Wednesday, November 2, 2022

100 Years of Popular Books on Goodreads

From Goodreads:

"This is a fun one: For the collection below, we decided to take a long-arc overview and try to identify the most popular books published over the past 100 years, as determined by Goodreads members' digital shelves. To do this, we went year by year and picked one title from among the top of each pile.
However, we didn’t always just grab the very top book for several reasons. Repeats, for instance (some entire eras are Very Stephen King). And some years saw multiple Very, Very Important Works published. Ah, the backstage agony of debating the relative merits of F. Scott FitzgeraldVirginia Woolf, and Franz Kafka!

Mostly we wanted to curate a list that would cover a range of genres and suggest the breadth of reading interests over time. And OK, full confession, it tickled our fancy to be able to put Ulysses and Malibu Rising on the same list."

Thank you to Sheree at Keeping Up With the Penguins for this list

Highlighted yellow books are the ones I've read; aqua are books on my TBRgreen books I attempted but never finished. If I've reviewed it, the title is hyperlinked.

1922: Ulysses by James Joyce
1923: The Prophet by Khalil Gibran
1924: We by Yevgeny Zamyatin
1925: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
1926: The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
1927: To The Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
1928: The Well Of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall
1929: Passing by Nella Larsen
1930: As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
1931: The Joy Of Cooking by Irma S. Rombauer
1932: Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
1933: In Praise Of Shadows by Jun’ichiro Tanizaki
1934: Murder On The Orient Express by Agatha Christie
1935: Gaudy Night by Dorothy L. Sayers
1936: Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner
1937: Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
1938: Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
1939: The Grapes Of Wrath by John Steinbeck
1940: Native Son by Richard Wright
1941: The Library Of Babel by Jorge Luis Borges
1942: The Stranger by Albert Camus
1943: The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
1944: Ficciones by Jorge Luis Borges
1945: The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams
1946: The Member Of The Wedding by Carson McCullers
1947: No Exit by Jean Paul-Sartre
1948: I Capture The Castle by Dodie Smith
1949: 1984 by George Orwell
1950: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
1951: Foundation by Isaac Asimov
1952: Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
1953: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
1954: The Fellowship Of The Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien
1955: Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
1956: Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin
1957: Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak
1958: Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
1959: The Haunting Of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
1960: To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
1961: Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
1962: Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
1963: The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
1964: Charlie And The Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
1965: Dune by Frank Herbert
1966: Rosencrantz And Guildenstern Are Dead by Tom Stoppard
1967: One Hundred Years Of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez
1968: Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion
1969: I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
1970: The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
1971: Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson
1972: Ways Of Seeing by John Berger
1973: The Princess Bride by William Goldman
1974: Carrie by Stephen King
1975: Salem’s Lot by Stephen King
1976: The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston
1977: Song Of Solomon by Toni Morrison
1978: The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
1979: Kindred by Octavia E. Butler
1980: The Name Of The Rose by Umberto Eco
1981: Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie
1982: The Color Purple by Alice Walker
1983: The Queen’s Gambit by Walter Tevis
1984: The House On Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
1985: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
1986: Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
1987: Watchmen by Alan Moore
1988: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
1989: The Pillars Of The Earth by Ken Follett
1990: Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
1991: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
1992: The Secret History by Donna Tartt
1993: The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
1994: The Wind Up Bird Chronicles by Haruki Murakami
1995: The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
1996: A Game Of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
1997: Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond
1998: The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
1999: Girl With A Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier
2000: House Of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielwski
2001: The Shadow Of The Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
2002: Coraline by Neil Gaiman
2003: The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
2004: Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
2005: Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
2006: The Road by Cormac McCarthy
2007: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
2008: The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
2009: Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
2010: The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
2011: The Song Of Achilles by Madeline Miller
2012: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
2013: The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
2014: Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
2015: Between The World And Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
2016: When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
2017: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
2018: Educated by Tara Westover
2019: Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
2020: The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
2021: Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid


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