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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.

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A Man in Full is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Bestselling Novels of the 1990s
A Man in Full Tom Wolfe - Year in the Top Ten: 1998

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Accident is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Bestselling Novels of the 1990s
Accident Danielle Steel - Year in the Top Ten: 1994

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Airframe is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Bestselling Novels of the 1990s
Airframe Michael Crichton - Year in the Top Ten: 1996

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All around the town is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Bestselling Novels of the 1990s
All around the town Mary Higgins Clark - Year in the Top Ten: 1992

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Apollyon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Bestselling Novels of the 1990s
Apollyon Tim LaHaye, Jerry B. Jenkins - Year in the Top Ten: 1999

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Assassins is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Bestselling Novels of the 1990s
Assassins Tim LaHaye, Jerry B. Jenkins - Year in the Top Ten: 1999

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Bag of Bones is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Bestselling Novels of the 1990s
Bag of Bones Stephen King - Year in the Top Ten: 1998

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Cat and Mouse is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Bestselling Novels of the 1990s
Cat and Mouse James Patterson - Year in the Top Ten: 1997

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Cause of Death is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Bestselling Novels of the 1990s
Cause of Death Patricia Cornwell - Year in the Top Ten: 1996

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Cold Mountain is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Bestselling Novels of the 1990s
Cold Mountain Charles Frazier - Year in the Top Ten: 1997

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Debt of Honor is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Bestselling Novels of the 1990s
Debt of Honor Tom Clancy - Year in the Top Ten: 1994

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Desperation is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Bestselling Novels of the 1990s
Desperation Year in the Top Ten: 1996

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Disclosure is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Bestselling Novels of the 1990s
Disclosure Michael Crichton - Year in the Top Ten: 1994

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Dolores Claiborne is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Bestselling Novels of the 1990s
Dolores Claiborne Stephen King - Year in the Top Ten: 1992

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Executive Orders is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Bestselling Novels of the 1990s
Executive Orders Tom Clancy - Year in the Top Ten: 1996

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Five Days in Paris is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Bestselling Novels of the 1990s
Five Days in Paris Danielle Steel - Year in the Top Ten: 1995

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Four Past Midnight is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Bestselling Novels of the 1990s
Four Past Midnight Stephen King - Year in the Top Ten: 1990

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Gerald's Game is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Bestselling Novels of the 1990s
Gerald's Game Stephen King - Year in the Top Ten: 1992

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Hannibal is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Bestselling Novels of the 1990s
Hannibal Thomas Harris - Year in the Top Ten: 1999

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Heartbeat is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Bestselling Novels of the 1990s
Heartbeat Danielle Steel - Year in the Top Ten: 1991

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Hearts in Atlantis is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Bestselling Novels of the 1990s
Hearts in Atlantis Stephen King - Year in the Top Ten: 1999

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Hornet's Nest is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Bestselling Novels of the 1990s
Hornet's Nest Patricia Cornwell - Year in the Top Ten: 1997

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Insomnia is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Bestselling Novels of the 1990s
Insomnia Stephen King - Year in the Top Ten: 1994

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Irresistible Forces is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Bestselling Novels of the 1990s
Irresistible Forces Danielle Steel - Year in the Top Ten: 1999

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Jewels is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Bestselling Novels of the 1990s
Jewels Danielle Steel - Year in the Top Ten: 1992

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Lady Boss is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Bestselling Novels of the 1990s
Lady Boss Jackie Collins - Year in the Top Ten: 1990

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Lasher is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Bestselling Novels of the 1990s
Lasher Anne Rice - Year in the Top Ten: 1993

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Lightning is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Bestselling Novels of the 1990s
Lightning Danielle Steel - Year in the Top Ten: 1995

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Like Water for Chocolate is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Bestselling Novels of the 1990s
Like Water for Chocolate Year in the Top Ten: 1993

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Lis for Lawless is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Bestselling Novels of the 1990s
Lis for Lawless Year in the Top Ten: 1995

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Loves Music, Loves to Dance is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Bestselling Novels of the 1990s
Loves Music, Loves to Dance Mary Higgins Clark - Year in the Top Ten: 1991

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Malice is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Bestselling Novels of the 1990s
Malice Danielle Steel - Year in the Top Ten: 1996

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Memories of Midnight is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Bestselling Novels of the 1990s
Memories of Midnight Sidney Sheldon - Year in the Top Ten: 1990

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Message from Nam is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Bestselling Novels of the 1990s
Message from Nam Danielle Steel - Year in the Top Ten: 1990

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Mexico is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Bestselling Novels of the 1990s
Mexico James A. Michener - Year in the Top Ten: 1992

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Mirror Image is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Bestselling Novels of the 1990s
Mirror Image Michael G. Coney, Danielle Steel - Year in the Top Ten: 1998

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Mixed Blessings is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Bestselling Novels of the 1990s
Mixed Blessings Danielle Steel - Year in the Top Ten: 1992

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Needful Things is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Bestselling Novels of the 1990s
Needful Things Stephen King - Year in the Top Ten: 1991

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Night Over Water is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Bestselling Novels of the 1990s
Night Over Water Ken Follett - Year in the Top Ten: 1991

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Nightmares and Dreamscapes is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Bestselling Novels of the 1990s
Nightmares and Dreamscapes Year in the Top Ten: 1993

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No Greater Love is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Bestselling Novels of the 1990s
No Greater Love Danielle Steel

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Paradise is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Bestselling Novels of the 1990s
Paradise Toni Morrison - Year in the Top Ten: 1998

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Pleading Guilty is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Bestselling Novels of the 1990s
Pleading Guilty Scott Turow - Year in the Top Ten: 1993

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Point of Origin is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Bestselling Novels of the 1990s
Point of Origin Patricia Cornwell - Year in the Top Ten: 1998

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Politically Correct Bedtime St... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Bestselling Novels of the 1990s
Politically Correct Bedtime Stories James Finn Garner - Years in the Top Ten: 1994, 1995

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Pretend You Don't See Her is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Bestselling Novels of the 1990s
Pretend You Don't See Her Mary Higgins Clark - Year in the Top Ten: 1997

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Primary Colors is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Bestselling Novels of the 1990s
Primary Colors Joe Klein - Year in the Top Ten: 1996

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Rainbow Six is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Bestselling Novels of the 1990s
Rainbow Six Tom Clancy - Year in the Top Ten: 1998

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Remember is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Bestselling Novels of the 1990s
Remember Barbara Taylor Bradford - Year in the Top Ten: 1991

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Remember Me is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Bestselling Novels of the 1990s
Remember Me Mary Higgins Clark - Year in the Top Ten: 1994