My Five-Star Books

Using the Goodreads website, I have rated every book I have ever read (the ones I can remember – I’m sure there are many missing, especially from the early years) on a scale of 1 to 5.  I’ve made a list of the that I gave a five-star rating, which are set forth below in chronological order.

  1. The Iliad. Homer (Ancient Greece, c. 800-725 BCE) [epic poem]
  2. The Odyssey. Homer (Ancient Greece, c. 800-725 BCE) [epic poem]
  3. The Oresteia. Aeschylus (Ancient Greece, 458 BCE) [drama]
  4. The Histories. Herodotus (Ancient Greece, c. 460-420 BCE) [non-fiction: history]
  5. Antigone. Sophocles (Ancient Greece, 441 BCE) [drama]
  6. Oedipus the King. Sophocles (Ancient Greece, 429 BCE) [drama]
  7. The Bacchae. Euripides (Ancient Greece, 405 BCE) [drama]
  8. Great Dialogues of Plato. Plato. (Ed. by W.H.D.Rouse) (Ancient Greece, 400-350 BCE) [non-fiction: philosophy]
  9. Parallel Lives of the Noble Greeks and Romans. Plutarch (Ancient Rome, 120 CE) [non-fiction: history/biography]
  10. The Pillow Book. Sei Shonagon (Japan, 1002) [non-fiction: memoir/diary]
  11. The Tale of Genji. Shikibu Murasaki (Japan, 1021) [fiction: novel]
  12. Gargantua and Pantagruel. François Rabelais (France, 1532) [fiction: novel]
  13. The Comedy of Errors. William Shakespeare (England, 1589) [drama]
  14. Richard III. William Shakespeare (England, 1591) [drama]
  15. Romeo and Juliet. William Shakespeare (England, 1594) [drama]
  16. Richard II. William Shakespeare (England, 1595) [drama]
  17. A Midsummer Night’s Dream. William Shakespeare (England, 1595) [drama]
  18. The Merchant of Venice. William Shakespeare (England, 1596) [drama]
  19. King Henry IV, Part 1. William Shakespeare (England, 1597) [drama]
  20. Julius Caesar. William Shakespeare (England, 1599) [drama]
  21. Twelfth Night. William Shakespeare (England, 1599) [drama]
  22. Hamlet. William Shakespeare (England, 1600) [drama]
  23. Othello. William Shakespeare (England, 1604) [drama]
  24. Macbeth. William Shakespeare (England, 1605) [drama]
  25. Don Quixote. Miguel de Cervantes (Spain, 1605, 1615) [fiction: novel]
  26. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding. John Locke (England, 1690) [non-fiction: philosophy]
  27. Gulliver’s Travels. Jonathan Swift (Ireland, 1726) [fiction: novel]
  28. A Treatise of Human Nature. David Hume (Scotland, 1740) [non-fiction: philosophy]
  29. An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding. David Hume (Scotland, 1748) [non-fiction: philosophy]
  30. The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman. Laurence Sterne (Ireland, 1759) [fiction: novel]
  31. Prolegomena to Any Future Metaphysics. Immanuel Kant (Germany, 1783) [non-fiction: philosophy]
  32. The Federalist Papers. Alexander Hamilton, James Madison & John Jay (US, 1787-1788) [non-fiction: political philosophy]
  33. The Complete Anti-Federalist. Herbert Storing, ed. (US, 1787-1788, pub. 1981) [non-fiction: political philosophy]
  34. Pride and Prejudice. Jane Austen (UK, 1813) [fiction: novel]
  35. Emma. Jane Austen (UK, 1815) [fiction: novel]
  36. Ivanhoe. Walter Scott (UK, 1819) [fiction: novel]
  37. The Red and the Black. Stendhal (France, 1830) [fiction: novel]
  38. The Voyage of the Beagle. Charles Darwin (UK, 1839) [non-fiction: science/memoir]
  39. Twice-Told Tales. Nathaniel Hawthorne (US, 1837-1842) [fiction: stories]
