Best Sellers Through the Decades: 1914-2014

From the Printed Page to the Digital Age: Solano County Library at 100

Ready to curl up with a good “classic” from years’ past? We’ve compiled a sampling of bestselling fiction from the last 100 years. Help us celebrate the Library’s centennial by reading a few (or all!) and then post your own reviews in the Library’s visual catalog.

To add your own review: 

  1. Find and click on the title you read.
  2. Click on the "Reviews" link on the left-hand side of the screen. Then click "Add New Review."
  3. Log in to your account. 
  4. Add your review and click on the "Submit" button when you are finished.

 

1914-1919

1914 Pollyanna / Eleanor H. Porter
1915 Michael O’Halloran / Gene Stratton-Porter
1916 Dear Enemy / Jean Webster
1918 The U.P. Trail / Zane Grey

 

   

 

1920-1929

1921 The Age of Innocence / Edith Wharton
1924 So Big / Edna Ferber
1927 Elmer Gantry / Sinclair Lewis
1929 All Quiet on the Western Front / Erich Maria Remarque

 

   

 

1930-1939

1931 The Good Earth / Pearl S. Buck
1936 Gone with the Wind / Margaret Mitchell 
1938 The Yearling / Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings 
1939 The Grapes of Wrath / John Steinbeck

 

   

 

1940-1949

1940 How Green Was My Valley / Richard Llewellyn 
1940 For Whom the Bell Tolls / Ernest Hemingway 
1942 The Robe / Lloyd C. Douglas 
1944 The Razor’s Edge / W. Somerset Maugham

 

   

 

1950-1959

1952 The Catcher in the Rye / J.D. Salinger 
1955 The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit / Sloan Wilson 
1958 Doctor Zhivago / Boris Pasternak 
1959 Exodus / Leon Uris

 

   

 

1960-1069

1961 To Kill a Mockingbird / Harper Lee
1965 The Man with the Golden Gun / Ian Fleming 
1965 Don’t Stop the Carnival / Herman Wouk 
1967 The Chosen / Chaim Potok 
1969 The House on the Strand / Daphne Du Maurier

 

 

 

1970-1979

1972 Jonathan Livingston Seagull / Richard Bach 
1974 Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy / John Le Carre 
1975 Ragtime / E.L. Doctorow 
1975 Shogun / James Clavell 
1977 The Thorn Birds / Colleen McCullough 
1978 Eye of the Needle / Ken Follett 

 

 

1980-1989

1981 Gorky Park / Martin Cruz Smith 
1982 North and South / John Jakes 
1984 The Butter Battle Book / Dr. Seuss 
1985 The Mammoth Hunters / Jean Auel 
1987 Misery / Stephen King 
1988 Alaska / James Michener 

 

 

1990-1999

1992 Waiting to Exhale / Terry McMillan 
1993 The Bridges of Madison County / Robert James Waller 
1993 Like Water for Chocolate / Laura Esquivel 
1996 Silent Honor / Danielle Steel 
1997 Cold Mountain / Charles Frazier 
1999 Timeline / Michael Crichton 

 

 

2000-2009

2001 Last Man Standing / David Baldacci 
2002 The Lovely Bones / Alice Sebold 
2003 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix / J.K Rowling 
2004 Angels & Demons / Dan Brown 
2006 Dear John / Nicholas Sparks 
2007 A Thousand Splendid Suns / Khaled Hosseini 
2009 The Forest of Hands and Teeth / Carrie Ryan

 

   

 

2010-2014

2010 The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest / Stieg Larsson 
2010 The Help / Kathryn Stockett 
2011 Smokin’ Seventeen / Janet Evanovich 
2011 A Dance with Dragons / George R.R. Martin 
2012 Mockingjay / Suzanne Collins 
2012 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: the Third Wheel / Jeff Kinney 
2012 Gone Girl / Gillian Flynn 
2013 Gone / James Patterson 
2013 The Twelve Tribes of Hattie / Ayana Mathis 
2013 Never Go Back / Lee Child
2014 Invention of Wings / Sue Monk Kidd
2014 Lost Lake / Sarah Addison Allen
2014 Concealed in Death / J.D. Robb

 

 
 
 
 
   

 

 *Source: Wikipedia, Publishers Weekly’s List of Bestselling Novels in the United States 1913-2012.