Looking Back, Part 10

For a while there, back in the middle of the 2010s, I don't think I ever truly believed I'd reach this point. And yet, here we are at long last. I've read all of the books on The List (with my various caveats about book series and so on). I've read 100 random and romance books. And now I'm free.


Top 10

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:

I'll be endeavouring to put together some more thoughts on finishing the project, and some more stats, in a future post. I'm just not quite ready to do that yet.

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