I read books (and place a review here afterwards) in the following categories Mystery/Detective, British literature (mostly older books, from Gutenberg.org), Adventure, some Dutch lieterature and more.
My top favorite writers are John Galsworthy, Wilkie Collins, Charles Dickens, but among my five-star reviews you will also find (debuts of) contemporary writers. A recent example is Gillian Flynn. I mostly read ebooks.
This is not a novel, it is a reference book. It describes the development of ragtime music. However, the book is so filled of facts that it is difficult to read.
Nevertheless there is hardly a fact about Ragtime music that cannot be found in this book. It contains a vaste reference section with literature and music references at the end. Of course this secion is dated, the book being from 1971.
All this put together I give it three stars in 2014. It still is the standard work on this music, after all.