So, if the Top 10 had all been 3/3 books, I'm still not sure I'd have a record of 50% books that I liked or loved reading from The List, thanks to the various series inflating the ranks. As it was, the Top 10 only had three books that got the highest rating. I think part of that was just my exhaustion with the project, but as I've said many times in the past, a great book should be able to break through any pessimism or exhaustion.
The Top 10 included zero books written by women. Average publication year was 1933, with only Catch-22 and Lolita being published after 1950. (Or 1940 for that matter.) I think the standout selection was The Grapes of Wrath at number 10.
Here is the usual ugly tabulation of these results:
10. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck - 3/3
9. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence - 2/3
8. Darkness at Noon by Arthur Koestler - 2/3
7. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller - 3/3
5. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley - 3/3
4. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov - 2/3
1. Ulysses by James Joyce - 2/3
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