Sister Sites

Blogger Linda Aragoni has a second website dealing with fiction writing. GreatPenformances.com is a collection of her reviews of all the bestselling novels of the twentieth century. Aragoni’s site for teachers of nonfiction writing to teens and adults, YCTwriting, is currently not available.

Great Penformances: A site about fiction writing

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A few GreatPenformances bestsellers are collections of short stories rather than novels.

In the 1970s, while working as a newspaper reporter, Linda Aragoni  began reading and reviewing older fiction. Initially she reviewed books for her own pleasure, publishing some in a weekly paper owned by some friends. It wasn’t until the late 1990s while freelancing for The Library Imagination Paper, a publication about how to promote libraries, that she saw the financial value of promoting old fiction to a new generation of readers: Old books don’t cost new dollars.

Sometime early in this century, she decided to systematically read and review all the bestselling fiction of 1900–1999, looking at each one in terms of its value and appeal to today’s readers.

In 2007, Aragoni began posting her reviews on a WordPress.com blog called  GreatPenformances , offering reviews free to libraries that wanted to use them. She completed her challenge of reading and reviewing all 941 bestselling novels of the twentieth century on Dec. 22, 2020.. The GreatPenformances URL is https://greatpenformances.wordpress.com/ 

You can find lists of all the 20th century bestselling fiction, including links to Linda Aragoni’s reviews, in three lists at GreatPenformances: Bestsellers 1900-1929, Bestsellers 1930-1969, and Bestsellers 1970-1999.

One other thing: Linda Aragoni still offers her reviews free to libraries and other organizations that promote literacy.

Site about teaching nonfiction writing: YCTwriting

In 2008, Linda Aragoni began a website about teaching nonfiction writing to teens and adults called You Can Teach Writing. She operated the 450 page website for five years.

When experienced English teachers began retiring in droves, newly credentialed teachers didn’t have enough experience to know what didn’t work, so Aragoni scrunched all those pages into YCTWriting, a website of fewer than 50 pages. She also put her entire nonfiction writing program into eight sentences totaling 34 words.

YCTWriting is currently in mothballs. Aragoni may bring it out again when she finishes books she has underway.

Updated 2021-03-30