What do Listologists think of these books?

  1. Rules in the author's comments section

  2. To begin, I chose some of the most famous and most-read books around:
  3. The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho)

  4. Nance: 2.5
  5. Average Rating: 2.5/4
  6. Alice in Wonderland (Lewis Carroll)

  7. Nance: 3.5
  8. Average Rating: 3.5/4
  9. Animal Farm (George Orwell)

  10. Imposter: 4.0
  11. Nance: 4.0
  12. Average Rating: 4/4
  13. The Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger)

  14. pianoshootis: 4.0
  15. misscurly: 0.0
  16. 1922: 4.0
  17. cmonster: 0.5
  18. professor: 4.0
  19. AndyGibb: 4.0
  20. Average Rating: 2.75/4
  21. The Crucible (Arthur Miller)

  22. Imposter: 2.0
  23. Average Rating: 2/4
  24. Dracula (Bram Stoker)

  25. pianoshootis: 4.0
  26. 1922: 3.5
  27. misscurly: 3.5
  28. Slothrop33: 2.5
  29. Average Rating: 3.38/4
  30. Dune (Frank Herbert)

  31. Nance: 3.0
  32. Average Rating: 3/4
  33. Fight Club (Chuck Palahniuk)

  34. Critico: 3.0
  35. misscurly: 4.0
  36. Average Rating: 3.5/4
  37. Frankenstein (Mary Shelley)

  38. cmonster: 2.0
  39. pianoshootis: 3.5
  40. misscurly: 4.0
  41. Slothrop33: 3.0
  42. Average Rating: 3.13/4
  43. Franny and Zooey (J.D. Salinger)

  44. 1922: 4.0
  45. Average Rating: 4/4
  46. The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck)

  47. pianoshootis: 3.5
  48. misscurly: 2.0
  49. 1922: 4.0
  50. professor: 4.0
  51. Slothrop33: 3.0
  52. Imposter: 4.0
  53. Average Rating: 3.42/4
  54. Great Expectations (Charles Dickens)

  55. pianoshootis: 3.5
  56. misscurly: 4.0
  57. Slothrop33: 4.0
  58. Average Rating: 3.83/4
  59. Hamlet (William Shakespeare)

  60. Nance: 2.5
  61. Average Rating: 2.5/4
  62. High Fidelity (Nick Hornby)

  63. Critico: 4.0
  64. Imposter: 3.5
  65. Average Rating: 3.75/4
  66. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams)

  67. Imposter: 4.0
  68. Nance: 4.0
  69. Average Rating: 4/4
  70. Jane Eyre (Charlotte Brontë)

  71. pianoshootis: 3.5
  72. misscurly: 4.0
  73. Average Rating: 3.75/4
  74. The Little Prince (Antoine de Saint-Exupéry)

  75. Nance: 4.0
  76. 1922: 4.0
  77. Average Rating: 4/4
  78. The Lord of the Rings (J.R.R. Tolkien)

  79. cmonster: 2.5
  80. 1922: 4.0
  81. professor: 4.0
  82. Average Rating: 3.5/4
  83. Macbeth (William Shakespeare)

  84. misscurly: 4.0
  85. 1922: 4.0
  86. Slothrop33: 4.0
  87. Average Rating: 4/4
  88. Memoirs of a Geisha (Arthur Golden)

  89. misscurly: 4.0
  90. Nance: 2.5
  91. Average Rating: 3.25/4
  92. Moby Dick (Herman Melville)

  93. cmonster: 4.0
  94. misscurly: 2.0
  95. Slothrop33: 4.0
  96. Average Rating: 3.33/4
  97. Mrs. Dalloway (Virginia Woolf)

  98. pianoshootis: 3.0
  99. misscurly: 3.5
  100. Slothrop33: 3.5
  101. Average Rating: 3.33/4
  102. 1984 (George Orwell)

  103. pianoshootis: 3.5
  104. misscurly: 4.0
  105. professor: 3.0
  106. Imposter: 2.5
  107. Slothrop33: 4.0
  108. Average Rating: 3.4/4
  109. Of Mice and Men (John Steinbeck)

  110. Imposter: 4.0
  111. 1922: 4.0
  112. Average Rating: 4/4
  113. The Old Curiosity Shop (Charles Dickens)

  114. cmonster: 3.5
  115. Average Rating: 3.5/4
  116. Oliver Twist (Charles Dickens)

  117. Slothrop33: 3.0
  118. Nance: 3.0
  119. Average Rating: 3/4
  120. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (Ken Kesey)

  121. Critico: 4.0
  122. Average Rating: 4/4
  123. On the Road (Jack Kerouac)

  124. pianoshootis: 2.5
  125. Critico: 4.0
  126. Slothrop33: 2.5
  127. Average Rating: 3/4
  128. Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)