  40. The Overcoat and Other Short Stories. Nikolai Gogol (Russia, 1842) [fiction: stories]
  41. The Tell-Tale Heart and Other Writings. Edgar Allan Poe (US, 1843) [fiction: stories]
  42. Mosses from an Old Manse. Nathaniel Hawthorne (US, 1846) [fiction: stories]
  43. Cousin Bette. Honoré de Balzac (France, 1846) [fiction: novel]
  44. Wuthering Heights. Emily Brontë (UK, 1847) [fiction: novel]
  45. Jane Eyre. Charlotte Brontë (UK, 1847) [fiction: novel]
  46. Mardi, and a Voyage Thither. Herman Melville (US, 1849) [fiction: novel]
  47. Moby-Dick. Herman Melville (US, 1851) [fiction: novel]
  48. Pierre: or, the Ambiguities. Herman Melville (US, 1852) [fiction: novel]
  49. Leaves of Grass. Walt Whitman (US, 1855) [poetry]
  50. Great Short Works. Herman Melville (US, 1850-1857) [fiction: stories/novellas]
  51. On the Origin of Species. Charles Darwin (UK, 1859) [non-fiction: science]
  52. Notes from Underground. Fyodor Dostoyevsky (Russia, 1861) [fiction: novel]
  53. Great Expectations. Charles Dickens (UK, 1861) [fiction: novel]
  54. Fathers and Sons. Ivan Turgenev (Russia, 1862) [fiction: novel]
  55. Crime and Punishment. Fyodor Dostoyevsky (Russia, 1866) [fiction: novel]
  56. Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. Jules Verne (France, 1869) [fiction: novel]
  57. Middlemarch: A Study of Provincial Life. George Eliot (UK, 1871) [fiction: novel]
  58. The Birth of Tragedy. Friedrich Nietzsche (Germany, 1872) [non-fiction: philosophy]
  59. The Brothers Karamazov. Fyodor Dostoyevsky (Russia, 1878) [fiction: novel]
  60. The Return of the Native. Thomas Hardy (UK, 1878) [fiction: novel]
  61. Life on the Mississippi. Mark Twain (US, 1883) [non-fiction: travel/memoir]
  62. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Mark Twain (US, 1884) [fiction: novel]
  63. Beyond Good and Evil. Friedrich Nietzsche (Germany, 1886) [non-fiction: philosophy]
  64. Kidnapped. Robert Louis Stevenson (UK, 1886) [fiction: novel]
  65. The Death of Ivan Ilyich and Other Stories. Leo Tolstoy (Russia, 1886) [fiction: stories/novellas]
  66. On the Genealogy of Morals. Friedrich Nietzsche (Germany, 1887) [non-fiction: philosophy]
  67. Tess of the d’Urbervilles. Thomas Hardy (UK, 1891) [fiction: novel]
  68. The Importance of Being Earnest. Oscar Wilde (Ireland, 1894) [drama]
  69. Jude the Obscure. Thomas Hardy (UK, 1895) [fiction: novel]
  70. Dracula. Bram Stoker (Ireland, 1897) [fiction: novel]
  71. Heart of Darkness. Joseph Conrad (UK, 1899) [fiction: novella]
  72. Lord Jim. Joseph Conrad (UK, 1900) [fiction: novel]
  73. Sister Carrie. Theodore Dreiser (US, 1900) [fiction: novel]
  74. Kim. Rudyard Kipling (UK, 1901) [fiction: novel]
  75. The Wings of the Dove. Henry James (US/UK, 1901) [fiction: novel]
  76. The Ambassadors. Henry James (US/UK, 1903) [fiction: novel]
  77. The Golden Bowl. Henry James (US/UK, 1904) [fiction: novel]
  78. Nostromo. Joseph Conrad (UK, 1904) [fiction: novel]
  79. The House of Mirth. Edith Wharton (US, 1905) [fiction: novel]
  80. Dubliners. James Joyce (Ireland, 1913) [fiction: stories]
  81. The Metamorphosis. Franz Kafka (Czechoslovakia, 1915) [fiction: story]
  82. Sons and Lovers. D.H. Lawrence (UK, 1915) [fiction: novel]
  83. The Good Soldier. Ford Madox Ford (UK, 1915) [fiction: novel]
  84. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. James Joyce (Ireland, 1916) [fiction: novel]
  85. Demian. Hermann Hesse (Germany, 1917) [fiction: novel]
