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A Note About Ratings: I have posted ratings because they are the single fastest way to summarize my opinions, but I want to do so with the explicit qualification that they are an inadequate measurement. I want it also to be clear that a rating of 3 out of 5 stars is a pretty good rating from me. I have to have actively enjoyed reading the book or else strongly appreciated something about it despite my lack of enjoyment. For some books, a rating of 3 is the highest compliment I can give; it is an acknowledgement that I respected a book intellectually despite its lack of resonance with me personally– but you can’t tell that simply from looking at the star rating. You’d have to read the review. A rating of 5 means that a book was a favorite with me in every way.  A rating of 1 means I found little to nothing worthwhile about the book. You’ll notice that I have very few books rated as such.

 

By Title

Title Author Rating (out of 5)*
14 Clines, Peter ****
Age of Miracles, (The) Walker, Karen Thompson ***
Americanah Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi ****1/2
Among the Janeites Yaffe, Deborah ****1/2
Amulet of Samarkand, (The) Stroud, Jonathan ***1/2
Annotated Emma Shapard, David M. *****
Armadale Collins, Wilkie *****
Ask and the Answer, (The) Ness, Patrick ***1/2
Beautiful Creatures Garcia, Cami, and Stohl, Margaret **1/2
Before I Go to Sleep Watson, S.J. **
Bel Canto Patchett, Ann *****
Big Sleep, (The) Chandler, Raymond ***1/2
Bloodland Glynn, Alan **
Broken Harbour French, Tana ****
Canada Ford, Richard *****
Carry the One Anshaw, Carol ****1/2
Castle Lennon, J. Robert ***
Casual Vacancy, (The) Rowling, J.K. ***
Charles Dickens: A Life Tomalin, Claire ****
City of Ember, (The) du Prau, Jeanne ***
Code Name Verity Wein,Elizabeth ****
Coraline Gaiman, Neil ****1/2
Crispin: The Cross of Lead Avi ***
Dance With Dragons, (A) Martin, George R.R. ****
Daphne Picardie, Justine ***1/2
David Copperfield Dickens, Charles *****
Dirty Secret: A Daughter Comes Clean About Her Mother’s Compulsive Hoarding Scholl, Jessie ****
Distancers (The) Sandlin, Lee ***
Divergent Roth, Veronica **1/2
Dombey and Son Dickens, Charles ****1/2
Duplex Davis, Kathryn ***
Dust Howey, Hugh ****
Eleanor & Park Rowell, Rainbow *****
End of Money, (The) Wolman, David **
Executioner’s Song, (The) Mailer, Norman ***1/2
Fairytales from the Brothers Grimm Pullman, Phillip ****
Famous Baby Rizzo, Karen **1/2
Far Far Away McNeal, Tom ****1/2
Five Bells Jones, Gail ***1/2
Flamethrowers, (The) Kushner, Rachel ****
Flight Behavior Kingsolver, Barbara ****1/2
Flight of Gemma Hardy, (The) Livesey, Margot ***1/2
Flimsy Little Plastic Miracles Currie Jr., Ron **1/2
Goldfinch, (The) Tartt, Donna ****1/2
Good House, (The) Leary, Ann ***1/2
Grasshopper Jungle Smith, Andrew ****
Great and Monstrous Thing, (A) White, Jerry ****1/2
Headmaster’s Wife, (The) Greene, Thomas Christopher **1/2
Hired Man, (The) Forna, Aminatta ***1/2
House of Mirth, (The) (Film Review) Wharton, Edith ****
House of the Scorpion Farmer, Nancy ****1/2
House on the Strand, (The) du Maurier, Daphne ***1/2
Housekeeping Robinson, Marilyn *****
How to Be a Good Wife Chapman, Emma **
