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Ranking The First 80 Novels

So now’s the time when I take a look back at the last several novels I’ve read and explain to you why I ranked them as I did.

Here’s how books 76 through 80 break down:

Book #76: Lucky Jim (Current Ranking: 49): I expected more from this novel. Lucky Jim wasn’t bad, but I was expecting more satire along the lines of Catch 22 or The Sot-Weed Factor, and it’s not that. Decent novel, but nothing memorable to me.

Book #77: A House for Mr. Biswas (Current Ranking: 24): Great novel set around the simple premise of a man who wants to buy a house. Poor Mr. Biswas just wants a house, and has to deal with all kinds of problems in buying one. A House for Mr. Biswas also showcases V.S. Naipaul’s incredible talent.

Book #78: Housekeeping (Current Ranking: 66): Meh. Housekeeping pretty much bored me to death. I was happy to have finished it.

Book #79: Naked Lunch (Current Ranking: 80): No. No. No. I hate this novel more than anything I’ve ever read. I hate Naked Lunch with a passion. I hate Naked Lunch more than ingrown toenails. No. No. No.

Book #80: The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (Current Ranking: 29): Good easy to read book about a slightly off-kilter teacher and several of her favorite female students. Interesting perspective on how our point of view changes on people as we grow older.

You can see how I’ve ranked all 80 novels on my rankings page. 

How do you feel about these rankings? Am I crazy? Fairly sane?

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  1. Your rankings seem fairly sane based on the descriptions that you gave. However, I feel like “Naked Lunch” almost made you go insane 🙂

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    April 28, 2015
  2. As someone about to do a PhD on Marilynne Robinson it is soul crushing to see Housekeeping bored you! Please tell me that was some kind of sick joke! 😀

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    April 28, 2015
    • So sorry! It wasn’t. Just not my taste, but I can see how you can spend a lot of time analyzing her work.

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      April 29, 2015
  3. I pretty much agree you on the ones I’ve read myself. Naturally, and as I’ve mentioned before, Naked Lunch is much higher in my opinion. Housekeeping above Naked Lunch is just wrong. Housekeeping is just direly dull. But the others I agree with. Keep going!

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    April 28, 2015
  4. Crazy, Robert

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    April 28, 2015
  5. Reblogged this on Fonte da arte.

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    April 28, 2015
  6. I have looked into the crystal ball and seen the future. I predict that Naked Lunch will be ranked #101 when you have finished this journey.

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    April 28, 2015
    • Naked Lucky below Lucky Jim – a book I hate intensely (and I’m British) – would be a travesty! But i suspect you’re right Don.

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      April 28, 2015
    • I believe you are on to something, Don.

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      April 29, 2015
  7. I’ve often thought about trying to rank every book I’ve ever read but it seems like such a tremendous undertaking! I’m impressed!

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    April 28, 2015
  8. I’m so curious about The naked lunch, maybe is because i never found it in stock 😀
    Or maybe because I heard about this book in The perks of being a wallflower (i didnt enjoyed it pretty much)

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    April 28, 2015
  9. Reblogged this on oshriradhekrishnabole.

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    April 29, 2015
  10. Ranking smells rank.

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    April 29, 2015
  11. I have loved reading book reviews on your blog and I intend to start reading every single one of these books in the order that you have ranked them! Thanks 🙂
    http://www.bookaddict22.wordpress.com

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    April 29, 2015

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