  129. pianoshootis: 3.0
  130. misscurly: 1.0
  131. cmonster: 0.5
  132. Average Rating: 1.5/4
  133. Rebecca (Daphne Du Maurier)

  134. professor: 4.0
  135. misscurly: 4.0
  136. Average Rating: 4/4
  137. The Scarlet Letter (Nathaniel Hawthorne)

  138. cmonster: 1.0
  139. pianoshootis: 4.0
  140. Average Rating: 2.5/4
  141. Tess of the D'Urbervilles (Thomas Hardy)

  142. professor: 4.0
  143. Average Rating: 4/4
  144. To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)

  145. pianoshootis: 3.0
  146. misscurly: 2.0
  147. cmonster: 2.0
  148. AndyGibb: 4.0
  149. Imposter: 4.0
  150. Average Rating: 3/4
  151. Ulysses (James Joyce)

  152. pianoshootis: 4.0
  153. cmonster: 3.0
  154. Slothrop33: 4.0
  155. Average Rating: 3.67/4
  156. Wuthering Heights (Emily Brontë)

  157. professor: 4.0
  158. misscurly: 4.0
  159. Average Rating: 4/4
  160. War and Peace (Leo Tolstoy)

Author Comments: 

Here are a few (?) films that will be rated following this principle:

1. Have you read any of these books? Fine, then write a comment and put down your rating on them (out of 4 stars).

2. I'll write your user name and your rating in parantheses behind the book title, and calculate the average rating (out of 4 stars, of course) of these books.

3. Rating system: out of 4 stars:
****: a masterpiece
***: a very good book
**1/2: a good book
**: this book is average
*: this book works just at 30 to 40 %
°: an awful book (= zero stars)

5. SUGGEST your own books!!!


7. Thanks for the suggestions to:


8. I won't give my own rating to a book till this film has got at least 1 'vote'.

9. Current leader:

Macbeth (William Shakespeare)

10. Most votes:

The Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger) votes: 6

11. Still unrated books at the bottom of the list.

12. You can change your mind as often as you want!

13. Why a list like this?
One of the reasons is possibly the exchange of thoughts on different books. I wanted to make a list where (at one view) one could see all listologists' opinions and thoughts on several books.

14. Would it be useful to include non-fiction books?

15. New Additions:
The Little Prince
The Alchemist
Alice in Wonderland
Franny and Zooey

Joyce is amazing! Read some secondary texts as well; the book is difficult. Kundera's "The Art of the Novel" has some cursory remarks on the history of the novel that will put it in perspective. I did my senior thesis on Ulysses and loved every second of it.

Do you know William Vollmann? Read him! He is amazing! "Rainbow Stories" is a great place to start.

Most people told me with horror about their reading experiences with Joyce. Therefore it's refreshing to get some enthusiastic echo.

As for Vollmann, the name somehow sounds familiar to me, but I'm sure that I have never read anything of him. But thanks for the tip.

Good idea for a list

On the Road **1/2
I started this book with a bad attitude because I usually dislike the people who extol it, so it was surprising to find out how well-written it was. Still, the ideas and people are mostly annoying.

The Catcher in the Rye: ****
The Grapes of Wrath: ***1/2
Pride and Prejudice: ***
To Kill a Mockingbird: ***
1984: ***1/2
Ulysses: ****+

I just started reading On the Road. So my rating should fellow in some weeks (or days?).

BTW, you may have noticed the cloning-link at the bottom of the list which leads to the movie version of this list. It'd be great to get your ratings on the films there. But it's quite a lot to rate, especially for someone who has seen A LOT OF movies.

I saw it and I plan to give the movie ratings once I get back on my home computer. Here's for the new additions.

Dracula ****
Frankenstein ***1/2
Great Expectations ***1/2
Jane Eyre ***1/2
Mrs. Dalloway ***
The Scarlet Letter ****

Yup, thank you.

For the movie list, you have got plenty of time. To make it easier to rate the films, I listed all the movies here. But as I said no hurry.

Macbeth ****
I read it in grade 10, and I really think that its worth is in its appeal to a wide variety of audiences. I loved it at that age, and I still find it an excellent piece.
Catcher (does negative 8 million count as a score?) Way overrated. It's like reading Seinfeld (which I also hate). Both about nothing. Anticlimatic.
umm... I have class in 5 so i'll finish this tonight.

