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Readable Classics

Description: These are classics that you actually enjoyed reading.

Members: 13 participating members (show all)

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1
64,159 members, 1,143 reviews
4.4 stars (4.4 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
24,098 members, 460 reviews
4.21 stars (4.21 stars)

Lists: merrystar (1), ahef1963 (1), ghilbrae (1), jeffza (2), cpg (3), aulsmith (11), jain (15), sturlington (21)

Score: 24.5

3
66,741 members, 1,303 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
31,869 members, 436 reviews
4.07 stars (4.07 stars)

Lists: cpg (2), ahef1963 (3), ghilbrae (3), aulsmith (10), sturlington (18), hipdeep (22), jain (23)

Score: 17.31

5
35,413 members, 474 reviews
4.11 stars (4.11 stars)

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

Score: 17.22

6
49,828 members, 801 reviews
4.22 stars (4.22 stars)

Lists: aulsmith (2), jeffza (3), TeriAndersonNeedham (4), kerrygiven (4), ahef1963 (8), sturlington (19)

Score: 16.35

7
6,959 members, 343 reviews
3.93 stars (3.93 stars)

Lists: TeriAndersonNeedham (9), Euryale (11), jain (17), aulsmith (18), sturlington (23), ahef1963 (25)

Score: 12.03

8
17,188 members, 520 reviews
4.22 stars (4.22 stars)

Lists: kerrygiven (3), TeriAndersonNeedham (5), merrystar (9), ahef1963 (18), sturlington (26)

Score: 11.74

9
44,634 members, 875 reviews
4.03 stars (4.03 stars)

Lists: merrystar (6), hipdeep (7), Euryale (13), ahef1963 (14), sturlington (28)

Score: 10.93

10
60,936 members, 1,004 reviews
3.86 stars (3.86 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
50,079 members, 751 reviews
3.99 stars (3.99 stars)

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

Score: 10.55

12
30,791 members, 400 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
32,469 members, 545 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)

Lists: Euryale (3), kerrygiven (5), ahef1963 (16), sturlington (22)

Score: 9.56

14
15,975 members, 299 reviews
3.98 stars (3.98 stars)

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

Score: 9.29

15
11,314 members, 145 reviews
3.92 stars (3.92 stars)

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

Thumbs down: sturlington

Score: 9.1

16
69,105 members, 1,127 reviews
4.24 stars (4.24 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (6), aulsmith (8), TeriAndersonNeedham (10), sturlington (27)

Score: 8.94

17
33,042 members, 583 reviews
3.9 stars (3.9 stars)

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

Score: 8.01

18
34,437 members, 617 reviews
3.81 stars (3.81 stars)

Lists: Euryale (9), TeriAndersonNeedham (11), hipdeep (24), sturlington (31)

Score: 8.01

19
22,564 members, 337 reviews
3.75 stars (3.75 stars)

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

Score: 7.08

20
19,815 members, 419 reviews
4.09 stars (4.09 stars)

Lists: hipdeep (2), TeriAndersonNeedham (13), sturlington (42)

Score: 7.04

21
42,127 members, 661 reviews
3.72 stars (3.72 stars)

Lists: ghilbrae (4), ahef1963 (9), sturlington (24)

Score: 6.95

22
6,048 members, 344 reviews
4.07 stars (4.07 stars)

Lists: Euryale (2), sturlington (25), ahef1963 (27)

Score: 6.91

23
15,561 members, 228 reviews
4.1 stars (4.1 stars)

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

Thumbs down: sturlington

Score: 6.88

24
9,701 members, 190 reviews
3.93 stars (3.93 stars)

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

Score: 6.79

25
4,766 members, 128 reviews
4.32 stars (4.32 stars)

Lists: merrystar (3), ahef1963 (24), sturlington (34)

Score: 6.5

26
32,308 members, 449 reviews
4.11 stars (4.11 stars)

Lists: merrystar (4), sturlington (17), jain (32)

Score: 6.48

27
11,823 members, 256 reviews
3.91 stars (3.91 stars)

Lists: dara85 (1), merrystar (10)

Score: 6.25

28
29 members, 0 reviews

Lists: Euryale (8), merrystar (12), sturlington (30)

Score: 6.24

29
13,028 members, 318 reviews
4.06 stars (4.06 stars)

Lists: jain (9), hipdeep (15), sturlington (44)

Score: 5.9

30
11,955 members, 269 reviews
4.01 stars (4.01 stars)

Lists: sturlington (2), merrystar (8)

Score: 5.74

31
36,462 members, 467 reviews
3.9 stars (3.9 stars)

