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Fiction The Best Selling Novels of the 1930s  

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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.
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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 Trespassers 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

26
Heaven's my destination is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1930s
Thornton Wilder - Year in the Top Ten: 1935

27
Inheritance is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1930s
Phyllis Bentley - Year in the Top Ten: 1932

28
It Can't Happen Here is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1930s
Sinclair Lewis - Year in the Top Ten: 1936

29
Kitty Foyle is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1930s
Christopher Morley - Year in the Top Ten: 1939

30
Lamb in His Bosom is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1930s
Caroline Pafford Miller - Year in the Top Ten: 1934

31
Little Man, What Now? is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1930s
Hans Fallada - Year in the Top Ten: 1933

32
Lost Horizon is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1930s
James Hilton - Year in the Top Ten: 1935

33
Magnificent Obsession is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1930s
Lloyd C. Douglas - Years in the Top Ten: 1932, 1933

34
Magnolia street is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1930s
Louis Golding - Year in the Top Ten: 1932

35
Maid in waiting is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1930s
John Galsworthy - Year in the Top Ten: 1931

36
Mary Peters is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1930s
Mary Ellen Chase - Year in the Top Ten: 1934

37
Mary's Neck is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1930s
Booth Tarkington - Year in the Top Ten: 1932

38
Miss Bishop is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1930s
Bess Streeter Aldrich - Year in the Top Ten: 1933

39
My Son, My Son! is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1930s
Year in the Top Ten: 1938

40
Northwest Passage is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1930s
Kenneth Roberts - Years in the Top Ten: 1937, 1938

41
Of Mice and Men is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1930s
John Steinbeck - Year in the Top Ten: 1937

42
Of Time and the River is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1930s
Thomas Wolfe - Year in the Top Ten: 1935

43
Oil for the lamps of China is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1930s
Alice Tisdale Hobart - Year in the Top Ten: 1934

44
Old Wine and New is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1930s
Year in the Top Ten: 1932

45
One More River is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1930s
John Galsworthy - Year in the Top Ten: 1933

46
Private worlds is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1930s
Sarah Gainham - Year in the Top Ten: 1934

47
Rebecca is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1930s
Daphne du Maurier - Years in the Top Ten: 1938, 1939

48
Rogue Herries is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1930s
Hugh Walpole - Year in the Top Ten: 1930

49
Seven Gothic Tales is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1930s
Karen Blixen - Year in the Top Ten: 1934

50
Shadows on the Rock is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1930s
Willa Cather - Year in the Top Ten: 1931