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Ranking The First 75 Novels

Apparently I’ve been in a pretty good mood the last few months, or maybe I’ve just been on a good run of novels. Whatever the case, this last batch of four novels was pretty darn good.

So as I often do after every 4-5 novels, I thought I would explain why I ranked these recent novels as I did. So here you go:

The Lord of the Rings (current rank: 2): That’s right–#2! You can’t believe the internal struggle I went through before placing LOTR ahead of To Kill A Mockingbird. But I did it, and I fully believe it’s only second to The Great Gatsby of the novels I’ve read to this point.

The Sportswriter (current rank: 29): Good novel. Love Richard Ford’s writing style. Frank Bascombe somehow manages to be likeable in his creepiness. It’s an emotional story, especially if you’ve ever been through a difficult relationship.

Appointment in Samarra (current rank: 18): I loved this book. It’s enjoyable in that watching a train wreck kind of way. Julian English is a disaster. What starts as a fun read, though, definitely takes a darker turn toward the end. Still, this is a quick, entertaining book.

The Confessions of Nat Turner (current rank: 14): William Styron wrote an impressive novel with The Confessions of Nat Turner. Brutal, violent, and extremely dark—but it’s a novel that sucks you in from the beginning and never releases its pull until the end. Great novel.

Go here if you’d like to see the entirety of my rankings—including all 75 novels I’ve read so far from the Time list. Will anyone ever pass The Great Gatsby at #1? Doubtful, but who knows?

Do you agree or disagree with my highly subjective and completely pointless rankings?

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  1. The Lord of the Rings trilogy or a particular book of the series?

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    November 5, 2014
    • Susan #

      LOTR is actually a single book. It was split into 3 by the publishers, who thought they’d never be able to sell such a huge book. I guess the format stuck.

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      November 5, 2014
      • Whoops, I should have known that! Before buying them separately, I did stumble across the huge book with all of them in it. I had no idea that’s how it was originally published. I read and loved the Hobbit and the Fellowship of the Ring. I cannot wait until this semester is done so I can finally read the second book!

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        November 5, 2014
        • Risking to sound like a nerd: it’s 1 novel divided into 6 books usually published in 3 volumes. – Unfotunately I haven’t read “the great Gatsby” yet, so it’s hard for me to compare both, but at least LotR was worth 3 times reading (and will be worth it again in a few years) so I totally agree with rank 2 for it

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          November 5, 2014
          • Don’t worry, I don’t think you sound like a nerd. We love books here!

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            November 5, 2014
          • Thanks. 😉 It’s only that I read a lot of Tolkien’s other books as well…and people often get confused when I mention details they never heard of before

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            November 5, 2014
          • I understand. Your insight is greatly appreciated!

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            November 5, 2014
    • Yep, it’s just one book.

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      November 5, 2014
  2. quetten #

    Reblogged this on Life's Every Spice!.

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    November 5, 2014
  3. I really like your blog. It is informative and interesting. Would you like to review my psychological suspense Just Two Weeks?

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    November 5, 2014
  4. fine.. thank robert.

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    November 5, 2014
  5. Gatsby beat out LotR?? I read both as a teenager. I’ve re-read LotR for fun, but I re-read Gatsby for college. My tastes have shifted severely in the past few years, so maybe I’ll give it another go to see if it’s better than I remember…but…I’m a Tolkienite for life! To each his own. 🙂

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    November 5, 2014
  6. After reading so many of the novels, do you think there are novels that should replace some of the ones on the list?

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    November 5, 2014
    • Oh absolutely. Probably too many to list.

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      November 6, 2014
  7. As things change our tastes changes too, it’s not to surprising that our taste in books change too =)

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    November 6, 2014
  8. creina #

    And I think when in your life you read a book matters – when I read On the Road I realised I had left it too late – I would have enjoyed it in my teens but by my late 30s it was just tedious. And some things if you re-read them later in life can be very disappointing after thinking they were great when you were a teenager – eg DH Lawrence

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    November 6, 2014
  9. Oh exciting to see LOTR up that high! I just started The Fellowship last night for my 30×30 list. 🙂

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    November 7, 2014
  10. Reblogged this on steffidenys.

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    November 10, 2014
  11. Reblogged this on edwards1gigi.

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    November 20, 2014

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