The Grapes of Wrath ** I just didn't get it... and the style of writing annoyed me.
Pride and Prejudice * It actually got good near the end, but that took forever. I've never been one to like romanc-y books, and it didn't have that redeeming edge of satire like The Importance of Being Earnest
To Kill a Mockingbird ** A classic for sure, but it didn't appeal to me. I've tried it a few times.
1984 ***** I really can't think of anything that could improve on the novel.
(I haven't read Ulysses yet. I did have a go at Portrait of the Artist, and I realized that you need to read and understand The Illiad and the Odyssey (and the Aenid... and Paradise Lost... and basically everything that Joyce ever read, before trying Joyce. Good thing he's dead, or this would be impossible.)

Thank you too for your ratings.

Any suggestions?

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
something by Virginia Woolf perhaps? Mrs Dalloway?
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden was good, and recent stuff might round out the list a bit

Ty. Now let me know your ratings for them. :)

For all the new stuff:
Dracula 3.5
Fight Club 4
Frankenstein 4
Great Expecattions 4
Jane Eyre 4
Moby Dick 2
Mrs Dalloway 3.5
Rebecca 4
Memoirs of a Geisha 4
There's quite a bit of gothic novels on this list. I like it. Makes you think about how they relate, and escpecially compliment each other.

I missed Wuthering Heights, which I give a resounding 4/4

Ulysses: 3.0
To Kill a Mockingbird: 2.0
Pride and Prejudice: 0.5. Kill me now.
Catcher in the Rye: 0.5. Yeah, no.

My suggestions:
The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens. 3.5 The soap opera of its day, I feel it's as powerful now as when it first appeared, chapter by magical chapter.
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley: 2.0 The first part is pure poetry, the second part is a meditation on the condition of mankind in the natural world, and it drags a little. Still interesting.
Moby Dick by Herman Melville: 4.0. You heard me. Four stars. AWESOME. Read it.
The Scarlet Letter - Nathaniel Hawthorne. 1.0. Don't get me started.

Cool, thanks.

Here are my ratings:

The Catcher in the Rye: 4.0
The Grapes of Wrath: 4.0
The Lord of the Rings: 4.0
1984: 3.0


Tess of the D'Urbervilles (Thomas Hardy): 4.0
Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte): 4.0
Rebecca (Daphne Du Maurier): 4.0

I started to read Pride and Prejudice but my mind kept drifting away, so I have now put it down and started East of Eden (magnificent - even better than Grapes of Wrath - so far - no resemblence to the James Dean movie).

Thank you for your ratings and suggestions.

Also glad you like East of Eden so far. IMO it gets better the more you read.

P.S.: I added Tess of the D'Urbervilles to my to-read list for 2006.

Which did you prefer between East of Eden and Grapes of Wrath ?

Did you see my reviews of Tess of the D'Urbervilles and Jude The Obscure ?

I slightly prefer East of Eden, because its story is probably a little bit more gripping. But I love both books.

Yup, I read both reviews, and they are also the reason why I decided to pay attention to Thomas Hardy in 2006.

I'm still working my way through East Of Eden - I'm on page 544 (of 728) and its just approaching (I think) the section covered in the James Dean movie.

Satellite TV (UK) is currently showing &nbsp Tess Of The D'Urbervilles [1998] &nbsp in three parts - part one was shown last week. Justine Waddell makes a good Tess, and it is fairly accurate version of the story, but its not up to the quality of the book (so far).

Very good. I hope you enjoy the "last" pages of East of Eden!
As for Tess of the D'Urbervilles, I'll first read the novel, and then check out the library where they might have the film too. Thanks.

On the road is my favorite book, even if some of it is a rambling mess, so ****

Suggestions, One flew over the cuckoo's nest, High Fidelity, Fight Club. The first 2 ****, the third one ***.

Ahh I just saw the original manuscript for On the Road! They have it at my public library for a bit. Pretty impressive!

Thanks. Finally some recent stuff.

I give both "The Catcher in the Rye" and "To Kill a Mockingbird" four stars.

Thank you!

The Grapes Of Wrath: **** (just finished reading it, actually)
High Fidelity: ***½
1984: **½
To Kill A Mockingbird: ****

A few suggestions:
Animal Farm: ****
The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy: **** (my favorite book)
The Crucible: **
Of Mice And Men: ****

Dracula 2.5
Great Expectations 4.0
Moby Dick 4.0
Ulysses 4.0
Frankentstein 3.0
Grapes of Wrath 3.0
Macbeth 4.0
Mrs. Dalloway 3.5
1984 4.0
Oliver Twist 3.0
On the Road 2.5

Animal Farm: 3.0
The Catcher in the Rye: 2.0
Dracula: 3.0
Frankenstein: 2.5
Macbeth: 4.0
One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest: 2.5
Wuthering Heights: 3.5

