Fifties Fiction Favorites

Books that remained on the New York Times best seller list for at least 26 weeks during the 1950s.
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4.07 avg rating — 16,722 ratings
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3.93 avg rating — 73,416 ratings
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4.10 avg rating — 4,080 ratings
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3.88 avg rating — 246 ratings
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3.82 avg rating — 211 ratings
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3.78 avg rating — 675 ratings
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4.29 avg rating — 1,492 ratings
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4.16 avg rating — 360 ratings
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3.48 avg rating — 25 ratings
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4.19 avg rating — 326 ratings
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3.86 avg rating — 87 ratings
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93 books · 106 voters · list created April 20th, 2010 by William (votes) .
Tags: 1950s, fiction
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William 500 books
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Sheila 150 books
14 friends
Susanna - Censored by GoodReads 3263 books
860 friends
Misfit 5450 books
510 friends
Bettie 15637 books
124 friends
Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) 546 books
371 friends
Laura 12164 books
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LJ 3123 books
1556 friends

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message 1: by Hayes (last edited Apr 22, 2010 09:58AM) (new)

Hayes Haven't read many of these... hmmm.

There must be more. Where can I find the lists?


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Haven't found one, so far. I'm sure they're out there.

Unless William voted for all of them? (Some list starters do that.)


message 3: by William (new)

William That's what I did, Susanna. I voted for only the books that appeared on the NYT's best seller list for a minimum of 26 weeks (half a year) during the 1950s. Sometimes, this means that #1 best sellers didn't make the cut, if they were a "flash in the pan" that peaked early then faded. The books I included here were the ones with "staying power!"


message 4: by Montzalee (new)

Montzalee Wittmann Where is all the great science fiction books of the 50's....1984, The Lord of the Rings, I, Robot, The Martian Chronicles, Flowers for Algernon, and 2001 A Space Odysseus. Those are just a few of the classics I can think of right now. Most of those are better known than the ones listed.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Those titles may or may not have been on the NY Times lists of the time. (I could only find spotty weekly lists for that period.)


message 6: by Montzalee (new)

Montzalee Wittmann Susanna - Censored by GoodReads wrote: "Those titles may or may not have been on the NY Times lists of the time. (I could only find spotty weekly lists for that period.)"
I didn't realize it had to be on the NYT, boy, you would think they would have some of these... man, they are slacking up!


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