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Novel Knockout

Generation Domination

Book against book, friend against friend. Welcome to the third annual ThriftBooks Novel Knockout! This year’s theme: Generation Domination. 64 titles that encapsulate the last four generations went head-to-head in social media until the ultimate novel, and ultimate generation, was decided by our readers. Check out the journey in the bracket!

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And the winner is...


Millennials: Harry Potter

The readers have spoken, it’s the second win for Harry Potter! Fighting and dominating through 5 rounds, against books like A Series of Unfortunate Events and The Hunger Games, has brought this book series to the top spot, for its second time!
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer

Baby Boomers: Lord of the Rings

Coming in second place is J. R. R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, representing the Baby Boomers! The Boomers voted hard, and gave quite the fight in the last round, just barely missing out on the championship.
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy Book Cover

Tied for Third: Jurassic Park and The Hunger Games

The Gen X and Gen Z champions were the other half of our Final Four and deserve all the love they got this competition. Hunger Games barely broke a sweat until it faced off against our Champion. Jurassic Park won in a face off against Stephen King, proving it deserved its top spot.
Jurassic Park Book Cover
Jurassic Park
from $4.89
The Hunger Games Book Cover
The Hunger Games
from $3.99

And below are the other 60 titles that competed in this year's tournament. They may not have won, but they played the game and we can respect that enough to add them to our “To-be-read” piles.

Baby Boomers

One Hundred Years of Solitude
Gabriel García Márquez

from: $3.99

Atlas Shrugged
Ayn Rand

from: $3.99

Brave New World
Aldous Huxley

from: $4.49

The Cat in the Hat
Dr. Seuss

from: $3.59

The Catcher in the Rye
J.D. Salinger

from: $4.39

A Clockwork Orange
Anthony Burgess

from: $4.69

Frank Herbert

from: $9.19

Fahrenheit 451
Ray Bradbury

from: $4.39

Flowers for Algernon
Daniel Keyes

from: $3.99

Invisible Man
Ralph Ellison

from: $3.59

On the Road
Jack Kerouac

from: $3.59

The Bell Jar
Sylvia Plath

from: $7.29

The Phantom Tollbooth
Norton Juster

from: $3.69

Gen X

American Psycho
Bret Easton Ellis

from: $8.19

Toni Morrison

from: $3.89

Bright Lights, Big City
Jay McInerney

from: $4.19

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
John Archambault

from: $3.59

Flowers in the Attic
V.C. Andrews

from: $4.69

Interview with the Vampire
Anne Rice

from: $4.29

Stephen King

from: $6.29

The Joy Luck Club
Amy Tan

from: $3.59

Jurassic Park
Michael Crichton

from: $4.89

The Color Purple
Alice Walker

from: $4.59

The Handmaid's Tale
Margaret Atwood

from: $3.99

The Shining
Stephen King

from: $7.69

The Stand
Stephen King

from: $5.19


The Book Thief
Markus Zusak

from: $3.99

The Coldest Winter Ever
Sister Souljah

from: $10.19

Fight Club
Chuck Palahniuk

from: $4.19

Gossip Girl
Cecily von Ziegesar

from: $4.39

Louis Sachar

from: $3.59

Kafka on the Shore
Haruki Murakami

from: $7.59

Oh, The Places You'll Go!
Dr. Seuss

from: $4.39

Parable of the Sower
Octavia E. Butler

from: $7.99

Sex and the City
Candace Bushnell

from: $3.69

The Giver
Lois Lowry

from: $3.69

Irvine Welsh

from: $4.09

Stephenie Meyer

from: $3.59

The Bad Beginning
Lemony Snicket

from: $3.69

Gen Z

Haruki Murakami

from: $8.79

A Children's Bible
Lydia Millet

from: $3.99

Daisy Jones & The Six
Taylor Jenkins Reid

from: $6.09

Darius the Great Is Not Okay
Adib Khorram

from: $3.99

The Fault in Our Stars
John Green

from: $3.59

Män som hatar kvinnor
Stieg Larsson

from: $4.19

Gone Girl
Gillian Flynn

from: $3.59

The Hunger Games
Suzanne Collins

from: $3.99

The Night Circus
Erin Morgenstern

from: $6.59

The Lightning Thief
Rick Riordan

from: $3.59

Laurie Halse Anderson

from: $4.09

The Hate U Give
Angie Thomas

from: $3.59

Neal Shusterman

from: $4.39

R.J. Palacio

from: $3.59

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