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Ratings are on a scale of 0 to 24. The scale used to be 0 to 10, so books written about before 2012 may have only had their ratings adjusted by formula and not by hand (hence all the 2s, 5s, 8s, etc.) The scale works as follows:

PRO
24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16
pro
15 14 13 12 11 10
mixed
9 8 7 6 5 4
con
3 2 1
CON
0

An asymmetrical 0 to 24 scale may not be intuitive, I realize. But as a rule of thumb: a double-digit score means I liked it, while a single-digit score... less so. Also, as you might expect, scores from many years ago may not be very reliable, so do check the dates.

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2014.05296  The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
2013.082619  Freaky Friday
2013.08267  Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
2013.08268  The Cement Garden
2013.082116  One Hundred Years of Solitude
2013.08105  Brave New World
2013.052610  Goldbugs and Greenbacks
2013.03216  Super-Cannes
2013.01216  Life of Pi
2012.101612  The Catcher in the Rye
2012.10093  Love and Longing in Bombay
2012.091116  The City & The City
2012.08124  Counting Heads
2012.07033  Last Exit to Brooklyn
2012.05239  The Lazarus Project
2012.04205  The Aleph and Other Stories
2012.022711  The Easter Parade
2012.02133  The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
2012.020610  The Quiet American
2012.01137  Ender's Game
2011.12066  The Haunting of Hill House
2011.11257  Grendel
2011.111215  A New World
2011.09262  Soul Mountain
2011.09036  The Guns of the South
2011.082913  The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
2011.05292  Mason & Dixon
2011.052914  Moo
2011.05025  The System of the World
2010.12192  Wuthering Heights
2010.12192  Nicholas Nickleby
2010.08215  The Book of Basketball
2010.05245  The Ice Storm
2009.102011  The Impending Crisis, 1848-1861
2009.06128  What Hath God Wrought
2009.06018  The Time Traveler's Wife
2009.052316  The Remains of the Day
2009.05232  The Sound and the Fury
2009.043018  The Greenlanders
2009.01022  Herland
2008.12282  World Made by Hand
2008.121814  The Political Culture of the American Whigs
2008.102511  The Jewish Century
2008.101211  City of Glass
2008.09055  Burr
2008.09052  Arc d'X
2008.07102  Argall
2008.06172  Civilizations
2008.05305  Lust
2008.05245  The World Without Us
2008.05132  Jealousy
2008.05105  The Confusion
2008.04072  We
2008.032419  Nineteen Eighty-Four
2008.03222  Unconquered Countries
2008.03135  The Disappearance
2008.030514  Koba the Dread
2008.022414  Animal Farm
2008.02185  Coming Up for Air
2008.02135  Homage to Catalonia
2008.012714  A Pattern Language: "Towns"
2007.121814  A Wrinkle in Time
2007.12095  Salt
2007.12015  The Road to Wigan Pier
2007.11188  Keep the Aspidistra Flying
2007.11038  Jennifer Government
2007.10158  The Dispossessed
2007.08312  A Clergyman's Daughter
2007.08200  The Fermata
2007.08022  Dr. Bloodmoney
2007.080114  The Mezzanine
2007.07185  Burmese Days
2007.07118  Down and Out in Paris and London
2007.062311  Stories of Your Life and Others
2007.06170  The Girl Who Owned a City
2007.06122  Stranger in a Strange Land
2007.05035  The Road (addendum)
2007.042416  Time's Arrow
2007.04045  The Road
2007.033111  1491
2007.02098  Berkeley 1900
2007.012714  Lanark
2007.01108  Native Son
2007.01045  Julian
2006.12192  A History of the World in 10½ Chapters
2006.120611  Air
2006.11062  Haroun and the Sea of Stories
2006.10292  The God of Small Things
2006.10235  The Code of the Woosters
2006.101814  Guns, Germs, and Steel
2006.09292  The Driver's Seat
2006.09082  V.
2006.08310  Malone Dies
2006.083114  A Canticle for Leibowitz
2006.083016  Memoirs of an Invisible Man
2006.081014  Level 7
2012.082228 books by William Sleator
2006.06188  Warday
2006.06182  Riddley Walker
2006.06180  Ape and Essence
2006.06082  Come Nineveh, Come Tyre
2006.06082  The Promise of Joy
2006.05215  Triumph
2006.05148  Tomorrow!
2006.05065  Parable of the Talents
2006.042114  White Noise
2006.03188  On the Beach
2006.03018  Alas, Babylon
2006.02148  Earth Abides
2006.02028  Parable of the Sower
2006.012514  Collapse
2005.122411  The Rivals
2005.12010  Watch Your Mouth
2005.111914  Oryx and Crake
2005.090623  Cosmos
2005.08248  Quicksilver
2005.070811  The Plot Against America
2005.061014  Freakonomics
2005.060822  Was
2005.04292  First Kyu
2005.04208  The Years of Rice and Salt
2005.03258  Pacific Edge
2005.030316  The Gold Coast
2005.02148  The Wild Shore
2004.11125  Speeches
2004.10215  Extract from Captain Stormfield's Visit to Heaven
2004.10088  1601, and Is Shakespeare Dead?
2004.100811  Chapters from My Autobiography
2004.09032  Christian Science
2004.08265  The $30,000 Bequest and Other Stories
2004.08205  What Is Man?
2004.082017  The Diaries of Adam and Eve
2004.08185  The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg and Other Stories and Essays
2004.081414  Following the Equator and Anti-Imperialist Essays
2004.07175  How to Tell a Story and Other Essays
2004.07128  The Stolen White Elephant and Other Detective Stories
2004.07038  Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc
2004.051711  The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson and the Comedy Those Extraordinary Twins
2004.05048  Tom Sawyer Abroad
2004.04255  The £1,000,000 Bank-Note and Other Stories
2004.04208  The American Claimant
2004.04105  Merry Tales
2004.040814  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
2004.032614  Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
2004.030618  Life on the Mississippi
2004.01298  The Prince and the Pauper
2004.010216  A Tramp Abroad
2003.121614  The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
2003.1213Twisty Little Passages
2003.120211  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
2003.11178  Sketches, New and Old
2003.10198  The Gilded Age
2003.1003Freaky Friday (first article)
2003.082614  Roughing It
2003.072911  The Innocents Abroad
2003.05308  The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County and Other Stories
2002.12205  Godbody
2002.11245  The Mind of a Mnemonist
2002.08305  An Army of Angels
2002.06108  Field of Schemes
2002.05095  The Pleasures of Counting
2001.121511  What It Takes
2001.113018  Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors
2001.11308  Lord of the Flies
2001.11305  The Discourses
2001.101816  Perfume
2001.101811  A Confederacy of Dunces
2001.10038  Cheaper by the Dozen
2001.10038  Belles on Their Toes
2001.100314  A Voyage to Arcturus
2001.091711  McTeague
2001.09155  Faster
2001.08255  The Victorian Internet
2001.08255  Longitude
2001.08045  Undaunted Courage
2001.072811  Mostly Harmless
2001.072411  The Ancient Engineers
2001.07075  How the Irish Saved Civilization
2001.070714  Pale Fire
2001.06302  Dream Children
2001.062511  How Far Can You Go?
2001.062111  The Left Hand of Darkness
2001.05278  The Demolished Man
2001.04155  This Star Shall Abide
2001.03135  Mathematics for the Nonmathematician
2001.01235  Tom's Midnight Garden


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