Sunday, February 08, 2009

The book audit.

I have mentioned on this blog some 35 books that I have read. Some books I have rated highly, some okay and others a clear MISS. I wondered what percentage of the books I have read I consider a Pass, so I decided to do an audit. Out of these 35 books I considered 26 a Pass and 9 a Fail, giving a 74% pass rate. That is not bad and shows that I have chosen my books wisely but there are some lemons out there! I would have liked a higher percentage pass rate but looking at the 9 failures, they each showed such promise due to content or critical acclaim. It is a bit of a gamble buying a book and I do not know how to increase my pass rate. Certainly taking notice of book awards clearly does not help! The Richard and Judy book club is also hit or miss! The back cover of the book can also be misleading. Other bloggers reviews of books are good though, because they have bought the book with their own cash and have read it in their own time.

Below is my 35 book audit with my Pass or Fail rating:

Pity the Nation - Lebanon at War by Robert Fisk - Pass

The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins - Pass

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown - Pass

Margrave of the Marshes by John and Sheila Ravenscroft (John Peel) - Fail

The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie - Pass

The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail by Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh and Henry Lincoln - Pass

The Last Testament by Sam Bourne - Fail

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini - Pass

Shalimar the Clown by Salman Rushdie - Pass

Deception Point by Dan Brown - Fail

The Yacoubian Building by Alaa Al Aswany - Pass

Out by Natsuo Kirino - Pass

The Truth about Muhammad by Robert Spencer - Pass

Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie - Pass

Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris - Fail

Animal's People by Indra Sinha - Pass

the collectors by David Baldacci - Pass

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini - Pass

A Quiet Belief in Angels by R. J. Ellory - Pass

The Hundredth Man by Jack Kerley - Pass

The Mission Song by John le Carre - Pass

Severed by Simon Kernick. - Fail

Avenger by Frederick Forsyth - Pass

Absurdistan by Gary Shteyngart - Pass

The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid - Fail

In the Country of Men by Hisham Matar - Pass

The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai - Fail

simple genius by David Baldacci - Pass

The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella - Pass

The Woods by Harlan Coben - Pass

Broken Skin by Stuart MacBride - Fail

Dead Man's Footsteps by Peter James - Pass

Two Caravans by Marina Lewycka - Pass

What Was Lost by Catherine O'Flynn - Fail

No Time For Goodbye by Linwood Barclay - Pass
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