Books Read Authors T - Z

  
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

T
Tan, Amy: The Kitchen God's Wife (8) 4/30/97
Tarkington, Booth: The Magnificent Ambersons (7) 3/22/01
Tartt, Donna: The Secret History (8) 2/16/04
Taylor, Elizabeth: Angel (8) 9/19/12
Taylor, Elizabeth: A Game of Hide and Seek (7) 6/9/12
Taylor, Elizabeth: Palladian (6) 7/26/07
Taylor, Elizabeth: A Wreath of Roses (7) 10/14/03
Tennant, Emma: Strangers: A Family Romance (4) 10/23/07
Tenney, Tabitha Gilman: Female Quixotism (6) 12/3/96
Tessaro, Kathleen: Elegance (8) 12/7/06
Tessaro, Kathleen: Innocence (8) 9/5/08
Theroux, Paul: The London Embassy (7) 6/12/01
Thomas, Dana: Deluxe (8) 7/5/09
Thompson, Jean: Wide Blue Yonder (5) 10/13/05
Tisdale, EEP: Queen Victoria's Private Life (6) 6/21/08
Todd, Barbara Euphon: Miss Ranskill Comes Home (8) 11/22/11
Tolstoy, Leo: Anna Karenina (8) 7/6/97
Tolstoy, Leo: The Devil (7) 7/2/11
Tolstoy, Leo: War and Peace (8) 10/8/10
Toole, John Kennedy: A Confederacy of Dunces (7) 7/27/04
Tremain, Rose: The Way I Found Her (8) 5/16/08
Trillin, Calvin: About Alice (5) 6/6/10
Trillin, Calvin: Family Man (6) 11/15/11
Trillin, Calvin: Tepper Isn't Going Out (10) 6/7/06
Trollope, Anthony: Barchester Towers (8) 6/30/02
Trollope, Anthony: Can You Forgive Her? (8) 8/28/03
Trollope, Anthony: Dr. Thorne (7) 9/19/02
Trollope, Anthony: Dr. Wortle's School (6) 3/15/10
Trollope, Anthony: Phineas Finn (6) 11/1/11
Trollope, Anthony: The Last Chronicle of Barset (6) 7/13/08
Trollope, Anthony: The Small House at Allington (7) 2/26/05
Trollope, Anthony: The Three Clerks (7) 2/14/06
Trollope, Anthony: The Vicar of Bullhampton (7) 12/20/11
Trollope, Anthony: The Warden (8) 6/2/02
Trollope, Fanny: Widow Barnaby (7) 6/5/10
Tsing Loh, Sandra: If You Lived Here, You'd Be Home by Now (3) 4/27/07
Twain, Mark: A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (6) 11/12/95


U
Uhlman, Fred: Reunion (9) 8/8/05



V
Van den Brink, HM: On the Water (6) 1/27/09
Various: Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard and Other Poems (5)
Verne, Jules: Around the World in 80 Days (5) 8/21/05
Vidal, Gore: The City and the Pillar (7) 1/30/05
Vidal, Gore: The Golden Age (7) 5/30/05
Vidal, Gore: Washington, D.C. (9) 1/6/05
Voltaire: Candide (8) 7/27/97
von Arnim, Elizabeth: The Enchanted April (8) 6/25/01

von Arnim, Elizabeth: Love (7) 1/29/11
von Kleist, Heinrich: The Duel (5) 8/21/11
von Kleist, Heinrich: Michael Kohlhaas (8) 8/22/11
Vonnegut, Kurt: God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater (5) 1/31/09
Vonnegut, Kurt: Hocus Pocus (6) 4/4/04
Vonnegut, Kurt: Slaughterhouse Five (9) 2/12/99


W

Walker, Alice: The Color Purple (10) 8/9/00
Wang, Annie: Lili: A Novel of Tiananmen (3) 3/20/05
Waugh, Evelyn: Charles Ryder's School Days (6) 8/12/02
Waugh, Evelyn: Decline and Fall (6) 7/12/09

Waugh, Evelyn: A Handful of Dust (8) 6/28/00
Waugh, Evelyn: The Loved One (8) 11/13/12
Waugh, Evelyn: Scoop (7) 11/12/03

Webb, Mary: Gone to Earth (7) 8/22/12
Weldon Johnson, James: Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man (6) 2/20/97
Wells, Rebecca: Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (6) 10/10/99
Welty, Eudora: Delta Wedding (6) 4/16/97
Welty, Eudora: One Writer's Beginnings (6) 7/26/05
Welty, Eudora: The Optimist's Daughter (6) 7/12/05
Wenzel, Kurt: Lit Life (8) 5/6/06
West, Nathanael: The Day of the Locust (5) 3/6/97
West, Rebecca: Harriet Hume (4) 4/8/09
West, Rebecca: The Return of the Soldier (8) 10/20/09
Wharton, Edith:The Age of Innocence (10) 1/6/96

