Books Read Authors A - C

  
These are all the books that I have completed since 1994 when I was about 24, so while it doesn't include the college years, it does more or less cover my adult life. It does mean, however, that early favorites like Atwood, Forster, Hesse, Maugham, Shute, and others are underrepresented.

Keep in mind that these ratings do not really address literary merit. They merely represent how I felt about a book after reading it. So compare the ratings to other books of similar genre and quality, not necessarily to other books with the same rating.

Rating Scale:
10 - All time favorite
9 - Loved
8 - Almost loved
7 - Really liked
6 - Liked
5 - Ambivalent
4 - Almost disliked
3 - Disliked
2 - Really Disliked
1 - Hated
  
A
Aciman, Andre: Call Me By Your Name (4) 4/14/07
Adams, Carrie: The Godmother (6) 2/23/09
Aleichem, Sholem: Stempenyu: A Jewish Romance (5) 11/6/11
Alexander, Robert: The Kitchen Boy (7) 4/12/07
Alexis, Andre: Childhood (5) 1/3/05
Ali, Monica: Brick Lane (6) 1/1/04
Allison, Dorothy: Bastard Out of Carolina (8) 1/17/05
Amis, Kingsley: Lucky Jim (6) 6/25/12
Amis, Martin: The Rachel Papers (7) 1/23/05
Anderson, Laurie Halse: Speak (6)
Anderson, Scott: Triage (4) 7/24/05
Anderson, Sherwood: Winesburg Ohio (6) 5/2/99
Anonymous: Go Ask Alice (4) 2/4/07
Ansay, A. Manette: Midnight Champagne (4) 3/29/06
Ashton, Helen: Bricks and Mortar (8) 9/9/11
Ashworth, Jenn: A Kind of Intimacy (8) 5/16/11
Atwood, Margaret: Alias Grace (6) 4/19/97
Atwood, Margaret: The Blind Assasin (9) 3/9/02
Atwood, Margaret: Cat's Eye (8) 2/1/98
Atwood, Margaret: Moral Disorder (6) 5/19/08
Atwood, Margaret: Murder in the Dark (8) 9/19/09
Atwood, Margaret: Oryx and Crake (10) 12/30/03
Atwood, Margaret: The Edible Woman (8) 1/31/03
Atwood, Margaret: The Handmaid's Tale (9) 1/18/10
Atwood, Margaret: The Penelopiad (8) 1/25/06
Atwood, Margaret: The Robber Bride (10) 8/31/95
Atwood, Margaret: The Tent (5) 11/19/07
Atwood, Margaret: The Year of the Flood (9) 11/22/09
Atwood, Margaret: Wilderness Tips (7) 3/19/94
Auchingloss, Louis: Edith Wharton: A Woman and Her Time (5) 7/1/07
Austen, Jane: Northanger Abbey (6) 12/27/97
Austen, Jane: Persuasion (6) 10/21/09
Austen, Jane: Pride and Prejudice (7) 4/17/04
Auster, Paul: The Brooklyn Follies (9) 9/30/07
Auster, Paul: Man in the Dark (8) 9/13/09
Auster, Paul: Sunset Park (8) 12/1/11
Azuela, Mariano: The Underdogs (3) 10/26/12


