The Catcher in the Rye: the other side

“People are always ruining things for you.” — Holden Caulfield

After reading the article about books disliked by likers of The Catcher in the Rye, a college pal hit me up on FB, “I loathe that book, can you tell me what haters like me like so I can get some ideas for what to read next?” Here’s the top 40, offered without commentary.

  1. The Great Gatsby
  2. Jane Eyre
  3. Great Expectations
  4. Lolita
  5. Dubliners
  6. To Kill a Mockingbird
  7. Frankenstein
  8. Emma
  9. Wuthering Heights
  10. The Quiet American
  11. The Sense of an Ending
  12. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  13. Beowulf
  14. David Copperfield
  15. In Cold Blood
  16. Excellent Women
  17. Fifth Business
  18. The Goldfinch
  19. The Old Man and The Sea
  20. Wide Sargasso Sea
  21. Brideshead Revisited
  22. The Count of Monte Cristo
  23. Station Eleven
  24. About a Boy
  25. Infinite Jest
  26. Madame Bovary
  27. The House on Mango Street
  28. Stoner
  29. Portnoy’s Complaint
  30. Watchmen
  31. To The Lighthouse
  32. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  33. White Teeth
  34. High Fidelity
  35. The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York
  36. Ghost World
  37. A Clockwork Orange
  38. The Sound and The Fury
  39. A Death in the Family
  40. The Handmaid’s Tale

This is definitely a feature we are going to add to either the app or the upcoming site, using an emotional vector as a gateway to discovery.

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