Compass (His Dar...
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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 716,342 ratings
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9 Bridget Jones's Diary (Brid...
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3.7 of 5 stars 3.70 avg rating — 554,673 ratings
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10 Girl With a Pearl Earring
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3.81 of 5 stars 3.81 avg rating — 344,188 ratings
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11 Holes (Holes, #1)
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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 516,106 ratings
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12 Angela's Ashes (Frank McCou...
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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 322,612 ratings
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13 The Virgin Suicides
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3.81 of 5 stars 3.81 avg rating — 129,175 ratings
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14 The Perks of Being a Wallfl...
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4.2 of 5 stars 4.20 avg rating — 609,171 ratings
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15 Fight Club
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4.19 of 5 stars 4.19 avg rating — 275,796 ratings
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16 Wicked: The Life and Times ...
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3.47 of 5 stars 3.47 avg rating — 414,922 ratings
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17 The Secret History
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 101,305 ratings
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18 The Subtle Knife (His Dark ...
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4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 195,051 ratings
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19 The God of Small Things
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3.88 of 5 stars 3.88 avg rating — 135,292 ratings
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20 The Things They Carried
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 115,992 ratings
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21 Good Omens: The Nice and Ac...
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4.26 of 5 stars 4.26 avg rating — 214,892 ratings
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22 Snow Falling on Cedars
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3.74 of 5 stars 3.74 avg rating — 99,146 ratings
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23 Like Water for Chocolate
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3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 233,036 ratings
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24 Midnight in the Garden of G...
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 125,423 ratings
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25 Jurassic Park (Jurassic Par...
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 478,617 ratings
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26 Blindness (Blindness, #1)
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 90,158 ratings
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27 Neverwhere
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4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 189,860 ratings
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28 White Oleander
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3.88 of 5 stars 3.88 avg rating — 191,200 ratings
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29 Sophie's World
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3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 100,476 ratings
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30 Speak
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 257,194 ratings
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31 The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 107,221 ratings
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32 Into the Wild
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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 444,356 ratings
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33 The Notebook (The Notebook,...
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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 852,737 ratings
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34 The Bad Beginning (A Series...
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 201,692 ratings
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35 High Fidelity
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 123,266 ratings
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36 The English Patient
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 70,989 ratings
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37 Infinite Jest
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4.34 of 5 stars 4.34 avg rating — 35,654 ratings
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38 Ella Enchanted
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 259,035 ratings
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39 The Firm
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 364,984 ratings
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40 Possession
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 46,544 ratings
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41 The Green Mile
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4.38 of 5 stars 4.38 avg rating — 134,877 ratings
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42 All the Pretty Horses (The ...
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 51,826 ratings
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43 She's Come Undone
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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 208,473 ratings
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44 The Reader
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3.7 of 5 stars 3.70 avg rating — 107,224 ratings
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45 Alias Grace
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 43,379 ratings
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46 A Fine Balance
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4.32 of 5 stars 4.32 avg rating — 79,612 ratings
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47 The Hours
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3.88 of 5 stars 3.88 avg rating — 81,248 ratings
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48 Cold Mountain
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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 142,868 ratings
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49 The Red Tent
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4.14 of 5 stars 4.14 avg rating — 344,945 ratings
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50 The Sandman, Vol. 1: Prelud...
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4.34 of 5 stars 4.34 avg rating — 96,505 ratings
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51 I Know This Much Is True
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4.14 of 5 stars 4.14 avg rating — 204,022 ratings
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52 Into Thin Air: A Personal A...
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 240,486 ratings
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53 The Shipping News
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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 81,056 ratings
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54 Guns, Germs, and Steel: The...
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 143,235 ratings
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55 The No. 1 Ladies' Detective...
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3.71 of 5 stars 3.71 avg rating — 137,218 ratings
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56 Smilla's Sense of Snow
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3.71 of 5 stars 3.71 avg rating — 22,901 ratings
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57 Tuesdays with Morrie
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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 363,426 ratings
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58 A Walk in the Woods: Redisc...
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 167,252 ratings
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59 Captain Corelli's Mandolin
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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 49,240 ratings
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60 A Clash of Kings (A Song of...
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4.38 of 5 stars 4.38 avg rating — 397,567 ratings
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61 Outlander (Outlander, #1)
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4.15 of 5 stars 4.15 avg rating — 323,600 ratings
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62 A Thousand Acres
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3.75 of 5 stars 3.75 avg rating — 36,385 ratings
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63 Interpreter of Maladies
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 91,453 ratings
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64 American Psycho
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3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 124,151 ratings
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65 Trainspotting
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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 85,924 ratings
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66 The Kitchen God's Wife
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 47,788 ratings
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67 Snow Crash
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 135,757 ratings
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68 Disgrace
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 42,767 ratings
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69 American Pastoral (The Amer...
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3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 29,451 ratings
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70 Stardust
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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 187,110 ratings
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71 A Walk to Remember
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 394,522 ratings
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72 Chocolat (Chocolat, #1)
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3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 65,783 ratings
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73 Sabriel (Abhorsen,  #1)
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4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 101,270 ratings
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74 About a Boy
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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 92,055 ratings
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75 Oh, The Places You'll Go!
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4.32 of 5 stars 4.32 avg rating — 179,622 ratings
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76 L.A. Confidential (L.A. Qua...
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4.2 of 5 stars 4.20 avg rating — 17,284 ratings
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77 Naked
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 165,212 ratings
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78 Wild Swans: Three Daughters...
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4.21 of 5 stars 4.21 avg rating — 44,131 ratings
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79 Calvin and Hobbes: Homicida...
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4.7 of 5 stars 4.70 avg rating — 12,302 ratings
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80 Notes from a Small Island
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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 49,769 ratings
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81 The Pelican Brief
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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 223,863 ratings
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82 Where the Heart Is
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 166,773 ratings
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83 The Tortilla Curtain
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3.64 of 5 stars 3.64 avg rating — 17,098 ratings
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84 The Edge of Reason (Bridget...
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3.44 of 5 stars 3.44 avg rating — 57,991 ratings
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85 Brokeback Mountain
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 14,949 ratings
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86 The Eye of the World (Wheel...
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4.15 of 5 stars 4.15 avg rating — 168,241 ratings
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87 We Were the Mulvaneys
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3.64 of 5 stars 3.64 avg rating — 62,036 ratings
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88 The Beach
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 43,441 ratings
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89 Regeneration (Regeneration,...
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4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 13,763 ratings
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90 The True Confessions of Cha...
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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 59,112 ratings
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91 A Widow for One Year
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3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 40,383 ratings
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92 Cryptonomicon
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4.24 of 5 stars 4.24 avg rating — 57,800 ratings
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93 Insomnia
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3.74 of 5 stars 3.74 avg rating — 81,036 ratings
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94 Motherless Brooklyn
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3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 20,368 ratings
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95 Timeline
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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 117,517 ratings
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96 Daughter of the Forest  (Se...
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4.28 of 5 stars 4.28 avg rating — 30,616 ratings
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97 Veronika Decides to Die
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3.69 of 5 stars 3.69 avg rating — 92,187 ratings
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98 The Pilot's Wife
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3.44 of 5 stars 3.44 avg rating — 61,000 ratings
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99 Skinny Legs and All
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4.01 of 5 stars 4.01 avg rating — 30,274 ratings
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100 Microserfs
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 17,673 ratings
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Comments (showing 1-29 of 29) (29 new)

