Books Read Authors O - S

  
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

O
Oates, Joyce Carol: First Love (4) 7/15/01
Obama, Barack: Dreams From My Father (8) 1/3/09
O'Brien, Darcy: A Way of Life, Like Any Other (9) 2/9/10
O'Brien, Tim: In the Lake of the Woods (5) 9/21/02
O'Casey, Eileen: Cheerio, Titan (6) 9/10/08
O'Farrell, Maggie: After You'd Gone (8) 8/28/10
O'Farrell, Maggie: The Distance Between Us (8) 1/16/10
O'Farrell, Maggie: The Hand That First Held Mine (7) 3/22/10
O'Farrell, Maggie: The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox (7) 3/8/10
O'Hara, John: Appointment in Samarra (6) 7/27/01
Ondaatje, Michael: The English Patient (6) 4/8/95
Ondaatje, Michael: In the Skin of a Lion (5) 5/28/95
Orne Jewett, Sarah: The Country of the Pointed Firs (6) 7/11/01
Orwell, George: Animal Farm (6) 6/6/99
Orwell, George: Down and Out in Paris and London (6) 6/16/01
O'Shea, Samara: For the Love of Letters (2) 6/18/09

P
Page, Martin: How I Became Stupid (8) 9/12/05
Panter-Downes, Mollie: Good Evening, Mrs. Craven (9) 7/17/10
Parkman, Francis: The Oregon Trail (6) 9/27/95
Patchett, Ann: Bel Canto (9) 1/4/01
Patchett, Ann: The Magician's Assistant (9) 5/5/04
Patchett, Ann: The Patron Saint of Liars (9) 3/14/05
Patchett, Ann: Run (9) 10/27/07
Patchett, Ann: State of Wonder (7) 7/5/11
Patchett, Ann: Taft (8) 10/9/04
Pate, Alexs D.: West of Rehobeth (4) 3/14/05
Peck, Richard: London Holiday (9) 1/15/02
Peck, Winifred: House-Bound (6)12/25/02
Percy, Walker: The Moviegoer (6) 8/31/05
Pepin, Jacques: The Apprentice (6) 7/17/11
Perez-Reverte, Artruro: The Club Dumas (7) 3/14/00
Perret, Geoffrey: Eisenhower (5) 2/18/09
Phillips, Marie: Gods Behaving Badly (8) 6/2/09
Picano, Felice: The Book of Lies (4) 2/16/12
Picano, Felice: Like People in History (5) 6/17/97
Piercy, Marge: Fly Away Home (9) 8/29/09
Piercy, Marge: The Longings of Women (7) 2/27/12
Piercy, Marge: The Third Child (8) 3/2/06
Piercy, Marge: Three Women (8) 4/30/06
Pirandello, Luigi: Loveless Love (5) 6/25/07
Playfair, Jocelyn: A House in the Country (7) 12/12/11
Porter, Katherine Anne: Ship of Fools (9) 1/23/09
Porter, Katherine Anne: The Old Order (5) 4/10/97
Powell, Julie: Julie & Julia (9) 12/12/08
Powell, Lawrence: Books in My Baggage (7) 8/15/11
Prawer Jhabvala, Ruth: Heat and Dust (6) 8/14/12
Price, Reynolds: The Promise of Rest (6) 5/24/02
Proulx, Annie: Brokeback Mountain (7) 12/30/05
Pushkin, Alexander: Tales of Belkin (7) 8/23/11
Pye, Michael: The Pieces from Berlin (6) 2/21/06
Pym, Barbara: Crampton Hodnet (8) 4/5/02
Pym, Barbara: Excellent Women (8) 2/28/10
Pym, Barbara: A Glass of Blessing (8) 9/15/02
Pym, Barbara: A Glass of Blessing (8) 4/1/12
Pym, Barbara: Jane and Prudence (7) 5/27/04
Pym, Barbara: Some Tame Gazelle (9) 8/31/09
Pym, Barbara: The Sweet Dove Died (8) 8/26/12

Q
Quindlen, Anna: Imagined London (4) 5/8/07
Quindlen, Anna: Rise and Shine (6) 3/1/09