Lists: hipdeep (10), TeriAndersonNeedham (19), aulsmith (20), sturlington (51)

Thumbs down: merrystar

Score: 5.55

32
5,168 members, 201 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)

Lists: sturlington (4), merrystar (5)

Score: 5.5

33
9,503 members, 251 reviews
3.96 stars (3.96 stars)

Lists: TeriAndersonNeedham (17), hipdeep (20), sturlington (43)

Score: 5.42

34
2,466 members, 22 reviews
4.11 stars (4.11 stars)

Lists: TeriAndersonNeedham (14), hipdeep (21), ahef1963 (28), sturlington (38)

Thumbs down: aulsmith

Score: 5.29

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)

35
4,881 members, 89 reviews
4.19 stars (4.19 stars)

Lists: aulsmith (6), jeffza (7)

Score: 5.02

36
24,076 members, 425 reviews
3.97 stars (3.97 stars)

Lists: sturlington (5), TeriAndersonNeedham (15)

Score: 4.71

37
8,734 members, 220 reviews
4.15 stars (4.15 stars)

Lists: jain (3), sturlington (50)

Score: 4.54

38
21,153 members, 266 reviews
4.16 stars (4.16 stars)

Lists: sturlington (6), ahef1963 (17)

Score: 4.53

39
25,176 members, 340 reviews
3.82 stars (3.82 stars)

Lists: Euryale (6), sturlington (29)

Score: 4.28

40
18,302 members, 369 reviews
3.81 stars (3.81 stars)

Lists: jain (6), sturlington (39)

Score: 4.16

41
28,079 members, 533 reviews
3.96 stars (3.96 stars)

Lists: Euryale (7), TeriAndersonNeedham (16), sturlington (36)

Thumbs down: aulsmith

Score: 4.09

Explanations:

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

42
7,782 members, 119 reviews
3.99 stars (3.99 stars)

Lists: merrystar (14), sturlington (16)

Score: 4.07

43
14,582 members, 142 reviews
3.99 stars (3.99 stars)

Lists: sturlington (1)

Score: 4

44
1,610 members, 12 reviews
3.98 stars (3.98 stars)

Lists: ghilbrae (5), hipdeep (26), sturlington (47)

Thumbs down: aulsmith

Score: 3.97

Explanations:

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

45
4,666 members, 98 reviews
3.86 stars (3.86 stars)

Lists: aulsmith (12), hipdeep (25)

Score: 3.94

46
19,192 members, 315 reviews
3.83 stars (3.83 stars)

Lists: sturlington (20), jain (28)

Score: 3.63

47
46,338 members, 652 reviews
3.95 stars (3.95 stars)

Lists: merrystar (15), sturlington (41)

Score: 3.61

48
29,487 members, 411 reviews
4.13 stars (4.13 stars)

Lists: aulsmith (21), sturlington (32)

Score: 3.55

Explanations:

sturlington (32): Can be a slog but worth reading

49
32,467 members, 847 reviews
4.05 stars (4.05 stars)

Lists: hipdeep (16), sturlington (45)

Score: 3.54

50
8,157 members, 154 reviews
3.61 stars (3.61 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (22), sturlington (33)

Score: 3.52

51
16,447 members, 429 reviews
3.95 stars (3.95 stars)

Lists: hipdeep (17), sturlington (46)

Score: 3.51

52
12,829 members, 173 reviews
4.06 stars (4.06 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (19), sturlington (48)

Score: 3.44

53
5,148 members, 159 reviews
3.92 stars (3.92 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (26), sturlington (35)

Score: 3.42

54
25,759 members, 429 reviews
3.78 stars (3.78 stars)

Lists: jain (29), sturlington (52)

Score: 3.21

Explanations:

jain (29): I'm not usually a fan of Hemingway, but this I liked.

55
2,164 members, 69 reviews
3.73 stars (3.73 stars)

Lists: jain (30), sturlington (53)

Score: 3.19

56
19,061 members, 418 reviews
3.95 stars (3.95 stars)

Lists: hipdeep (3)

Score: 3.04

57
17,105 members, 374 reviews
3.75 stars (3.75 stars)

Lists: jain (5)

Score: 2.68

58
8,064 members, 164 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)

Lists: hipdeep (5)

Score: 2.68

59
8,580 members, 171 reviews
4.04 stars (4.04 stars)

Lists: hipdeep (6)

Score: 2.56

60
15,838 members, 205 reviews
3.95 stars (3.95 stars)

Lists: aulsmith (7)

Score: 2.46

61
750 members, 13 reviews
3.86 stars (3.86 stars)

Lists: jain (8)

