Best of the Decade: 1990s

Editor’s Note: This year, our Half Price Books calendar once again features lists of books, movies and music. We’re heading into a new decade with a new focus…the past. Each month, we’ll share a list of events, inventions and, of course, books, movies and music, from every decade since the 1900s right here on the blog. Enjoy!

The internet is made available to the public and a wizard kid named Harry takes the reading world by storm. We mosey right on into the next decade with events, books, music and movies that made the 1990s memorable.


The Secret History – Donna Tartt
The Virgin Suicides – Jeffrey Eugenides
Jazz – Toni Morrison
Infinite Jest – David Foster Wallace
Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – J.K. Rowling
Interpreter of Maladies – Jhumpa Lahiri
All the Pretty Horses – Cormac McCarthy
Jurassic Park – Michael Crichton


Nevermind – Nirvana
Siamese Dream – Smashing Pumpkins
The Chronic – Dr. Dre
OK Computer – Radiohead
The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill – Lauryn Hill
Exile in Guyville – Liz Phair
Odelay – Beck
Jagged Little Pill – Alanis Morisette
Metallica– Metallica
Illmatic – Nas


Boyz n the Hood
The Silence of the Lambs
Pulp Fiction
Groundhog Day
The Shawshank Redemption
Being John Malkovich
The Big Lebowski


1990 Nelson Mandela released from South African prison
1991 Public debut of World Wide Web
1991 Dissolution of USSR brings end to Cold War
1993 Branch Davidian standoff
1995 Oklahoma City bombing
1995 O.J. Simpson murder trial
1996 First Half Price Books website
1997 First Harry Potter book published
1999 World preps for Y2K bug

That takes care of the 90s! Next up, we’ll head into the decade that had everyone storing water in the basement. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves here. Shout out some of your favorite 90s-era books, music and movies in the comments.

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