The Best..... and the rest..... of 2020 so far!

Book Ratings 2020
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The Stand Outs.....

As Dr Seuss once said ‘Why fit in when you were born to stand out?!’

Tess Of The D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

It’s Tess….. how could it be anything other than 10!

Metropolis by Phillip Kerr

In which an old Scotsman belatedly discovers the joys of the mercurial, moody and magnificient Bernie Gunther!

The Last Chapter Dreads....

‘Books that are so good you dread to begin the last chapter’ Thomas Helm

Love Is Blind by William Boyd

The life and times of a Scottish piano tuner! And it’s great!

Spring by Ali Smith

The third book in the Four Seasons set is the best yet!

The Several Lifers.....

As William Styron said, these are books which…. ‘leave you slightly exhausted at the end – you live several lives while you’re reading it!’

The Cantonas.....

‘ I AM NOT A MAN…… I AM CANTONA!! …… Yes we know it makes absolutely no sense in a book rating scale, but there is only one number seven and it’s always going to be Eric!

The Will Smith's.....

The Will Smith’s of the book world…. ‘not particularly talented, just slightly above average in talent!’

The Mel C's.....

‘ This is me… take it or leave it’ said Mel C. When it comes to Mel, I’d probably say leave it… same with these books really!

The Between The Liners.....

A Swedish Proverb says ‘In a good book, the best is between the lines’. In these books it must have been because there was nothing word reading ON the lines!

The Piss-A-Beds.....

‘ These are the modern day equivalents of what Lord Byron once called ‘Johnny Keats’ piss-a-bed poetry!’

The GK Authors.....

‘ A good novel tells us everything about its hero… a bad novel tells you everything about its author!’ Think GK Chesterton might have had these books in mind……!

The Jack Kerouac's.....

As Truman Capote once said of Jack Kerouac’s work…. ‘This is NOT writing….. this is just typing!’