Chat about 1916 bestsellers draws Fine Books & Collections readers

Each of the last three years, I’ve had a conversation in January with Nate Pedersen about the novels that celebrated their one hundredth publishing birthdays in the just-ended year.  The conversations have been posted on Fine Books & Collections blog.

My January 2017 conversation with Nate about the 1916 bestselling novels was fifth of 2017’s 10 most popular posts at Fine Books & Collections blog.

I hope the newly posted conversation about 1917 bestselling novels will do as well.

© 2018 Linda Gorton Aragoni

1917 bestselling novels slated for review here

Some of the early twentieth century’s most popular novelists are represented on the  bestseller list for 1917, but few of them are known to today’s readers.  I dare say Zane Grey is the only author on the list who still has a fan club.

I hope my reviews will whet readers’ appetites for reading some of these novels published 100 years ago.

As always, if I’ve previously reviewed a novel, the link goes to the review. Otherwise, the link is to the free, downloadable digital version of the novel at Project Gutenberg.Project Gutenberg

  1. Mr. Britling Sees It Through by H. G. Wells [Also  1916]
  2. The Light in the Clearing by Irving Bacheller [Feb. 21, 2017]
  3. The Red Planet by William J. Locke  [ Feb. 25, 2017]
  4. The Road to Understanding by Eleanor H. Porter [Feb. 28, 2017]
  5. Wildfire by Zane Grey [Mar. 4, 2017]
  6. Christine by Alice Cholmondeley [Mar. 7, 2017]
  7. In the Wilderness by Robert S. Hichens  [Mar. 11, 2017]
  8. His Family by Ernest Poole  [Mar. 14, 2017]
  9. The Definite Object by Jeffrey Farnol [Mar. 18, 2018]
  10. The Hundredth Chance by Ethel M. Dell [Mar. 21, 2017]

Reader poll [Mar. 25, 2017]

My favorites of 1917 [Mar. 28, 2017]

Starting in April, we’ll move on to the bestselling novels of 1927.

Filling the gaps in bestseller lists of 1917 and 1918 novels

When I began reading all the bestselling novels from 1900 through 1969, I didn’t have access to many of the early novels. Thanks to Project Gutenberg, many of those bestsellers are now available again for free.

For the rest of 2016, I’m going to post reviews of the bestselling novels of 1917 and 1918 that I wasn’t able to find the first time around.

Project Gutenberg

In the lists below, hyperlinks will take you to either my previously posted review or to the Project Gutenberg page from which you can download the novel. The dates in square brackets tell when new content will be posted.

1918 bestselling novels

Row of chess pawns with overlaid message While England fights Germany trench-to-trench in France, a sexy American spy proves "The Pawns Count"

  1. The U.P. Trail by Zane Grey
  2. The Tree of Heaven by May Sinclair
  3. The Amazing Interlude by Mary Roberts Rinehart [2016-10-18]
  4. Dere Mable: Love Letters of a Rookie by Edward Streeter [2016-10-22]
  5. Oh, Money! Money! by Eleanor H. Porter [2016-10-25]
  6. Greatheart by Ethel M. Dell [2016-10-29]
  7. The Major by Ralph Connor [2016-11-01]
  8. The Pawns Count by E. Phillips Oppenhein [2016-11-05]
  9. A Daughter of the Land by Gene Stratton-Porter [2016-11-08]
  10. Sonia: Between Two Worlds by Stephen McKennal [2016-11-12]

Readers’ poll [2016-11-15]

My picks of the 1918 bestsellers [2016-11-19]

1917 bestselling novels

Photograph of wildfire with inset saying Wildfire is the story of a horse as fast and as furious as his name

  1. Mr. Britling Sees It Through by H. G. Wells
  2. The Light in the Clearing: A Tale of the North Country in the Time of Silas Wright by Irving Bacheller [2016-11-22]
  3. The Red Planet by William J. Locker [2016-11-26]
  4. The Road to Understanding by Eleanor H. Porter [2016-11-29]
  5. Wildfire by Zane Grey [2016-12-05]
  6. Christine by Alice Cholmondeley (Elizabeth Von Arnim) [2016-12-06]
  7. In the Wilderness by Robert S. Hichens [2016-12-10]
  8. His Family by Ernest Poole [2016-12-13]
  9. The Definite Object: A Romance of New York by Jeffrey Farnol [2016-12-17]
  10. The Hundredth Chance by Ethel M. Dell [2016-12-20]

Readers’ poll [2016-12-24]

My picks of the 1917 bestsellers [2016-12-27]

The best of the novels reviewed here in 2016, [2016-12-31]

© 2016 Linda Gorton Aragoni