Top Rated Books

These are my favorites (rated 4 stars or more) of the books I’ve read for this project:

5 stars

  1. The Ten Thousand Things, Maria Dermoût (Indonesia)
  2. The Bone People, Keri Hulme (New Zealand)
  3. The Whale Rider, Witi Ihimaera (New Zealand)
  4. Voss, Patrick White (Australia)
  5. Carpentaria, Alexis Wright (Australia)

4.5 stars

  1. In the Country, Mia Alvar (Philippines)
  2. Melal, a novel of the Pacific, Robert Barclay (Marshall Islands)
  3. The Luminaries, Eleanor Catton (New Zealand)
  4. The Woman Who Had Two Navels and Tales of the Tropical Gothic, Nick Joaquin (Philippines)
  5. My Brother Jack, George Johnston (Australia)
  6. Dusk, F. Sionil Jose (Philippines)
  7. Beauty is a Wound, Eka Kurniawan (Indonesia)
  8. While the Billy Boils, Henry Lawson (Australia)
  9. Diaspora and the Difficult Art of Dying, Sudesh Mishra (Fiji)
  10. Evening Is the Whole Day, Preeta Samarasan (Malaysia)
  11. Cloudstreet, Tim Winton (Australia)

4 stars

  1. Gun Dealer’s Daughter, Gina Apostel (Philippines)
  2. The Harmony Silk Factory, Tash Aw, 2005 (Malaysia)
  3. Smaller and Smaller Circles, F.H. Batacan (Philippines)
  4. When the Rainbow Goddess Wept, Cecilia Manguerra Brainard (Philippines)
  5. The Frigate Bird, Alistair Campbell (Cook Islands)
  6. Once Were Warriors, Alan Duff (New Zealand)
  7. The Gift of Rain, Tan Twan Eng, 2007 (Malaysia)
  8. Where We Once Belonged, Sia Figiel (Samoa)
  9. Faces in the Water, Janet Frame (New Zealand)
  10. My Brilliant Career, Miles Franklin (Australia)
  11. Tu, Patricia Grace (New Zealand)
  12. The Black Lake, Hella Haasse (Indonesia, The Netherlands)
  13. Dogeaters, Jessica Hagedorn (Philippines)
  14. The Rainbow Troops, Andrea Hirata (Indonesia)
  15. My Urohs, Emelihter Kihleng (Federated States of Micronesia)
  16. The Bondmaid, Catherine Lim (Malaysia)
  17. Picnic at Hanging Rock, Joan Lindsay (Australia)
  18. The Garden Party and Other Stories, Katherine Mansfield (New Zealand)
  19. The Rice Mother, Rani Manicka (Malaysia)
  20. Les Contes de Poindi, Jean Mariotti (New Caledonia)
  21. Noli Me Tángere, José Rizal (Philippines)
  22. State of War, Ninotchka Rosca (Philippines)
  23. Ilustrado, Miguel Syjuco (Philippines)
  24. Awaiting Trespass, Linda Ty-Casper (Philippines)
  25. Philippine Short Stories 1925-1940, Leopold Y. Yabes, ed. (Philippines)

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