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Readable Classics

Description: These are classics that you actually enjoyed reading.

Members: 13 participating members (show all)

All members' listSort: Score | Title | Author | Date
1
64,463 members, 1,153 reviews
4.41 stars (4.41 stars)

Lists: TeriAndersonNeedham (1), kerrygiven (1), jeffza (1), jain (2), merrystar (2), ahef1963 (2), ghilbrae (2), cpg (4), sturlington (9)

Thumbs down: aulsmith

Score: 28.59

Explanations:

aulsmith (0): I just don't like the Bennetts.

2
22,870 members, 445 reviews
4.22 stars (4.22 stars)

Lists: merrystar (1), ahef1963 (1), ghilbrae (1), jeffza (2), cpg (3), aulsmith (11), jain (15), sturlington (22)

Score: 24.48

3
63,365 members, 1,240 reviews
4.38 stars (4.38 stars)

Lists: cpg (1), TeriAndersonNeedham (2), kerrygiven (2), hipdeep (4), ahef1963 (4), aulsmith (9), sturlington (12), Euryale (12)

Score: 22.99

4
30,241 members, 414 reviews
4.07 stars (4.07 stars)

Lists: cpg (2), ahef1963 (3), ghilbrae (3), aulsmith (10), sturlington (19), hipdeep (22), jain (23)

Score: 17.28

5
33,939 members, 447 reviews
4.11 stars (4.11 stars)

Lists: Euryale (1), aulsmith (1), TeriAndersonNeedham (3), ahef1963 (10), sturlington (13), hipdeep (23)

Score: 17.22

6
47,332 members, 762 reviews
4.23 stars (4.23 stars)

Lists: aulsmith (2), jeffza (3), TeriAndersonNeedham (4), kerrygiven (4), ahef1963 (8), sturlington (20)

Score: 16.33

7
6,171 members, 310 reviews
3.96 stars (3.96 stars)

Lists: TeriAndersonNeedham (9), Euryale (11), jain (17), aulsmith (18), sturlington (24), ahef1963 (25)

Score: 12.01

8
16,050 members, 496 reviews
4.22 stars (4.22 stars)

Lists: kerrygiven (3), TeriAndersonNeedham (5), merrystar (9), ahef1963 (18), sturlington (27)

Score: 11.72

9
41,913 members, 826 reviews
4.03 stars (4.03 stars)

Lists: merrystar (6), hipdeep (7), Euryale (13), ahef1963 (14), sturlington (29)

Score: 10.91

10
57,793 members, 950 reviews
3.87 stars (3.87 stars)

Lists: Euryale (4), jeffza (5), TeriAndersonNeedham (6), ahef1963 (7), sturlington (10)

Thumbs down: aulsmith

Score: 10.77

Explanations:

aulsmith (0): It's readable, but I find the end disappointing every time I read it.

11
46,739 members, 698 reviews
3.99 stars (3.99 stars)

Lists: TeriAndersonNeedham (7), ahef1963 (13), sturlington (14), aulsmith (17), hipdeep (18)

Score: 10.55

12
28,963 members, 374 reviews
3.93 stars (3.93 stars)

Lists: cpg (5), aulsmith (5), TeriAndersonNeedham (8), merrystar (11), ahef1963 (11)

Thumbs down: sturlington

Score: 10.12

13
30,506 members, 519 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)

Lists: Euryale (3), kerrygiven (5), ahef1963 (16), sturlington (23)

Score: 9.54

14
14,928 members, 268 reviews
3.98 stars (3.98 stars)

Lists: hipdeep (1), sturlington (3), jain (10)

Score: 9.29

15
10,676 members, 139 reviews
3.92 stars (3.92 stars)

Lists: aulsmith (3), jeffza (4), ahef1963 (5), cpg (6)

Thumbs down: sturlington

Score: 9.1

16
65,579 members, 1,053 reviews
4.24 stars (4.24 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (6), aulsmith (8), TeriAndersonNeedham (10), sturlington (28)

Score: 8.92

17
31,258 members, 567 reviews
3.9 stars (3.9 stars)

Lists: sturlington (15), aulsmith (15), ahef1963 (15), hipdeep (19)

Score: 8.01

18
32,172 members, 588 reviews
3.81 stars (3.81 stars)

Lists: Euryale (9), TeriAndersonNeedham (11), hipdeep (24), sturlington (32)

Score: 8

19
11,313 members, 251 reviews
3.91 stars (3.91 stars)

