The Best Books Of The 90′s (1990′s)

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This is our list of the 12 Best Books from 1990 – 1999. This list of the best books of the 90′s has been compiled using some of the internet’s most reliable sources. You may view these sources at the end of this post. We hope you find your next great read and remember to bookmark this page for future reference. This best books of the 90′s list is in no particular order.



Bridget Jones' Diary Book CoverBridget Jones’ Diary, by Helen Fielding

Originally starting off as a column in “The Independent” in 1995, author Helen Fielding then turned the columns into two novels after it’s success rate amongst women. These then became two of the best and most popular books of the 90′s. Bridget Jones’s diary is about an average woman in her mid thirties with some emotional issues and some bad habits including drinking and smoking too much and her quest to find a man. As she writes her New Year’s resolutions in her diary every year and her job as an assistant at a London book publisher takes some interesting turns in the love department, what decisions will she make?

Memoirs of a Geisha Book CoverMemoirs of a Geisha, by Arthur Golden

Nine year old Chiyo and her older sister Satsu are from a small fishing village, Yoroido, in Japan. With their father aging and their mother becoming increasingly sicker they are sold to a Geisha house in Kyoto’s Gion district. While Satsu was not accepted and forced to live and work in a brothel as a prostitute, Chiyo was treated like a slave by the head mistress and head Geisha Hatsumono out of pure jealousy of her beauty. One day she is taken under the wing of retired Geisha Mameha who teaches her all that she knows and introduces her to a life of wealth, politics, and desire.

Sophie's World Book CoverSophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder

An exciting book coming from two different perspectives of two little girls soon to turn 15 years old. The book begins with young Sophie and a strange philosophy lesson. Every day a letter is sent to her mailbox with several questions and later in the day she receives a package with some typed pages on a philosopher’s point of view about those questions. At first perplexed at who was sending her the letters, but still interested in the material she begins learning all about philosophy and the different opinions of philosophers along the way through correspondence with her teacher. The seccond half of the book is coming from Milde’s view of the world and a book she is reading given to her by her father called “Sophie’s World”

High Fidelity Book CoverHigh Fidelity, by Nick Hornby

Rob Fleming owns a record store in London England called Championship Vinyl. Rob comes in the shop everyday and discusses knowledge of music with his employees Barry and Dick. Rob is obsessed with making top lists of just about anything especially music. When Rob starts to recount his past relationships in a top 5 most memorable break up list, he learns more about himself than he ever knew and his fear of commitment has something to do with his fear of death and loss. Through dealing with past relationships he learns what is important in his current one.

Trainspotting Book CoverTrainspotting, by Irvine Welsh

Trainspotting is a look into the lives of a group of hard core heroine junkies in the slums of Glasglow split up into 7 sections each section from the viewpoint of a different character and member of the group. When Mark Renton decides he wants to quit using drugs and move away he realizes that this decision will affect the lives of his friends and family and that it is not always easy to leave the past behind. Author Irvine Welsh wrote a sequel, “Porno” in 2002, and “Skagboys” is expected for publication in 2012.

Diana True Story Book CoverDiana: Her True Story, by Andrew Morton

The true story of Princess Diana edited by her, in her own words. Starting from her childhood and growing up in Althorp to how she came to meet Prince Charles, their marriage and the events leading to their divorce. Princess Diana, due to the raw nature of some of the information in her story, wanted herself to be completely anonymous as not to upset the Queen. This best book of the 90′s has over 75 photographs of the princess and her family, goes into detail about her humanitarian efforts, and finishes with her unforgettable funeral service.

September Book CoverSeptember, by Rosamunde Plicher

September is a saga involving the lives of two families in Scotland. The book is centered around a ball being held for one of the daughters, Katy Steyton. Pandora returns after years of being away with a big secret. Henry runs away from boarding school and returns home and Noel and Alexa are falling in love. A story of friendship and betrayal, love and forgiveness, and family and homecomings. A familial story, beautifully painted.

Like Water For Chocolate Book CoverLike Water for Chocolate, by Laura Esquivel

A heated novel full of love and passion about a forbidden marriage on the border between Mexico and the United States. Tita and Pedro fall in love at first sight but their marriage is forbidden by Tita’s mother because of the family’s tradition that the youngest daughter must not marry and take care of her mother until death. Tita has a love for cooking that grows as the book continues and expresses her feelings towards Pedro and her family in her meals. The book follows Tita and Pedro’s ultimate struggle for love as they do everything possible to finally be together.

Men Are From Mars, Women are from Venus Book CoverMen Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus, by John Gray

An extremely successful book by author John Gray (a popular seminar leader and couples counselor) explaining the differences between men and women. By using the idea that Men and Women are from different planets but need to learn how to live together in peace, Gray explains that this is possible through comunication, the differences in emotional needs, and a more in depth understanding of the opposite sex.

The Bourne Ultimatum Book CoverThe Bourne Ultimatum, by Robert Ludlum

Completely different from “The Bourne Ultimatum” movie which came out in 2007, David Webb is forced to come out of hiding as the person he once was thirteen years ago…Jason Bourne. Friends Alex Conklin and Morris Panov inform Bourne that his life is in danger and his old enemy Carlos the Jackal is out to kill him. From a tip from the CIA Bourne learns that Carlos is in Paris. Bourne eventually lures the Jackal to Moscow where Bourne and Carlos go to war.

Smilla's Sense Of Snow Book CoverSmilla’s Sense of Snow, by Peter Hoeg

Three versions of the novel have been published originating in Denmark as “Froken Smillas fornemmelse for sne” in 1992, and later translated into English in England as “Miss Smilla’s Feeling of Snow”, and “Smilla’s Sense of Snow” in the United States. A thrilling novel about the neighbor’s son Isaiah and Smilla’s search to uncover the truth to his death. Through a series of flashbacks Smilla slowly starts to put the pieces together in an investigation of the crime scene trying to get all the help she can get.

Corelli's Mandolin Book CoverCorelli’s Mandolin, by Louis De Berneres

This story is centered around the small Greek Island, Cephallonia, during World War II, Dr. Iannis, and his daughter Pelagia. Pelagia falls in love with a local fisherman, Mandras and decides against marriage, due to her father’s influence, right before Mandras goes off to war. After many letters and no word in response she believed he would never return. When Italy finally invaded the tiny island, without even realizing it, Pelagia is won over by one of the Captain’s of the Italian Army, Captain Corelli. A secret love story in the harsh circumstances of war and how it affects the small tight knit community, and all the beauty and love Pelagia once knew.

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