Books are timeless, it doesn’t matter if they were written over a hundred years ago or just yesterday, if they are written well then the story is just as vibrant and beautiful as the day it was first penned. Books don’t rely on special effects or owning a compatible device all you need to be able to do to enjoy a book from any era is read and I don’t know about you but I think I am pretty good at reading.
I’ve read classics written 300 years ago and books that will stay with me forever that still have wet ink and loved them all but have I read the most popular book from the year I was born? I had no idea but thanks to Good Housekeeping I can find out and (as long as you were born after 1930) now so can you.
The years 1930 -1975 are in this list, a link to the books from 1976 to the present year can be found on the link at the bottom of this page.
The story follows the lives of four sisters- Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March- and is loosely based on the author and her three sisters. The novel was originally published in two volumes in 1868 and 1869, but was eventually made into a single book for sale. The story was an instant hit and sold out its first 2000 copies.
“Little Women has a timeless resonance which reflects Alcott’s grasp of her historical framework in the 1860s. The novel’s ideas do not intrude themselves upon the reader because the author is wholly in control of the implications of her imaginative structure. Sexual equality is the salvation of marriage and the family; democratic relationships make happy endings. This is the unifying imaginative frame of Little Women.” ~Sarah Elbert, 1987~
Many believe that film and television have the capacity to ruin a perfectly good novel by adapting it to fit into a series or film. Even Peter Jackson’s epic reworking of Lord of the Rings, and The Hobbit trilogy tried hard to squeeze in Tolkien’s vision but fell short for many fans of the books (coughTOMBOMBADILcough).
While some of us may scoff or sneer at the seemingly constant need to adapt already-existing stories for television or movies, it has become apparent that introducing someone to a story via television can impact book sales of the original title. This year’s hit adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s A Handmaid’s Tale shows this to be the case with the 1985 novel hitting the top of Amazon’s most read list of 2017.
Beginning in the 1930s, these pulp fiction books were sold in bus stations, newsstands, and general stores. Lesbian pulp fiction was far more popular than stories about gay men, due to their appeal to heterosexual men. The first original pulp nonfiction to feature male gay sex was in 1952, called Men Into Beasts, but it was more brutal and horrifying than the erotic and romantic fictions that followed.
In the 1960s gay press associations such as Guild Press, and Greenleaf Classics produced varied erotica and pornographic pulp fiction for and about homosexual men. Rather than being pieces of high literature the gay pulps were unashamedly created to titilate and arouse the reader. Each piece of pulp fiction of the time was produced with a colourful cover to catch the eye, and a provocative title.
We have gathered together some of the most amusing, shocking titles that were once available… Be warned- this is NOT safe for work!
#NoelANovel has fast become the best bookish game to play with your followers and we at For Reading Addicts were excited to join in! We asked our readers on Facebook to come up with some of their own and this is what they have brought us…
And how to spot them on your bookshelf!
Matthew Haley, director of books and manuscripts at Bonhams auction house is sharing his advice on old books, listing the twenty most valuable books of all time, and how you can spot them on the bookshelf! Read More