Lists: dara85 (1), merrystar (10), sturlington (40)

Score: 7.84

20
21,375 members, 318 reviews
3.75 stars (3.75 stars)

Lists: jeffza (6), sturlington (8), ahef1963 (12)

Score: 7.08

21
18,398 members, 398 reviews
4.08 stars (4.08 stars)

Lists: hipdeep (2), TeriAndersonNeedham (13), sturlington (44)

Score: 7.02

22
39,803 members, 623 reviews
3.72 stars (3.72 stars)

Lists: ghilbrae (4), ahef1963 (9), sturlington (25)

Score: 6.93

23
5,343 members, 312 reviews
4.09 stars (4.09 stars)

Lists: Euryale (2), sturlington (26), ahef1963 (27)

Score: 6.89

24
14,260 members, 220 reviews
4.11 stars (4.11 stars)

Lists: kerrygiven (6), TeriAndersonNeedham (12), merrystar (13), aulsmith (14)

Thumbs down: sturlington

Score: 6.88

25
8,575 members, 162 reviews
3.95 stars (3.95 stars)

Lists: merrystar (7), sturlington (7), ahef1963 (21)

Score: 6.79

26
4,599 members, 119 reviews
4.33 stars (4.33 stars)

Lists: merrystar (3), ahef1963 (24), sturlington (35)

Score: 6.49

27
30,277 members, 419 reviews
4.13 stars (4.13 stars)

Lists: merrystar (4), sturlington (18), jain (31)

Score: 6.47

28
38 members, 0 reviews
3.5 stars (3.5 stars)

Lists: Euryale (8), merrystar (12), sturlington (31)

Score: 6.22

29
12,030 members, 291 reviews
4.06 stars (4.06 stars)

Lists: jain (9), hipdeep (15), sturlington (47)

Score: 5.87

30
11,418 members, 257 reviews
4.02 stars (4.02 stars)

Lists: sturlington (2), merrystar (8)

Score: 5.74

31
4,959 members, 194 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)

Lists: sturlington (4), merrystar (5)

Score: 5.5

32
8,854 members, 236 reviews
3.98 stars (3.98 stars)

Lists: TeriAndersonNeedham (17), hipdeep (20), sturlington (45)

Score: 5.41

33
2,353 members, 22 reviews
4.11 stars (4.11 stars)

Lists: TeriAndersonNeedham (14), hipdeep (21), ahef1963 (28), sturlington (39)

Thumbs down: aulsmith

Score: 5.28

Explanations:

aulsmith (0): I've never found these very readable as novels. They don't make sense, and the chess game in Looking Glass makes it even worse. But each chapter is fun and the poetry is great.… (more)

34
23,056 members, 409 reviews
3.97 stars (3.97 stars)

Lists: sturlington (5), TeriAndersonNeedham (15)

Score: 4.71

35
20,273 members, 245 reviews
4.16 stars (4.16 stars)

Lists: sturlington (6), ahef1963 (17)

Score: 4.53

36
25,042 members, 352 reviews
3.82 stars (3.82 stars)

Lists: Euryale (6), sturlington (30)

Score: 4.27

37
17,370 members, 365 reviews
3.82 stars (3.82 stars)

Lists: jain (6), sturlington (41)

Score: 4.14

38
26,478 members, 517 reviews
3.96 stars (3.96 stars)

Lists: Euryale (7), TeriAndersonNeedham (16), sturlington (37)

Thumbs down: aulsmith

Score: 4.08

Explanations:

aulsmith (0): I found pacing lose and disjointed. Had to start it a couple of times before I got through it.

39
7,456 members, 108 reviews
3.99 stars (3.99 stars)

Lists: merrystar (14), sturlington (16)

Score: 4.07

40
14,193 members, 267 reviews
4.2 stars (4.2 stars)

Lists: jain (1)

Score: 4

41
14,005 members, 141 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)

Lists: sturlington (1)

Score: 4

42
1,484 members, 11 reviews
3.99 stars (3.99 stars)

Lists: ghilbrae (5), hipdeep (26), sturlington (50)

Thumbs down: aulsmith

Score: 3.95

Explanations:

aulsmith (0): Poe is very readable, but he gives me nightmares.

