This post is about one of my favorite pastimes: Reading. I love to read. Anyone who knows anything about me should know that chances are I have a book or magazine in my bag/purse and am always reading at least one book, if not two or three. 

So I thought it’d be appropriate to share the USAToday’s list of Best-Selling Books of the last 15 years (when their list started). The list contains 150 books which is a little much to list here, so I split it in half. This still might be too long, but it’s my blog, so I can do what I want.

I’ve highlighted the ones I’ve read with a list of my absolute favorites listed below that:


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

Looks like I still have a few more to read! But my favorites from this list are: 

  • 1, 4-9: the Harry Potter series
  • 18: The Kite Runner
  • 22: To Kill a Mockingbird
  • 38: Night
  • 52: A Million Little Pieces

What are your favorites? What’s missing from this list?

My #1 favorite book is A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. Followed very closely by: Pride & Prejudice, A Prayer for Owen Meany (plus many, many more!). 

And remember what the Ad Council’s Lifelong Literacy is saying: Explore New Worlds. Read.