The editors and readers have spoken. The best books of the millennium, century, decade, year and week
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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
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."
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
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.