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National Book Lovers Day



National Book Lovers Day takes place on August 9th, but those who love to read celebrate it every day. It is a day that encourages people to spend some time reading. Bestselling books tend to have an influence on people. Here is a quick look at books that were the most popular in a specific year. Your ancestors or relatives may have read some of them.

1900
Fiction Bestseller – “To Have and To Hold” by Mary Johnston
Critically Acclaimed and Historically Significant – “The World and the Individual” by Josiah Royce

1910
Fiction Bestseller – “The Rosary” by Florence Barclay
Critically Acclaimed and Historically Significant – “Twenty Years at Hull House” by Jane Addams

1920
Fiction Bestseller – “The Man of the Forest” by Zane Grey
Nonfiction Bestseller – “Now it Can Be Told” by Philip Gibbs
Critically Acclaimed and Historically Significant – “Women in Love” by D.H. Lawrence

1930
Fiction Bestseller – “Cimarron” by Edna Ferber
Nonfiction Bestseller – “The Story of San Michele” by Axel Munthe
Critically Acclaimed and Historically Significant – “The 42nd Parallel” by John Dos Passos
Book-Of-The-Month Club Selections – “Iron Man” by W.R. Burnett

1940
Fiction Bestseller – “How Green Was My Valley” by Richard Llewellyn
Nonfiction Bestseller – “I Married Adventure” by Osa Johnson
Critically Acclaimed and Historically Significant – “To the Finland Station” by Edmund Wilson
Book-Of-The-Month Club Selections – “Verdun” by Jules Romains

1950
Fiction Bestseller – “The Cardinal” by Henry Morton Robinson
NonFiction Bestseller – “Betty Crocker’s Picture Cook Book”
Critically Acclaimed and Historically Accurate – “The Liberal Imagination” by Lionel Trilling
Book-Of-The-Month Club Selections – “The Peabody Sisters of Salem” by Louise Hall Tharp

1960
Fiction Bestseller – “Advise and Consent” by Allen Drury
Nonfiction Bestseller – “Folk Medicine” by D.C. Jarvis
Critically Acclaimed and Historically Significant – “The Alexandria Quartet” by Lawrence Durrell
Book-Of-The-Month Club Selections – “Meeting With Japan” by Fosco Maraini

1970
Fiction Bestseller – “Love Story” by Erich Segal
Nonfiction Bestseller – “”Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex but Were Afraid to Ask” by David Reuben
Critically Acclaimed and Historically Accurate – “The Archaeology of Knowledge” by Michel Foucault
Book-Of-The-Month Club Selections – “The Collapse of the Third Republic” by William L. Shirer

1980
Fiction Bestseller – “The Covenant” by James A. Michener
Nonfiction Bestseller – “Crisis Investing: Opportunities and Profits in the Coming Great Depression” by Douglas R. Casey
Critically Acclaimed and Historically Significant – “Free to Choose” by Milton and Rose D. Friedman

1990
Fiction Bestseller – “The Plains of Passage” by Jean M. Auel
Nonfiction Bestseller – “A Life on the Road” by Charles Kuralt
Critically Acclaimed and Historically Significant – “Sexual Personae” by Camile Paglia

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