Chapter One Reading History

 

Chapter One has been discussing books for years, and will be tackling great literature for years to come.  Below is a complete record of the works that have been officially selected for discussion during the group’s history.

The group uses a five star rating system, with the average of all member scores recorded as our final rating for each selection.  Ratings are, of course, entirely subjective and can be based on style, content, entertainment value, or whatever factors are deemed appropriate by each member.


01/08

Group Founding

 

02/08

Tales of a Magic Monastery

by Theophane the Monk

★★★

 

03/08

To Kill a Mockingbird

by Harper Lee

★★★★

 

04/08

Dubliners

by James Joyce

★★★

 

05/08

The Hobbit; or, There and Back Again

by J.R.R. Tolkien

★★★★ ½

 

06/08

Life of Pi

by Yann Martel

★★★★

 

07/08

Twilight

by Stephenie Meyer

★★★ ½

 

08/08

Of Mice and Men

by John Steinbeck

★★★★

 

09/08

The Epic of Gilgamesh

by Anonymous

★★★ ½

 

10/08

The Crucible

by Arthur Miller

★★★ ½

 

11/08

Nineteen Eighty-Four

by George Orwell

★★★ ½

 

12/08

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

by J.K. Rowling

★★★★

 

01/09

The Great Gatsby

by F. Scott Fitzgerald

★★★ ½

 

02/09

The Book Thief

by Markus Zusak

★★★★

 

03/09

Slaughterhouse-Five; or, The Children's Crusade: A Duty-Dance with Death

by Kurt Vonnegut

★★★ ½

 

04/09

The Soloist

by Steve Lopez

★★★

 

05/09

In Cold Blood

by Truman Capote

★★★

 

06/09

Treasure Island

by Robert Louis Stevenson

★★★ ½

 

07/09

The Road

by Cormac McCarthy

★★★★ ½

 

08/09

Ender's Game

by Orson Scott Card

★★★★ ½

 

09/09

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

by Jonathan Safran Foer

★★★ ½

 

10/09

The Shining

by Stephen King

★★★ ½

 

11/09

Jane Eyre

by Charlotte Brontë

★★★ ½

 

12/09

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

by Betty Smith

★★★★

 

01/10

The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger

by Stephen King

★★★ ½

 

02/10

Doctor Faustus

by Christopher Marlowe

★★★ ½

 

03/10

I, Claudius

by Robert Graves

★★★★

 

04/10

Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West

by Gregory Maguire

★★★ ½

 

05/10

The Graveyard Book

by Neil Gaiman

★★★★ ½

 

06/10

The Alchemist

by Paulo Coelho

★★★ ½

 

07/10

A Tale of Two Cities

by Charles Dickens

★★★★ ½

 

08/10

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

by Ron Hansen

★★ ½

 

09/10

The Divine Comedy: Inferno

by Dante Alighieri

★★★★

 

10/10

Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus

by Mary Shelley

★★★★

 

11/10

Push

by Sapphire

★★★

 

12/10

David Copperfield

by Charles Dickens

★★★★ ½

 

01/11

Persepolis

by Marjane Satrapi

★★★★

 

02/11

The Time Traveler's Wife

by Audrey Niffenegger

★★★

 

03/11

The Tempest

by William Shakespeare

★★★

 

04/11

Water For Elephants

by Sara Gruen

★★★★

 

05/11

The Hunger Games

by Suzanne Collins

★★★

 

06/11

Valiant: A Modern Tale of Faerie

by Holly Black

★ ½

 

07/11

The Handmaid's Tale

by Margaret Atwood

★★★★

 

08/11

Beowulf

by Anonymous

★★★★

 

09/11

A Game of Thrones

by George R.R. Martin

★★★★ ½

 

10/11

We Have Always Lived in the Castle

by Shirley Jackson

★★★ ½

 

11/11

Macbeth

by William Shakespeare

★★★★

 

12/11

The Kite Runner

by Khaled Hosseini

★★★★

 

01/12

The Picture of Dorian Gray

by Oscar Wilde

★★ ½

 

02/12

Jaws

by Peter Benchley

★★★ ½

 

03/12

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

by Stieg Larsson

★★ ½

 

04/12

The Help

by Kathryn Stockett

★★★ ½

 

05/12

Brave New World

by Aldous Huxley

★★★★ ½

 

06/12

Dune

by Frank Herbert

★★★

 

07/12

The Hound of the Baskervilles

by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

★★★★ ½

 

08/12

Bel Ami

by Guy de Maupassant

★★★

 

09/12

Silas Marner: The Weaver of Raveloe

by George Eliot

★★★ ½

 

10/12

Der Ring des Nibelungen; or, The Ring Cycle

by Richard Wagner

★★★★

 

11/12

Cloud Atlas

by David Mitchell

★★★ ½

 

12/12

Locke & Key: Welcome to Lovecraft

by Joe Hill & Gabriel Rodriguez

★★★

 

01/13

The Old Man and the Sea

by Ernest Hemingway

★★★★ ½

 

02/13

Atlas Shrugged

by Ayn Rand

★★★

 

03/13

The Scarlet Letter

by Nathaniel Hawthorne

★★★★

 

04/13

Gone Girl

by Gillian Flynn

★★ ½

 

05/13

Neuromancer

by William Gibson

★★★ ½

 

