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Bestsellers and Favorites

The editors and readers have spoken. The best books of the millennium, century, decade, year and week are ready for your perusal.

Best of the Millennium

  • Amazon's Best of the Millennium
    The following titles topped Amazon's list of the best books of the millennium:
    • "The Lord of the Rings" by J.R.R. Tolkien
    • "Gone With the Wind" by Margaret Mitchell
    • "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee
    • "The Catcher in the Rye" by J. D. Salinger
    • "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" by J.K. Rowling

  • The Bestselling Children's Books of All Time
    Infoplease relays Publishers Weekly's bestselling hardcover and paperback children's titles of all time (through 1995). Janette Sebring Lowrey's "The Poky Little Puppy" tops the hardcover list. E.B. White's "Charlotte's Web" was the winner in paperback.

  • Amazon's Author of the Millennium
    Amazon has chosen Oxford-educated John Ronald Reuel Tolkein as its Author of the Millennium. Tolkein began publishing books in 1937 when his tale about small hobbit creatures debuted. Tolkein spins the story of Bilbo in The Hobbit and continues it through the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Many people credit him with beginning the fantasy genre.

Best of the Century

  • Modern Library's 100 Best Novels
    Criticized for including few nonwhite, female or contemporary authors, this list did an outstanding job of sparking national discussion. James Joyce's "Ulysses" topped the list. The Independent of London responded to the controversial list with its own list of the worst 100 books of the century. Number 1? "Ulysses."

  • The Hungry Mind Review's 100 Best 20th Century Books of Fiction and Nonfiction
    This list was compiled by five writers as an alternative to the Modern Library's. It reflects a far more realistic race and gender balance and includes a good number of contemporary books.

  • Amazon's Best Romances of the Century
    Amazon sorted through thousands of romance novels to select the 25 best of the decade. Their choices include Barbara Cartland's "The Little Pretender" and Diana Gabaldon's "Outlander."

  • Amazon's Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Century
    George Orwell's "1984" leads this impressive list and is closely followed by such favorites as "Dune" by Frank Herbert, "Brave New World" by Aldous Huxley and "Camp Concentration" by Thomas M. Disch.

  • Amazon's Best Mysteries of the Century
    If solving puzzles is your forte, the titles in this list should provide much entertainment. Including such well-known authors as Agatha Christie and Dashiell Hammett, it tries to incorporate diverse tastes and preferences.

  • Amazon's Best Children's Books of the Century
    This list of children's favorites is divided into pre- and post-1950 and contains heartwarming favorites. L. Frank Baum's "The Wizard of Oz" and E.B. White's "Charlotte's Web" top the lists.

Best of the Decade

  • CNN's Top 10 Bestsellers of the Decade
    CNN has compiled the 10 bestsellers of the decade and the five authors who sold the most books. John Grisham's "The Pelican Brief" and "The Client" took the number one and two spots, and Grisham was chosen as the decade's most popular author. "The Pelican Brief" sold 11.2 million copies.

  • Amazon: 1990 to 1999 Best Nonfiction Titles
    Amazon's best nonfiction of the decade compiles some heartbreaking and thought-provoking works, including Janet Malcolm's biography of Sylvia Plath, a poet and fiction writer who committed suicide in 1963.

Best of the Year

  • Amazon's Editors Picks of 1999
    Amazon's editors have chosen their favorites for 1999, and their top 25 could provide hours of reading enjoyment. Here's a taste:
    • Roddy Doyle's "A Star Called Henry"
    • Claire Messud's "The Last Life"
    • J. K. Rowling's "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Book 3)"
    • Nathan Englander's "For the Relief of Unbearable Urges"
    • Leo Marks' "Between Silk and Cyanide : A Codemaker's War 1941-1945"

Best of the Week

  • Publisher's Weekly Bestsellers
    A benchmark of book success. Click on the navigation bar at the top to browse the bestselling hardcover fiction, hardcover nonfiction, children's, religion, computer, mass market paperback, trade paperback, audio fiction and audio nonfiction titles.

  • CNN's Best Sellers of the Week
    CNN publishes the Wall Street Journal's weekly bestselling books in fiction and nonfiction/general. The Journal pulls sales figures from more than 25,000 bookstores nationwide.

  • USA Today's Weekly Best Seller List:
    USA Today's weekly list pulls from traditional bookstore sales and diverse content stores to provide a range of great works. Their survey enlists figures from approximately 3,000 sources.

  • The New York Times Bestsellers
    These rankings reflect sales at almost 4,000 bookstores plus wholesalers serving 50,000 other retailers

  • Amazon's Best Selling Children's Books
    Features the hottest selling titles in children's literature. The list is updated each Wednesday.

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