What are the best books of the 1980s?

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    #1Red Dragon

    Red Dragon

    Red Dragon by Thomas Harris is a bestselling horror fiction and suspense-thriller novel originally published in October 1981 by the G.P. Putnam's Sons and Dell Publishing House. It was followed by The Silence of the Lambs in 1988.

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    #2Cosmos

    Cosmos

    Cosmos written by the scientist Carl Sagan is one of the best-selling nonfiction books of all time. Cosmos, a beautiful book, with numerous illustrations, it is based on the TV Show with the same name.

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    Amanda Phillips
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "Really? I must disagree with this. I mean there are some really awesome books in the 1080's. How about "Color Purple", "Joy Luck Club", or "Handmaid's tale"? I know Cosmos is a popular book, but the best? I guess it's really personal and objective."
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    #3Indian in the Cupboard

    Indian in the Cupboard

    Indian in the Cupboard is a juvenile fantasy graphic novel originally published in 1980. This book was written by Lynne Reid Banks and it was illustrated by artists Brock Cole and Robin Jacques. It has a film adaptation released in 1995.

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    Catherine Walker
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "although this is a good graphic novel that was written in the 80's, graphic novels are not books. This does not fit this category as a book written in the correct time period."
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    #4One Corpse Too Many (Chronicles of Brother Cadfael)

    One Corpse Too Many (Chronicles of Brother Cadfael)

    One Corpse Too Many is the second novel in the Cadfael Chronicles series. This book by Ellis Peters tells the story of how Brother Cadfael solves the mysterious death of the body that has been found on a battlefield.

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    Charles Young
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "It is an early 80s book, and great if you like mystery novels. It tells a great story, and it keeps your attention from start to finish. I checked this out because I liked the title, it sounded Welsh."
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    #5The Bourne Identity

    The Bourne Identity

    The Bourne Identity is a mystery suspense thriller book written by Robert Ludlum. It is about a Jason Bourne who woke up on an island without any memory and first published in 1980. 

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    Kyle Gibson
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "Now I can't read The Bourne Identity without picturing Matt Damon. That's a testimony to what a great actor he is. The book is actually not as good, by comparison, which is seldom the case. As a gay man in the mid-west, I'll confess I don't just watch for the plot. When I read the book, though, I'm somewhat forced to."
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    #6No One Here Gets Out Alive

    No One Here Gets Out Alive
    No One Here Gets Out Alive: The Biography of Jim Morrison is written by Jerry Hopkins and Danny Sugerman. It chronicles all facets of Jim Morrison's rock star life, from his childhood to his rise to fame.
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    Joseph Washington
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "Its a great book to read if you are interested in the life of Jim Morrison. It will give you an in depth story of Jim and the band. Its something that will be very easy for you to read but hard to put down. If you are a fan of Jim's or the Doors, this is a must have for you. "
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    #7A Confederacy of Dunces

    A Confederacy of Dunces
    A Confederacy of Dunces is an American comic masterpiece by John Kennedy Toole's, The hero, Ignatius J. Reilly is a huge, obese, fractious, fastidious, latter-day Gargantua, and Don Quixote of the French Quarter.
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    Marcos González
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "This book failed to find a publisher at first, and the author's life ended tragically. But if you want to read a laugh-out-loud funny book about the foibles of the modern age, A Confederacy of Dunces is a great book to read. It's not a time-piece of the 1980s as other novels I can think of, but it definitely stands in a class of its own. "
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    #8Jacob Have I Loved

    Jacob Have I Loved

    Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Paterson is a historical fiction children's literature novel originally published in 1980. This book won the John Newberry Medal Awards in the following year.

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    Judy Castro
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "Story of two sisters and the awkwardness between them. Thanks to family members treating them different they form resentments and jealousy. The goes their separate ways."
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    #9The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

    The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

    The Restaurant at the End of the Universe is the second book in Douglas Adams' famous comedy science fiction series for young adults, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. It was originally published in 1980.

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    Rakesh Dutta
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "One of the best books from the 1980s was The Restaurant at the End of the Universe. It is so wacky, there is nothing else like it. "
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    #10A People’s History of the United States

    A People’s History of the United States

    A People's History of the United States is 1980 bestseller by American historian and political scientist Howard Zinn. The book reviews and analyzes important facts and events in the history of America.

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    Timothy Miller
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "Great book. Howard Zinn has a bestseller in this one not by accident. A really thorough and in depth description of the history in America as a whole."
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    #11The Prince of Tides

    The Prince of Tides

    The Prince of Tides is a Southern contemporary romance fiction novel written by Pat Conroy. This was originally published in 1986. This book narrates the story of Tom Wingo and his twin sister as they face tragedies.

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    Craig Kim
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "This is a classic that you have to read if you're into 80's books. It's a great suggestion and I endorse it totally! Great read."
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    #12Monk's Hood (Brother Cadfael Mysteries)

    Monk's Hood (Brother Cadfael Mysteries)

    Monk's Hood (Brother Cadfael Mysteries) is a Mystery, Historical and Medieval Fiction novel written by Ellis Peter. It was published November 25, 2014 by MysteriousPress.com/Open Road.