43
4,291 members, 83 reviews
3.87 stars (3.87 stars)

Lists: aulsmith (12), hipdeep (25)

Score: 3.94

44
18,283 members, 303 reviews
3.83 stars (3.83 stars)

Lists: sturlington (21), jain (27)

Score: 3.62

45
10,599 members, 198 reviews
4.1 stars (4.1 stars)

Lists: hipdeep (14), sturlington (46)

Score: 3.6

46
43,854 members, 597 reviews
3.95 stars (3.95 stars)

Lists: merrystar (15), sturlington (43)

Score: 3.6

47
28,016 members, 381 reviews
4.13 stars (4.13 stars)

Lists: aulsmith (21), sturlington (33)

Score: 3.54

Explanations:

sturlington (33): Can be a slog but worth reading

48
30,435 members, 793 reviews
4.06 stars (4.06 stars)

Lists: hipdeep (16), sturlington (48)

Score: 3.52

49
7,850 members, 151 reviews
3.61 stars (3.61 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (22), sturlington (34)

Score: 3.5

50
15,436 members, 400 reviews
3.95 stars (3.95 stars)

Lists: hipdeep (17), sturlington (49)

Score: 3.48

51
12,336 members, 160 reviews
4.07 stars (4.07 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (19), sturlington (51)

Score: 3.41

52
4,797 members, 147 reviews
3.92 stars (3.92 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (26), sturlington (36)

Score: 3.4

53
18,168 members, 400 reviews
3.96 stars (3.96 stars)

Lists: hipdeep (3)

Score: 3.04

54
8,066 members, 193 reviews
4.14 stars (4.14 stars)

Lists: jain (3)

Score: 3.04

55
4,601 members, 84 reviews
4.18 stars (4.18 stars)

Lists: aulsmith (6), jeffza (7)

Thumbs down: sturlington

Score: 3.02

56
40,286 members, 568 reviews
3.9 stars (3.9 stars)

Lists: jain (4)

Score: 2.83

Explanations:

jain (4): Shows a perceptive and nuanced understanding of generational abuse. Accordingly, the beginning and middle of the book can be painful (though compelling) reading, but I find the eventual happy ending extremely catharctic.… (more)

57
16,077 members, 352 reviews
3.75 stars (3.75 stars)

Lists: jain (5)

Score: 2.68

58
7,758 members, 160 reviews
3.99 stars (3.99 stars)

Lists: hipdeep (5)

Score: 2.68

59
8,181 members, 167 reviews
4.03 stars (4.03 stars)

Lists: hipdeep (6)

Score: 2.56

60
27,828 members, 434 reviews
3.81 stars (3.81 stars)

Lists: jain (7)

Score: 2.46

Explanations:

jain (7): Surprisingly funny, both intentionally (see: the fart joke in Chap. 1) and unintentionally (see: Melville's very earnest argument that whales are fish and not mammals). Also intensely homoerotic--always a plus for me.… (more)

61
722 members, 12 reviews
3.88 stars (3.88 stars)

Lists: jain (8)

Score: 2.38

62
677 members, 6 reviews
4.47 stars (4.47 stars)

Lists: hipdeep (8)

Score: 2.38

63
4,078 members, 92 reviews
3.78 stars (3.78 stars)

Lists: hipdeep (9)

Score: 2.31

64
274 members, 4 reviews
3.72 stars (3.72 stars)

Lists: jain (11)

Score: 2.2

65
18,844 members, 255 reviews
3.82 stars (3.82 stars)

Lists: jain (12)

Score: 2.15

Explanations:

jain (12): The Seamus Heaney translation is my favorite.

66
5,439 members, 143 reviews
3.98 stars (3.98 stars)

Lists: hipdeep (12)

Score: 2.15

67
18,739 members, 340 reviews
4.39 stars (4.39 stars)

Lists: sturlington (11), TeriAndersonNeedham (18)

Thumbs down: aulsmith

Score: 2.14

Explanations:

aulsmith (0): I read this at age 18 and found it confusing and irritatingly misogynist (though I didn't know the word at the time).

68
5,015 members, 103 reviews
3.81 stars (3.81 stars)

Lists: hipdeep (13)

Score: 2.11

69
1,043 members, 36 reviews
3.78 stars (3.78 stars)

Lists: jain (13)

Score: 2.11

70
955 members, 15 reviews
4.14 stars (4.14 stars)

Lists: jain (14)

Score: 2.07

71
34,349 members, 461 reviews
3.9 stars (3.9 stars)

Lists: hipdeep (10), TeriAndersonNeedham (19), aulsmith (20)

Thumbs down: merrystar, sturlington

Score: 2.06

72
1,059 members, 27 reviews
4.05 stars (4.05 stars)

Lists: jain (16)

Score: 2

Explanations:

jain (16): Who knew a book all about a board game could be so exciting?

