Best-selling books of the last 15 years

I absolutely love lists! S. Krishna posted about USA TODAY’S top 150 best-selling books of the last 15 years, so I had to go through them and figure out how many I’ve read — of course! I’ve bolded everything I’ve checked out. That would be 33. Thirty three out of 150? I guess that’s all right. Check out the original article here!

I’m surprised to see so many “recent” books on the list: The Shack, The Last Lecture, Breaking Dawn, Eldest . . . not that they’re not all worthy of making the best-selling list! Not too many surprises on there, especially with Harry Potter dominating most of the top positions. Many of the titles are weight/nutrition guides, too, which makes sense. Working at the bookstore, I would only go a few hours without someone asking me for a weight loss guide . . . and definitely had enough of them.

And now, without further ado:

USA TODAY’s Best-Selling Books List Top 150 books
of the last 15 years

(Oct. 28, 1993 through Oct. 23, 2008)

Rank, Title, Author

1 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone J.K. Rowling, art by Mary GrandPre

2 Dr. Atkins’ New Diet Revolution — Robert C. Atkins

3 The Da Vinci Code — Dan Brown

4 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows J.K. Rowling, art by Mary GrandPre

5 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix J.K. Rowling, art by Mary GrandPre

6 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince J.K. Rowling, art by Mary GrandPre

7 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets J.K. Rowling, art by Mary GrandPre

8 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban J.K. Rowling, art by Mary GrandPre

9 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire J.K. Rowling, art by Mary GrandPre

10 Who Moved My Cheese? — Spencer Johnson

11 The South Beach Diet — Arthur Agatston

12 Tuesdays With Morrie Mitch Albom

13 Angels & Demons — Dan Brown

14 What to Expect When You’re Expecting — Heidi Murkoff, Arlene Eisenberg, Sandee Hathaway

15 The Purpose-Driven Life — Rick Warren

16 The Five People You Meet in Heaven Mitch Albom

17 The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Stephen R. Covey

18 The Kite Runner — Khaled Hosseini

19 Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus —  John Gray

20 The Secret — Rhonda Byrne

21 Rich Dad, Poor Dad — Robert T. Kiyosaki with Sharon L. Lechter

22 To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee

23 Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff … And It’s All Small Stuff — Richard Carlson