Hyperbole and a Half Brosh, Allie ****
In the Night Garden Valente Catherynne ****
Jane Eyre Brontë, Charlotte *****
Jane Eyre: 2011 Film Review Brontë, Charlotte ***1/2
Jasper Jones Silvey, Craig ***
Knife of Never Letting Go, (The) Ness, Patrick ***1/2
Land of Decoration, (The) McCleen, Grace ***1/2
Levels of Life Barnes, Julian ****1/2
Leviathan Westerfeld, Scott ***1/2
Lexicon Barry, Max ***1/2
Liar Larbalestier, Justine ***1/2
Lies of Locke Lamora, (The) Lynch, Scott ****
Little Face Hannah, Sophie **
Little Friend, (The) Tartt, Donna *****
Long Lankin Barraclough, Lindsay ***
Lower River, (The) Theroux, Paul ***1/2
Luminaries, (The) Catton, Eleanor *****
Magician King, (The) Grossman, Lev ***1/2
Mapmaker’s War, (The) Domingue, Ronlyn ***
Mazerunner, (The) Trilogy Dashner, James ***
Mill River Recluse, (The) Chan, Darcie *
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children Riggs, Ransom ***
Modelland Banks, Tyra **
Monsters of Men Ness, Patrick ***1/2
Name of the Wind, (The) Rothfuss, Patrick *****
Night Circus, (The) Morgenstern, Erin ***
Night Film Pessl, Marisha ***1/2
Noonday Demon, (The) Solomon, Andrew *****
Not Yet, (The) Crone, Moira ***1/2
Ocean at the End of the Lane, (The) Gaiman, Neil **1/2
Odd Women, (The) Gissing, George ****1/2
Office of Mercy, (The) Djanikian, Ariel ***1/2
On the Noodle Road Lin-Liu, Jen ***
Other Half of Me, (The) McCarthy, Morgan ***
Other Typist, (The) Rindell, Suzanne ***1/2
Our Tragic Universe Thomas, Scarlett **
Perfect Spy, (A) Le Carré, John ****1/2
Play it As it Lays Didion, Joan ****1/2
Racecraft Fields, Barbara J. and Karen E. ****1/2
Ready Player One Cline, Ernest ****
Return to Sanditon, (A) Toledo, Anne **1/2
River of No Return Ridgway, Bee ***1/2
Roving Party, (The) Wilson, Rohan ****
Sanditon Shapiro, Juliette *
Sanditon Dobbs, Marie/Telscombe, Ann ***
Sanditon Austen, Jane *****
Seance, (The) Harwood, John ***
Sense of an Ending, (The) Barnes, Julian *****
Shadow and Bone; Siege and Storm (Books 1 & 2 of The Grisha Trilogy) Bardugo, Leigh ***
Sisters Brothers, (The) DeWitt, Patrick ****
Sleepwalkers, (The) Gates, J. Gabriel ***1/2
Stargirl Spinelli, Jerry ***1/2
State of Wonder Patchett, Ann *****
Strange Bodies Theroux, Marcel ***1/2
Testament of Jesse Lamb Rogers, Jane ***
The Cuckoo’s Calling Rowling, J.K. ***1/2
Thief, (The) Turner, Megan Whalen ***
Thirteen Reasons Why Asher, Jay ***
Uncle Silas Le Fanu, J. Sheridan ***1/2
Watership Down Adams, Richard *****
Way We Live Now, (The) Trollope, Anthony *****
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves Fowler, Karen Joy ****1/2
White Horse Adams, Alex ***
Wolf Hall Mantel, Hilary ***1/2
Woman in Black Hill, Susan ***
Woman Upstairs, (The) Messud, Claire ****
Wool Howey, Hugh *****
World War Z Brooks, Max ***1/2

By Author

Title Author Rating (out of 5)*
White Horse Adams, Alex ***
Watership Down Adams, Richard *****
Americanah Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi ****1/2
Carry the One Anshaw, Carol ****1/2
Thirteen Reasons Why Asher, Jay ***
Sanditon Austen, Jane *****
Crispin: The Cross of Lead Avi ***
Modelland Banks, Tyra **
Shadow and Bone; Siege and Storm (Books 1 & 2 of The Grisha Trilogy) Bardugo, Leigh ***
Levels of Life Barnes, Julian ****1/2
