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A list of the best selling novels in the US during the 1930's as reported by Publishers Weekly. This list ranges from 1930 through 1939. All types of novels have been included and each of them made it into the top ten. With the introduction of the Nook, Kindle, and iPad with iBooks, reading is hot again. The best selling novels on this list were the most popular books in the United States during the 30's, so you can be sure they're well written and enjoyable (depending, of course, on your preferred literary genre). This list is intended to help long-time readers and newcomers alike with discovering (and rediscovering) some of the best selling novels of all time.

Note that Publishers Weekly left the "Harry Potter" series off of this list as its inclusion made the entire children's book industry appear to sharply rise and decline depending on the series' release schedule.

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100,000,000 Guinea Pigs Arthur Kallet - Years in the Top 15: 1933, 1934

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2
A fortune to share Vashni Young - Year in the Top 15: 1932

3
A Peculiar Treasure Year in the Top 15: 1939

4
Alone Lisa Gardner - Year in the Top 15: 1938

5
An American Doctor's Odyssey Years in the Top 15: 1936, 1937

6
Around the world in eleven years Patience Abbe - Year in the Top 15: 1936

7
Autobiography with Letters Year in the Top 15: 1939

8
Benjamin Franklin Edwin Gaustad - Year in the Top 15: 1938

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Brazilian Adventure Peter Fleming - Year in the Top 15: 1934

11
Memoirs of a British agent R. H. Bruce Lockhart - Year in the Top 15: 1933

12
Byron André Maurois - Year in the Top 15: 1930

13
Contract Bridge Blue Book Year in the Top 15: 1931

14
Contract Bridge Blue Book of 1933 Year in the Top 15: 1933

15
A country lawyer Henry A. Shute - Year in the Top 15: 1939

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16
Culbertson's Summary Years in the Top 15: 1931, 1932

17
Days of our years Pierre van Paassen - Year in the Top 15: 1939

18
Education of a princess Marii͡a - Year in the Top 15: 1931

19
Fanny Kemble Margaret Armstrong - Year in the Top 15: 1938

20
Fatal interview Edna St. Vincent Millay - Year in the Top 15: 1931

21
Forty-two Years in the White House Year in the Top 15: 1934

22
Francis the First Francis Hackett - Year in the Top 15: 1935

23
How to Win Friends and Influence People Dale Carnegie - Years in the Top 15: 1937, 1938

24
I write as I please Walter Duranty - Year in the Top 15: 1936

25
I'm a stranger here myself John Seymour - Year in the Top 15: 1938

26
Inside Asia John Gunther - Year in the Top 15: 1939

27
Inside Europe John Gunther - Year in the Top 15: 1936

28
Life begins at forty Ann Burkitt - Years in the Top 15: 1933, 1934

29
Life with Father Clarence Day - Years in the Top 15: 1935, 1936

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30
Life with Mother Year in the Top 15: 1937

31
Lincoln Emil Ludwig - Year in the Top 15: 1930

32
Listen! the Wind Anne Morrow Lindbergh - Years in the Top 15: 1938, 1939

33
Live alone and like it Marjorie Hillis Roulston - Year in the Top 15: 1936

34
Lone cowboy Will James - Year in the Top 15: 1930

35
Looking forward Franklin D. Roosevelt - Year in the Top 15: 1933

36
Madame Curie Vincent Sheean, Ève Curie - Year in the Top 15: 1938

37
Man the Unknown Year in the Top 15: 1936

38
Marie Antoinette Hilaire Belloc - Year in the Top 15: 1933

39
Mary Queen of Scotland and the Isles Margaret George - Year in the Top 15: 1935

40
Mathematics for the Million Year in the Top 15: 1937

41
Mein Kampf Adolf Hitler - Year in the Top 15: 1939

42
Mexico Stuart Chase - Year in the Top 15: 1931

43
More Merry-Go-Round Year in the Top 15: 1932

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44
New Russia's Primer Year in the Top 15: 1931

45
Nijinsky David Pownall - Year in the Top 15: 1934

46
North to the Orient Anne Morrow Lindbergh - Years in the Top 15: 1935, 1936

47
Not peace but a sword Vincent Sheean, Vance Havner - Year in the Top 15: 1939

48
Only Yesterday Peggy Webb - Year in the Top 15: 1932

49
Orchids on Your Budget Year in the Top 15: 1937

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Personal history Vincent Sheean - Year in the Top 15: 1935