Wharton, Edith: Bunner Sisters (6) 3/24/08
Wharton, Edith: The Children (7) 6/13/09
Wharton, Edith: The Custom of the Country (8) 2/6/03
Wharton, Edith: Ethan Frome (9) 1/16/00
Wharton, Edith: The House of Mirth (9) 7/27/98
Wharton, Edith: Hudson River Bracketed (8) 7/19/08
Wharton, Edith: Madame de Treymes (6) 3/19/08
Wharton, Edith: The Mother's Recompense (8) 6/3/03
Wharton, Edith: Sanctuary (6) 3/12/08
Wharton, Edith: Summer (8) 10/19/00
Wharton, Edith: The Touchstone (6) 3/10/08

Wharton, Edith: The Touchstone (6) 8/18/11
Whipple, Dorothy: Because of the Lockwoods (9) 5/31/11
Whipple, Dorothy: The Closed Door (10) 7/23/10
Whipple, Dorothy: Every Good Deed (8) 1/28/12
Whipple, Dorothy: High Wages (9) 3/23/10
Whipple, Dorothy: The Priory (9) 2/4/10

Whipple, Dorothy: Someone at a Distance (6) 12/20/10
Whipple, Dorothy: They Were Sisters (8) 5/10/11
White, E.B.: Here is New York (5) 12/27/05
White, Edmund: City Boy (5) 12/20/09
White, Edmund: The Farewell Symphony (6) 2/6/00
White, Edmund: Hotel de Dream (9) 3/18/09
White, Edmund: The Married Man (6) 11/1/03
White, Edmund: Our Paris (7) 3/11/09
White, Edmund: Skinned Alive (7) 5/23/09
Whitney, Craig R.: All the Stops (7) 4/6/09
Wiesel, Ellie: Night (9) 1/23/06
Wilde, Oscar: The Ballad of Reading Gaol (6) 12/13/03
Wilde, Oscar: The Picture of Dorian Gray (10) 4/2/95
Wilder, Thornton: The Bridge of San Luis Rey (6) 2/23/99
Williams, Conrad: The Concert Pianist (8) 4/1/07
Williams, John: One For New York (The Angry Ones) (7) 4/6/06
Williams, John: Stoner (10) 2/6/10
Wilson, A.N.: Iris Murdoch As I Knew Her (3) 11/2/09
Wilson, A.N.: London: A History (6) 10/8/07
Winick, Judd: Pedro and Me (7) 4/29/04

Winterson, Jeanette: Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit (5) 10/26/12
Wister, Owen: The Virginian (5) 1/13/97
Wodehouse, P.G.: Spring Fever (6) 5/23/08
Wodehouse, P.G.: Young Men in Spats (6) 9/23/05
Wolfe, Tom: A Man in Full (8) 5/25/99
Wolfe, Tom: I Am Charlotte Simmons (8) 4/20/07
Wolff, Tobias: Old School (9) 10/14/04

Wolitzer, Meg: The Position (7) 10/9/10
Wolitzer, Meg: Surrender, Dorothy (7) 7/29/07
Wolitzer, Meg: The Ten Year Nap (7) 5/1/09
Wolitzer, Meg: The Wife (8) 1/27/07
Woolf, Virginia: The London Scene (5) 1/7/09
Woolf, Virginia: To The Lighthouse (6) 12/14/03
Wright, Richard: Black Boy (6) 1/2/97
Wright, Richard: Native Son (7) 7/19/07

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1 comment:

  1. Hi Thomas,
    I happened to hear on the podcast today, not today's episode, but one I listened to today, that The Piano Shop on the Left Bank is on of your all-time favourites - me too! You are the only other person I know, except for my stepdad who gave it to me, that's ever heard of it.
    Anyway, I thought it was fascinating that you mentioned that book, and that you prefer old stuff, which I do too and have to really try to read contemporary stuff, so I wanted to check out your blog. Your lists are such a bonus and I just love that so many of my loved books were highly rated by you too. Love that. For example, I have just read The Colour Purple because I'd never got to it and I adored it. Anyway, just wanted to share, but always end up saying heaps (I struggle with Twitter!) and thank you for your reading and comments and podcast and lists - I'm glad I found you :)

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