Additionally, it will provide a short (spoiler-free!) summary, the genre of the book and the number of weeks it remained a bestseller.
All you have to do is visit Wordery’s Best-selling Books by Year, type in your age, and the tool will reveal your birth year’s most popular title. Also, this fun and easy-to-use tool enables you to scroll through the timeline with titles ranging from 1948 up to 2018.
However, what is perhaps the most interesting about the tool is how different the bestsellers of each year are.
There is Christian fiction, spy novels, historical novels, romance, self-help books and even magic realism. There is Dan Brown, Stephen King, Irving Stone and J. K. Rowling (and Robert Galbraith too!).
The bestseller-of-all-bestsellers, “Hawaii” by James A. Michener, spent an astonishing 38 weeks at the top of the list in 1960, while John Grisham (author of blockbusters such as “The Firm” or “A Time to Kill”) is the writer who appears on the timeline most frequently. Romance and historical fiction are among the most popular genres appearing on the list.
A spokesperson for Wordery, Barry Magennis, explains the idea behind the project:
It’s always fun to find out what was happening in the world the year you were born and knowing which novel your parents were likely to be reading throughout the first year of your life is quite fascinating.
Not only that, if, like me, you find yourself asking ‘what should I read next?’ then this offers some great recommendations to help you figure out what book should be next on your reading list.
Try out Wordery’s tool and discover which book was à la mode the year you were born.
She is fascinated by how books influence culture and society. From time to time, she reads on a Kindle, but she is still not fully convinced to ebooks. When possible, she picks print editions and their addictive magic.
A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II
by Sonia Purnell
France was falling. Burned-out cars, once strapped high with treasured possessions, were nosed crazily into ditches. Their beloved cargoes of dolls, clocks, and mirrors lay smashed around them and along mile upon mile of unfriendly road. Their owners, young and old, sprawled across the hot dust, were groaning or already silent. Yet the hordes just kept streaming past them, a never-ending line of hunger and exhaustion too fearful to stop for days on end.
Ten million women, children, and old men were on the move, all fleeing Hitler’s tanks pouring across the border from the east and the north. Entire cities had uprooted themselves in a futile bid to escape the Nazi blitzkrieg that threatened to engulf them. The fevered talk was of German soldiers stripped to the waist in jubilation at the ease of their conquest. The air was thick with smoke and the stench of the dead. The babies had no milk, and the aged fell where they stood. The horses drawing overladen old farm carts sagged and snarled in their sweat-drenched agony. The French heat wave of May 1940 was witness to this, the largest refugee exodus of all time.
Day after day a solitary moving vehicle weaved its way through the crowd with a striking young woman at the wheel. Private Virginia Hall often ran low on fuel and medicines but still pressed on in her French army ambulance toward the advancing enemy. She persevered even when the German Stukas came screaming down to drop 110-pound bombs onto the convoys all around her, torching the cars and cratering the roads. Even when fighter planes swept over the treetops to machine-gun the ditches where women and children were trying to take cover from the carnage. Even though French soldiers were deserting their units, abandoning their weapons, and running away, some in their tanks. Even when her left hip was shot with pain from continually pressing down on the clutch with her prosthetic foot.
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