Sense of an Ending, (The) Barnes, Julian *****
Long Lankin Barraclough, Lindsay ***
Lexicon Barry, Max ***1/2
Jane Eyre Brontë, Charlotte *****
Jane Eyre: 2011 Film Review Brontë, Charlotte ***1/2
World War Z Brooks, Max ***1/2
Hyperbole and a Half Brosh, Allie ****
Luminaries, (The) Catton, Eleanor *****
Mill River Recluse, (The) Chan, Darcie *
Big Sleep, (The) Chandler, Raymond ***1/2
How to Be a Good Wife Chapman, Emma **
Ready Player One Cline, Ernest ****
14 Clines, Peter ****
Armadale Collins, Wilkie *****
Not Yet, (The) Crone, Moira ***1/2
Flimsy Little Plastic Miracles Currie Jr., Ron **1/2
Mazerunner, (The) Trilogy Dashner, James ***
Duplex Davis, Kathryn ***
Sisters Brothers, (The) DeWitt, Patrick ****
David Copperfield Dickens, Charles *****
Dombey and Son Dickens, Charles ****1/2
Play it As it Lays Didion, Joan ****1/2
Office of Mercy, (The) Djanikian, Ariel ***1/2
Sanditon Dobbs, Marie/Telscombe, Ann ***
Mapmaker’s War, (The) Domingue, Ronlyn ***
House on the Strand, (The) du Maurier, Daphne ***1/2
City of Ember, (The) du Prau, Jeanne ***
House of the Scorpion Farmer, Nancy ****1/2
Racecraft Fields, Barbara J. and Karen E. ****1/2
Canada Ford, Richard *****
Hired Man, (The) Forna, Aminatta ***1/2
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves Fowler, Karen Joy ****1/2
Broken Harbour French, Tana ****
Coraline Gaiman, Neil ****1/2
Ocean at the End of the Lane, (The) Gaiman, Neil **1/2
Beautiful Creatures Garcia, Cami, and Stohl, Margaret **1/2
Sleepwalkers, (The) Gates, J. Gabriel ***1/2
Odd Women, (The) Gissing, George ****1/2
Bloodland Glynn, Alan **
Headmaster’s Wife, (The) Greene, Thomas Christopher **1/2
Magician King, (The) Grossman, Lev ***1/2
Little Face Hannah, Sophie **
Seance, (The) Harwood, John ***
Woman in Black Hill, Susan ***
Dust Howey, Hugh ****
Wool Howey, Hugh *****
Five Bells Jones, Gail ***1/2
Flight Behavior Kingsolver, Barbara ****1/2
Flamethrowers, (The) Kushner, Rachel ****
Liar Larbalestier, Justine ***1/2
Perfect Spy, (A) Le Carré, John ****1/2
Uncle Silas Le Fanu, J. Sheridan ***1/2
Good House, (The) Leary, Ann ***1/2
Castle Lennon, J. Robert ***
On the Noodle Road Lin-Liu, Jen ***
Flight of Gemma Hardy, (The) Livesey, Margot ***1/2
Lies of Locke Lamora, (The) Lynch, Scott ****
Executioner’s Song, (The) Mailer, Norman ***1/2
Wolf Hall Mantel, Hilary ***1/2
Dance With Dragons, (A) Martin, George R.R. ****
Other Half of Me, (The) McCarthy, Morgan ***
Land of Decoration, (The) McCleen, Grace ***1/2
Far Far Away McNeal, Tom ****1/2
Woman Upstairs, (The) Messud, Claire ****
Night Circus, (The) Morgenstern, Erin ***
Ask and the Answer, (The) Ness, Patrick ***1/2
Knife of Never Letting Go, (The) Ness, Patrick ***1/2
Monsters of Men Ness, Patrick ***1/2
Bel Canto Patchett, Ann *****
State of Wonder Patchett, Ann *****
Night Film Pessl, Marisha ***1/2
Daphne Picardie, Justine ***1/2
Fairytales from the Brothers Grimm Pullman, Phillip ****
River of No Return Ridgway, Bee ***1/2
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children Riggs, Ransom ***
Other Typist, (The) Rindell, Suzanne ***1/2
Famous Baby Rizzo, Karen **1/2
Housekeeping Robinson, Marilyn *****
Testament of Jesse Lamb Rogers, Jane ***
Divergent Roth, Veronica **1/2
