Ranking The First 35 Novels
So it’s time to dive in the wonderful world of my highly subjective and completely pointless rankings of the first 35 books I’ve read from the Time list.
If you’re interested, you can see previous updates through book 31: Never Let Me Go.
Now, to somehow justify my rankings for books 32-35.
Book #32: Watchmen: Ranked 24th. And that’s honestly higher than I thought I would’ve ranked it before reading it. I easily see why Watchmen is considered a ground-breaking graphic novel. I enjoyed reading it, but not enough to rank it in the top half, or make me want to read more graphic novels.
Book #33: Lolita: Ranked 31st. Oh, man. We’ve argued and debated about this one a lot. I know, for many of you, the subject matter wasn’t an issue. But I could never get past it. That said, I thought Nabokov was a brilliant writer, and the fact that he made me so uncomfortable while reading Lolita speaks to his talent. This is one of those novels that really touches on the personal taste issue we discussed on Friday.
Book #34: American Pastoral: Ranked 6th. Brilliant book. I love Philip Roth as a writer and as a thinker. Roth tells an emotional, tragic story with this novel. It’s one of those novels that consumes you and is just hard to put down. I thought it was similar to The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen. Highly recommend it.
Book #35: Death Comes For The Archbishop. Ranked 27th. Again, another great writer. And, again, another story that just didn’t do much for me. It’s a quiet story without much plot. And, honestly, it’s bland and boring. My overall feeling of Death Comes For The Archbishop: “Meh.”
Here are my complete rankings, if you are interested.
As you can tell, with the exception of American Pastoral, I wasn’t too fond of the last four novels. I’m sure many of you probably disagree with me on Lolita, but so it goes. Feel free to send hate mail or berate me in the comments below.
The next three books are The Power And The Glory (currently reading), Native Son, and Dog Soldiers. After that, I’ll pick five more.
So, what’s up with my rankings? Great? Awful? Decent?
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