Slim pickings among 1909 bestsellers

Some years see several novels that are unforgettably good.  Other years see novels that are forgettable.

Most of the 1909 novels fall into that latter category.

The most memorable of the lot are The Silver Horde by Rex Beach and The Man in Lower Ten by Mary Roberts Rinehart.

words "The Silver Horde by Rex Beach" superimposed on photo of salmon spawning

photo of Pullman car with caption "The Man in Lower Ten is classic--and classy-- mystery

Neither of these novels can be said to offer any principles to live by, but both will keep 21st century readers interested and leave them with a sense of having been pleasantly entertained.

Some days, that’s enough.

©2015 Linda Gorton Aragoni

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Linda G. Aragoni

I make big ideas simple for learners. In eight sentences, 34 words, I taught teens and adults to write competently. Now I'm writing guides to turn willing volunteers into great nursing home visitors.

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