Name of the Wind, (The) Rothfuss, Patrick *****
Eleanor & Park Rowell, Rainbow *****
Casual Vacancy, (The) Rowling, J.K. ***
The Cuckoo’s Calling Rowling, J.K. ***1/2
Distancers (The) Sandlin, Lee ***
Dirty Secret: A Daughter Comes Clean About Her Mother’s Compulsive Hoarding Scholl, Jessie ****
Annotated Emma Shapard, David M. *****
Sanditon Shapiro, Juliette *
Jasper Jones Silvey, Craig ***
Grasshopper Jungle Smith, Andrew ****
Noonday Demon, (The) Solomon, Andrew *****
Stargirl Spinelli, Jerry ***1/2
Amulet of Samarkand, (The) Stroud, Jonathan ***1/2
Goldfinch, (The) Tartt, Donna ****1/2
Little Friend, (The) Tartt, Donna *****
Strange Bodies Theroux, Marcel ***1/2
Lower River, (The) Theroux, Paul ***1/2
Our Tragic Universe Thomas, Scarlett **
Return to Sanditon, (A) Toledo, Anne **1/2
Charles Dickens: A Life Tomalin, Claire ****
Way We Live Now, (The) Trollope, Anthony *****
Thief, (The) Turner, Megan Whalen ***
In the Night Garden Valente Catherynne ****
Age of Miracles, (The) Walker, Karen Thompson ***
Before I Go to Sleep Watson, S.J. **
Code Name Verity Wein,Elizabeth ****
Leviathan Westerfeld, Scott ***1/2
House of Mirth, (The) (Film Review) Wharton, Edith ****
Great and Monstrous Thing, (A) White, Jerry ****1/2
Roving Party, (The) Wilson, Rohan ****
End of Money, (The) Wolman, David **
Among the Janeites Yaffe, Deborah ****1/2

By Rating

Title Author Rating (out of 5)*
Mill River Recluse, (The) Chan, Darcie *
Sanditon Shapiro, Juliette *
Modelland Banks, Tyra **
How to Be a Good Wife Chapman, Emma **
Bloodland Glynn, Alan **
Little Face Hannah, Sophie **
Our Tragic Universe Thomas, Scarlett **
Before I Go to Sleep Watson, S.J. **
End of Money, (The) Wolman, David **
White Horse Adams, Alex ***
Thirteen Reasons Why Asher, Jay ***
Crispin: The Cross of Lead Avi ***
Shadow and Bone; Siege and Storm (Books 1 & 2 of The Grisha Trilogy) Bardugo, Leigh ***
Long Lankin Barraclough, Lindsay ***
Mazerunner, (The) Trilogy Dashner, James ***
Duplex Davis, Kathryn ***
Sanditon Dobbs, Marie/Telscombe, Ann ***
Mapmaker’s War, (The) Domingue, Ronlyn ***
City of Ember, (The) du Prau, Jeanne ***
Seance, (The) Harwood, John ***
Woman in Black Hill, Susan ***
Castle Lennon, J. Robert ***
On the Noodle Road Lin-Liu, Jen ***
Other Half of Me, (The) McCarthy, Morgan ***
Night Circus, (The) Morgenstern, Erin ***
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children Riggs, Ransom ***
Testament of Jesse Lamb Rogers, Jane ***
Casual Vacancy, (The) Rowling, J.K. ***
Distancers (The) Sandlin, Lee ***
Jasper Jones Silvey, Craig ***
Thief, (The) Turner, Megan Whalen ***
Age of Miracles, (The) Walker, Karen Thompson ***
Hyperbole and a Half Brosh, Allie ****
Ready Player One Cline, Ernest ****
14 Clines, Peter ****
Sisters Brothers, (The) DeWitt, Patrick ****
Broken Harbour French, Tana ****
Dust Howey, Hugh ****
Flamethrowers, (The) Kushner, Rachel ****
Lies of Locke Lamora, (The) Lynch, Scott ****
Dance With Dragons, (A) Martin, George R.R. ****
Woman Upstairs, (The) Messud, Claire ****
Fairytales from the Brothers Grimm Pullman, Phillip ****
Dirty Secret: A Daughter Comes Clean About Her Mother’s Compulsive Hoarding Scholl, Jessie ****
Grasshopper Jungle Smith, Andrew ****
