About the blog: the short version

How many books published this year will be remembered a century from now? Probably not many.

From Franco Moretti’s book Graphs, Maps, Trees:

A canon of two hundred novels…sounds very large for nineteenth-century Britain…but is still less than one percent of the novels that were actually published: twenty thousand, thirty, no one really knows.

So, there are a lot of books that have been forgotten. And most of them probably weren’t very good, but I bet a lot of them were fun.


  1. I just wanted to drop a note real quick to let you know that I’ve so enjoyed the illustrations that you’ve scanned (or rather that Google scanned and you captured). Lots of fun!

  2. very interesting, but I don’t agree with you

  3. Well, that’s specific.

  4. Hi, i’m schoooler

    I’m new to the forum and just saying hello.

  5. I love your blog. I would like to highly recommend May Agnes Fleming books, specifically The Unseen Bridegroom or Wedded for a Week (available at Gutenberg). It’s a page turner (but don’t worry, it has a happy ending)!

  6. Those are wonderful titles! I will definitely have a look.

  7. Hi–

    I spoke very briefly at the Book Bloggers Convention in NYC at the end of BEA, May 28th. We’re still reeling down here in Nashville and the need for books is great. I’ve partnered with a local agency to help with our book project, A Dry Read: New Books for Nashville. Please help if you can by blogging about the project and encouraging everyone you know to participate by sending us books! I’ve blogged about it on my page, http://www.rebeecabrothers.com. Please visit and pass along the news. I’d really appreciate it!

    Thanks so much-
    Becky Brothers
    Reader With a Capital “R

  8. Hello,

    Do you mind if I link to your site from my fashion sites?



    • You are welcome to. Would you mind giving me a link to your site? Thanks.

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