B
Baines, Phil: Penguin by Design (7) 6/24/06
Bainville, John: The Sea (6) 8/25/07
Baker, Frank: Miss Hargreaves (5) 12/19/10
Baker, James Robert: Tim and Pete (1) 1/1/97
Baldwin, James: Another Country (8) 6/6/96
Baldwin, James: Giovanni's Room (9) 3/20/95
Baldwin, James: Go Tell it on the Mountain (8) 5/26/96
Baldwin, James: If Beale Street Could Talk (7) 5/17/01
Baldwin, James: Tell Me How Long the Train's Been Gone (8) 6/23/96
Baldwin, James: The Evidence of Things Not Seen (6) 6/25/08
Banks, Iain: The Wasp Factory (9) 1/3/99
Banks, Melissa: The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing (7) 5/28/04
Banks, Melissa: The Wonder Report (6) 2/14/08
Barbary, Muriel: Gourmet Rhapsody (6) 8/1/11
Barker, Pat: Another World (6) 8/1/04
Barker, Pat: Blow Your House Down (6) 1/13/05
Barker, Pat: Regeneration (5) 3/28/00
Barnes, Julian: Arthur & George (7) 10/4/09
Barr, James: Quatrefoil (6) 6/8/00
Bartlett, Neil: Mr. Clive and Mr Page (2) 10/27/09
Bates, Judy Fong: Midnight at the Dragon Café (6) 7/8/08
Bayles, David: Art and Fear (6) 12/1/05
Bechdel, Alison: Fun Home (7) 9/1/06
Behrman, S.N.: Duveen (8) 8/21/06
Bellamy, Edward: Looking Backward (6) 11/14/95
Bellow, Saul: A Theft (6) 2/8/03
Bellow, Saul: The Actual (6) 2/28/03
Bellow, Saul: Herzog (4) 6/4/06
Bellow, Saul: Ravelstein (5) 12/11/02
Bellow, Saul: Seize the Day (6) 12/19/96
Benary-Isbert, Margot: The Ark (10) 10/21/11 re-read
Benetar, Stephen: Wish Her Safe at Home (5) 8/1/12
Bennett, Alan: The Clothes They Stood Up In (6) 11/10/07
Bennett, Alan: The Lady in the Van (7) 3/20/00
Bennett, Alan: The Uncommon Reader (10) 7/1/08
Bennett, Alan: The Uncommon Reader (10) 9/17/10
Bennett, Alan: Untold Stories (5) 11/5/11
Bennett, Arnold: The Card (6) 2/21/03
Benoit, David: When the Nines Roll Over (7) 6/22/08
Bensen, Amy: The Sparkling-Eyed Boy (4) 8/27/06
Benson, E.F.: Lucia in London (9) 8/23/00
Benson, E.F.: Mapp and Lucia (9) 9/13/00
Benson, E.F.: Queen Lucia (9) 8/5/00
Benson, E.F.: Queen Lucia (8) 11/18/12
Bezmozgis, David: Natasha (4) 12/9/06
Blythe, Ronald: Voices of Akenfield (6) 4/8/10
Boffa, Alessandro: You're an Animal Viskovitz (7) 6/24/06
Boll, Heinrich: The Clown (6) 7/5/06
Boll, Heinrich: End of a Mission (6) 2/8/11
Boll, Heinrich: The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum (9) 5/9/06
Boll, Heinrich: What's to Become of the Boy? (5) 2/6/10
Bourdin, Anthony: Kitchen Confidential (8) 6/24/03
Bowen, Elizabeth: The Death of the Heart (7) 6/25/99
Bowen, Elizabeth: The House in Paris (8) 2/16/07
Bowen, Elizabeth: To the North (7) 4/13/01
Bowles, Paul: The Sheltering Sky (8) 5/27/06
Braddon, Mary Elizabeth: Lady Audley's Secret (7) 1/12/11
Bram, Christopher: Gossip (6) 5/1/04
Bram, Christopher: Lives of the Circus Animals (9) 3/8/05
Bram, Christopher: The Notorious Dr. August (9) 4/2/02
Brennen, Maeve: The Rose Garden (7) 8/3/09
Brent, Stuart: The Seven Stairs (5) 1/28/09
Bronsard, Marie: The Hermitage (5) 9/25/04
Brookner, Anita: A Closed Eye (9) 11/19/10
Brookner, Anita: Altered States (9) 10/6/98
Brookner, Anita: The Bay of Angels (9) 3/22/02
Brookner, Anita: Brief Lives (9) 3/28/99
Brookner, Anita: The Debut (9) 1/19/01
Brookner, Anita: The Debut (8) 6/18/11
Brookner, Anita: Dolly (9) 12/26/99
Brookner, Anita: Falling Slowly (9) 7/7/00
Brookner, Anita: Family and Friends (9) 4/4/03
Brookner, Anita: Fraud (9) 6/6/02
Brookner, Anita: A Friend From England (9) 5/17/98
Brookner, Anita: Hotel du Lac (8) 1/23/00
Brookner, Anita: Hotel du Lac (8) 7/14/12
Brookner, Anita: Incidents in the Rue Laugier (9) 6/13/00
Brookner, Anita: Latecomers (9) 2/23/03
Brookner, Anita: Leaving Home (9) 11/23/07
Brookner, Anita: Lewis Percy (9) 3/11/01
Brookner, Anita: Look at Me (9) 12/1/98
Brookner, Anita: Look at Me (8) 5/12/12
Brookner, Anita: Making Things Better (9) 7/15/04
Brookner, Anita: The Misalliance (9) 12/29/00
Brookner, Anita: A Private View (9) 12/17/01
Brookner, Anita: Providence (8) 5/11/10
Brookner, Anita: Providence (8) 6/26/11
Brookner, Anita: The Rules of Engagement (9) 4/15/05
Brookner, Anita: Strangers (9) 8/7/09
Brookner, Anita: Undue Influence (9) 3/28/02
Brookner, Anita: Visitors (9) 6/24/01
Brown, Charles Brockden: Edgar Huntly (6) 11/30/96
Brown, Dan: The Da Vinci Code (8) 5/18/04
Brown, Ricardo: The Evening Crowd at Kirmsers (6) 12/31/05
Brown, Todd: Entries From A Hot Pink Notebook (10) 5/15/95
Brown, Todd: Entries From A Hot Pink Notebook (10) 11/5/98
Browning, Guy: Maps of My Life (7) 12/13/08
Bryson, Bill: I'm A Stranger Here Myself (9) 7/1/04
Bryson, Bill: Neither Here Nor There (7) 2/1/06
Bryson, Bill: Notes From a Small Island (8) 5/26/03
Buck, Pearl: The Good Earth (9) 4/13/06
Buckley, Christopher: Supreme Courtship (8) 12/17/08
Buckley, Christopher: The White House Mess (7) 9/22/06
Burnett, Frances Hodgson: The Making of a Marchioness (8) 4/29/10
Burnett, Frances Hodgson: T. Tembarom (9) 6/18/12
Burroughs, Augusten: Dry (8) 10/26/03
Burroughs, Augusten: Possible Side Effects (5) 7/2/06
Burroughs, Augusten: Running With Scissors (6) 11/20/03
Burroughs, Augusten: Sellevision (9) 9/16/05
Burroughs, William S.: Queer (6) 6/8/06
Burton, Betsy: The King's English (5) 10/1/08
Butler, John: The Thirty-Nine Steps (6) 8/13/01
Butler, Samuel: The Way of All Flesh (6) 5/16/99
Byatt, A.S.: The Shadow of the Sun (6) 4/18/08

