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Ranking Author Anne Tyler’s Best Books (A Bibliography Countdown)

“What are Anne Tyler’s Best Books?” We looked at all of Tyler’s authored bibliography and ranked them against one another to answer that very question!

We took all of the books written by Anne Tyler and looked at their Goodreads, Amazon, and LibraryThing scores, ranking them against one another to see which books came out on top. The books are ranked in our list below based on which titles have the highest overall score between all 3 review sites in comparison with all of the other books by the same author. The process isn’t super scientific and in reality, most books aren’t “better” than other books as much as they are just different. That being said, we do enjoy seeing where our favorites landed, and if you aren’t familiar with the author at all, the rankings can help you see what books might be best to start with.

The full ranking chart is also included below the countdown on the bottom of the page.

Happy Scrolling!



The Top Book’s Of Anne Tyler



25 ) Tumble Tower

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 22
  • Amazon: 24
  • LibraryThing: 24


25 ) Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant / The Accidental Touris / Breathing Lessons

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 22
  • Amazon: 24
  • LibraryThing: 24


24 ) Noah’s Compass

Noah's Compass

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 21
  • Amazon: 15
  • LibraryThing: 23


23 ) Morgan’s Passing

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 22
  • Amazon: 17
  • LibraryThing: 18


21 ) The Tin Can Tree

The Tin Can Tree

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 12
  • Amazon: 21
  • LibraryThing: 21


21 ) Back When We Were Grownups

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 17
  • Amazon: 15
  • LibraryThing: 22


19 ) The Clock Winder

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 22
  • Amazon: 13
  • LibraryThing: 18


19 ) A Slipping Down Life

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 22
  • Amazon: 21
  • LibraryThing: 10


17 ) If Morning Ever Comes

If Morning Ever Comes

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 15
  • Amazon: 20
  • LibraryThing: 16


17 ) Hogarth Shakespeare

Hogarth Shakespeare

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 19
  • Amazon: 8
  • LibraryThing: 24


16 ) A Spool of Blue Thread

A Spool of Blue Thread

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 18
  • Amazon: 17
  • LibraryThing: 13


14 ) Breathing Lessons

Breathing Lessons

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 10
  • Amazon: 23
  • LibraryThing: 14


14 ) Vinegar Girl

Vinegar Girl

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 19
  • Amazon: 8
  • LibraryThing: 20


13 ) Digging to America

Digging to America

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 15
  • Amazon: 8
  • LibraryThing: 14


12 ) Ladder of Years

Ladder of Years

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 9
  • Amazon: 17
  • LibraryThing: 9


11 ) The Amateur Marriage

The Amateur Marriage

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 11
  • Amazon: 3
  • LibraryThing: 17


10 ) The Beginner’s Goodbye

The Beginner's Goodbye

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 13
  • Amazon: 3
  • LibraryThing: 12


9 ) Clock Dance

Clock Dance

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 14
  • Amazon: 8
  • LibraryThing: 5


8 ) Half-Truths and Semi-Miracles

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 1
  • Amazon: 24
  • LibraryThing: 1


5 ) Dinner At the Homesick Restaurant

Dinner At the Homesick Restaurant

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 5
  • Amazon: 13
  • LibraryThing: 3


5 ) Celestial Navigation

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 6
  • Amazon: 8
  • LibraryThing: 7


5 ) Earthly Possessions

Earthly Possessions

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 8
  • Amazon: 3
  • LibraryThing: 10


4 ) A Patchwork Planet

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 6
  • Amazon: 3
  • LibraryThing: 8


3 ) The Accidental Tourist

The Accidental Tourist

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 2
  • Amazon: 7
  • LibraryThing: 4


2 ) Searching for Caleb

Searching for Caleb

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 3
  • Amazon: 1
  • LibraryThing: 6


1 ) Saint Maybe

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 4
  • Amazon: 2
  • LibraryThing: 2


Anne Tyler’s Best Books



Anne Tyler Review Website Bibliography Rankings

BookGoodreadsAmazonLibraryThingOveral Rank
Saint Maybe 4 2 2 1
Searching for Caleb 3 1 6 2
The Accidental Tourist 2 7 4 3
A Patchwork Planet 6 3 8 4
Dinner At the Homesick Restaurant 5 13 3 5
Celestial Navigation 6 8 7 5
Earthly Possessions 8 3 10 5
Half-Truths and Semi-Miracles 1 24 1 8
Clock Dance 14 8 5 9
The Beginner’s Goodbye 13 3 12 10
The Amateur Marriage 11 3 17 11
Ladder of Years 9 17 9 12
Digging to America 15 8 14 13
Breathing Lessons 10 23 14 14
Vinegar Girl 19 8 20 14
A Spool of Blue Thread 18 17 13 16
If Morning Ever Comes 15 20 16 17
Hogarth Shakespeare 19 8 24 17
The Clock Winder 22 13 18 19
A Slipping Down Life 22 21 10 19
The Tin Can Tree 12 21 21 21
Back When We Were Grownups 17 15 22 21
Morgan’s Passing 22 17 18 23
Noah’s Compass 21 15 23 24
Tumble Tower 22 24 24 25
Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant / The Accidental Touris / Breathing Lessons 22 24 24 25

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