A few ;-) suggestions:
Nick Cave: And the Ass Saw the Angel 2.5
T.C. Boyle: Drop City 3.0
Mikhail Bulgakov: The Master and Margarita 3.0
Don DeLillo: Underworld 3.5
Jeffrey Eugenides: Middlesex 3.0
F. Scott Fitzgerald: Tender Is the Night 3.0
F. Scott Fitzgerald: The Great Gatsby 4.0
Richard Flanagan: Gould’s Book of Fish 3.0
Mark Haddon: The Curions Incident of the Dog in Night-time 3.0
Ernest Hemingway: For Whom the Bell Tolls 3.0
Moses Isegawa: Abyssinian Chronicles 3.5
Jonathan Lethem: Motherless Brooklyn 3.0
Jonathan Lethem: Fortress of Solitude 3.0
Cormac McCarthy: Blood Meridian 3.5
Cormac McCarthy: All the Pretty Horses 3.5
Carson McCullers: The Heart is a Lonely Hunter 3.5
Larry McMurtry: Lonesome Dove 4.0 (probably the best book I've ever read)
Ian McEwan: The Child in Time 3.0
Ian McEwan: The Innocent 3.0
Ian McEwan: Atonement 3.5
DBC Pierre: Vernon God Little 3.0
Tom Robbins: Jitterbug Perfume 3.0
Tom Robbins: Fierce Invalids Home from Hot Climats 3.0
Jonathan Safran Foer: Everything Is Illuminated 3.0

Yeah, thanks a lot! I'll just need some time to update. :)

Animal Farm : 4 (I plan to read 1984 from him, very powerful book)
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy : 4 (fan of the series)
Oliver Twist : 3 (I enter very deep on that one, definitely a favorite)
Memoirs of a Geisha : 2,5 (a very good book, not sure a classic for me)

I didn't read a lot of from that list yet.

Some suggestions:
The Little Prince, Antoine Saint-Exupéry : 4 (the one I read the most)
The Alchemist, Paolo Coelho : 2,5 (just because of the ending I can't call it a masterpiece, but one of my favorite)
Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll: 3,5 (one of my favorite tales)
Dune, Frank Herbert: 3 (I think this is like the LOTR of science-fiction)
Hamlet, William Shakespeare : 2,5 (I didn't really like Shakespeare, but this book is on almost everyone favorite list, I will probably re-read it one day)

Let's see, books:
Of the ones I've read:

Animal Farm - 3/5
The Catcher In The Rye - 3/5
Great Expectations - 3.5/5
Macbeth - 3/5
Nineteen-Eighty-Four - 5/5
Of Mice and Men - 4/5

If you want any other suggestions of books/plays I've studied, then you could consider these, which I studied in English or read in my own time:
Othello (William Shakespeare) - 5/5
A Streetcar Named Desire (Tennessee Williams) - 4/5
The Glass Menagerie (Tennessee Williams) - 2.5/5
The Canterbury Tales (Geoffrey Chaucer) - 1/5
Emma (Jane Austen) - 2/5
The Importance of Being Earnest (Oscar Wilde) - 5/5
A Handful Of Dust (Evelyn Waugh) - 2/5
A Christmas Carol (Charles Dickens, Okay technically not a book of its own, part of a collection, but hey, 3.5/5)
A View From The Bridge (Arthur Miller) - 4/5

Hmmm...whoops, it's out of four stars. Oh well, simply remove one star from the score of each, that should do the trick.

Couldn't help mentioning this. Removing one star is not exact, you need to multiply each score by 0.8 to get it out of 4. Ex. 2.5/5 is half, subtract 1 and you get 1.5/4 which is not half. Multiply by 0.8 and you get 2/4 which is half.

My Ratings:
Alice in Wonderland ***
The Catcher in the Rye ***
The Crucible ***
Franny and Zooey ****
Great Expectations ***
Hamlet ***
Macbeth ***
Of Mice and Men ***
Pride and Prejudice ***
The Scarlet Letter **1/2
To Kill a Mockingbird ***1/2

Some Suggestions:
The Good Earth - Pearl S. Buck
A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
In Cold Blood - Truman Capote (if nonfiction is included)
Romeo and Juliet - Shakespeare
Antigone - Sophocles
The Awakening - Kate Chopin
The Old Man and the Sea - Ernest Hemingway
One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
As I Lay Dying - William Faulkner

Of what I've read:

Animal Farm ***1/2
Catcher in the Rye ***
Dune **** - I really liked this
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy ***
The Little Prince ***1/2
Lord of the Rings ****
To Kill a Mockingbird ***
War and Peace ****

I guess many people don't like it because of its excessive exploitation.
Too much boring realism at times, like the long chapter on hunting and balls.
ANimal Farm 3
Very witty.