R
Read, Miss: Mrs Pringle of Fairacre (6) 4/28/08
Read, Miss: Village Centenary (6) 4/22/08
Reeve, F.D.: My Sister Life (6) 9/29/07
Reichl, Ruth: Comfort Me With Apples (10) 3/26/03
Reichl, Ruth: Garlic and Sapphires (9) 7/18/06
Reichl, Ruth: Garlic and Sapphires (9) 7/5/11
Reidinger, Paul: The City Kid (No recollection) 3/26/02
Remarque, Erich Maria: All Quiet on the Western Front (8) 7/14/01
Roach, Mary: Stiff (8) 2/27/06
Robinson, Marilynne: Housekeeping (3) 8/9/05
Rodi, Robert: Closet Case (6) 7/17/01
Rorem, Ned: Lies: A Diary 1986-1999 (7) 4/25/05
Rose, Phyllis: Never Say Goodbye (5) 4/24/11
Ross, Sinclair: As For Me and My House (10) 3/6/00
Ross, Sinclair: As For Me and My House (10) 11/17/11
Ross, Sinclair: Sawbones Memorial (7) 6/16/00
Rostenberg and Stern: Old Books in the Old World (7) 11/5/09
Roth, Philip: The Plot Against America (9) 6/11/06
Rowling, J.K.: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (7) 2/23/00
Rowson, Susanna: Charlotte Temple (7) 11/23/96
Roy, Arundhati: The God of Small Things (6) 6/2/98
Russo, Richard: Straight Man (8) 5/1/08

