Year-by-Year Overall Ratings

The yearly rating as determined by the membership of the LBG is below, followed by the league table of the highest rated books from each year.

Each LBG member was asked to rate the overall quality of each year’s book selections on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest. The results show 2004 as the standout year, followed closely by 2007. It is a testament to the overall quality of 2004 that the favourite from that year, Ken Kesey’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is No. 3 in the overall league table, suggesting there was more than one exceptional title which spread the votes across several different high-quality books.

Annual Quality Rating, by Year

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League Table of Top-Ranked Books, by Year

Here’s our favourite books from each year:

Title Rating Owner Year
1 Hangover Square by Patrick Hamilton 3.93 Anthony 2007
2 One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovitch by Aleksandr Solzhenstenitsyn 3.80 Kay 2009
3 One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest by Ken Kesey 3.71 EmmaJ 2004
4 David Copperfield by Charles Dickens 3.61 John 2010
5 The Quiet American by Graham Greene 3.50 EmmaT 2003
6 Great Expectations by Charles Dickens 3.38 Anthony 2008
7 Scoop by Evelyn Waugh 2.80 EmmaJ 2005
8 Alone in Berlin by Hans Fallada 2.78 EmmaT 2011
9 The Night Watch by Sarah Waters 2.63 EmmaJ 2012
10 Stoner by John Green 2.63 Sue 2013
11 In Cold Blood by Truman Capote 2.50 John 2006