Charles Dickens: A Life Tomalin, Claire ****
In the Night Garden Valente Catherynne ****
Code Name Verity Wein,Elizabeth ****
House of Mirth, (The) (Film Review) Wharton, Edith ****
Roving Party, (The) Wilson, Rohan ****
Watership Down Adams, Richard *****
Sanditon Austen, Jane *****
Sense of an Ending, (The) Barnes, Julian *****
Jane Eyre Brontë, Charlotte *****
Luminaries, (The) Catton, Eleanor *****
Armadale Collins, Wilkie *****
David Copperfield Dickens, Charles *****
Canada Ford, Richard *****
Wool Howey, Hugh *****
Bel Canto Patchett, Ann *****
State of Wonder Patchett, Ann *****
Housekeeping Robinson, Marilyn *****
Name of the Wind, (The) Rothfuss, Patrick *****
Eleanor & Park Rowell, Rainbow *****
Annotated Emma Shapard, David M. *****
Noonday Demon, (The) Solomon, Andrew *****
Little Friend, (The) Tartt, Donna *****
Way We Live Now, (The) Trollope, Anthony *****
Americanah Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi ****1/2
Carry the One Anshaw, Carol ****1/2
Levels of Life Barnes, Julian ****1/2
Dombey and Son Dickens, Charles ****1/2
Play it As it Lays Didion, Joan ****1/2
House of the Scorpion Farmer, Nancy ****1/2
Racecraft Fields, Barbara J. and Karen E. ****1/2
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves Fowler, Karen Joy ****1/2
Coraline Gaiman, Neil ****1/2
Odd Women, (The) Gissing, George ****1/2
Flight Behavior Kingsolver, Barbara ****1/2
Perfect Spy, (A) Le Carré, John ****1/2
Far Far Away McNeal, Tom ****1/2
Goldfinch, (The) Tartt, Donna ****1/2
Great and Monstrous Thing, (A) White, Jerry ****1/2
Among the Janeites Yaffe, Deborah ****1/2
Lexicon Barry, Max ***1/2
Jane Eyre: 2011 Film Review Brontë, Charlotte ***1/2
World War Z Brooks, Max ***1/2
Big Sleep, (The) Chandler, Raymond ***1/2
Not Yet, (The) Crone, Moira ***1/2
Office of Mercy, (The) Djanikian, Ariel ***1/2
House on the Strand, (The) du Maurier, Daphne ***1/2
Hired Man, (The) Forna, Aminatta ***1/2
Sleepwalkers, (The) Gates, J. Gabriel ***1/2
Magician King, (The) Grossman, Lev ***1/2
Five Bells Jones, Gail ***1/2
Liar Larbalestier, Justine ***1/2
Uncle Silas Le Fanu, J. Sheridan ***1/2
Good House, (The) Leary, Ann ***1/2
Flight of Gemma Hardy, (The) Livesey, Margot ***1/2
Executioner’s Song, (The) Mailer, Norman ***1/2
Wolf Hall Mantel, Hilary ***1/2
Land of Decoration, (The) McCleen, Grace ***1/2
Ask and the Answer, (The) Ness, Patrick ***1/2
Knife of Never Letting Go, (The) Ness, Patrick ***1/2
Monsters of Men Ness, Patrick ***1/2
Night Film Pessl, Marisha ***1/2
Daphne Picardie, Justine ***1/2
River of No Return Ridgway, Bee ***1/2
Other Typist, (The) Rindell, Suzanne ***1/2
The Cuckoo’s Calling Rowling, J.K. ***1/2
Stargirl Spinelli, Jerry ***1/2
Amulet of Samarkand, (The) Stroud, Jonathan ***1/2
Strange Bodies Theroux, Marcel ***1/2
Lower River, (The) Theroux, Paul ***1/2
Leviathan Westerfeld, Scott ***1/2
Flimsy Little Plastic Miracles Currie Jr., Ron **1/2
Ocean at the End of the Lane, (The) Gaiman, Neil **1/2
Beautiful Creatures Garcia, Cami, and Stohl, Margaret **1/2
Headmaster’s Wife, (The) Greene, Thomas Christopher **1/2
Famous Baby Rizzo, Karen **1/2
Divergent Roth, Veronica **1/2
Return to Sanditon, (A) Toledo, Anne **1/2
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