The Best Books from the 90s

1990–2000


  1. Infinite Jest (1996) by David Foster Wallace
  2. American Psycho (1991) by Bret Easton Ellis
  3. Harry Potter (1997) by J.K. Rowling
  4. A Song of Ice and Fire (1996) by George R.R. Martin
  5. Blindness (1995) by Jose Saramago
  6. The Perks of Being a Wallflower (1999) by Stephen Chbosky
  7. House of Leaves (2000) by Mark Z. Danielewski
  8. A Fine Balance (1995) by Rohinton Mistry
  9. Fight Club (1996) by Chuck Palahniuk
  10. Giver (1993) by Lois Lowry
  11. Good Omens (1990) by Terry Pratchett
  12. The God of Small Things (1997) by Arundhati Roy
  13. The Green Mile (1996) by Stephen King
  14. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle (1994) by Haruki Murakami
  15. Trainspotting (1993) by Irvine Welsh
  16. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay (2000) by Michael Chabon
  17. Holes (1998) by Louis Sachar
  18. Cryptonomicon (1999) by Neil Stephenson
  19. Memoirs of a Geisha (1997) by Arthur Golden
  20. Jurassic Park (1990) by Michael Crichton
  21. The Book of the New Sun (1994) by Gene Wolfe
  22. The Secret History (1992) by Donna Tartt
  23. Birdsong (1993) by Sebastian Faulks
  24. Calvin and Hobbes (1993) by Bill Watterson
  25. Tuesdays With Morrie (1997) by Mitch Albom
  26. Angela’s Ashes (1996) by Frank McCourt
  27. High Fidelity (1995) by Nick Hornby
  28. Snow Crash (1992) by Neal Stephenson
  29. Oh, the Places You’ll Go! (1990) by Dr. Seuss
  30. The Virgin Suicides (1993) by Jeffrey Eugenides
  31. Redeeming Love (1991) by Francine Rivers
  32. The Shipping News (1993) by E. Annie Proulx
  33. Underworld (1997) by Don DeLillo
  34. Battle Royale (1999) by Koushun Takami
  35. Bridget Jones’s Diary (1996) by Helen Fielding
  36. The Poisonwood Bible (1998) by Barbara Kingsolver
  37. Guns, Germs, and Steel (1997) by Jared Diamond
  38. The Blind Assassin (2000) by Margaret Atwood
  39. A Suitable Boy (1993) by Vikram Seth
  40. Notebook (1996) by Nicholas Sparks
  41. A Walk to Remember (1999) by Nicholas Sparks
  42. The Sandman (1996) by Neil Gaiman
  43. Speak (1999) by Laurie Halse Anderson
  44. The Beach (1996) by Alex Garland
  45. Cold Mountain (1997) by Charles Frazier
  46. The English Patient (1992) by Michael Ondaatje
  47. Outlander (1991) by Diana Gabaldon
  48. Possession: A Romance (1990) by A.S. Byatt
  49. Neverwhere (1996) by Neil Gaiman
  50. We (1993) by Yevgeny Zamyatin
  51. Stardust (1999) by Neil Gaiman
  52. The Red Tent (1997) by Anita Diamant
  53. The Dresden Files (2000) by Jim Butcher
  54. The Diamond Age (1995) by Neal Stephenson
  55. Kingdom Come (1996) by Mark Waid
  56. Into Thin Air (1997) by Jon Krakauer
  57. White Teeth (2000) by Zadie Smith
  58. Guess How Much I Love You (1994) by Sam McBratney
  59. Interpreter of Maladies (1999) by Jhumpa Lahiri
  60. Into the Wild (1996) by Jon Krakauer
  61. Ender’s Shadow (1999) by Orson Scott Card
  62. The Reader (1995) by Benhardq Schlink
  63. Ella Enchanted (1997) by Gail Carson Levine
  64. Disgrace (1999) by J.M. Coetzee
  65. American Pastoral (1997) by Philip Roth
  66. Sex (1992) by
  67. Firm (1991) by John Grisham
  68. On Writing (2000) by Stephen King
  69. The Tipping Point (2000) by Malcolm Gladwell
  70. I Know This Much Is True (1998) by Wally Lamb
