I think most of what I have listed here was worth reading and probably still is.
When I was rating books on Goodreads, I realized that all my ratings were 4s and 5s. If a book engaged me enough to finish reading it, I usually gave it a high rating. If a book doesn’t engage me, I usually don’t finish it. If I don’t finish it, I don’t feel I should rate it.
The exception would be things I happen across that are so bad I feel a warning is in order.
If you try something on these lists I’d enjoy hearing your thoughts on it.
There is also a collection of “first paragraphs” of books I’ve read that you might like to browse.
One final note. I’ve been rather lazy about linking these items. I’ve decided that going forward I’ll try to link to the author’s website if they have one and are still living. Otherwise, I’ll leave it to you to choose a source since there are so many and I’m not affiliated with any sellers. Remember the best place for you to get any of these is at your local library.
Leviathan Wakes James S. A. Corey, 2011
Something Wicked This Way Comes, Ray Bradbury, 1962
Timefulness: How Thinking Like a Geologist Can Help Save the World, Marcia Bjornerud, 2018
The Posthumous Memoirs of Brás Cubas, Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis, 1881
On Looking: A Walker’s Guide to the Art of Observation, Alexandra Horowitz, 2014
Angle of Repose, Wallace Stegner, 1971
Assembling California, John McPhee, 1993
Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh, 1945
Rabbit, Run John Updike, 1960
Completed in 2021
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, Stephen King, 2000