November 7, 2010I started looking through the book again to see if I could get a rough count of how many of these books I'd read. In the process, I ran across a lot of titles I'd dismissed too hastily on my first trip through. So I made a full second pass through the book and found a lot more books I'd like to try. I think I can bump my rating up to 3 1/2 stars. I suggest you completely ignore the author's four-star rating system. On my second time through, I found that I had been influenced by those one and two star ratings more than I thought I had. Subliminally, apparently, because I had skipped over many of them without realizing I was doing it. Below is my review written after my first time through the book. ___________________________________________________________________November 4, 2010Ho hum. Not much new here. Out of 1001 books, I found less than 70 I was interested in seeking out. When I get a book like this, I'm hoping for book titles I wouldn't normally find on my own. These are all mostly mainstream. I've either read them, tried to read them, or heard enough about them that I've dismissed them already. This is a two-star book, but I'm adding an extra star for one reason only: for each book there is a small paragraph giving the basic story. Nice to have, so you can know right away if the plot interests you enough to do further research on the book. Saved me a lot of work. There's one thing in this book that seriously bugged me. She has a four-star rating system for what she calls "literary merit." She gives no indication of how she decided this for each book. There are some crappy books to which she has assigned four stars, and some great books to which she has assigned one or two stars. What are her criteria?