S
Sackville-West, Vita: Family History (6) 5/30/08
Sackville-West, Vita: No Signposts in the Sea (6) 5/31/09
Sackville-West, Vita: The Edwardians (7) 6/9/02
Salman, Rushdie: Midnight's Children (7) 1/27/12
Salzman, Mark: The Soloist (No recollection) 3/24/02
Sarton, May: As We Are Now (10) 2/11/10
Sarton, May: The Birth of a Grandfather (7) 7/29/11
Sarton, May: Crucial Conversations (8) 10/2/12
Sarton, May: The House by the Sea (8) 5/17/09
Sarton, May: Journal of Solitude (8) 5/7/09
Sarton, May: Kinds of Love (6) 12/23/08
Sarton, May: The Magnificent Spinster (10) 3/31/11
Sarton, May: Mrs Stevens Hears the Mermaids Singing (6) 7/25/09
Sarton, May: Plant Dreaming Deep (9) 9/27/09
Sarton, May: Recovering (6) 11/16/11
Sarton, May: The Small Room (8) 8/25/08
Schlink, Bernhard: Homecoming (7) 2/18/11
Schlink, Bernhard: The Reader (7) 6/6/05
Schwartz, Christina: All is Vanity (6) 11/4/09
Schwartz, Lynne Sharon: Ruined by Reading (5) 11/9/08
Scott, Glenway: The Pilgrim Hawk (2) 11/30/09
Sedaris, David: Barrel Fever (9) 6/18/95
Sedaris, David: Dress Your Family in Courduroy and Denim (5) 7/10/05
Sedaris, David: Me Talk Pretty One Day (6) 10/5/00
Sedaris, David: Naked (8) 7/5/98
Selvadurai, Shyam: Cinnamon Gardens (8) 11/14/04
Selvadurai, Shyam: Funny Boy (9) 5/3/98
Shaffer and Barrows, Maryann and Anne: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (9) 9/14/09
Sharp, Margery: Cluny Brown (9) 3/9/12
Shelley, Mary: Frankenstein (6) 2/18/01
Shelley, Mary: Mathilda (2) 8/18/11
Sherriff, RC: The Fortnight in September (9) 6/7/11
Sherriff, RC: The Hopkins Manuscript (8) 1/1/11
Shields, Carol: A Celibate Season (5) 5/9/03
Shields, Carol: Dressing Up for the Carnival (9) 1/12/01
Shields, Carol: Happenstance (9) 9/4/97
Shields, Carol: Larry's Party (9) 1/8/99
Shields, Carol: The Orange Fish (9) 9/2/02
Shields, Carol: The Republic of Love (9) 12/8/97
Shields, Carol: Small Ceremonies (8) 6/7/11
Shields, Carol: The Stone Diaries (8) 11/2/97
Shields, Carol: Swann (9) 11/18/97
Shields, Carol: Unless (8) 5/3/02
Shteyngart, Gary: The Russian Debutante's Handbook (3) 10/9/06
Shute, Nevil: The Far Country (6) 9/28/12
Shute, Nevil: In the Wet (9) 9/9/06
Shute, Nevil: Ordeal (9) 1/29/08
Shute, Nevil: Pastoral (8) 1/14/07
Shute, Nevil: Pied Piper (9) 11/10/09
Shute, Nevil: Requiem for a Wren (7) 10/10/10
Shute, Nevil: Round the Bend (6) 10/13/11
Shute, Nevil: A Town Like Alice (7) 6/22/09
Sijie, Dai: Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress (4) 12/20/05
Silko, Leslie Marmon: Ceremony (5) 4/22/97
Simenon, Georges: Dirty Snow (7) 5/20/07
Simonson, Helen: Major Pettigrew's Last Stand (8) 7/13/10
Sinclair, Upton: The Jungle (9) 2/7/95
Sleator, William: House of Stairs (7) 11/12/12
Smiley, Jane: Moo (4) 3/10/04
Smith, Betty: Joy in the Morning (7) 8/31/06
Smith, Betty: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (9) 5/24/04
Smith, Diane: Letters From Yellowstone (2) 12/17/05
Smith, John Samuel: The Bookshop at 10 Curzon Street (7) 1/6/06
Snow, C.P.: The Masters (7) 6/13/09
Snow, C.P.: Trollope: His Life and Art (5) 12/26/05
Soehnlein, K.M.: The World of Normal Boys (9) 3/18/02
Soehnlein, K.M.: You Can Say You Knew Me When (9) 11/8/06
Spark, Muriel: The Abbess of Crewe (6) 7/24/07
Spark, Muriel: Aiding and Abetting (6) 1/23/07
Spark, Muriel: The Bachelors (6) 10/19/12
Spark, Muriel: The Driver's Seat (9) 3/28/06
Spark, Muriel: A Far Cry from Kensington (8) 3/20/04
Spark, Muriel: The Finishing School (8) 5/11/06
Spark, Muriel: The Girls of Slender Means (7) 7/5/11
Spark, Muriel: Loitering with Intent (7) 5/28/09
Spark, Muriel: The Mandelbaum Gate (7) 7/1/07
Spark, Muriel: Memento Mori (6) 7/29/08
Spark, Muriel: The Only Problem (6) 4/24/09
Spark, Muriel: The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (8) 2/8/99
Spark, Muriel: The Public Image (8) 7/18/09
Spark, Muriel: Reality and Dreams (7) 3/19/10
Spark, Muriel: The Takeover (7) 4/28/12
Spender, Stephen: The Temple (5) 11/3/12 (re-read)
Spyri, Johanna: Heidi (10) 11/9/03
Stead, C.K.: Talking About O'Dwyer (5) 2/6/06
Stegner, Wallace: Angle of Repose (8) 5/6/04
Stegner, Wallace: Crossing to Safety (9) 7/7/02
Stegner, Wallace: Remembering Laughter (6) 5/27/03
Steinbeck, John: Of Mice and Men (7) 3/1/97
Steinbeck, John: The Grapes of Wrath (9) 5/22/03
Steinbeck, John: The Winter of Our Discontent (6) 3/30/04
Stephens, James: The Charwoman's Daughter (6) 11/1/12
Stevenson, D.E.: Miss Buncle Married (8) 9/27/11
Stevenson, D.E.: Miss Buncle's Book (10) 8/26/11
Stevenson, D.E.: The House on the Cliff (8) 10/3/12
Stevenson, D.E.: Sarah's Cottage (8) ??/??/12
Stewart, Leah: The Myth of You and Me (6) 9/25/06
Stowe, Harriet Beecher: Uncle Tom's Cabin (8) 10/24/95
Strachey, Julia: Cheerful Weather for the Wedding (6) 11/13/09
Strachey, Lytton: Queen Victoria (6) 11/13/09
Styron, William: Sophie's Choice (4) 8/5/10
Sullivan, Robert: Rats (6) 3/20/06
Sulzer, Alain Claude: A Perfect Waiter (7)
Swift, Graham: The Light of Day (7) 8/13/09


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