  86. The Magnificent Ambersons. Booth Tarkington (US, 1918) [fiction: novel]
  87. Winesburg, Ohio. Sherwood Anderson (US, 1919) [fiction: stories]
  88. Women in Love. D.H. Lawrence (UK, 1920) [fiction: novel]
  89. Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus. Ludwig Wittgenstein (Austria, 1921) [non-fiction: philosophy]
  90. Six Characters in Search of An Author. Luigi Pirandello (Italy, 1921) [drama]
  91. Siddhartha. Hermann Hesse (Germany, 1922) [fiction: novel]
  92. Ulysses. James Joyce (Ireland, 1922) [fiction: novel]
  93. Seven Pillars of Wisdom: A Triumph. T.E. Lawrence (UK, 1922) [non-fiction: memoir/history]
  94. Billy Budd, Sailor. Herman Melville (US, pub. 1924) [fiction: novella]
  95. The Magic Mountain. Thomas Mann (Germany, 1924) [fiction: novel]
  96. The Great Gatsby. F. Scott Fitzgerald (US, 1925) [fiction: novel]
  97. Mrs. Dalloway. Virginia Woolf (UK, 1925) [fiction: novel]
  98. The Trial. Franz Kafka (Czechoslovakia, 1925) [fiction: novel]
  99. The Castle. Franz Kafka (Czechoslovakia, 1926) [fiction: novel]
  100. Steppenwolf. Hermann Hesse (Germany, 1927) [fiction: novel]
  101. Him. E.E. Cummings (US, 1927) [drama]
  102. To the Lighthouse. Virginia Woolf (UK, 1927) [fiction: novel]
  103. Death Comes for the Archbishop. Willa Cather (US, 1927) [fiction: novel]
  104. Orlando: A Biography. Virginia Woolf (UK, 1928) [fiction: novel]
  105. Look Homeward, Angel. Thomas Wolfe (US, 1929) [fiction: novel]
  106. The Sound and the Fury. William Faulkner (US, 1929) [fiction: novel]
  107. As I Lay Dying. William Faulkner (US, 1930) [fiction: novel]
  108. Light in August. William Faulkner (US, 1932) [fiction: novel]
  109. Mutiny on the Bounty; Men Against the Sea; Pitcairn’s Island. Charles Nordhoff & James Hall (US, 1932-1934) [fiction: novels]
  110. Independent People. Halldór Laxness (Iceland, 1934) [fiction: novel]
  111. Selected Poems. T.S. Eliot (US/UK, 1934) [poetry]
  112. The Book of Disquiet. Fernando Pessoa (Portugal, 1935) [fiction: novel]
  113. Absalom, Absalom! William Faulkner (US, 1936) [fiction: novel]
  114. U.S.A. John Dos Passos (US, 1930-1936) [fiction: novels]
  115. Life Long Ago: The Story of Fossils. Carroll Lane Fenton (US, 1937) [non-fiction: science]
  116. Babylon Revisited and Other Stories. F. Scott Fitzgerald (US, 1937) [fiction: stories]
  117. The Hobbit. J.R.R. Tolkein (UK, 1937) [fiction: novel]
  118. Nausea. Jean-Paul Sartre (France, 1938) [fiction: novel]
  119. At Swim-Two-Birds. Flann O’Brien (Ireland, 1939) [fiction: novel]
  120. An Inquiry Into Meaning and Truth. Bertrand Russell (UK, 1940 [non-fiction: philosophy]
  121. American Renaissance: Art and Expression in the Age of Emerson and Whitman. F.O. Matthiessen (US, 1941) [non-fiction: literary criticism]
  122. The Glass Bead Game. Hermann Hesse (Germany, 1943) [fiction: novel]
  123. A Woman in Berlin: Eight Weeks in the Conquered City: A Diary. Anonymous (Marta Hillers) (Germany, 1945; pub. 1954) [non-fiction: diary]
  124. Hiroshima. John Hersey (US, 1946) [non-fiction: journalism]
  125. All the King’s Men. Robert Penn Warren (US, 1946) [fiction: novel]
  126. Under the Volcano. Malcolm Lowry (UK, 1947) [fiction: novel]
  127. A Field Guide to the Birds of Eastern and Central North America. Roger Tory Peterson (US, 1947) [non-fiction: birding]
  128. The American Political Tradition and the Men Who Made It. Richard Hofstadter (US, 1948) [non-fiction: history]