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message 1: by Antoine (new)

Antoine Several books here (Black Boy and Charlie and the Chocolate factory, to name two), are considerably older.


message 2: by Emily (new)

Emily both have been removed. thanks for bringing this to our attention


message 3: by Killthepopular (last edited Jun 09, 2009 09:42AM) (new)

Killthepopular Can't believe more people have voted on this list than on the 19th century list. Phillistines!


message 4: by Christina (new)

Christina Why are there books on here that were published after 2000? Aren't people on this site supposed to be able to read and therefore follow directions?


message 5: by Killthepopular (new)

Killthepopular Christina wrote: "Why are there books on here that were published after 2000? Aren't people on this site supposed to be able to read and therefore follow directions? "

And this week's award for cattiest remark goes to...


message 6: by Christina (new)

Christina Killthepopular wrote: "Christina wrote: "Why are there books on here that were published after 2000? Aren't people on this site supposed to be able to read and therefore follow directions? "

And this week's award for ..."


Haha I will accept that award gratefully! Come on, people, just follow instructions! One of my biggest pet peeves, I'll be the first to admit.




message 7: by Killthepopular (new)

Killthepopular Christina wrote: "Killthepopular wrote: "Christina wrote: "Why are there books on here that were published after 2000? Aren't people on this site supposed to be able to read and therefore follow directions? "

And..."


Which books are they? I'm a "librarian" so i can remove them if you tell me which they are, but, just like a real librarian, am too lazy to find out for myself.


message 8: by Christina (new)

Christina I don't see the ones that stood out to me before but when I get time I'll go through and hunt down any that don't belong. :)


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Removed for wrong decade:

The Power of One, by Bryce Courtney (1989)


message 10: by Em (new)

Em Kite Runner is 2004


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Removed for wrong decade:

The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini (2003)


Devan, Sarcasm Expert I guess then that Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone is so popular it deserved to be on the list twice then


message 13: by Holden (new)

Holden I'm trying to add Frindle, which was published sometime in the late 1990s, but for some reason it won't let me because it says it was published in 1939. The author wasn't even BORN in 1939. Is there a librarian here that can fix this? Thanks!


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Yeah, Frindle came out in 1996. Changing the publication date.


message 15: by Chris (last edited Jan 21, 2011 03:33AM) (new)

Chris Johnson Where's American Psycho...And Toni Morrison Paradise


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads You could vote for them.


message 17: by Chris (last edited Jan 22, 2011 05:44AM) (new)

Chris Johnson ^yeah all the way on page 2 or 3 or some shit. Or not even, having to add the books myself on the list.


message 18: by Lilac (new)

Lilac Harry Potter 4 came out in 2000


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Lilac wrote: "Harry Potter 4 came out in 2000"

So it did. I'll remove it.


message 20: by Sarah (new)

Sarah Galapagos by Kurt Vonnegut came out in 1985


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Do you remember where you saw it on the list?


message 22: by Sarah (new)

Sarah #124, page 2


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Thanks! I'll see if I can get it.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Removed, for not being first published in the 90s:

Galapagos, by Kurt Vonnegut (1985)


message 25: by Sara (new)

Sara Reis I'm going through this list and there are loads and loads of books that are not from 90's, I am slowly deleting some.


message 26: by Paul (new)

Paul Bowes Duplicates checked: 2 books removed.


message 27: by Paul (new)

Paul Bowes Checked for duplicates: 1 book removed.


message 28: by Omkar. (new)

Omkar. awesome collection of books.


message 29: by Paul (new)

Paul Bowes Checked for duplicates: 1 book removed.


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