I read or listened to 59 books last year. I keep track of everything I read on a spreadsheet. Title, author and rating, 1-10 (although I didn’t give less than a four to anything I actually read).
I gave four books a rating of 9:
2666, by (the great) Roberto Bolaño
Released in 2004, a year after Bolaño’s death at 50 from liver failure. Beautiful, broad and lyrical, I listened to it on audio, and it was like listening to music.
A Confederacy of Dunces, by John Kennedy Toole
A wonderful modern classic that I read for the third or fourth time, with relish.
Sex at Dawn: The Prehistoric Origins of Modern Sexuality, by Cacilda Jethá and Christopher Ryan
Very convincing radical treatment of human sexuality. Not as convinced of its validity as when I read it. But maybe.
The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself, by Sean Carroll
Beautiful important work by Caltech cosmologist
Six books got an 8:
Dharma Bums, by Jack Kerouac
Lafayette and the Somewhat United States, by Sarah Vowell
The Last Innocents – The Collision of the Turbulent Sixties and the Los Angeles Dodgers, by Michal Leahy
The First Man in Rome, by Colleen McCullough
The Day Lasts More Than a Hundred Years, by Chinghiz Aitmatov
The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself, by Ed Yong
Twelve books got a 7:
Disco for the Departed, by Colin Cotterill
Harbour Street, by Ann Cleeves
Woes of the True Policeman, by Roberto Bolaño
Me Before You, Jojo Moyes (2 points for subject matter)
The Grass Crown, Colleen McCullough
Into Oblivion, Arnaldur Indridason
The Likeness, Tanya French
In the Woods, Tanya French
Absurdistan, Gary Shteyngart
The Drifters, James Michener
Slash and Burn, by Colin Cotterill
Chronicler of the Winds, by Henning Mankell