  129. Cry, the Beloved Country. Alan Paton (South Africa, 1948) [fiction: novel]
  130. Intruder in the Dust. William Faulkner (US, 1948) [fiction: novel]
  131. No Exit and Three Other Plays. Jean-Paul Sartre (France, 1949) [drama]
  132. The Concept of Mind. Gilbert Ryle (UK, 1949) [non-fiction: philosophy]
  133. Death of a Salesman. Arthur Miller (US, 1949) [drama]
  134. The Myth of the Eternal Return, or Cosmos and History. Mircea Eliade (Romania/UK, 1949) [non-fiction: history/religion]
  135. The Catcher in the Rye. J.D. Salinger (US, 1951) [fiction: novel]
  136. Memoirs of Hadrian. Marguerite Yourcenar (France, 1951) [fiction: novel]
  137. Invisible Man. Ralph Ellison (UK, 1952) [fiction: novel]
  138. Language, Truth and Logic. A.J. Ayer (US, 1952) [non-fiction: philosophy]
  139. Foundation; Foundation & Empire; Second Foundation. Isaac Asimov (US, 1951-1953) [fiction: novels]
  140. A Good Man is Hard to Find and Other Stories. Flannery O’Connor (US, 1953) [fiction: stories]
  141. Nine Stories. J.D. Salinger (US, 1953) [fiction: stories]
  142. Existentialism from Dostoevsky to Sartre. Walter Kaufmann, ed. (US, 1953) [non-fiction: philosophy]
  143. Molloy, Malone Dies, The Unnamable: A Trilogy. Samuel Beckett (Ireland/France, 1951-1953) [fiction: novels]
  144. Waiting for Godot. Samuel Beckett (Ireland/France, 1953) [drama]
  145. Lucky Jim. Kingsley Amis (UK, 1954) [fiction: novel]
  146. Lord of the Flies. William Golding (UK, 1954) [fiction: novel]
  147. The Lord of the Rings. J.R.R. Tolkien (UK, 1954-1955) [fiction: novels]
  148. Lolita. Vladimir Nabokov (USSR/US, 1955) [fiction: novel]
  149. Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters & Seymour: An Introduction. J.D. Salinger (US, 1955) [fiction: novellas]
  150. How to Do Things with Words. J.L. Austin (UK, 1955) [non-fiction: philosophy/linguistics]
  151. The Inheritors. William Golding (UK, 1955) [fiction: novel]
  152. Great American Short Stories. Mary Stegner, ed. (US, 1957) [fiction: stories]
  153. A Death in the Family. James Agee (US, 1957) [fiction: novel]
  154. First Love and Other Sorrows. Harold Brodkey (US, 1958) [fiction: stories]
  155. The Tin Drum. Günter Grass (Germany, 1959) [fiction: novel]
  156. The Alexandria Quartet. Lawrence Durrell (UK, 1957-1960) [fiction: novels]
  157. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany. William L. Shirer (US, 1960) [non-fiction: history]
  158. Franny and Zooey. J.D. Salinger (US, 1961) [fiction: novellas]
  159. Catch-22. Joseph Heller (US, 1961) [fiction: novel]
  160. A Clockwork Orange. Anthony Burgess (UK, 1962) [fiction: novel]
  161. The Golden Notebook. Doris Lessing (UK, 1962) [fiction: novel]
  162. Labyrinths: Selected Stories & Other Writings. Jorge Luis Borges (Argentina, 1962) [fiction: stories/non-fiction: essays]
  163. The Mentor Book of Major American Poets. Oscar Williams, ed. (US, 1962) [poetry]
  164. Cat’s Cradle. Kurt Vonnegut (US, 1963) [fiction: novel]
  165. V. Thomas Pynchon (US, 1963) [fiction: novel]
  166. Metaphysics. Richard Taylor (US, 1963) [non-fiction: philosophy]
  167. Giles Goat-Boy. John Barth (US, 1966) [fiction: novel]
  168. Fanshen: A Documentary of Revolution in a Chinese Village. William Hinton (US, 1966) [non-fiction: history]
  169. One Hundred Years of Solitude. Gabriel García Marquez (Colombia, 1967) [fiction: novel]