Score: 2.38

62
703 members, 7 reviews
4.47 stars (4.47 stars)

Lists: hipdeep (8)

Score: 2.38

63
4,195 members, 93 reviews
3.78 stars (3.78 stars)

Lists: hipdeep (9)

Score: 2.31

64
1,425 members, 28 reviews
4.24 stars (4.24 stars)

Lists: Euryale (10)

Score: 2.25

65
7,910 members, 164 reviews
3.97 stars (3.97 stars)

Lists: hipdeep (11)

Score: 2.2

66
292 members, 4 reviews
3.8 stars (3.8 stars)

Lists: jain (11)

Score: 2.2

67
20,394 members, 283 reviews
3.81 stars (3.81 stars)

Lists: jain (12)

Score: 2.15

Explanations:

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

68
5,716 members, 152 reviews
3.96 stars (3.96 stars)

Lists: hipdeep (12)

Score: 2.15

69
19,819 members, 362 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).

70
5,222 members, 111 reviews
3.8 stars (3.8 stars)

Lists: hipdeep (13)

Score: 2.11

71
1,490 members, 21 reviews
3.35 stars (3.35 stars)

Lists: aulsmith (13)

Score: 2.11

72
1,106 members, 39 reviews
3.78 stars (3.78 stars)

Lists: jain (13)

Score: 2.11

73
11,566 members, 212 reviews
4.11 stars (4.11 stars)

Lists: hipdeep (14)

Score: 2.07

74
1,026 members, 18 reviews
4.11 stars (4.11 stars)

Lists: jain (14)

Score: 2.07

75
15,036 members, 288 reviews
4.2 stars (4.2 stars)

Lists: jain (1)

Thumbs down: sturlington

Score: 2

76
1,124 members, 29 reviews
4.02 stars (4.02 stars)

Lists: jain (16)

Score: 2

Explanations:

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

77
950 members, 13 reviews
3.67 stars (3.67 stars)

Lists: aulsmith (16)

Score: 2

78
9,524 members, 137 reviews
3.77 stars (3.77 stars)

Lists: jain (18)

Score: 1.94

79
4,378 members, 141 reviews
3.57 stars (3.57 stars)

Lists: jain (20)

Score: 1.89

80
7,503 members, 129 reviews
3.86 stars (3.86 stars)

Lists: jain (21)

Score: 1.87

81
1,680 members, 33 reviews
3.93 stars (3.93 stars)

Lists: jain (22)

Score: 1.85

82
5,971 members, 273 reviews
4.2 stars (4.2 stars)

Lists: jain (26)

Score: 1.77

83
2,082 members, 37 reviews
3.8 stars (3.8 stars)

Lists: jain (27)

Score: 1.76

84
8,561 members, 101 reviews
3.78 stars (3.78 stars)

Lists: jain (31)

Score: 1.7

85
3,742 members, 63 reviews
3.85 stars (3.85 stars)

Lists: jain (33)

Score: 1.67

86
2,249 members, 58 reviews
3.75 stars (3.75 stars)

Lists: sturlington (40)

Score: 1.59

87
5,268 members, 98 reviews
3.84 stars (3.84 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (23), sturlington (49)

Thumbs down: aulsmith

Score: 1.34

Explanations:

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

88
42,633 members, 594 reviews
3.9 stars (3.9 stars)

Lists: jain (4)

Thumbs down: sturlington

Score: 0.83

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)

89
20,854 members, 370 reviews
4.32 stars (4.32 stars)

Lists: Euryale (5)

Thumbs down: sturlington

Score: 0.68

90
29,368 members, 462 reviews
3.81 stars (3.81 stars)

Lists: jain (7)

Thumbs down: sturlington

Score: 0.46

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)

91
30,400 members, 322 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.

92
19,393 members, 363 reviews
3.89 stars (3.89 stars)

Lists: jain (19)

Thumbs down: sturlington

Score: < 0

93
32,790 members, 333 reviews
4.03 stars (4.03 stars)

Lists: jain (24)

Thumbs down: sturlington

Score: < 0

94
19,068 members, 170 reviews
3.9 stars (3.9 stars)

Lists: jain (25)

Thumbs down: sturlington

Score: < 0

95
13,075 members, 341 reviews
4.11 stars (4.11 stars)

Lists: TeriAndersonNeedham (20), ahef1963 (20), sturlington (37)

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.

96
10,735 members, 110 reviews
3.48 stars (3.48 stars)

Lists: aulsmith (4)

Thumbs down: merrystar, sturlington

Score: < 0

97
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)

98
61,433 members, 982 reviews
3.8 stars (3.8 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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