Best Selling Novels of the 1980s Books
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Best Selling Novels of the 1980s

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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    Year in the Top Ten: 1984

    ) open buy @ amazon
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    Arthur C. Clarke Year in the Top Ten: 1982

    ) open buy @ amazon
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    John le Carré Year in the Top Ten: 1986

    ) open buy @ amazon
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    James A. Michener Year in the Top Ten: 1988

    ) open buy @ amazon
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    Colleen McCullough Year in the Top Ten: 1981

    ) open buy @ amazon
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    John Jakes Year in the Top Ten: 1989

    ) open buy @ amazon
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    James A. Michener Year in the Top Ten: 1989

    ) open buy @ amazon
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    Danielle Steel Year in the Top Ten: 1983

    ) open buy @ amazon
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    Stephen King Year in the Top Ten: 1983

    ) open buy @ amazon
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    Tom Clancy Year in the Top Ten: 1989

    ) open buy @ amazon
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    Carl Sagan Year in the Top Ten: 1985

    ) open buy @ amazon
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    Stephen King Year in the Top Ten: 1981

    ) open buy @ amazon
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    Danielle Steel Year in the Top Ten: 1989

    ) open buy @ amazon
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    Stephen King Year in the Top Ten: 1982

    ) open buy @ amazon
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    Year in the Top Ten: 1982

    ) open buy @ amazon
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    Danielle Steel Year in the Top Ten: 1985

    ) open buy @ amazon
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    Danielle Steel Year in the Top Ten: 1987

    ) open buy @ amazon
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    Stephen King Year in the Top Ten: 1980

    ) open buy @ amazon
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    Danielle Steel Year in the Top Ten: 1984

    ) open buy @ amazon
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    Harold Robbins Year in the Top Ten: 1981

    ) open buy @ amazon
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    Martin Cruz Smith Year in the Top Ten: 1981

    ) open buy @ amazon
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    John Jakes Year in the Top Ten: 1987

    ) open buy @ amazon
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    Jackie Collins Year in the Top Ten: 1986

    ) open buy @ amazon
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    Jackie Collins Year in the Top Ten: 1983

    ) open buy @ amazon
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    Judith Krantz Year in the Top Ten: 1986

    ) open buy @ amazon
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    Sidney Sheldon Year in the Top Ten: 1985

    ) open buy @ amazon
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    Stephen King Year in the Top Ten: 1986

    ) open buy @ amazon
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    Harry Turtledove, Danielle Steel Year in the Top Ten: 1987

    ) open buy @ amazon
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    Garrison Keillor Year in the Top Ten: 1985

    ) open buy @ amazon
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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

    ) open buy @ amazon
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    Gore Vidal Year in the Top Ten: 1984

    ) open buy @ amazon
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    John Jakes Year in the Top Ten: 1984

    ) open buy @ amazon
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    Jackie Collins Year in the Top Ten: 1985

    ) open buy @ amazon
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    Year in the Top Ten: 1981

    ) open buy @ amazon
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    Sidney Sheldon Year in the Top Ten: 1982

    ) open buy @ amazon
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    Stephen King Year in the Top Ten: 1987

    ) open buy @ amazon
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    Judith Krantz Year in the Top Ten: 1982

    ) open buy @ amazon
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    Leon Uris Year in the Top Ten: 1988

    ) open buy @ amazon
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    Cynthia Freeman Year in the Top Ten: 1981

    ) open buy @ amazon
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    Year in the Top Ten: 1981

    ) open buy @ amazon
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    John Jakes Year in the Top Ten: 1982

    ) open buy @ amazon
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    Richard Bach Year in the Top Ten: 1988

    ) open buy @ amazon
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    Tom Clancy Year in the Top Ten: 1987

    ) open buy @ amazon
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    Stephen King Year in the Top Ten: 1983

    ) open buy @ amazon
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    James A. Michener Year in the Top Ten: 1983

    ) open buy @ amazon
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    Scott Turow Year in the Top Ten: 1987

    ) open buy @ amazon
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    Judith Krantz Year in the Top Ten: 1980

    ) open buy @ amazon
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    Sidney Sheldon Year in the Top Ten: 1980

    ) open buy @ amazon
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    Belva Plain Year in the Top Ten: 1980

    ) open buy @ amazon
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