C
Callow, Simon: Love is Where it Falls (4) 2/10/06
Camus, Albert: The Stranger (8) 7/24/97
Cannan, Joanna: Princes in the Land (8) 3/14/12
Capote, Truman: Answered Prayers (6) 1/27/04
Capote, Truman: Breakfast at Tiffany's (5) 4/17/97
Capote, Truman: In Cold Blood (10) 12/15/99
Capote, Truman: Summer Crossing (6) 10/28/07
Carey, Edward: Alva & Irva (7) 6/6/08
Carey, Edward: Observatory Mansions (9) 6/10/03
Carey, Peter: Oscar and Lucinda (6) 1/13/04
Carhart, Thad: The Piano Shop on the Left Bank (10) 7/19/05
Carr, J.L.: A Month in the Country (9) 2/6/11
Cartwright, Justin: This Secret Garden (2) 3/13/11
Casanova, Giacomo: The Duel (5) 8/21/11
Cather, Willa: Death Comes for the Archbishop (8) 5/11/00
Cather, Willa: A Lost Lady (8) 6/17/02
Cather, Willa: Lucy Gayheart (7) 10/14/02
Cather, Willa: My Antonia (9) 6/3/97
Cather, Willa: My Mortal Enemy (8) 9/27/02
Cather, Willa: My Mortal Enemy (8) 9/8/03
Cather, Willa: O Pioneers! (9) 8/12/97
Cather, Willa: One of Ours (8) 9/14/04
Cather, Willa: The Professor's House (10) 6/26/03
Cather, Willa: The Professor's House (10) 2/7/11
Cather, Willa: Shadows on the Rock (9) 3/6/11
Cather, Willa: The Song of the Lark (8) 12/31/95
Cervantes, Miguel: The Dialogue of the Dogs (6) 8/16/11
Chatwin, Bruce: On the Black Hill (9) 4/11/09
Chatwin, Bruce: Utz (6) 12/6/09
Cheever, Alexander: Edinburgh (6) 4/14/04
Cheever, John: The Wapshot Chronicle (6) 11/17/00
Chekov, Anton: The Duel (5) 8/27/11
Chevalier, Tracy: Girl With a Pearl Earring (8) 5/27/01
Child, Julia: My Life in France (9) 3/29/11
Chopin, Kate: The Awakening (9) 1/6/10
Clark, Brock: The Ordinary White Boy (4) 2/24/08
Cleage, Pearl: What Looks Like Crazy (8) 4/2/06
Coetzee, J.M.: Disgrace (9) 6/19/06
Coetzee, J.M.: Slow Man (6) 12/2/08
Cohen, Esther: Book Doctor (8) 7/22/07
Cohen, Richard: Blindsided (6) 6/13/04
Colette: Claudine at School (3) 12/6/12
Colette: Claudine in Paris (4) 12/26/12
Colette: The Ripening Seed (7) 7/12/09
Collins, Paul: Sixpence House (7) 12/19/12
Collins, Wilkie: The Dead Secret (6) 4/6/10
Collins, Wilkie: No Name (7) 5/28/11
Collins, Wilkie: The Woman in White (9) 9/23/09
Collis, John Stewart: The Wood (6) 4/11/10
Colwin, Laurie: Happy All the Time (6) 5/14/11
Compon-Burnett, Ivy: A House and Its Head (6) 10/14/12
Compton-Burnett, Ivy: Manservant and Maidservant (7) 10/27/09
Comys, Barbara: Our Spoons Came from Woolworths (8) 3/17/12
Comyns, Barbara: The Skin Chairs (8) 4/27/11
Conrad, Joseph: Heart of Darkness (3) 6/7/11
Conrad, Joseph: The Secret Agent (6) 2/17/12
Constant, Benjamin: Adolphe (8) 7/2/11
Cooper, Lettice: The New House (9) 9/4/11
Crane, Stephen: Maggie: A Girl of the Streets (7) 11/26/95
Crane, Stephen: The Red Badge of Courage (4) 3/28/95
Crichton, Michael: The Andromeda Strain (9) 12/1/06
Crompton, Richmal: Family Roundabout (9) 12/9/10
Cronin, A.J.: A Song of Sixpence (7) 1/30/10
Cunningham, Michael: By Nightfall (7) 12/14/10
Cunningham, Michael: Flesh and Blood (8) 6/19/00
Cunningham, Michael: Specimen Days (8) 1/2/06
Cutler, Jessica: The Washingtonienne (9) 6/17/06


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