  71. A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again (1997) by David Foster Wallace
  72. The Demon-Haunted World (1997) by Carl Sagan
  73. Pelican Brief (1992) by John Grisham
  74. Sophie’s World (1991) by Jostein Gaarder
  75. The Coldest Winter Ever (1999) by Sister Souljah
  76. In the Time of the Butterflies (1994) by Julia Alvarez
  77. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1994) by John Berendt
  78. Invisible Monsters (1999) by Chuck Palahniuk
  79. Long Walk to Freedom (1995) by Nelson Mandela
  80. Falling Up (1996) by Shel Silverstein
  81. The Human Stain (2000) by Philip Roth
  82. Me Talk Pretty One Day (2000) by David Sedaris
  83. Motherless Brooklyn (1999) by Jonathan Lethem
  84. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (1997) by Jean-Dominique Bauby
  85. A Walk in the Woods (1998) by Bill Bryson
  86. Kitchen Confidential (2000) by Anthony Bourdain
  87. Perfect Storm (1997) by Sebastian Junger
  88. Bag of Bones (1998) by Stephen King
  89. The Hot Zone (1997) by Richard Preston
  90. Naked (1997) by David Sedaris
  91. Runaway Jury (1996) by John Grisham
  92. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin (1994) by Louis de Bernieres
  93. Ishmael (1992) by Daniel Quinn
  94. Thousand Acres (1991) by Jane Smiley
  95. The Pact (1998) by Jodi Picoult
  96. Client (1993) by John Grisham
  97. The Savage Detectives (1998) by Roberto Bolano
  98. The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down (1998) by Anne Fadiman
  99. All the Pretty Horses (1992) by Cormac McCarthy
  100. Timeline (1999) by Michael Crichton
  101. Walk Two Moons (1994) by Sharon Creech
  102. Girl, Interrupted (1993) by Susanna Kaysen
  103. The Sparrow (1996) by Mary Doria Russell
  104. Dolores Claiborne (1992) by Stephen King
  105. Under the Skin (2000) by Michel Faber
  106. Message in a Bottle (1998) by Nicholas Sparks
  107. Because of Winn-Dixie (2000) by Kate DiCamillo
  108. Push (1996) by Sapphire
  109. Rich Dad Poor Dad (2000) by Robert Kiyosaki
  110. White Oleander (1999) by Janet Fitch
  111. Stargirl (2000) by Jerry Spinelli
  112. Snow Falling on Cedars (1994) by David Guterson
  113. Fatherland (1992) by Robert Harris
  114. The Rum Diary (1998) by Hunter S. Thompson
  115. Liar’s Poker (1990) by Michael Lewis
  116. Without Remorse (1993) by Tom Clancy
  117. Rainmaker (1995) by John Grisham
  118. The Hours (1998) by Michael Cunningham
  119. Survivor (1999) by Chuck Palahniuk
  120. The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle (1990) by Avi
  121. Who Moved My Cheese? (1998) by Spencer Johnson
  122. The Children of Men (1992) by P.D. James
  123. Behind the Scenes at the Museum (1995) by Kate Atkinson
  124. The Prestige (1995) by Christopher Priest
  125. A Fire Upon the Deep (1992) by Vernor Vinge
  126. Gates of Fire (1998) by Steven Pressfield
  127. Resident Evil (1998) by S.D. Perry
  128. Lesson Before Dying (1993) by Ernest J. Gaines
  129. LA Confidential (1990) by James Ellroy
  130. Freak the Mighty (1993) by Rodman Philbrick
  131. Angels & Demons (2000) by Dan Brown
  132. 300 (1998) by Frank Miller
  133. Flags of Our Fathers (2000) by James Bradley
  134. The Watsons Go to Birmingham — 1963 (1995) by Christopher Paul Curtis
  135. Kitchen God’s Wife (1991) by Amy Tan
