100 Books Project

The 100 Books Project by Thao Thai

An ongoing list, for one who lives by them.

1 year, 100 books.

Ratings (on a scale of 1–5, 5 being the most un-put-down-able)* are based on nothing more than my own idle consideration. Read more about the project here.

*As of May, I stopped using the rating system altogether. It seemed unfair and unproductive to compare Gilead to The Babysitters Club. Also, I found that an arbitrary number can’t really describe what a book means to a person at a given moment in time.

BOOKS TO DATE: 84

NOVELS (27)

1. Where’d You Go, Bernadette? | Maria Sempel *Rating: 3.6
2. Mrs. Poe | Lynn Cullen *Rating: 2.4
10. Gilead | Marilynne Robinson *Rating: 4.5
13. Boy, Snow, Bird | Helen Oyeyemi *Rating: 4.3
17. Lucia, Lucia | Adriana Trigiani *Rating: 2.9
18. Night Circus | Erin Morgenstern *Rating: 4.1
20. Lowland | Jhumpa Lahiri *Rating: 3.9
23. The Husband’s Secret | Liane Moriarty *Rating: 2.8
24. Joyland | Stephen King *Rating: 2.7
26. Tampa | Alissa Nutting *Rating: 3.2
29. My Education | Susan Choi *Rating: 3.1
32. Eleanor & Park | Rainbow Rowell *Rating: 4
33. The Magicians | Lev Grossman *Rating: 3
36. The Shadow of the Banyan | Vaddey Ratner
44. Delicious! | Ruth Reichl
45. We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves | Karen Joy Fowler
46. Mad About the Boy | Helen Fielding
47. Save the Date | Mary Kay Andrews
52. What Alice Forgot | Liane Moriarty
54. The Hundred-year House | Rebecca Makkai
65. The Shoemaker’s Wife | Adriana Triagiani
69. Contents May Have Shifted | Pam Houston
70. The Life Room | Jill Bialosky
76. Charleston | Margaret Bradham Thornton
78. The American Heiress | Daisy Goodwin
79. The Color Purple | Alice Walker
82. Rules of Civility | Amor Towles

SHORT STORIES (2)
28. One More Thing | BJ Novak *Rating: 3
45. Just Because You Can | Molly Patterson

FOOD WRITING (10)

5. On Rue Tatin | Susan Herrmann Loomis *Rating: 3
6. A Homemade Life | Molly Wizenberg *Rating: 3.4
7. Dinner, A Love Story | Jenny Rosenstrach *Rating: 3.3
15. Best Food Writing, 2012 | Holly Hughes, Editor *Rating: 2.7
21. The Telling Room | Michael Paterniti *Rating: 3.5
22. Miriam’s Kitchen | Elizabeth Ehrlich *Rating: 3.3
43. Delancy | Molly Wizenberg
66. Blue Plate Special | Kate Christensen
67. A Southerly Course | Martha Hall Foose
83. Blood, Bones, and Butter | Gabrielle Hamilton

ESSAYS AND MEMOIR (19)

14. Island of Bones | Joy Castro *Rating: 3.9
19. My Neck Hurts | Nora Ephron *Rating: 3
27. The Truth Book | Joy Castro *Rating: 3.4
31. The Joker | Andrew Hudgins *Rating: 4
34. Operating Instructions | Anne Lamott *Rating: 3.6
49. Drinking and Dating | Brandi Glanville
50. Perfectly Miserable | Sarah Payne Stuart
51. My Salinger Year | Joanna Rakoff
53. I Don’t Know What You Know Me From | Judy Greer
57. Wallflower at the Orgy | Nora Ephron
64. Save the Date | Jen Doll
68. This is the Story of a Happy Marriage | Ann Patchett
71. Reading Lips | Claudia Sternbach
72. My Life | Isadora Duncan
73. Tiny Beauty Things | Cheryl Strayed
74. Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls | David Sedaris
75. Men We Reaped | Jessamyn Ward
77. Not that Kind of Girl | Lena Dunham
84. The Faraway Nearby | Rebecca Stolnit

GENERAL NONFICTION (2)

12. Bringing up Bebe | Pamela Druckerman *Rating: 2.8
42. Ramshackle Glam: The New Mom’s Haphazard Guide to (Almost) Having it All | Jordan Reid

TRAVEL (1)

4. Travels with Alice | Calvin Trillan *Rating: 3.3

FANTASY (5)

3. The Great Hunt | Robert Jordan *Rating: 3.1
8. The Dragon Reborn | Robert Jordan *Rating: 3.2
9. The Shadow Rising | Robert Jordan *Rating: 3.1
35. The Fires of Heaven | Robert Jordan *Rating: 2.9
63. Outlander | Diana Gabaldon

YA (18)

11. Divergent | Veronica Roth *Rating: 3.2
16. The Sweet Life | Francine Pascal, Creator *Rating: 2.7
25. Insurgent | Veronica Roth *Rating: 3
30. Allegiant | Veronica Roth *Rating: 3.1
37. Babysitters Club (BSC) Super Special: Babysitters’ Winter Vacation | Ann M. Martin
38. BSC Special Edition: Shannon’s Story | Ann M. Martin
39. BSC #127: Abbey’s Un-Valentine | Ann M. Martin
40. BSC #113: Claudia Makes up her Mind | Ann M. Martin
41. BSC #108: Don’t Give Up, Mallory | Ann M. Martin
55. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone | J.K. Rowling
56. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets | J.K. Rowling
58. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban | J.K. Rowling
59. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire | J.K. Rowling
60. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix | J.K. Rowling
61. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince | J.K. Rowling
62. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows | J.K. Rowling
80. BSC Portrait Collection: Mary Anne’s Book | Ann M. Martin
81. BSC #47: Mallory on Strike | Ann M. Martin

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