RANKINGS AND RATINGS

The novels below are those that I've read since mid-2017, which was when I decided to start reading novels more carefully, as I'm trying to write one heh heh heh.  See below for a key to the numeric ratings.

1) The Great Gatsby (11)
2) Crash (11)
3) Border Districts (10)
4) Handmaids Tale (9)
5) The First Bad Man (9) 
6) The Crying of Lot 49 (10)
7) Blindness (9)
8) Austerlitz (9.5)
9) All For Nothing (9.5)
10) The Sun Also Rises (10)
11) Lord of the Flies (10)
12) The Old Man and the Sea (9)
13) The Friend (8.5)
14) Things Fall Apart (8)
15) Junky (6)
16) The Plague (7)
17) Warlight (5.5)
18) White Noise (5)
19) The Third Hotel (6)
20) Manhattan Beach (6)
21) Slaughterhouse-Five (6)
22) The Baron in the Trees (5.5)
23) Census (6)
24) Underground Railroad
25) The Hunters (5.5)
26) The Sellout (5.5)
27) Ice (5.5)
28) On Tangled Paths (4.5)
29) Lake Success (5.5)
30) Under The Volcano (Put down) (5)
31) Speedboat (Put down) (5)
32) A House for Mr. Biswas (Put down) (5)
33) The Appointment (3)
34) On The Road (3)
35) Montpellier Parade (3)
36) Spaceman of Bohemia (3)
37) Roundhouse (3)
38) Lightning on the Sun (2.5)
39) Shadowbahn (Put down) (3.5)
40) A Tale for the Time Being (Put down) (2)
41) Asymmetry (Put down) (2)
42) The Piano Teacher (Put down) (2)
43) Less (3)
44) Across (Put down) (2)
45) The Ask (Put down) (2)
46) On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous (Put down) (1.5)
47) Inappropriation (Put down) (1)
48) Manhattan Transfer (Put down) (0)

11 = flawless, among the best of the century
10 = exceptional, among best of the decade
9 = excellent, among the best of the year
8 = very good
7 = very good, with minor defects
6 = good, but flawed
5 = good, but with considerable flaws, finishable; maybe worth reading
4 = Sporadically great but not could not finish due to boredom
3 = OK; got through the book but not much in terms of razzle-dazzle, not worth reading
2 = Subpar; a couple of interesting elements, serious problems, could not get through the book
1 = Egregiously bad
0 = Complete garbage, devoid of merit