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Bestselling Novels of the 1990s 

Bestselling Books
Updated June 14, 2019 25.6k views 97 items
A list of the best selling novels in the US during the 1990's as reported by Publishers Weekly. This list ranges from 1990 through 1999. 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 90'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.
list ordered by
1
A Man in Full is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Bestselling Novels of the 1990s
Tom Wolfe
Year in the Top Ten: 1998
2
Accident is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Bestselling Novels of the 1990s
Danielle Steel
Year in the Top Ten: 1994
3
Airframe is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Bestselling Novels of the 1990s
Michael Crichton
Year in the Top Ten: 1996
4
All around the town is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Bestselling Novels of the 1990s
Mary Higgins Clark
Year in the Top Ten: 1992
5
Apollyon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Bestselling Novels of the 1990s
Tim LaHaye, Jerry B. Jenkins
Year in the Top Ten: 1999
6
Assassins is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Bestselling Novels of the 1990s
Tim LaHaye, Jerry B. Jenkins
Year in the Top Ten: 1999
7
Bag of Bones is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Bestselling Novels of the 1990s
Stephen King
Year in the Top Ten: 1998
8
Cat and Mouse is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Bestselling Novels of the 1990s
James Patterson
Year in the Top Ten: 1997
9
Cause of Death is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Bestselling Novels of the 1990s
Patricia Cornwell
Year in the Top Ten: 1996
10
Cold Mountain is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Bestselling Novels of the 1990s
Charles Frazier
Year in the Top Ten: 1997
11
Debt of Honor is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Bestselling Novels of the 1990s
Tom Clancy
Year in the Top Ten: 1994
12
Desperation is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Bestselling Novels of the 1990s
Year in the Top Ten: 1996
13
Disclosure is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Bestselling Novels of the 1990s
Michael Crichton
Year in the Top Ten: 1994
14
Dolores Claiborne is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Bestselling Novels of the 1990s
Stephen King
Year in the Top Ten: 1992
15
Executive Orders is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Bestselling Novels of the 1990s
Tom Clancy
Year in the Top Ten: 1996
16
Five Days in Paris is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Bestselling Novels of the 1990s
Danielle Steel
Year in the Top Ten: 1995
17
Four Past Midnight is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Bestselling Novels of the 1990s
Stephen King
Year in the Top Ten: 1990
18
Gerald's Game is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Bestselling Novels of the 1990s
Stephen King
Year in the Top Ten: 1992
19
Hannibal is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Bestselling Novels of the 1990s
Thomas Harris
Year in the Top Ten: 1999
20
Heartbeat is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Bestselling Novels of the 1990s
Danielle Steel
Year in the Top Ten: 1991
21
Hearts in Atlantis is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Bestselling Novels of the 1990s
Stephen King
Year in the Top Ten: 1999
22
Hornet's Nest is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Bestselling Novels of the 1990s
Patricia Cornwell
Year in the Top Ten: 1997
23
Insomnia is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Bestselling Novels of the 1990s
Stephen King
Year in the Top Ten: 1994
24
Irresistible Forces is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Bestselling Novels of the 1990s
Danielle Steel
Year in the Top Ten: 1999
25
Jewels is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Bestselling Novels of the 1990s
Danielle Steel
Year in the Top Ten: 1992