What are the best books of the 1990s?

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    #1Fight Club

    Fight Club

    Fight Club is Chuck Palahniuk's story of a man who leaves his lackluster job and his boss Tyler, who holds a secret fight club in the basement of bars where two men fight as long as they have to.

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    Richard Martin
    Written on March 14, 2018
    "Fight Club: A Novel is a satire book based off of the hit movie from the 90's. However, it features its own easy-to-read writing style and is engaging for most adult readers. It's worth looking up as users enjoy the book for what it is."
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    #2Outlander

    Outlander

    Outlander is the first book in the historical romance series by Diana Gabaldon. It tells the story of Claire Randall a nurse from 1945 that is suddenly transported to the Scotland of 1743. There she meets Jamie Fraser a gallant Scottish warrior that will forever change her destiny.

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    Ricardo Andrade
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "I loved the outlander shows. This book looks to portray this nicely. I would recommend."
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    #3Bridget Jones's Diary

    Bridget Jones's Diary

    Bridget Jones's Diary is a best-selling chick-lit novel by British author Helen Fielding. It follows the life of Bridget Jones through the ups and downs. It is the basis of the movie of the same name starring Renee Zellweger and Colin Firth.

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    Mildred Cole
    Written on March 26, 2018
    "Bridget Jones's Diary is a really fun book. Encompassing a year or so, each entry in the diary begins with Bridget's "stats" for the day (her weight, alcohol units consumed, cigarettes smoked, etc.) Helen Fielding's writing is very readable and above all, extremely funny. In my opinion, the book's greatest asset was the time spent on developing the rapports between the characters. Hardly any time was spent on this in the film, which in my opinion was rather disappointing. You'll want to know what's going to happen with Bridget and everyone else, and you'll be surprised how difficult it is to put this book down!"
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    #4Good Omens

    Good Omens

    Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch is a collaboration between Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. Printed in 1990, it's about how the world prepares for the birth of the Son of Satan and the prophesied apocalypse.

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    Cheshta Chavan
    Written on April 4, 2018
    "After reading Good Omens I was surprised that this was considered one of the best book of the 1990s. I was also surprised that the solution to this problem only resulted in one book? While Good Omens was a decent read and I appreciated Gaiman and Pratchett's collaboration and writing style I do believe there were so many more books written that were better candidates for best book in the 1990s. "
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    #5Jurassic Park

    Jurassic Park

    A classic book from the 80's that inspired the classic sci-fi film by Steven Spielberg. An astonishing technique has been discovered allowing to reproduce the dinosaurs creating a theme park on an island. But something went terribly wrong. 

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    Vivaan Trivedi
    Written on March 16, 2018
    "The Jurassic Park novel came out in 1990, and I'd wager that it was one of the most popular books of the decade. The film is a classic and the novel is right up there with the film. It's a great book and I'd recommend reading it to see how the film was adapted from it. "
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    #6Girl with a Pearl Earring

    Girl with a Pearl Earring

    Girl with a Pearl Earring is a historical novel fictionalizing the creation of Vermeer's painting of the same name. It tells the story of Griet, a maid in the Vermeer household, and how she came to be immortalized by the master of light.

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    Raymond Olson
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "This is a captivating story about Johannes “Jan” Vermeer and his artistic creations with a lot of imagination. This book introduces a girl named Griet, who is a maid for the Vermeer house. She is a very hard worker who takes an interest in his paintings as she cleans his studio. Eventually, she even starts to grind ingredients for his paints. I have always liked his paintings so it was an intriguing journey down a speculation upon his life and all those around him."
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    #7Holes

    Holes

    Holes by Louis Sachar is an adventure fiction novel published in 1998. This book follows the story of a young boy named Stanley Yelnats who was sent to a detention center for redemption and something more.

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    William Thompson
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "Good book, although it seems aimed at younger readers. I do recall seeing the Disney movie adaptation a few years ago, and liking it for the most part. I liked this fine as well, it's just reads younger than I would have liked."
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    #8The Perks of Being a Wallflower

    The Perks of Being a Wallflower

    The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a book by Stephen Chbosky that tells the story of Charlie. The book revolves around Charlie's writings in his diary. His struggle as a unique teen, trying to live his life happily. 

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    Margaret Hansen
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "This book used to be a best seller. It is definitely worth reading."
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    #9The Giver

    The Giver

    The Giver is a book by Lois Lowry that tells the story of Jonas, a boy who lives in a very structured society where everyone has a role. He will soon discover what his role is meant to be, and it will change his life.

