2017’s Top 5:

  • All The Pretty Horses, Cormac McCarthy 5/5

  • Tenth of December, George Saunders, 5/5

  • Lincoln in the Bardo, George Saunders, 5/5

  • The Silence of the Lambs, Thomas Harris, 4.5/5

  • Mortality, Christopher Hitchens, 5/5

Runners Up:

  • The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Junot Diaz, 5/5

  • We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, Karen Joy Fowler 4.5/5

  • Slaughterhouse Five, Kurt Vonnegut, 5/5

  • The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck, 5/5

  • In The Lake Of The Woods, Tim O’Brien 5/5

  • The Green Mile, Stephen King 5/5

  • We Should All Be Feminists, C. Adiche 5/5

All the Rest:

  • Big Little Lies, Liane Moriarty, 2.5/5

  • Salem’s Lot, Stephen King 3/5

  • The Danish Girl, David Ebershoff, 2/5, DNF

  • Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell 3/5

  • The Cutting Season, Attica Locke, 2/5

  • The Road, Cormac McCarthy, 4/5

  • The Pearl, John Steinbeck, 4/5

  • Texts from Jane Eyre, Mallory Ortberg, 2/5

  • The Winter People, Jennifer McMahon, 2.5/5

  • On Writing, Stephen King,4/5

  • The Good Rat, Jimmy Breslin, 2/5, DNF

  • This Is How You Lose Her, Junot Diaz, 4.5/5

  • All Things Cease To Appear, Elizabeth Brundage, 3.5/5

  • Death By Black Hole, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, 4/5

  • The Handmaiden’s Tale, Margaret Atwood, 2/5

  • Innocent: The Fight Against Wrongful Convictions, Time Magazine, 5/5

  • The Daughter Of Time, Josephine Tey, 2.5/5

  • F*ck Love, 1/5

  • Brave New World, Aldous Huxley, 4/5

  • Fates and Furies, Lauren Groff, 3/5

  • Great Expectations, Charles Dickens, 5/5

  • Listen, Liberal, Thomas Frank, 3.5/5

  • Running the Books, Avi Steinberg, 2.5/5

  • The Gunslinger, Stephen King, 2.5/5

  • Contact, Carl Sagan, 3.5/5

  • Blue Heaven, CJ Box, 1.5/5

  • Frankenstein, Mary Shelley, 3/5

  • The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, Alexander McCall Smith, 2/5

  • The Children Act, Ian McEwan, 3.5/5

  • The Cement Garden, Ian McEwan, 3.5/5

  • Commonwealth, Ann Patchett, 4/5

  • Darkly Dreaming Dexter, Jeff Lindsay, 2.5/5

  • The Talented Mr Ripley, Patricia Highsmith,3/5

  • 1984, George Orwell, 5/5

  • Gone, Baby, Gone, Dennis Lehane, 1/5

  • Atonement, Ian McEwan, 3.5/5

  • It, Stephen King, 3.5/5

  • We Can’t Teach What We Don’t Know, Howard, 3.5/5

  • Love Letters of the Great War, Mandy Kirby, 4/5

  • Haroun and the Sea of Stories, Salman Rushdie, 2/5

  • Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, Benjamin Sáenz, 2/5

  • The Catcher and the Rye, JD Salinger, 2.5/5

  • The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven, Sherman Alexie, 4.5/5

  • Beloved, Toni Morrison, 4.5/5

  • Bless Me, Última, Rudolfo Anaya 4.5/5

  • The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath 4/5

  • Monster, Walter Dean Myers 3.5/5

  • Gold Boy, Emerald Girl, Yiyun Lee, 3.5/5

  • 11/22/63, Stephen King, 3/5

  • The Supreme Court: 20 Cases That Changed America, Tony Mauro, 5/5

  • Love Poems, Pablo Neruda, 4/5

  • A Clockwork Orange, Anthony Burgess, 3/5

  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Rowling, Tiffany, and Thorne, 1/5

  • Where I’m Calling From, Raymond Carver, 4/5

  • Something Wicked This Way Comes, Ray Bradbury, 3/5

  • The One and Only Ivan, Katherine Applegate, 3.5/5

  • Captain Pantone and the Secret Service, Mario Vargas Llosa, 3.5/5

  • The Mambo Kings Sing Songs of Love, Oscar Hijuelos, 4.5/5

  • The Stand, Stephen King, 3.5/5

  • The New Jim Crow, Michelle Alexander, 5/5

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