  170. The Double Helix. James Watson (US, 1968) [non-fiction: science]
  171. The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test. Tom Wolfe (US, 1968) [non-fiction: journalism]
  172. A Theory of Justice. John Rawls (US, 1971) [non-fiction: political philosophy]
  173. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Hunter S. Thompson (US, 1971) [non-fiction: journalism/memoir]
  174. Diet for a Small Planet. Frances Moore Lappé (US, 1971) [non-fiction: food]
  175. Invisible Cities. Italo Calvino (Italy, 1972) [fiction: novel]
  176. Complete Poems 1913-1962. E.E. Cummings (US, 1972) [poetry]
  177. Henry James: A Life (1 Vol.). Leon Edel (US/Canada, 1953-1972) [non-fiction: biography]
  178. Breakfast of Champions. Kurt Vonnegut (US, 1973) [fiction: novel]
  179. Gravity’s Rainbow. Thomas Pynchon (US, 1973) [fiction: novel]
  180. The Gulag Archipelago 1918-1956. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (USSR, 1973) [non-fiction: history]
  181. The Feminist Papers: From Adams to de Beauvoir. Alice S. Rossi, ed. (US, 1973) [non-fiction: history/sociology]
  182. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values. Robert M. Pirsig (US, 1974) [non-fiction: philosophy/memoir]
  183. All the President’s Men. Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward (US, 1974) [non-fiction: journalism/history]
  184. Ragtime. E.L. Doctorow (US, 1975) [fiction: novel]
  185. The Selfish Gene. Richard Dawkins (UK, 1976) [non-fiction: science]
  186. Even Cowgirls Get the Blues. Tom Robbins (US, 1976) [fiction: novel]
  187. Song of Solomon. Toni Morrison (US, 1977) [fiction: novel]
  188. The Stories of John Cheever. John Cheever (US, 1978) [fiction: stories]
  189. The Family Crucible. Augustus Napier & Carl Whitaker (US, 1978) [non-fiction: psychology]
  190. A Sierra Club Naturalist’s Guide to Southern New England. Neil Jorgensen (US, 1978) [non-fiction: science/nature]
  191. On Human Nature. E.O. Wilson (US, 1978) [non-fiction: science]
  192. Cruel Shoes. Steve Martin (US, 1979) [non-fiction: humor]
  193. A People’s History of the United States: 1492 to Present. Howard Zinn (US, 1980) [non-fiction: history]
  194. Still Life with Woodpecker. Tom Robbins (US, 1980) [fiction: novel]
  195. The Collected Stories. Eudora Welty (US, 1980) [fiction: stories]
  196. Midnight’s Children. Salman Rushdie (UK/India, 1981) [fiction: novel]
  197. What We Talk About When We Talk About Love. Raymond Carver (US, 1981) [fiction: stories]
  198. The White Hotel. D.M. Thomas (UK, 1981) [fiction: novel]
  199. The Growth of Biological Thought: Diversity, Evolution, and Inheritance. Ernst Mayr (US, 1982) [non-fiction: science/history]
  200. Philosophy in the Twentieth Century. A.J. Ayer (UK, 1982) [non-fiction: philosophy]
  201. The Glorious Cause: The American Revolution, 1763-1789. Robert Middlekauff (US, 1982) [non-fiction: history]
  202. Natural Landscaping: Designing with Native Plant Communities. John Diekelmann & Robert Schuster (US, 1982) [non-fiction: gardening/science]
  203. Love Is Hell. Matt Groening (US, 1982) [comic book]
  204. Money. Martin Amis (UK, 1984) [fiction: novel]
  205. The Art of Fiction: Notes on Craft for Young Writers. John Gardner (US, 1984) [non-fiction: writing]
  206. White Noise. Don DeLillo (US, 1985) [fiction: novel]
  207. Common Ground: A Turbulent Decade in the Lives of Three American Families. Anthony J. Lukas (US, 1985) [non-fiction: journalism/history]