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    Zachary Stone
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "I must admit, I didn't like this book as much as a lot of other people have, but I still think it's pretty good. The dialogue gets a bit corny and the characters fall a bit flat for me every now and then, but the story is still very wrong and there is some really witty prose in here."
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    #10Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: The third installment in Harry Potter book series. The story revolves around the adventures of Harry Potter. He also discovered all about Sirius Balck and his parents. 

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    Cynthia Mendez
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "This book is part of the best series ever written. It is a wonderful story of a boy wizard fighting the regular trials of adulthood plus a little more. "
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    #11The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials)

    The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials)
    The Golden Compass is the first book in Philip Pullman's trilogy His Dark Materials, and mainly centers on Lyra and her adventures to find her missing friend Roger and her captured uncle, Asriel.
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    Austin Perez
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "The 90s offered a lot of nice books. However, this is a really nice one to remember."
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    #12Secrets of the Heart (Mail Order Bride)

    Secrets of the Heart (Mail Order Bride)

    Secrets of the Heart is a historical fiction and the first book in Mail Order Bride series written by JoAnna and Al Lacy. It is first published in 1998 by Multnomah. 

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    Eric Richardson
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "What strange circumstance would make a woman set her self up to be a mail order bride? Death of a husband? Loss of custody of a child? Read on and find out in this thilling and gripping drama."
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    #13Callaghan's Bride (Long, Tall Texans)

    Callaghan's Bride (Long, Tall Texans)

    Callaghan's Bride is the 17th book in the Long, Tall Texans series written by Diana Palmer and published by Silhouette Books. It is about rancher Callaghan Hart who has awed women and intimidated men but then he met new ranch housekeeper Tess Brady. 

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    Rose Campbell
    Written on March 23, 2018
    "Great book! I enjoyed reading about life in Texas. i felt this author was really descriptive and i was able to put myself right into the story."
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    #14The Last King of Scotland

    The Last King of Scotland

    The Last King of Scotland is a non-fiction historical book written by Giles Foden. This book is set in Uganda and it is first published in 1998 by Vintage. 

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    Janet Oliver
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "A history professor recommended this book so I thought I'd check it out. It is a good non-fiction book about Uganda, but I'm not sure it would be one of the best in the 1990's. Some part of the book really held my attention, but at the same time there were parts that bored me. I think it is a matter of taste and what you are into if you are going to like this book."
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    #15Abyssinian Chronicles

    Abyssinian Chronicles

    Abyssinian Chronicles is an African fiction book written by Moses Isegawa. This book is set in Uganda and it is first published in 1998 by Vintage. 

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    Justin Morris
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "I was really intrigued by Abyssinian Chronicles. This book gave a glimpse into the culture of Uganda after the end of colonization. Moses Isegawa did a brilliant job writing this novel and now I understand why this book came so highly recommended."
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    #16Assassin's Quest (The Farseer Trilogy)

    Assassin's Quest (The Farseer Trilogy)
    Assassin's Quest is a fantasy novel written by Robin Hobb. This fantasy novel was published on January 5, 1998 by Spectra. Assassin's Quest is the third book of the Realms of the Elderlings book series. 
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    Rose Hoffman
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "CATCHES THE EYE"
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    #17Legacy (Journeys of the Stranger)

    Legacy (Journeys of the Stranger)

    Legacy is a historical fiction and the first book in Journeys of the Stranger series written by Al Lacy. It is first published in 1998 by Five Star (ME). 

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    Ronald Henderson
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "A fresh take on an old genre. I'm not much of a western genre reader, but this one caught my attention. The story is a bit more than the basic plot and the characters were very well developed. "
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    #18Witness in Heaven (The Appomattox Saga)

    Witness in Heaven (The Appomattox Saga)

    Witness in Heaven is a historical fiction and the tenth book in The Appomattox Saga written by Gilbert Morris. It is first published in 1998 by Tyndale House Publishers. 

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    Michael Robinson
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "A very readable book. This is well written and is a page turner. Morris uses history as a character as opposed to just a background. Although this is technically a "romance" and primarily for women, I found enough to make it interesting for men as well."
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    #19After Henry

    After Henry

    After Henry is a book of essays containing Joan Didion's personal memorial for her friend Henry Robbins, who was also her editor from 1966 until he died in 1979. The essays included here were written after Henry's death.

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    Keith Wood
    Written on March 14, 2018
    "Joan Didion is one of the national treasures of American letters. Few writers are so diverse and incisive as she is. These essays are titled after her deceased editor, but they cover a wide range of contemporary topics. If you're interested in Didion or in the culture of the 1980s and early 1990s, give this book a shot. "
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    #20Bret Harte's Gold Rush

    Bret Harte's Gold Rush

    Bret Harte's Gold Rush is a classic book that contains fifteen stories written by Bret Harte. This collection is first published in 1996. 