  136. Enduring Love (1997) by Ian McEwan
  137. Veronika Decides to Die (1998) by Paulo Coelho
  138. Needful Things (1991) by Stephen King
  139. Girl with a Pearl Earring (1999) by Tracy Chevalier
  140. My Name is Red (1998) by Orhan Pamuk
  141. Understanding Comics (1993) by Scott McCloud
  142. Lost World (1995) by Michael Crichton
  143. Revelation Space (2000) by Alastair Reynolds
  144. Someone Like You (1998) by Sarah Dessen
  145. The Mythical Man-Month (1995) by Frederick Brooks
  146. About a Boy (1998) by Nick Hornby
  147. Cirque du Freak (2000) by Darren Shan
  148. Doomsday Book (1992) by Connie Willis
  149. Sin City (2000) by
  150. Street Lawyer (1998) by John Grisham
  151. DC vs. Marvel (1996) by
  152. Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West (1995) by Gregory Maguire
  153. King Leopold’s Ghost (1998) by Adam Hochschild
  154. Alias Grace (1996) by Margaret Atwood
  155. Haroun and the Sea of Stories (1990) by Salman Rushdie
  156. Bastard Out of Carolina (1992) by Dorothy Allison
  157. Pale Blue Dot (1994) by Carl Sagan
  158. Standing for Something (2000) by Gordon B. Hinckley
  159. Insomnia (1994) by Stephen King
  160. Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (1996) by Rebecca Wells
  161. Dance Dance Dance (1994) by Haruki Murakami
  162. The Thief of Always (1992) by Clive Barker
  163. Chinese Cinderella (1999) by Adeline Yen Mah
  164. Testament (1999) by John Grisham
  165. Celestine Prophecy (1993) by James Redfield
  166. The Bell Curve (1994) by Charles Murray
  167. Hearts in Atlantis (1999) by Stephen King
  168. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius (2000) by Dave Eggers
  169. Tigana (1990) by Guy Gavriel Kay
  170. Lies My Teacher Told Me (1995) by James Loewen
  171. Rainbow Six (1998) by Tom Clancy
  172. Mars trilogy (1993) by Kim Stanley Robinson
  173. Miss Smilla’s Feeling for Snow (1992) by Peter Hoeg
  174. True History of the Ned Kelly Gang (2000) by Peter Carey
  175. Batman: Knightfall (1994) by
  176. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six (1998) by Tom Clancy
  177. Sum of All Fears (1991) by Tom Clancy
  178. The Clash of Civilizations (1996) by Samuel P. Huntington
  179. Debt of Honor (1994) by Tom Clancy
  180. The Crow Road (1992) by Iain Banks
  181. Northern Lights (1995) by Philip Pullman
  182. Desperation (1996) by Stephen King
  183. Dark Visions Trilogy (1995) by L.J. Smith
  184. The Eye of the World (1990) by Robert Jordan
  185. Fever 1793 (2000) by Laurie Halse Anderson
  186. Black Hawk Down (1999) by Mark Bowden
  187. The Story of Tracy Beaker (1991) by Jacqueline Wilson
  188. Digital Fortress (1998) by Dan Brown
  189. Vineland (1990) by Thomas Pynchon
  190. Hogfather (1996) by Terry Pratchett
  191. Hannibal (1999) by Thomas Harris
  192. Nightfall (1990) by Isaac Asimov
  193. Sputnik Sweetheart (1999) by Haruki Murakami
  194. Stormbreaker (2000) by Anthony Horowitz
  195. The Freedom Writers Diary (1999) by Erin Gruwell
  196. The Rings of Saturn (1995) by WG Sebald
  197. Esperanza Rising (2000) by Pam Munoz Ryan
  198. A Course in Miracles (1996) by Helen Schucman
  199. Imajica (1991) by Clive Barker
  200. Independence Day (1995) by Richard Ford


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