I read a fair number of books (although I don’t always write about them). Recently I engaged in a discussion about rating books on Goodreads in which we discussed how 5-star rating systems don’t work very well. What does a 3 mean for instance? I proposed simply stack ranking my reviews and winding up with a system that simply shows relative quality (according to me).

Kicking that off:

  1. The Name of the Wind – No idea where the story of Kvothe is going but it sure is well written.
  2. L’Appart: The Delights and Disasters of Making My Paris Home – cute story of an American trying to refurbish an apartment in Paris.
  3. October: The Story of the Russian Revolution – the first time I enjoyed a book by China Mieville. I know he is a literary darling but his books are too grim for me. I enjoy this book as a nicely written account of the year leading up to the Russian Revolution in 1917.
  4. Akata Warrior – Follow up to Akata Witch which I liked a lot better. I never quite figured out what this book was about but I still liked reading about these four witches in Africa.
  5. Quillifer – fun world, decent character, clever writing
  6. Red Sister – decent world-building, decent characters, didn’t absolutely love it.
  7. Coyote Blue – I like the books of Christopher Moore, but this one wasn’t very good. I like the idea of Coyote but this was a disjointed mess.
  8. Cookham To Cannes: The South of France – Lobsters & Lunatics – Couple of Brits move to France and work as “guardians” for insane people.
  9. Uncorked: My year in Provence studying Pétanque, discovering Chagall, drinking Pastis, and mangling French by Paul Shore | Goodreads – absolutely terrible