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    Gerald Evans
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "This is no Game of Thrones but it does tell a good story about Medieval times. The characters are fun and the story is easy enough to follow along. Overall it's not bad."
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    #13Firestarter

    Firestarter

    Firestarter is a standalone horror fiction novel written by Stephen King which centers on the daughter of a man and a woman who are the subjects of a top-secret government experiment. 

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    Joe Jacobs
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "Stephen King wrote this during his "coked out of his mind" phase. That doesn't make it any less endearing. In fact, with as cheap as crack is in my inner city, I can enjoy reading this the same way Mr. King did writing it. It brings back the 80s instantly."
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    #14Faces in the Water

    Faces in the Water

    Faces in the Water is a dramatic novel for young adults written Janet Frame. It was originally released on December 31, 1985. It is about how the madness force people into creating their own worlds.

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    Wayne Little
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "Granted, I never heard of this in the 80s and I don't know that it would be help up as being among the best of the whole decade, but I couldn't put it down when I started reading. Maybe it's just more a matter of the fact that I was reading different genres then, but it feels like this was a hidden gem I had to find later on to really appreciate. It deals with mental illness in a unique and challenging way, something I probably wouldn't have been so interested in nearly 40 years ago when it was first published. "
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    #15Mulengro

    Mulengro

    Mulengro is an urban fantasy horror mystery fiction novel written by Charles de Lint. This book is about a Gypsy community with murder crimes. It is first published in 1985 and Orb Books reprinted it in 2003. 

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    Robert Walters
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "GOOD"
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    #16The Other Woman

    The Other Woman

    The Other Woman is a mystery suspense thriller fiction novel written by Joy Fielding. It is first published in 1983 by Signet. 

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    Parakram Patil
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "I have read this book twice because I was impressed. It is a suspense thriller that really got me glued to the book. It has some interesting twists and she explains well how men and women characters think and that's what makes it interesting to read."
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    #17The Broom of the System

    The Broom of the System

    The Broom of the System is a fictional novel written by David Foster Wallace and illustrated by Duke Wallace. This ficitonal novel was published on by Penguin Books.

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    Sandra Ellis
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "This book is fairly amusing and has some interesting characters in it. It is creatively written so it keeps you involved until the end. I may read it again."
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    #18Annabelle

    Annabelle

    Annabelle is a standalone horror fiction novel written by Ruby Jean Jensen which is about a story of haunted dolls and the old store they are residing where strange things happen. 

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    Emily Garza
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "If you are a horror fan then you are in the right place when you pick up this book. It uses dolls to really capture one of the most prevalent fears out there. I kept turning the pages on this story, I could hardly put it down! It may not be the best book from the 80's but it is well worth the read."
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    #19Good Intentions

    Good Intentions

    Good Intentions is a mystery suspense fiction novel written by Joy Fielding.This book is set in Canada and it is first published in 1989 by Doubleday Books. 

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    Hao Duan
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "This page was uncleared."
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    #20A Fan's Notes

    A Fan's Notes

    A Fan's Notes is a fictional memoir of an autobiographical trilogy written by Frederick Exley wherein he shares his failure in life and his resurrection from despair. 

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    Barbara Smith
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "Exley's offering of a character's life filled with disappointments and might have been's, just wasn't my cup of tea. Perhaps for a wannabe sports jock who missed out, they might find a kindred spirit in this book, but I found it too depressing."
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    #21Waiting for the Barbarians

    Waiting for the Barbarians

    Waiting for the Barbarians is a fictional novel written by J.M. Coetzee and illustrated by Chris Conn. This fictional novel was published on June 29, 2010 by Penguin Books.

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    Brian Jensen
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "Waiting for the Barbarians is a decent enough book to read. It's fun, it's deep, and it has likable characters. But this book wasn't written anywhere near the 1980s!"
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    #22Sharpe's Gold (Richard Sharpe)

    Sharpe's Gold (Richard Sharpe)

    Sharpe's Gold is a historical adventure fiction and the ninth book in Richard Sharpe series written by Bernard Cornwell. It is first published in 1981. 

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    Patricia Perez
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "Very entertaining! Full of excitement. Excellent characters. The book is a historical adventure. Well written."
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    #23The Deep End

    The Deep End

    The Deep End is a mystery suspense thriller fiction novel written by Joy Fielding. It is first published in 1981 by Seal Books.

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    Wei Lai
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "Interested in reading a book from the 1980's, I purchased this book expecting to be blown away but unfortunately I found it dull. I couldn't get into it. There's no action and I couldn't connect to any of the characters."

Summary

Best What are the best books of the 1980s
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Red DragonBooks 43 Paid
2CosmosBooks 38 Paid
3Indian in the CupboardBooks 36 Paid
4One Corpse Too Many (Chronicles of Brother Cadfael)Books 35 Paid
5The Bourne IdentityBooks 32 Paid
6No One Here Gets Out AliveBooks 31 Paid
7A Confederacy of DuncesBooks 27 Paid
8Jacob Have I LovedBooks 27 Paid
9The Restaurant at the End of the UniverseBooks 23 Paid
10A People’s History of the United StatesBooks 23 Paid
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