Top 100 books sold in the UK since 1998

Don't know whether to laugh or cry. Disappointing to see a few of these made the list, while much more literary fiction didn't.

Data from

"The Top-selling 100 books of all time (well, since Nielsen records begain in 1998) are published today.
The top 100 books – of all time and of the last year – is out. It shows Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code is the big seller of the last decade, followed closely by JK Rowling's Harry Potter novels."


I've read:

All the Harry Potters

Angels & Demons (I was curious! And underwhelmed.)

Tried first Stephenie Meyer but threw it aside.

The Lovely Bones (Underwhelmed)

Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Enjoyed very much)

The Kite Runner (")

Time-Traveler's Wife (Okay. Liked it medium-ish)

Atonement (Liked very much)

No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (Enjoyed very much)

Birdsong (Underwhelmed)

Labyrinth (Enjoyed)

Captain Corelli (Took forever to get into, then loved it)

Eats, Shoots and Leaves (Underwhelmed)

Very Hungry Caterpillar (Kids loved it!)

Chocolat (Enjoyed)

Angela's Ashes (Enjoyed, but so depressing!)

To Kill a Mockingbird (A classic, read several times, but a bit over-rated)

Catcher in the Rye (see above TKAM – even more over-rated)

Brick Lane (Enjoyed)

A Spot of Bother (Greatly enjoyed)

And that's it for me. But several of these – including many cookbooks and bios of people I'm not at all curious about – would never make my reading list, anyway. I'm getting more discriminating the older I get!

Sharon Osbourne? Really?



2 thoughts on “Top 100 books sold in the UK since 1998

  1. Having worked at a library for just over five years now, I’ve learned a lot of things about the general public’s taste in reading. And pretty much all of it’s depressing.


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