Thursday, September 28, 2017

Recap of Novels 81-90

Recap of Novels 81-90

Average rating of novels 81-90 - 3.6 out of 5 Stars

81. ★★★★½       Vanity Fair     by William Makepeace Thackeray
82. ★★                  The Golden Bowl     by Henry James
83. ★★★½           The Portrait of a Lady     by Henry James
84. ★★★              Tristram Shandy     by Laurence Sterne
85. ★★★½           A Handful of Dust     by Evelyn Waugh
86. ★★★★          All the King’s Men     by Robert Penn Warren
★★★★          The Picture of Dorian Gray     by Oscar Wilde
★★                  The Good Soldier     by Ford Maddox Ford
89. ★★★★          The Bridge of San Luis Rey     by Thornton Wilder
90. ★★★★★      The Chronicles of Narnia     by C.S. Lewis

Favorite: The Chronicles of Narnia: The Last Battle
Honorable Mention: Vanity Fair

Least Favorite: The Good Soldier

Best Hero/Heroine: This gives me a bit of a dilemma. I feel I should say Aslan from The Chronicles of Narnia, since he is allegorical to Jesus Christ. On the other hand, I feel “hero” is insufficient for Christ who is incomparable, so I’m just going to say other than Aslan….best hero/Heroine is William Dobbin from Vanity Fair, even though the novel is subtitled: A Novel without a Hero. Honorable mention to Reepicheep from The Chronicles of Narnia.

Best Villain: The White Witch from The Chronicles of Narnia.

Most interesting/Complex character: Toss up: Jack Burden from All the King’s Men or Rebecca (Becky) Sharp from Vanity Fair.

Best Quotation: I chuckled over it from time to time for the whole rest of the day. Because it does look very funny, you know, to see a black and white cow land on its back in the middle of a stream. It is so just exactly what one doesn’t expect of a cow. ~ John Dowell from The Good Soldier

Best Subtitle: Vanity Fair: A Novel without a Hero (though I disagree with the subtitle)


  1. 3.6 average is not bad, considering you are reading with a purpose rather than picking books you know you will like.

    1. Yes and I don't grade easily. I have to absolutely be in love with a book to give a 5, and it has to be Wow for even 4. So, you are correct 3.6 is a good rating.


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