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Find Out What Book Was Popular The Year You Were Born

What you see, hear, watch, listen to, and read can change the way you think about things and transforms your existence. Just as your actions affect how people see you, your thoughts influence how you view yourself and the world around you. Choosing to cultivate a positive outlook and gathering knowledge from other people's insight and experiences are just some of the ways to live your best life.    

One of the most effective ways to learn, reflect, and open your mind is reading. We already know books aren't just words on a page. They have the power to teach you life lessons and change the course of your future.  

Think about your favorite book and why you love it so much. Was the character relatable on a personal level? Did it transform your viewpoint about history? Were the details described in a beautiful way?

If you loved the book, it's likely a lot of other people did too. Some books are timeless, and some come to light only when society needs them. Do you know what was the most popular book the year you were born? Check out the list below to see if you've read it!

1950 - The Cardinal by Henry Morton Robinson

1951 - From Here to Eternity by James Jones

1952 - The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

1953 - The Robe by Lloyd C. Douglas

1954 - Not As a Stranger by Morton Thompson

1955 - The Man in the Grey Flannel Suit by Sloan Wilson

1956 - Eloise by Kay Thompson

1957 - Peyton Place by Grace Metalious

1958 - Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

1959 - Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak

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Can you discover any underlying themes in each decade? Why do you think these particular books were so popular? It's almost never a coincidence when people seek out stories that explain or reveal underlying issues in society.

The Pulizer Prize-winning book To Kill a Mockingbird rocketed to stardom in the 60s, and regained popularity in recent years when Harper Lee's posthumous sequel Go Set a Watchman was published.

Tropic of Cancer sparked censoring issues in the Supreme Court, while another of J.D. Salinger's books became famous for its great characters. Another book, The Shoes of the Fisherman, gained popularity because it was released the day Pope John XXIII died.

1960 - To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

1961 - Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller

1962 - Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger

1963 - The Shoes of the Fisherman by Morris West

1964 - You Only Live Twice by Ian Fleming

1965 - Herzog by Saul Bellow

1966 - Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann

1967 - Rosemary's Baby by Ira Levin

1968 - Couples by John Updike

1969 - Portnoy's Complaint by Philip Roth

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Did you know The Exorcist and Jaws were both bestselling novels before their film adaptions? Tragedy, horror, and satire were all common genres during the 70s. In fact, one of the most popular books was one of Agatha Christie's murder mysteries. The author died during this time period, which explains why her last novel was read so widely.

A few other books were intelligent commentaries on society and American politics, while others promised an answer to a question. Let's face it, everyone wanted to know what Sophie's Choice was.  

1970 - Love Story by Erich Segal

1971 - The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty

1972 - Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach

1973 - Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut

1974 - Jaws by Peter Benchley

1975 - Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow

1976 - Sleeping Murder by Agatha Christie

1977 - The Thorn Birds by Coleen McCullough

1978 - Fools Die by Mario Puzo

1979 - Sophie's Choice by William Styron

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Several of this decade's popular books were made into major films. The Bourne Identity sparked a franchise starring Matt Damon and of course, no one can forget the iconic E.T.

Several of today's bestselling authors rose to fame during this time also. Stephen King's first bestselling novel happened to be a popular book during the 80s, along with books from Danielle Steel and Anne Rice.

Salman Rushdie's best-seller demonstrated that words have the power to both inspire and offend. The author's approach to sensitive passages in the Quran led to a call for his assassination.

1980 - The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum

1981 - Cujo by Stephen King

1982 - E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial by William Kotzwinkle

1983 - The Color Purple by Alice Walker

1984 - The Sicilian by Mario Puzo

1985 - Secrets by Danielle Steel

1986 - The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy

1987 - Patriot Games by Tom Clancy

1988 - The Queen of the Damned by Anne Rice

1989 - The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie

We're getting closer to modern day best-sellers. Do you remember any of these?

War, emigration, scandal, and love were all topics explored in the 90s. There's no question this was a big year for books, with Oprah's book club partially influencing what made it to the top of the list. In addition, the Harry Potter series began to take off with J.K. Rowling's second book.

It's also refreshing to see more variety in voice, style, and authorship. For the first time ever, a Hispanic author won a Pulitzer Prize during this time period. In addition, a novel about the lives of four African-American women was the top book in 1992.

1990 - The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love by Oscar Hijuelos

1991 - The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien

1992 - Waiting to Exhale by Terry McMillan

1993 - The Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller

1994 - Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt

1995 - High Fidelity by Nick Hornby

1996 - The Deep End of the Ocean by Jacquelyn Mitchard

1997 - Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier

1998 - Paradise by Toni Morrison

1999 - Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

How many of these have you read? Continue to discover what was popular in the early 2000s.

Many thought we wouldn't make it to year 2000, but it arrived and the earth didn't spontaneously combust. However, that didn't stop people from returning from the one thing that really matters in life: love. Romance was the most popular genre from the year 2000-2009, with Nicholas Sparks' books becoming a popular as well as the teen romance Twilight.

Not surprisingly, the final Harry Potter book also became a bestseller as well as the controversial Da Vinci Code. Do you remember Marley & Me? It also became a popular read at this time.

2000 - The Rescue by Nicholas Sparks

2001 - The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen

2002 - The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

2003 - The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

2004 - The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom

2005 - The Mermaid Chair by Sue Monk Kidd

2006 - Marley & Me by John Grogan

2007 - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

2008 - Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

2009 - My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult

You're almost there! Do you remember what was on the recommended reading list from 2010-2016?

Best reads took a bit of a dark turn in more recent years. 2010-2016 explored themes of sexual abuse, abduction, racism, lies, and death in the best-selling books. Interestingly enough, many of the most popular books ended up being adapted to films, including Kathryn Stockett's The Help and The Fault in Our Stars.

A surprising book took a leap to fame in 2016 because of the popular musical Hamilton.

We can't wait to see what book will be the best in 2017!

2010 - The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

2011 - The Help by Kathryn Stockett

2012 - Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James

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2013 - Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

2014 - The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

2015 - The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

2016 - Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow

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