Care’s Pie Rating System

Since I like pie, I’m going to use slices of pie as my rating guide.  If I give a book five slices, then  you know I would want to eat the entire pie in one sitting – it’ll be THAT good.  If I give a book one slice of pie, then I was able to eat the one slice but I didn’t care for it much.  If I give a book two slices of pie, then I ate it and liked it OK but it won’t go into my list of favorite pies. Are you getting the idea? A three slice of pie book is one I enjoyed, and a four slice is really good! Might go onto my list of faves but, again, a five slicer is incredibly delectably awesome.



Each year, I give out the Pie in Literature Award to the book I enjoyed THAT YEAR (not based on publishing date) that features the most exciting mention or reference to pie.

The list of contenders so far in 2021 are:

The Resisters by Gish Jen

Prior Year Winners:

2020 Ducks, Newburyport by Lucy Ellman

2019 The Lager Queen of Minnesota by J.Ryan Stradal

2018 The Idiot by Elif Batuman

2017 What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty

2016 Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner

“When you’re nailing a custard pie to the wall, and it starts to wilt, it doesn’t do any good to hammer in more nails.”

For a list of the major Pie Holidays, click here.

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