What were your favorite novels of 1904?

I know most of my readers didn’t read the 1904 bestsellers the year they were originally published.  I hope, however, that some of you have sampled some of the them this year, perhaps in e-book form.

Now’s your chance to register your favorites and/or tell us what you think the best of 1904’s novels are for today’s readers. You can choose up to three.

Feel free to use the comment section to share more than just a click.

Think You Know Old Novels? Test Yourself

If you’re full of turkey, exhausted from shopping, and unable to watch another minute of football, curl up with this just-for-fun quiz.

The clue contains the title of one bestseller published between 1900 and 1970. Your answer should be the title of another bestseller of that period.  Base your answers solely on the titles of the novels.

Need some help? Check the bestseller lists. There’s a link above the logo for this page.


  1. Another term for The Deliverance.
  2. What might have been left in The Bishop’s Carriage.
  3. A likely inhabitant for The House of Mirth.
  4. In Western nations, Seventeen  is usually considered a year early
  5. He might have carried The Black Bag.
  6. A White Bird Flying might sing it.
  7. If WInter Comes, these may follow.
  8. The Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come might have carried it.
  9. Pride’s Castle probably had them
  10. Who lead The Caine Mutiny?

I’ll post my answers Wednesday, and we can compare notes.

1929 bestselling novels

It’s time to revisit the novels that were bestsellers in 1929, the year when the stock market crashed plunging America into the Great Depression.

I haven’t been able  to locate all the novels on the list, but those I’ve found have been fascinating.  Here in order are the 1929 top 10, led by a classic novel about the first World War:

  1. All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
  2. Dodsworth by Sinclair Lewis
  3. Dark Hester by Anne Douglas Sedgwick
  4. The Bishop Murder Case by S. S. Van Dine
  5. Roper’s Row by Warwick Deeping
  6. Peder Victorious by O. E. Rolvaag
  7. Mamba’s Daughters by DuBose Heyward
  8. The Galaxy by Susan Ertz
  9. Scarlet Sister Mary by Julie Peterkin
  10. Joseph and His Brethern by H. W. Freeman

In the next few weeks, I’ll tell you which of these have held their value for today’s readers.

Linda Gorton Aragoni