The Books of the Century, 1980 – 1989

Best Books by Decade: 2010-20192000-20091990-19991980-19891970-19791960-19691950-19591940-19491930-19391920-19291910-19191900-1909

  1. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (‘The
  2. Ender’s Game (Ender’s Saga, #1) by Orson Scott Card (‘Ender's
  3. The Color Purple by Alice Walker (‘The
  4. Matilda by Roald Dahl (‘Matilda'
  5. The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera (‘The
  6. Watchmen by Alan Moore (‘Watchmen'
  7. The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco (‘The
  8. Beloved by Toni Morrison (‘Beloved'
  9. It by Stephen King (‘It'
  10. Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Süskind (‘Perfume:
  11. The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan (‘The
  12. The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro (‘The
  13. The Pillars of the Earth (Kingsbridge, #1) by Ken Follett (‘The
  14. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez (‘Love
  15. The Mists of Avalon (Avalon, #1) by Marion Zimmer Bradley (‘The
  16. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho (‘The
  17. The Clan of the Cave Bear (Earth’s Children, #1) by Jean M. Auel (‘The
  18. The Restaurant at the End of the Universe (Hitchhiker’s Guide to the
    Galaxy, #2)
    by Douglas Adams (‘The
  19. A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving (‘A
  20. Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg (‘Fried
  21. The Book of Disquiet by Fernando Pessoa (‘The
  22. Maus I: A Survivor’s Tale: My Father Bleeds History (Maus, #1) by Art Spiegelman (‘Maus
  23. Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry (‘Lonesome
  24. Misery by Stephen King (‘Misery'
  25. The Silence of the Lambs (Hannibal Lecter, #2) by Thomas Harris (‘The
  26. Number the Stars by Lois Lowry (‘Number
  27. Hatchet by Gary Paulsen (‘Hatchet'
  28. A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein (‘A
  29. A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole (‘A
  30. The Witches by Roald Dahl (‘The
  31. V for Vendetta by Alan Moore (‘V
  32. Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie (‘Midnight's
  33. The Cider House Rules by John Irving (‘The
  34. The Vampire Lestat (The Vampire Chronicles, #2) by Anne Rice (‘The
  35. Blood Meridian, or the Evening Redness in the West by Cormac McCarthy (‘Blood
  36. Life, the Universe and Everything (Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, #3) by Douglas Adams (‘Life,
  37. Howl’s Moving Castle (Howl’s Moving Castle, #1) by Diana Wynne Jones (‘Howl's
  38. A Time to Kill (Jake Brigance, #1) by John Grisham (‘A
  39. The Essential Calvin and Hobbes: A Calvin and Hobbes Treasury by Bill Watterson (‘The
  40. The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende (‘The
  41. The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower, #1) by Stephen King (‘The
  42. Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami (‘Norwegian
  43. Different Seasons by Stephen King (‘Different
  44. Pet Sematary by Stephen King (‘Pet
  45. The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy (‘The
  46. The Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe (‘The
  47. Holy Blood, Holy Grail by Henry Lincoln (‘Holy
  48. So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish (Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, #4) by Douglas Adams (‘So
  49. The BFG by Roald Dahl (‘The
  50. The Bean Trees (Greer Family, #1) by Barbara Kingsolver (‘The
  51. White Noise by Don DeLillo (‘White
  52. Presumed Innocent (Kindle County, #1) by Scott Turow (‘Presumed
  53. The Color of Magic (Discworld, #1; Rincewind #1) by Terry Pratchett (‘The
  54. The Hunt for Red October (Jack Ryan Universe, #4) by Tom Clancy (‘The
  55. Mort (Death, #1; Discworld, #4) by Terry Pratchett (‘Mort
  56. Foucault’s Pendulum by Umberto Eco (‘Foucault's
  57. Wyrd Sisters (Discworld, #6; Witches #2) by Terry Pratchett (‘Wyrd
  58. Contact by Carl Sagan (‘Contact'
  59. The Hotel New Hampshire by John Irving (‘The
  60. A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn (‘A
  61. Hyperion (Hyperion Cantos, #1) by Dan Simmons (‘Hyperion
  62. The Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler (‘The
  63. Sarah, Plain and Tall (Sarah, Plain and Tall, #1) by Patricia MacLachlan (‘Sarah,
  64. Speaker for the Dead (Ender’s Saga, #2) by Orson Scott Card (‘Speaker
  65. Christine by Stephen King (‘Christine'
  66. Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency (Dirk Gently, #1) by Douglas Adams (‘Dirk
  67. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (Scary Stories, #1) by Alvin Schwartz (‘Scary
  68. The Bourne Identity (Jason Bourne, #1) by Robert Ludlum (‘The
  69. The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros (‘The
  70. Guards! Guards! (Discworld, #8; City Watch #1) by Terry Pratchett (‘Guards!
  71. The Drawing of the Three (The Dark Tower, #2) by Stephen King (‘The
  72. Alanna: The First Adventure (Song of the Lioness, #1) by Tamora Pierce (‘Alanna:
  73. The Talisman (The Talisman, #1) by Stephen King (‘The
  74. The Lover by Marguerite Duras (‘The
  75. The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie (‘The
  76. The Mammoth Hunters (Earth’s Children, #3) by Jean M. Auel (‘The
  77. Batman: The Killing Joke by Alan Moore (‘Batman:
  78. Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis (‘Less
  79. Redwall (Redwall, #1) by Brian Jacques (‘Redwall
  80. The Valley of Horses (Earth’s Children, #2) by Jean M. Auel (‘The
  81. Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel García Márquez (‘Chronicle
  82. The Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King (‘The
  83. A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking (‘A
  84. Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson (‘Housekeeping'
  85. Postmortem (Kay Scarpetta, #1) by Patricia Cornwell (‘Postmortem
  86. Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns (‘Cold
  87. Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich (‘Love
  88. Gorky Park (Arkady Renko, #1) by Martin Cruz Smith (‘Gorky
  89. The Stranger Beside Me: Ted Bundy: The Shocking Inside Story by Ann Rule (‘The
  90. The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher (‘The
  91. Patriot Games (Jack Ryan Universe, #2) by Tom Clancy (‘Patriot
  92. What We Talk About When We Talk About Love by Raymond Carver (‘What
  93. The Blue Sword (Damar, #1) by Robin McKinley (‘The
  94. Many Waters (Time Quintet, #4) by Madeleine L’Engle (‘Many
  95. Ramona Quimby, Age 8 (Ramona, #6) by Beverly Cleary (‘Ramona
  96. Galápagos by Kurt Vonnegut (‘Galápagos'
  97. Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin (‘Winter's
  98. Rabbit Is Rich (Rabbit Angstrom, #3) by John Updike (‘Rabbit
  99. Bright Lights, Big City by Jay McInerney (‘Bright
  100. The Light Fantastic (Discworld, #2; Rincewind #2) by Terry Pratchett (‘The


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