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    Janet Stephens
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "If you are looking for some 90's Nostalgia, look no further than Bret Harte's Gold Rush. It's the best book that came out in the 90's and you will get not one but fifteen great stories to read."
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    #21Carlito's Way and After Hours

    Carlito's Way and After Hours

    Carlito's Way and After Hours is a mystery thriller fiction novel written by Edwin Torres. This book is about Carlo Brigante's life and it is first published in 1993 by Prion. 

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    Ann Ramos
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "This is one of those books that grabs you and won't let you put it down. The plot is riveting and the characters seem to come to life through the pages. A must read!"
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    #22The Dragon In The Ghetto Caper

    The Dragon In The Ghetto Caper

    The Dragon In The Ghetto Caper is a thrilling suspense novel for young adults written by Newbery medal winner E.L. Konigsburg. It was released in 1998. It is about a detective wannabe and his reluctant sidekick.

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    Harry Mitchell
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "The Dragon In The Ghetto Caper, is one of those 1990's hidden treasures that people probably have heard of but never sat down to read. It is a thrilling suspense book for young adults that I truly believe everyone should spend the time reading. It is a great book all around that many have enjoyed and more should read."
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    #23Just Desserts (Bed-and-Breakfast Mysteries)

    Just Desserts (Bed-and-Breakfast Mysteries)

    Just Desserts is a cozy mystery fiction and the first book of Bed-and-Breakfast Mysteries written by Mary Daheim. This book is about Judith's murder investigation in the inn. It is first published in 1991 by Avon. 

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    Ayaan Rodrigues
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "Ya know, there just aren't enough murder mysteries set in bed and breakfast joints. Sure, you have mysteries set on trains, spooky houses, and even amusement parks, but not many occur in a quaint little bed and breakfast. I loved it. And I murder people."
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    #24Selected Stories

    Selected Stories

    Selected Stories is a classic collection of 23 fiction short stories written by Andre Dubus. This is first published on December 4th, 1995 by Vintage. 

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    Dorothy Flores
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "This was a great read. It had interesting and engaging stories."
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    #25Shadows

    Shadows

    Shadows is a standalone horror fiction written by John Saul which centers on a school called the Academy were gifted or cursed children with extraordinary minds are attending it, however, something mysterious is happening within its premises.  

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    Rakesh Venkatesan
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "A good suspenseful book that still holds up today. He's one of my favorite authors who really knows how to tell a story. "
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    #26The Tetherballs of Bougainville

    The Tetherballs of Bougainville
    The Tetherballs of Bougainville is classic fiction novel written by Mark Leyner which centers on the life of 13-year-old Mark Leyner waiting to witness his father's execution.  This is first published on September 1, 1998, by Vintage.
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    Eric Jordan
    Written on May 13, 2018
    " You will love this book, as long as you love to think.The book is hysterical from start to finish, the ending of the book is absolutely perfect.The best, so far, of an excellent body of work. you would laugh at what he had to say and then burn him for witchcraft or dope him up with some powerful anti-psychotic drugs.Overall the book is one of the best book to read and quite an interesting book."
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    #27The Fool's Progress

    The Fool's Progress
    The Fool's Progress is fiction novel written by Edward Abbey which centers on misanthropic anarchist Henry Holyoak Lightcap who has been left behind in Tucson by his third wife. 
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    Benito Quiroz
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "When I originally read "The Fool's Progress" back in 2003, I barely identified with any of the themes. That was a different time, as I can now, in retrospect, see a lot of myself in the protagonist. I'm not sure I'd enter it into the conversation for _best_ book of an entire decade, but it was certainly a decent read. If you're bored and have run out of things better than this, you won't be disappointed."
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    #28Kaddish in Dublin (Inspector Matt Minogue)

    Kaddish in Dublin (Inspector Matt Minogue)

    Kaddish in Dublin is a mystery fiction and the third book in Inspector Matt Minogue series written by John Brady. It is first published in 1990. 

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    Margaret Washington
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "If you love a good mystery like I do then I definitely recommend this book. Its a great continuance of the previous books and very intriguing in the mystery."
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    #29A Book of Common Prayer

    A Book of Common Prayer

    A Book of Common Prayer centers around the fictional Central American country of Boca Grande and American expatriate Grace Strasser-Mendana who married into the Mendanas family, one of the families that dominate Boca Grande politics. 

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    Brian Allen
    Written on March 13, 2018
    "While A Book of Common Prayer may be a decently rated book, it is by no means the best, or even top 100, of the books of the 1990s. After reading this book I kind of wanted my free time back as I really wasn't that into it."
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    #30Tell Me No Secrets

    Tell Me No Secrets

    Tell Me No Secrets is a mystery suspense thriller fiction novel written by Joy Fielding. It is first published in 1993 by Avon. 