73
890 members, 13 reviews
3.67 stars (3.67 stars)

Lists: aulsmith (16)

Score: 2

74
2,655 members, 41 reviews
3.53 stars (3.53 stars)

Lists: sturlington (17)

Score: 1.97

75
8,996 members, 128 reviews
3.76 stars (3.76 stars)

Lists: jain (18)

Score: 1.94

76
18,162 members, 344 reviews
3.89 stars (3.89 stars)

Lists: jain (19)

Score: 1.92

77
4,159 members, 133 reviews
3.58 stars (3.58 stars)

Lists: jain (20)

Score: 1.89

78
7,098 members, 123 reviews
3.88 stars (3.88 stars)

Lists: jain (21)

Score: 1.87

79
1,555 members, 31 reviews
3.9 stars (3.9 stars)

Lists: jain (22)

Score: 1.85

80
30,677 members, 316 reviews
4.03 stars (4.03 stars)

Lists: jain (24)

Score: 1.81

81
17,911 members, 154 reviews
3.89 stars (3.89 stars)

Lists: jain (25)

Score: 1.79

82
1,949 members, 35 reviews
3.8 stars (3.8 stars)

Lists: jain (26)

Score: 1.77

83
24,150 members, 397 reviews
3.77 stars (3.77 stars)

Lists: jain (28)

Score: 1.74

Explanations:

jain (28): I'm not usually a fan of Hemingway, but this I liked.

84
2,011 members, 57 reviews
3.72 stars (3.72 stars)

Lists: jain (29)

Score: 1.72

85
8,042 members, 96 reviews
3.79 stars (3.79 stars)

Lists: jain (30)

Score: 1.71

86
2,118 members, 56 reviews
3.77 stars (3.77 stars)

Lists: sturlington (42)

Score: 1.57

87
5,053 members, 97 reviews
3.85 stars (3.85 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (23), sturlington (52)

Thumbs down: aulsmith

Score: 1.32

Explanations:

aulsmith (0): I found the prose dense and the story odd.

88
19,471 members, 345 reviews
4.33 stars (4.33 stars)

Lists: Euryale (5)

Thumbs down: sturlington

Score: 0.68

89
14,807 members, 184 reviews
3.96 stars (3.96 stars)

Lists: aulsmith (7)

Thumbs down: sturlington

Score: 0.46

90
1,364 members, 27 reviews
4.25 stars (4.25 stars)

Lists: Euryale (10)

Thumbs down: sturlington

Score: 0.25

91
7,540 members, 154 reviews
3.97 stars (3.97 stars)

Lists: hipdeep (11)

Thumbs down: sturlington

Score: 0.2

92
1,435 members, 21 reviews
3.34 stars (3.34 stars)

Lists: aulsmith (13)

Thumbs down: sturlington

Score: 0.11

93
28,749 members, 309 reviews
3.39 stars (3.39 stars)

Lists: aulsmith (19)

Thumbs down: sturlington

Score: < 0

Explanations:

aulsmith (19): The descriptive narration was a little much for me, but I wanted to know what happened and kept reading.

94
12,201 members, 311 reviews
4.11 stars (4.11 stars)

Lists: TeriAndersonNeedham (20), ahef1963 (20), sturlington (38)

Thumbs down: jain, merrystar, aulsmith

Score: < 0

Explanations:

jain (0): Definitely read the short story, but skip the novel.

aulsmith (0): I think the novel is very over-written compared to the original story.

95
10,079 members, 105 reviews
3.48 stars (3.48 stars)

Lists: aulsmith (4)

Thumbs down: merrystar, sturlington

Score: < 0

96
0 members, 0 reviews

Thumbs down: sturlington, aulsmith

Score: < 0

Explanations:

aulsmith (0): Some of these are great and pretty readable. Some of these need notes to be understood well. Some of these aren't that good to begin with and some of them are downright terrible.… (more)

97
59,203 members, 943 reviews
3.81 stars (3.81 stars)

Thumbs down: merrystar, sturlington, aulsmith

Score: < 0

Explanations:

aulsmith (0): If you can stand to be in the same room with Holden Caufield for more than 10 minutes at a time, I guess it's pretty readable. When I read it in high school I counted the profanities per page and averaged them to keep myself reading ...… (more)

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Started by: sturlington (February 2014)

Type: Numbered

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