06/13

Death of a Salesman

by Arthur Miller

★★★ ½

 

07/13

House of Leaves

by Mark Z. Danielewski

★★★★

 

08/13

World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War

by Max Brooks

★★★ ½

 

09/13

The Ocean at the End of the Lane

by Neil Gaiman

★★★★

 

10/13

Black Beauty

by Anna Sewell

★★★

 

11/13

Watership Down

by Richard Adams

★★★★

 

12/13

Ready Player One

by Ernest Cline

★★★ ½

 

01/14

The Casual Vacancy

by J.K. Rowling

★★★

 

02/14

Blood Meridian; or, The Evening Redness in the West

by Cormac McCarthy

★★ ½

 

03/14

The Metamorphosis

by Franz Kafka

★★★★

 

04/14

In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash

by Jean Shepherd

★★★★

 

05/14

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

by Stephen Chbosky

★★★ ½

 

06/14

Dad Is Fat

by Jim Gaffigan

★★★

 

07/14

The Once and Future King

by T.H. White

★★★ ½

 

08/14

Dracula

by Bram Stoker

★★★★

 

09/14

The Dresden Files: Storm Front

by Jim Butcher

★★★ ½

 

10/14

The Strain

by Guillermo del Toro & Chuck Hogan

★★ ½

 

11/14

Redwall

by Brian Jacques

★★★★

 

12/14

A Canticle for Leibowitz

by Walter M. Miller, Jr.

★★★ ½

 

01/15

This Is Where I Leave You

by Jonathan Tropper

★★ ½

 

02/15

Stardust

by Neil Gaiman

★★★★

 

03/15

The Stranger Beside Me

by Ann Rule

★★★ ½

 

04/15

Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore

by Robin Sloan

★★★ ½

 

05/15

Off to Be the Wizard

by Scott Meyer

★★ ½

 

06/15

The Familiar, Vol. 1: One Rainy Day in May

by Mark Z. Danielewski

★★★★

 

07/15

Never Let Me Go

by Kazuo Ishiguro

★★★★

 

08/15

Go Set a Watchman

by Harper Lee

★★ ½

 

09/15

A Wrinkle in Time

by Madeleine L'Engle

★★★★

 

10/15

The Bell Jar

by Sylvia Plath

★★★★

 

11/15

The Martian

by Andy Weir

★★★★

 

12/15

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

by Douglas Adams

★★★ ½

 

01/16

A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms

by George R.R. Martin

★★★★

 

02/16

The Man in the High Castle

by Philip K. Dick

★★

 

03/16

Leaves of Grass

by Walt Whitman

★★

 

04/16 - 100th Meeting

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

by Lewis Carroll

★★★

 

Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There

by Lewis Carroll

★★★

 

05/16

The Secret History of Wonder Woman

by Jill Lepore

★★★

 

06/16

Jurassic Park

by Michael Crichton

★★★ ½

 

07/16

Red Velvet Underground: A Rock Memoir, with Recipes

by Freda Love Smith

★★★

 

08/16

The Left Hand of Darkness

by Ursula K. Le Guin

★★★★

 

09/16

The Night Circus

by Erin Morgenstern

★★★

 

10/16

Pet Sematary

by Stephen King

★★★ ½

 

11/16

V for Vendetta

by Alan Moore & David Lloyd

★★★ ½

 

12/16

The Catcher in the Rye

by J.D. Salinger

★★★ ½

 

01/17

To Be or Not to Be: A Chooseable-Path Adventure

by Ryan North

★★ ½

 

02/17

Jonathan Livingston Seagull

by Richard Bach

★★★ ½

 

03/17

No Country for Old Men

by Cormac McCarthy

★★★★

 

04/17

And Then There Were None

by Agatha Christie

★★★ ½

 

05/17

The Glass Castle

by Jeanette Walls

★★★★

 

06/17

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

by Maya Angelou

★★★ ½

 

07/17

On the Road

by Jack Kerouac

★★

 

08/17

Planet of the Apes

by Pierre Boulle

★★★★

 

09/17

Anne of Green Gables

by L.M. Montgomery

★★★★

 

10/17

Blood of Elves

by Andrzej Sapkowski

★★★

 

11/17

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

by Mark Haddon

★★★ ½

 

12/17

Norse Mythology

by Neil Gaiman

★★★ ½

 

01/18

A Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black Holes

by Stephen Hawking

★★★ ½

 

02/18

Alias Grace

by Margaret Atwood

★★★★ ½

 

03/18

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

by Philip K. Dick

★★★ ½

 

04/18

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

by Tennessee Williams

★★★ ½

 

05/18

Papillon

by Henri Charrière

★★★

 

06/18

Artemis

by Andy Weir

★★★ ½

 

07/18

Vacationland: True Stories from Painful Beaches

by John Hodgman

★★★ ½

 

08/18

Leviathan Wakes

by James S.A. Corey

★★★★

 

09/18

Ringworld

by Larry Niven

★★★

 

10/18

Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances

by Neil Gaiman

★★★

11/18

Broad Strokes: 15 Women Who Made Art and Made History (in That Order)

by Bridget Quinn

★★★ ½

12/18

Northanger Abbey

by Jane Austen

01/19

Ogura Hyakunin Isshu

by Various Authors, compiled by Fujiwara no Teika