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    Albert Lane
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "decent book would not place it in the best category and it really only gets about three and a half stars on average but is a decently good book from the 90s. due to its average ratings ill have to call this solution mediocre at best."
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    #31Funeral Food (Tory Bauer Mystery)

    Funeral Food (Tory Bauer Mystery)

    Funeral Food is a mystery fiction and the first book in Tory Bauer Mystery series written by Katleen Taylor. It is first published in 1993 by Avon Books. 

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    Matthew Robinson
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "First of a fun series. Loved it so much and you probably will too!"
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    #32The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis

    The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis
    The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis is a fiction novel written by José Saramago which centers on Ricardo Reis who has returned in Lisbon after years of practicing medicine in Brazil. 
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    Sean Hansen
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "This is a book for those who enjoy a good philosophical read. The issue with these types of books though, is they are often lengthy at parts and very slow to unfold in thier events. It was a very strong read and excellent for anyone, but you will need the patience to truly sit down with this one and make sure you give it the time of day to truly understand the deeper meaning."
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    #33A Cold Day for Murder (Kate Shugak)

    A Cold Day for Murder (Kate Shugak)

    A Cold Day for Murder is a mystery thriller fiction and the first book in Kate Shugak series written by Dana Stabenow. It is first published in 1992 and won an Edgar award in 1993. 

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    Gloria Reynolds
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "I don't think I ever remember a book that was based in Alaska or based on its native people. I thought this was kind of a breath of fresh air. I liked the book and I used to live there so it was kind of interesting reading about it again. I would recommend it as it is a good mystery book."
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    #34The Man Who Was Taller Than God (Carl Wilcox)

    The Man Who Was Taller Than God (Carl Wilcox)

    The Man Who Was Taller Than God is a historical mystery fiction and the ninth book in Carl Wilcox series written by Harold Adams. It is first published in 1998 by Walker & Company. 

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    Jane Herrera
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "I recently read The Man Who Was Taller Than God, a historical mystery fiction written by Harold Adams. I really enjoyed the book and it's probably one the best books that was published in the nineties. The book really held my attention throughout and my book club members had plenty to talk about. "
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    #35Red Line (Taylor Morgan)

    Red Line (Taylor Morgan)

    Red Line is a mystery science fiction and the second book in Taylor Morgan series written by Megan Mallory Rust. It is first published in 1999 by Berkley. 

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    Olivia Watson
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "It was a somewhat good mystery book about small plane pilots in Alaska. I did not like the lack of police effort in the book. I did not read about the sort of weapon used until the end. While.It was sort of a good book, it still needs some work."
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    #36Void Moon (Harry Bosch Universe)

    Void Moon (Harry Bosch Universe)

    Void Moon is a mystery crime fiction and the twelfth book in Harry Bosch Universe series written by Michael Connelly. It is first published in 1999 by Random House Large Print. 

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    Vihaan Pawar
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "My brother is having surgery and is going to have a lot of down time soon. I know he likes to read books from the 1990's so I wanted to find him something interesting to read. I looked for the best books of the 1990's and found the book "Void Moon (Harry Bosch Universe)". I was completely blown away by this book from author Michael Connelly. It is a mystery crime fiction that is actually the twelfth book in the Harry Bosch Universe series. I know my brother will love it."
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    #37Every Dead Thing (Charlie Parker)

    Every Dead Thing (Charlie Parker)

    Every Dead Thing is the first book in the Charlie Parker series written by John Connolly which follows the story of a former New York City detective Charlie Parker who is searching for a missing woman. 

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    Eugene Hall
    Written on April 6, 2018
    "The books is very interesting when reading this. "
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    #38Love Became Theirs

    Love Became Theirs

    Love Became Theirs is a romance fiction written by Barbara Cartland. This book is about Rona Trafford who danced in a ball with the mysterious Harlequin that will change her life. It is first published in 1999.

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    Linda Gibson
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "I really enjoyed reading Love Became Theirs from Barbara Cartland. It tells the story of Rona Trafford falling in love with a partner after a dance. Cartland tells of rich characters and surprising love. "

Summary

Best What are the best books of the 1990s
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Fight ClubBooks 17 Paid
2OutlanderBooks 13 Paid
3Bridget Jones's DiaryBooks 13 Paid
4Good OmensBooks 12 Paid
5Jurassic ParkBooks 10 Paid
6Girl with a Pearl EarringBooks 8 Paid
7HolesBooks 7 Paid
8The Perks of Being a WallflowerBooks 5 Paid
9The GiverBooks 3 Paid
10Harry Potter and the Prisoner of AzkabanBooks 3 Paid
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