Rating 4.0 – 5.0

I didn’t think it would be this difficult to rank books on a numerical scale, but I make the effort since ratings are a key part of the review biz. Even if two books share a rating, (e.g., The Book of Lost Things and Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant), this doesn’t necessarily make them equal. Between the two, Dinner would “win” every time, but when looked at individually and “objectively,” both books net a 4.5.

When I find a reviewer whose opinion I trust, I search their site for their most recommended books. I thought it would be a good idea to make mine searchable this way, in case any of you out there have similar taste in books.

Happy Reading!

Ballad of the Sad Café, The — Carson McCullers
Book of Evidence, The — John Banville
Sellout, The — Paul Beatty

And Then There Were None — Agatha Christie
Best of Roald Dahl, The — Roald Dahl
House of Names — Colm Toíbín
Road, The — Cormac McCarthy
Shining, The — Stephen King
To Kill a Mockingbird — Harper Lee

City of Thieves — David Benioff
Dead Wake — Erik Larson
High-Rise — J.G. Ballard
In Cold Blood — Truman Capote
Intruder in the Dark — George Bellairs
Jurassic Park — Michael Crichton
Luka and the Fire of Life — Salman Rushdie
Martian Chronicles, The — Ray Bradbury
My Cousin Rachel — Daphne du Maurier
North Water, The — Ian McGuire
Orphan Master’s Son, The — Adam Johnson
Tale of the Unknown Island, The — José Saramago
Rebecca — Daphne DuMaurier

Big Little Lies — Liane Moriarty
Blind Assassin, The — Margaret Atwood
Bone Clocks, The — David Mitchell
Concrete Island — J.G. Ballard
Confederacy of Dunces, A — John Kennedy Toole
Intuitionist, The — Colson Whitehead
Keep, The — Jennifer Egan
Murder on the Orient Express — Agatha Christie
Picture of Dorian Gray, The — Jonathan Swift
Shadow of the Wind, The — Carlos Luis Zafon
Shutter Island — Dennis Lehane
Slade House — David Mitchell
Stiff — Mary Roach
True Grit — Charles Portis

Breathing Lessons — Anne Tyler
Book of Strange New Things, The — Michel Faber
Eli Marks, Books 1-3 — John Gaspard
Moor’s Account, The — Laila Lalami

Bird Box — Josh Malerman
Book of Lost Things, The — John Connolly
Complications — Atul Gawande
Darker Shade of Magic, A — V.E. Schwab
Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant — Anne Tyler
Fingersmith — Sarah Waters
Good Earth, The — Pearl S. Buck
It — Stephen King
Martian, The — Andy Weir
My Cousin Rachel — Daphne du Maurier
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer — Patrick Suskind
Separate Peace, A — John Knowles
She — H. Rider Haggard
We Have Always Lived in the Castle — Shirley Jackson

Americanah — Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Grendel — John Gardner
Haroun and the Sea of Stories — Salman Rushdie
Hell House — Richard Matheson
How Right You Are, Jeeves — P.G. Wodehouse
Moor’s Account, The — Laila Lalami
Punch Escrow, The — Tal M. Klein

Coraline — Neil Gaiman
Great Gatsby, The — F. Scott Fitzgerald
Gun, with Occasional Music — Jonathan Lethem
Handful of Dust, A — Evelyn Waugh
Haunting of Hill House, The — Shirley Jackson
Jamaica Inn — Daphne du Maurier
Moving Finger, The — Agatha Christie
Wolf Hall — Hillary Mantel

My Name Is Red — Orhan Pamuk
Narrow Road to the Deep North, The — Richard Flanagan
Spool of Blue Thread, A — Anne Tyler

The Drowned World — J.G. Ballard
Hunger Games, The — Suzanne Collins

Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The — Stieg Larsson
Giver, The — Lois Lowry
Gulliver’s Travels — Jonathan Swift
Interpreter of Maladies — Jhumpa Lahiri
Roverandom — J.R.R. Tolkien
“Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!” — Richard P. Feynman
While I Was Gone — Sue Miller
Without You, There Is No Us — Suki Kim

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