GreatPenformances’ top picks in Fine Books blog again

screenshot of blog post Fine Books and Collections‘ blog began 2020 with GreatPenformaces reviewer Linda Aragoni’s look back at 1919’s bestsellers orchestrated by Nate Pedersen, contributing writer for the magazine.

Of the 1919 bestsellers, Aragoni named In Secret by Robert W. Chambers as both her personal favorite and the novel she thinks has the most appeal to readers in the year 2020.

This is the fifth year Pedersen and Aragoni have collaborated to provide a 100-year retrospective to readers of Fine Books and Collections’ blog.

Read the entire post here.

November–December Review Schedule

With the holidays upon us, you can expect postings from now to the start of 2015 to be rather a hodgepodge.

Over the years as I’ve been posting reviews of bestsellers, I’ve had difficulty finding some novels when their turn came in my rotation. Through the end of the year, 1919-09 frontpiece

But before I start on them, since Tuesday is election day in the US, I’ll suggest some political novels that you may prefer to watching the polls close.

Below is a list of what’s scheduled each week. As usual, if a book is available free online from Project Gutenberg, I’ve included a link to it.

Political novels [Nov. 4]

1919 bestseller list [Nov. 8]

1919 #4 Dangerous Days by Mary Roberts Rinehart [Nov. 11]

1919 #5 The Sky Pilot in No Man’s Land by Ralph Connor [Nov. 15]

1919 #7 Dawn by Eleanor H. Porter [Nov. 18]

1919 #8 The Tin Soldier by Temple Bailey [Nov. 22]

1919 #9 Christopher and Columbus by Elizabeth Von Arnim [Nov. 25]

1919 #10 In Secret Robert W. Chambers [Nov. 29]

1919-08_tinsoldier_248Poll: your 1919 favorite novels [Dec. 2]

My favorites of the 1919 novels [Dec. 6]

1920 #2 Kindred of the Dust by Peter B. Kyne [Dec. 9]

1920 #10 Harriet and the Piper by Kathleen Norris [Dec. 13]

1929 #3 Dark Hester by Anne Douglas Sedgwick [Dec. 16]

1929 #310 The Galaxy [British title The Milky Way] by Susan Ertz [Dec. 20]

Updates to my favorites of 1920 and 1929 [Dec. 23]

Wrap up 2014 reading [Dec. 27]

Schedule for 2015 reviews [Dec. 30]