The Best Selling Novels of the 1980s Books

The Best Selling Novels of the 1980s

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A list of the best selling novels in the US during the 1980's as reported by Publishers Weekly. This list ranges from 1980 through 1989. All types of novels have been included and each of them has 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 80'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.
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    ...And Ladies of the Club is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1980s

    Year in the Top Ten: 1984

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    Arthur C. Clarke Year in the Top Ten: 1982

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    John le Carré Year in the Top Ten: 1986

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    James A. Michener Year in the Top Ten: 1988

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    AN INDECENT OBSESSION is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1980s

    Colleen McCullough Year in the Top Ten: 1981

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    John Jakes Year in the Top Ten: 1989

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    James A. Michener Year in the Top Ten: 1989

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    Changes is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1980s

    Danielle Steel Year in the Top Ten: 1983

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    Stephen King Year in the Top Ten: 1983

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    Tom Clancy Year in the Top Ten: 1989

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    Carl Sagan Year in the Top Ten: 1985

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    Stephen King Year in the Top Ten: 1981

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    Daddy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1980s

    Danielle Steel Year in the Top Ten: 1989

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    Stephen King Year in the Top Ten: 1982

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    E.T., The Extraterrestrial is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1980s

    Year in the Top Ten: 1982

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    Family Album is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1980s

    Danielle Steel Year in the Top Ten: 1985

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    Fine Things is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1980s

    Danielle Steel Year in the Top Ten: 1987

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    Stephen King Year in the Top Ten: 1980

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    Full circle is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1980s

    Danielle Steel Year in the Top Ten: 1984

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    Goodbye, Janette is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1980s

    Harold Robbins Year in the Top Ten: 1981

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    Martin Cruz Smith Year in the Top Ten: 1981

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    John Jakes Year in the Top Ten: 1987

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    Hollywood Husbands is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1980s

    Jackie Collins Year in the Top Ten: 1986

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    Jackie Collins Year in the Top Ten: 1983

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    I'll Take Manhattan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1980s

    Judith Krantz Year in the Top Ten: 1986

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    Sidney Sheldon Year in the Top Ten: 1985

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    Stephen King Year in the Top Ten: 1986

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    Harry Turtledove, Danielle Steel Year in the Top Ten: 1987

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    Garrison Keillor Year in the Top Ten: 1985

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    Louis L'Amour Year in the Top Ten: 1986

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    Art Buchwald Year in the Top Ten: 1987

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    Gore Vidal Year in the Top Ten: 1984

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    John Jakes Year in the Top Ten: 1984

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    Jackie Collins Year in the Top Ten: 1985

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    Masquerade is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1980s

    Year in the Top Ten: 1981

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    Sidney Sheldon Year in the Top Ten: 1982

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    Stephen King Year in the Top Ten: 1987

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    Mistral's Daughter is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1980s

    Judith Krantz Year in the Top Ten: 1982

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    Leon Uris Year in the Top Ten: 1988

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    No time for tears is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1980s

    Cynthia Freeman Year in the Top Ten: 1981

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    James Clavell Year in the Top Ten: 1981

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    John Jakes Year in the Top Ten: 1982

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    Richard Bach Year in the Top Ten: 1988

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    Tom Clancy Year in the Top Ten: 1987

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    Stephen King Year in the Top Ten: 1983

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    James A. Michener Year in the Top Ten: 1983

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    Scott Turow Year in the Top Ten: 1987

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    Princess Daisy is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1980s

    Judith Krantz Year in the Top Ten: 1980

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    Sidney Sheldon Year in the Top Ten: 1980

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    Random Winds is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1980s

    Belva Plain Year in the Top Ten: 1980

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