  208. Maus, Vol. 1: My Father Bleeds History. Art Spiegelman (US, 1986) [non-fiction: graphic memoir/history]
  209. A Short History of the Movies. Gerald Mast (US, 1986) [non-fiction: film]
  210. The Making of the Atomic Bomb. Richard Rhodes (US, 1986) [non-fiction: history/science]
  211. World’s End. T.C. Boyle (US, 1987) [fiction: novel]
  212. Beloved. Toni Morrison (US, 1987) [fiction: novel]
  213. And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic. Randy Shilts (US, 1987) [non-fiction: journalism/history]
  214. Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era. James M. McPherson (US, 1988) [non-fiction: history]
  215. The Power of Myth. Joseph Campbell (with Bill Moyers) (US, 1988) [non-fiction: philosophy/religion]
  216. Tell Me Why: The Beatles: Album By Album, Song By Song, The Sixties and After. Tim Riley (US, 1988) [non-fiction: music]
  217. Where I’m Calling From: New and Selected Stories. Raymond Carver (US, 1988) [fiction: stories]
  218. The Complete Birder: A Guide to Better Birding. Jack Connor (US, 1988) [non-fiction: birding]
  219. Parting the Waters: America in the King Years, 1954-63. Taylor Branch (US, 1988) [non-fiction: biography/history]
  220. The Oxford History of Britain. Kenneth O. Morgan (UK, 1988) [non-fiction: history]
  221. John Kobal Presents the Top 100 Movies. John Kobal (Austria/UK, 1988) [non-fiction: film]
  222. Modern Ireland: 1600-1972. R.F. Foster (Ireland, 1989) [non-fiction: history]
  223. The Things They Carried. Tim O’Brien (US, 1990) [fiction: stories]
  224. Lonely Hearts of the Cosmos: The Story of the Scientific Quest for the Secret of the Universe. Dennis Overbye (US, 1991) [non-fiction: science]
  225. Consciousness Explained. Daniel C. Dennett (US, 1991) [non-fiction: philosophy/neuroscience]
  226. Mating. Norman Rush (US, 1991) [fiction: novel]
  227. Hard Rain: A Dylan Commentary. Tim Riley (US, 1992) [non-fiction: music]
  228. The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity. Julie Cameron (US, 1992) [non-fiction: creativity]
  229. Truman. David McCullough (US, 1992) [non-fiction: biography/history]
  230. Round Up the Usual Suspects: The Making of Casablanca–Bogart, Bergman, and World War II. Aljean Harmetz (US, 1992) [non-fiction: film]
  231. Charles Darwin: Voyaging. Janet E. Browne (UK, 1995) [non-fiction: biography/science]
  232. Ship Fever: Stories. Andrea Barrett (US, 1996) [fiction: stories]
  233. Infinite Jest. David Foster Wallace (US, 1996) [fiction: novel]
  234. The God of Small Things. Arundhati Roy (India, 1997) [fiction: novel]
  235. American Pastoral. Philip Roth (US, 1997) [fiction: novel]
  236. Life: A Natural History of the First Four Billion Years of Life on Earth. Richard Fortey (UK, 1997) [non-fiction: science]
  237. We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families: Stories from Rwanda. Philip Gourevich (UK, 1998) [non-fiction: journalism/history]
  238. Annals of the Former World. John McPhee (US, 1998) [non-fiction: science/journalism]
  239. White Teeth. Zadie Smith (UK, 1999) [fiction: novel]
  240. Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945. Tony Judt (UK, 1999) [non-fiction: history]
  241. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius. Dave Eggers (US, 2000) [non-fiction: memoir]
  242. John Adams. David McCullough (US, 2001) [non-fiction: biography/history]