24 The Secret Life of Bees — Sue Monk Kidd

25 Eat, Pray, Love — Elizabeth Gilbert

26 Twilight Stephenie Meyer

27 The Notebook Nicholas Sparks

28 The Memory Keeper’s Daughter — Kim Edwards

29 The Catcher in the Rye J.D. Salinger

30 Memoirs of a Geisha — Arthur Golden

31 A New Earth — Eckhart Tolle

32 Oh, the Places You’ll Go! Dr. Seuss

33 The Four Agreements Don — Miguel Ruiz

34 Angela’s Ashes — Frank McCourt

35 The Lovely Bones Alice Sebold

36 Body-for-Life — Bill Phillips, Michael D’Orso

37 New Moon Stephenie Meyer

38 Night Elie Wiesel, translations by Marion Wiesel and Stella Rodway

39 Chicken Soup for the Soul — Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen

40 The Greatest Generation — Tom Brokaw

41 Breaking Dawn Stephenie Meyer

42 The Celestine Prophecy — James Redfield

43 Wicked Gregory Maguire

44 Good to Great —  Jim Collins

45 Eclipse Stephenie Meyer

46 Eragon — Christopher Paolini

47 Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood — Rebecca Wells

48 Your Best Life Now — Joel Osteen

49 In the Kitchen With Rosie — Rosie Daley

50 Simple Abundance — Sarah Ban Breathnach

51 A Child Called It — Dave Pelzer

52 A Million Little Pieces — James Frey

53 The Testament — John Grisham

54 Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Kimberly Kirberger

55 Deception Point — Dan Brown

56 The Alchemist — Paulo Coelho

57 Marley & Me John Grogan

58 Dr. Atkins’ New Carbohydrate Gram Counter — Robert C. Atkins

59 Life of Pi — Yann Martel

60 The Brethren — John Grisham

61 The South Beach Diet Good Fats Good Carbs Guide — Arthur Agatston

62 The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town — John Grisham

63 For One More Day — Mitch Albom

64 The Polar Express —  Chris Van Allsburg

65 The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald

66 The Last Lecture — Randy Pausch, Jeffrey Zaslow

67 What to Expect the First Year — Arlene Eisenberg, Heidi Murkoff, Sandee Hathaway

68 Love You Forever Robert Munsch, art by Sheila McGraw

69 Green Eggs and Ham Dr. Seuss

70 A Painted House — John Grisham

71 The Rainmaker — John Grisham

72 Skipping Christmas — John Grisham

73 Cold Mountain — Charles Frazier

74 The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-Time — Mark Haddon

75 Life Strategies — Phillip C. McGraw

76 Seabiscuit: An American Legend — Laura Hillenbrand

77 The Summons —  John Grisham

78 Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil — John Berendt

79 The Hobbit J.R.R. Tolkien

80 The Runaway Jury — John Grisham

81 Goodnight Moon Board Book — Margaret Wise Brown, art by Clement Hurd

82 The Perfect Storm — Sebastian Junger

83 Snow Falling on Cedars — David Guterson

84 The Giver — Lois Lowry

85 Embraced by the Light — Betty J. Eadie

86 The Chamber — John Grisham

87 You: On A Diet — Michael F. Roizen, Mehmet C. Oz

88 The Prayer of Jabez — Bruce Wilkinson

89 Holes Louis Sachar

90 Digital Fortress — Dan Brown

91 The Shack — William P. Young

92 The Devil Wears Prada — Lauren Weisberger

93 Water for Elephants — Sara Gruen

94 A Thousand Splendid Suns — Khaled Hosseini

95 The Seat of the Soul — Gary Zukav

96 Chicken Soup for the Woman’s Soul — Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Jennifer Read Hawthorne, Marci Shimoff

97 The Partner — John Grisham

98 Lord of the Flies William Golding

99 Eldest: Inheritance, Book II — Christopher Paolini

100 The Broker — John Grisham

101 The Street Lawyer — John Grisham

102 A Series of Unfortunate Events No. 1: The Bad Beginning Lemony Snicket

103 The Poisonwood Bible — Barbara Kingsolver

104 Into the Wild — Jon Krakauer

105 The King of Torts — John Grisham

106 The Tipping Point — Malcolm Gladwell

107 The Horse Whisperer — Nicholas Evans

108 Hannibal — Thomas Harris

109 The Audacity of Hope — Barack Obama

110 Running With Scissors — Augusten Burroughs

111 The Glass Castle: A Memoir — Jeannette Walls

112 My Sister’s Keeper —  Jodi Picoult

113 The Last Juror — John Grisham

114 The Devil in the White City — Erik Larson

115 Left Behind — Tim LaHaye, Jerry B. Jenkins

116 America (The Book) — Jon Stewart and The Writers of The Daily Show

117 The Red Tent — Anita Diamant

118 John Adams — David McCullough

119 The Christmas Box — Richard Paul Evans

120 The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants Ann Brashares

121 Sugar Busters! — H. Leighton Steward, Sam S. Andrews, Morrison C. Bethea, Luis A. Balart

122 Blink — Malcolm Gladwell

123 The Power of Now — Eckhart Tolle

124 90 Minutes in Heaven: A True Story of Death and Life — Don Piper, Cecil Murphey

125 The Fellowship of the Ring — J.R.R. Tolkien

126 1776 — David McCullough

127 The Bridges of Madison County — Robert James Waller

128 Where the Heart Is — Billie Letts

129 The Ultimate Weight Solution — Phillip C. McGraw

130 Protein Power — Michael R. Eades, Mary Dan Eades

131 Chicken Soup for the Mother’s Soul —  Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Jennifer Read Hawthorne, Marci Shimoff

132 Into Thin Air — Jon Krakauer

133 Middlesex — Jeffrey Eugenides

134 Three Cups of Tea — Greg Mortenson, David Oliver Relin

135 You: The Owner’s Manual — Michael F. Roizen, Mehmet C. Oz

136 1,000 Places to See Before You Die: A Traveler’s Life List — Patricia Schultz

137 Self Matters — Phillip C. McGraw

138 She’s Come Undone — Wally Lamb

139 1984 — George Orwell

140 The Chronicles of Narnia — C.S. Lewis

141 The Millionaire Next Door — Thomas J. Stanley, William D. Danko

142 The Other Boleyn Girl — Philippa Gregory

143 The Zone — Barry Sears, Bill Lawren

144 The Pilot’s Wife — Anita Shreve

145 The Lost World — Michael Crichton

146 Atonement Ian McEwan

147 He’s Just Not That Into You Greg Behrendt, Liz Tuccillo

148 Fahrenheit 451 — Ray Bradbury

149 The World Is Flat — Thomas L. Friedman

150 Cross — James Patterson

3 thoughts on “Best-selling books of the last 15 years

  1. I’m familiar with all 10 books but have only read some of the HP series. I’m not surprised HP series and da Vinci Code have accounted for over half of the list, but I’m taken aback that more recent books have dominated the chart.


  2. Meagan I know that you are going to disagree, but I am wondering how all those Harry Potter books are so high up on the list. I just cant take those books seriously. why is the “Tipping Point” not on the list but “Chicken Soup for the
    Soul” is?


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