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Favorites from the 80’s are on my shelves and I hope on yours or that you have fond memories of them.  I only mention a few from the wiki list so I hope you will mention your favorites in the comments below.


Jean M. Auel - The Clan of the Cave Bear

Mary Higgins Clark - The Cradle Will Fall

Pat Conroy - The Lords of Discipline

Umberto Eco - The Name of the Rose

Ken Follett - The Key to Rebecca

P. D. James - Innocent Blood

Robert Ludlum - The Bourne Identity

James A. Michener - The Covenant

Salman Rushdie - Midnight's Children

John Kennedy Toole - A Confederacy of Dunces

New drama
Willy Russell - Educating Rita


Bernard Cornwell
    Sharpe's Eagle
    Sharpe's Gold


Isabel Allende - La casa de los espíritus (The House of the Spirits)

Isaac Asimov - Foundation's Edge

Jean M. Auel - The Valley of Horses

Lynne Reid Banks - The Indian in the Cupboard

John Jakes - North and South

Thomas Keneally - Schindler's Ark

Sue Townsend - The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13¾

Alice Walker - The Color Purple


Isaac Asimov - The Robots of Dawn

Marion Zimmer Bradley - The Mists of Avalon

Raymond Carver - Cathedral

Ken Follett - On Wings of Eagles

Mark Helprin - Winter's Tale

William Kennedy -Ironweed

Stephen King - Christine

John le Carré - The Little Drummer Girl

Terry Pratchett - The Colour of Magic


David Brin - The Practice Effect

Louise Erdrich - Love Medicine

Milan Kundera - The Unbearable Lightness of Being

Gore Vidal - Lincoln


Isaac Asimov – Robots and Empire

Margaret Atwood – The Handmaid's Tale

Jean M. Auel – The Mammoth Hunters

Orson Scott Card – Ender's Game

Gabriel García Márquez – Love in the Time of Cholera

Garrison Keillor – Lake Wobegon Days

Cormac McCarthy – Blood Meridian

Larry McMurtry – Lonesome Dove

Carl Sagan – Contact

Anne Tyler – The Accidental Tourist

Oliver Sacks – The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat


Pat Conroy – The Prince of Tides

Carl Hiaasen – Tourist Season

Brian Jacques – Redwall

Diana Wynne Jones – Howl's Moving Castle

Stephen King – It

Robert Ludlum – The Bourne Supremacy

Ellis Peters – The Rose Rent

Terry Pratchett – The Light Fantastic

James Tiptree, Jr. – Tales of the Quintana Roo


Robert Crais – The Monkey's Raincoat

Kaye Gibbons – Ellen Foster

Betty Mahmoody – Not Without My Daughter

Toni Morrison – Beloved

Haruki Murakami – Norwegian Wood

Michael Ondaatje – In the Skin of A Lion

Rosamunde Pilcher – The Shell Seekers

Terry Pratchett – Equal Rites and Mort

Edward Rutherfurd – Sarum

Scott Turow – Presumed Innocent

Gene Wolfe – The Urth of the New Sun

Tom Wolfe – The Bonfire of the Vanities


Paulo Coelho – The Alchemist

Umberto Eco – Foucault's Pendulum (Il pendolo di Foucault)

Terry Pratchett
  Wyrd Sisters

Salman Rushdie – The Satanic Verses

R. A. Salvatore – The Crystal Shard – first book of the The Icewind Dale Trilogy

Anne Tyler – Breathing Lessons


Lindsey Davis – The Silver Pigs

Ken Follett – The Pillars of the Earth

John Irving – A Prayer for Owen Meany

Kazuo Ishiguro – The Remains of the Day

Terry Pratchett - Guards! Guards! and Pyramids

Amy Tan – The Joy Luck Club

I have read 48 of these.  

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