  243. Peace Like a River. Leif Enger (US, 2001) [fiction: novel]
  244. Atonement. Ian McEwan (UK, 2001) [fiction: novel]
  245. Austerlitz. W.G. Sebald (Germany, 2001) [fiction: novel]
  246. Charles Darwin: The Power of Place. Janet E. Browne (UK, 2002) [non-fiction: biography/science]
  247. Middlesex. Jeffrey Eugenides (US, 2002) [fiction: novel]
  248. The Known World. Edward P. Jones (US, 2003) [fiction: novel]
  249. A Short History of Nearly Everything. Bill Bryson (US/UK, 2003) [non-fiction: science]
  250. They Marched Into Sunlight: War and Peace, Vietnam and America, October 1967. David Maraniss (US, 2003) [non-fiction: history]
  251. The Stories of English. David Crystal (UK, 2004) [non-fiction: history/linguistics]
  252. Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and bin Laden from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001. Steve Coll (US, 2004) [non-fiction: journalism/history]
  253. 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus. Charles C. Mann (US, 2005) [non-fiction: science/history]
  254. Never Let Me Go. Kazuo Ishiguro (UK, 2005) [fiction: novel]
  255. Europe Central. William T. Vollmann (US, 2005) [fiction: novel]
  256. The Rough Guide To Classical Music. Duncan Clark (US, 2005) [non-fiction: music]
  257. The Year of Magical Thinking. Joan Didion (US, 2005) [non-fiction: memoir]
  258. What Is the What. Dave Eggers (US, 2006) [fiction: novel]
  259. The Inheritance of Loss. Kiran Desai (India/US, 2006) [fiction: novel]
  260. James Tiptree, Jr.: The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon. Julie Phillips (US, 2006) [non-fiction: biography]
  261. American Movie Critics: An Anthology From the Silents Until Now. Philip Lopate, ed. (US, 2006) [non-fiction: film]
  262. The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals. Michael Pollan (US, 2006) [non-fiction: food]
  263. Cleopatra: A Life. Stacy Schiff (US, 2006) [non-fiction: biography/history]
  264. The Rest is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century. Alex Ross (US, 2007) [non-fiction: music]
  265. The Hemingses of Monticello. Annette Gordon-Reed (US, 2008) [non-fiction: history/biography]
  266. Pictures at a Revolution: Five Movies and the Birth of the New Hollywood. Mark Harris (US, 2008) [non-fiction: film]
  267. The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration. Isabel Wilkerson (US, 2010) [non-fiction: history]
  268. Lennon: The Man, the Myth, the Music – The Definitive Life. Tim Riley (US, 2011) [non-fiction: biography/music]
  269. Conversations with Scorcese. Richard Schickel (US, 2011) [non-fiction: film]
  270. Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman. Robert K. Massie (US, 2011) [non-fiction: biography/history]
  271. The Riddle of the Labyrinth: The Quest to Crack an Ancient Code. Margalit Fox (US, 2013) [non-fiction: history/archaeology]
  272. Lawrence in Arabia; War, Deceit, Imperial Folly, and the Making of the Modern Middle East. Scott Anderson (US, 2013)  [non-fiction: history/biography]
  273. Tenth of December. George Saunders (US, 2013) [fiction: stories]

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    1. beckchris Post author

      Good question – I guess because I’ve only read one of his books so far (Kafka on the Shore) and I gave it 4/5 stars. I love his writing, though, and am looking forward to reading more.

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