Looking Back, Part 5

Well, I've really done it. I'm posting a Retrospective less than a year after the previous one! I know no one cares but me, but I personally am giving myself a round of applause. Will this happen again? I hope so! In fact I have cause for optimism on this front, because I have a pretty long backlog of posts built up at this point. That's not ideal, because I'm here to tell you right now that I read Lonesome Dove SO LONG AGO and yet here it is.

Top 100 So Far

This section of the List was characterized by a lot of mediocrity and also an entirely unforeseen issue, i.e. my feelings about several of these books were significantly more complex than "read it!", "don't bother", or "meh". I suspect that this problem will only get worse. Because an astounding 8 books out of 11 got 2/3 ratings this time around, my overall feelings toward the list have shifted from 43% positive at the last tabulation to 45% indifferent for this one. I really hope things take a turn for the better soon.

Here's the usual garbage-looking summary of how good the List books have been to date, and then we'll get into the list of links:

60. The Moviegoer by Walker Percy - 1/3
59. Zuleika Dobson by Max Beerbohm - 2/3
58. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton - 2/3
57. Parade's End by Ford Madox Ford - 2/3
56. The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett - 3/3
55. On the Road by Jack Kerouac - 2/3
54. Light in August by William Faulkner - 2/3
53. Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov - 2/3
52. Portnoy's Complaint by Philip Roth - 1/3
51. The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer - 2/3

Total Pages: 3794

Random/Romnovs So Far

R41. Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
R42. Flowers in the Attic by V. C. Andrews
R43. The Boss by Abigail Barnette
R44. Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson
R45. The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton
R46. The Stone Angel by Margaret Laurence
R47. Walden Two by B. F. Skinner
R48. Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin
R49. The Secret Country by Pamela Dean
R50. Q-in-Law by Peter David

Total Pages: 3723

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