Despite the extremely challenging nature of these last twenty books (mostly the ones on The List, you'll see), I'm very pleased to be posting this less than one year after the previous Retrospective post. I'm trying not to get too excited and tempt the universe to throw any roadblocks in the way of the last 20% of this project, but please keep your fingers crossed for my sake!
So here we are, 1.6 hectobooks down, 0.4 to go. I've read at least 40 books every year for the past several, meaning that if I really put my mind to it, I could finish this up within the next year. We'll see if that happens.
Because there were two trilogies in this set, I actually read fourteen books instead of ten. Because I ended up getting a bit bored/exhausted with both trilogies, and because there were a few duds in the mix, let's be honest, I only really liked half of the books, giving 50% 3/3 ratings. This is still mostly positive but it's not as high as I'd like it to be at this point on The List.
As you may have guessed, every single one of these fourteen books was written by a man. They were, again, concentrated in the first half of the 20th century, with only one being published after 1950, just like the previous round. The average publication year was 1928. Maybe next time the Modern Library Board should consider having some younger people on it.
Here is the usual ugly tabulation of these results:
30. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford - 3/3
29. Studs Lonigan by James T. Farrell - 2.7/3
28. Tender Is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald - 1/3
27. The Ambassadors by Henry James - 2/3
26. The Wings of the Dove by Henry James - 3/3
25. A Passage to India by E. M. Forster - 3/3
24. Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson - 1/3
23. U.S.A. by John Dos Passos - 2.3/3
22. Appointment in Samarra by John O'Hara - 3/3
21. Henderson the Rain King by Saul Bellow - 1/3
R71. Hot Ice by Nora Roberts
R72. A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
R73. The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle
R74. Credo by Melvyn Bragg
R75. Bear by Marian Engel
R76. The Years of Rice and Salt by Kim Stanley Robinson
R77. The Last Hours by Minette Walters
R78. Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
R79. The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
R80. Earth Abides by George R. Stewart
And that's all for now. Next time I post one of these, there will be only twenty books remaining!