Goodreads Best Books of the Decade: 1980’s

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  1. 298 people voted for The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  2. 267 people voted for Ender’s Game (Ender’s Saga, #1) by Orson Scott Card
  3. 230 people voted for The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  4. 204 people voted for Matilda by Roald Dahl
  5. 164 people voted for Watchmen by Alan Moore
  6. 159 people voted for Beloved (The Trilogy, #1) by Toni Morrison
  7. 149 people voted for The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
  8. 147 people voted for The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
  9. 148 people voted for The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
  10. 145 people voted for It by Stephen King
  11. 141 people voted for The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
  12. 136 people voted for Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez
  13. 129 people voted for The Pillars of the Earth (The Pillars of the Earth, #1) by Ken Follett
  14. 128 people voted for The Mists of Avalon (Avalon, #1) by Marion Zimmer Bradley
  15. 126 people voted for A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
  16. 120 people voted for Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg
  17. 118 people voted for The Clan of the Cave Bear (Earth’s Children, #1) by Jean M. Auel
  18. 116 people voted for The Restaurant at the End of the Universe (Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, #2) by Douglas Adams
  19. 115 people voted for The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
  20. 102 people voted for Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
  21. 99 people voted for Hatchet (Brian’s Saga, #1) by Gary Paulsen
  22. 98 people voted for The Silence of the Lambs (Hannibal Lecter, #2) by Thomas Harris
  23. 97 people voted for Maus I: A Survivor’s Tale: My Father Bleeds History (Maus, #1) by Art Spiegelman
  24. 95 people voted for Misery by Stephen King
  25. 92 people voted for Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
  26. 91 people voted for Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Süskind
  27. 87 people voted for The Witches by Roald Dahl
  28. 87 people voted for A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
  29. 88 people voted for A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein
  30. 87 people voted for The Cider House Rules by John Irving
  31. 82 people voted for Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie
  32. 83 people voted for The Vampire Lestat (The Vampire Chronicles, #2) by Anne Rice
  33. 81 people voted for A Time to Kill by John Grisham
  34. 74 people voted for Blood Meridian, or the Evening Redness in the West by Cormac McCarthy
  35. 78 people voted for Life, the Universe and Everything (Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, #3) by Douglas Adams
  36. 75 people voted for V for Vendetta by Alan Moore
  37. 75 people voted for Different Seasons by Stephen King
  38. 74 people voted for The Essential Calvin and Hobbes: A Calvin and Hobbes Treasury by Bill Watterson
  39. 73 people voted for Howl’s Moving Castle (Howl’s Moving Castle #1) by Diana Wynne Jones
  40. 73 people voted for The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
  41. 65 people voted for The Book of Disquiet by Fernando Pessoa
  42. 69 people voted for The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower, #1) by Stephen King
  43. 66 people voted for The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy
  44. 66 people voted for Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
  45. 66 people voted for Pet Sematary by Stephen King
  46. 63 people voted for The Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe
  47. 60 people voted for The Bean Trees (Greer Family, #1) by Barbara Kingsolver
  48. 64 people voted for Presumed Innocent (Kindle County Legal Thriller, #1) by Scott Turow
  49. 62 people voted for So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish (Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, #4) by Douglas Adams
  50. 58 people voted for The Hunt for Red October (Jack Ryan Universe, #4) by Tom Clancy
  51. 55 people voted for White Noise by Don DeLillo
  52. 55 people voted for The BFG by Roald Dahl
  53. 52 people voted for The Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler
  54. 53 people voted for The Hotel New Hampshire by John Irving
  55. 51 people voted for Contact by Carl Sagan
  56. 49 people voted for Mort (Discworld, #4; Death, #1) by Terry Pratchett
  57. 49 people voted for A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn
  58. 48 people voted for Foucault’s Pendulum by Umberto Eco
  59. 48 people voted for The Color of Magic (Discworld, #1; Rincewind #1) by Terry Pratchett
  60. 46 people voted for Sarah, Plain and Tall (Sarah, Plain and Tall, #1) by Patricia MacLachlan
  61. 46 people voted for Hyperion (Hyperion Cantos, #1) by Dan Simmons
  62. 46 people voted for Speaker for the Dead (Ender’s Saga, #2) by Orson Scott Card
  63. 44 people voted for Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (Scary Stories, #1) by Alvin Schwartz
  64. 45 people voted for Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency (Dirk Gently #1) by Douglas Adams
  65. 48 people voted for Christine by Stephen King
  66. 43 people voted for Wyrd Sisters (Discworld, #6; Witches #2) by Terry Pratchett
  67. 41 people voted for The Bourne Identity (Jason Bourne, #1) by Robert Ludlum
  68. 39 people voted for The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie
  69. 39 people voted for The Drawing of the Three (The Dark Tower, #2) by Stephen King
  70. 39 people voted for The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
  71. 38 people voted for The Lover by Marguerite Duras
  72. 36 people voted for Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis
  73. 36 people voted for The Talisman (The Talisman, #1) by Stephen King
  74. 37 people voted for Guards! Guards! (Discworld, #8; City Watch #1) by Terry Pratchett
  75. 36 people voted for The Mammoth Hunters (Earth’s Children, #3) by Jean M. Auel
  76. 36 people voted for Alanna: The First Adventure (Song of the Lioness, #1) by Tamora Pierce
  77. 36 people voted for Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns
  78. 36 people voted for Postmortem (Kay Scarpetta, #1) by Patricia Cornwell
  79. 34 people voted for Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson
  80. 33 people voted for Batman: The Killing Joke by Alan Moore
  81. 32 people voted for Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel García Márquez
  82. 32 people voted for Redwall (Redwall, #1) by Brian Jacques
  83. 31 people voted for The Valley of Horses (Earth’s Children, #2) by Jean M. Auel
  84. 30 people voted for Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich
  85. 31 people voted for The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher
  86. 31 people voted for The Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King
  87. 33 people voted for Gorky Park (Arkady Renko, #1) by Martin Cruz Smith
  88. 29 people voted for What We Talk About When We Talk About Love by Raymond Carver
  89. 29 people voted for Patriot Games (Jack Ryan Universe, #2) by Tom Clancy
  90. 28 people voted for Bright Lights, Big City by Jay McInerney
  91. 28 people voted for The Stranger Beside Me: Ted Bundy The Shocking Inside Story by Ann Rule
  92. 29 people voted for The Blue Sword (Damar, #1) by Robin McKinley
  93. 28 people voted for Rabbit Is Rich (Rabbit Angstrom #3) by John Updike
  94. 28 people voted for The Lord God Made Them All by James Herriot
  95. 29 people voted for A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking
  96. 27 people voted for Galápagos by Kurt Vonnegut
  97. 26 people voted for Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin
  98. 26 people voted for Many Waters (A Wrinkle in Time Quintet, #4) by Madeleine L’Engle
  99. 25 people voted for Waiting for the Barbarians by J.M. Coetzee
  100. 23 people voted for The Mysteries of Pittsburgh by Michael Chabon

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