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The Best Selling Novels of the 1930s 

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Updated June 14, 2019 29.9k views 87 items

A list of the best selling novels in the US during the 1930s as reported by Publishers Weekly. This list ranges from 1930 through 1939. 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 30s, 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. So what are the best selling novels of the 1930s? This list will give the answers to that question.
list ordered by
1
A white bird flying is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1930s
Bess Streeter Aldrich
Year in the Top Ten: 1931
2
Action at Aquila is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1930s
Hervey Allen
Year in the Top Ten: 1938
3
All This, and Heaven Too... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1930s
Years in the Top Ten: 1938, 1939
4
And So—Victoria is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1930s
Year in the Top Ten: 1937
5
And tell of time is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1930s
Laura Smith Krey
Year in the Top Ten: 1938
6
Angel Pavement is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1930s
John Boynton Priestley
Year in the Top Ten: 1930
7
Ann Vickers is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1930s
Sinclair Lewis
Year in the Top Ten: 1933
8
Anthony Adverse is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1930s
Hervey Allen
Years in the Top Ten: 1933, 1934
9
As the earth turns is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1930s
Gladys Hasty Carroll
Year in the Top Ten: 1933
10
Back Street is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1930s
Fannie Hurst
Year in the Top Ten: 1931
11
Chances is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1930s
Jackie Collins
Year in the Top Ten: 1930
12
Cimarron is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1930s
Edna Ferber
Year in the Top Ten: 1930
13
Come and get it is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1930s
Edna Ferber
Year in the Top Ten: 1935
14
Disputed passage is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1930s
Lloyd C. Douglas
Year in the Top Ten: 1939
15
Drums Along the Mohawk ... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1930s
Walter D. Edmonds
Years in the Top Ten: 1936, 1937
16
Escape is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1930s
Grace Zaring Stone
Year in the Top Ten: 1939
17
Europa is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1930s
Robert Briffault
Year in the Top Ten: 1935
18
Exile is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1930s
Warwick Deeping
Year in the Top Ten: 1930
19
Eyeless in Gaza is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1930s
Aldous Huxley
Year in the Top Ten: 1936
20
Finch's fortune is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1930s
Mazo De la Roche
Year in the Top Ten: 1931
21
Forgive Us Our Trespasse... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1930s
Year in the Top Ten: 1933
22
Gone with the Wind is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1930s
Margaret Mitchell
Years in the Top Ten: 1936, 1937
23
Good-bye, Mr. Chips is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1930s
James Hilton
Years in the Top Ten: 1934, 1935
24
Grand hotel is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1930s
Vicki Baum
Year in the Top Ten: 1931
25
Green light is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1930s
Lloyd C. Douglas
Year in the Top Ten: 1935