Book Reviews by Title

Links will take you to my thoughts on these books from June 2007 to present. The * denotes post includes notes on the audiobook.  
(updated 9/18/2015)

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*11/22/63 – Stephen King

A

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian – Sherman Alexie
*The Absolutist – John Boyne
Admit One: My Life in Film – Emmett James
Affinity – Sarah Waters
The Age of Innocence – Edith Wharton
Al Capone Does My Shirts – Gennifer Choldenko
The Alchemist – Paulo Coehlo
All the King’s Men – Robert Penn Warren
All the Pretty Horses – Cormac McCarthy
American Born Chinese – Gene Luen Yang
Angela’s Ashes – Frank McCourt
Animal Farm – George Orwell
Anne Frank Remembered – Miep Gies
Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl – Anne Frank
Are You My Mother? – Alison Bechdel
Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret – Judy Blume
*Armada – Ernest Cline
The Art Forger – B.A. Shapiro
The Art of Racing in the Rain – Garth Stein
As I Lay Dying – William Faulkner
*At Home: A Short History of Private Life – Bill Bryson
Atonement – Ian McEwan
The Awakening – Kate Chopin

B

*Bad Feminist – Roxane Gay
Bag of Bones – Stephen King
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress – Dai Sijie
Bayou – Jeremy Love
*Beautiful Ruins – Jess Walter
*Before I Go to Sleep – S.J. Watson
*Being There – Jerzy Kosinski
*Belzhar – Meg Wolitzer
The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
Big Fish – Daniel Wallace
The Black Dahlia – James Elroy
Blankets – Craig Thompson
*Bleak House – Charles Dickens
The Blind Assassin – Margaret Atwood
The Book Thief – Markus Zusak
*The Book Thief – Markus Zusak (re-read)
*Bossypants – Tina Fey
Boxers and Saints – Gene Luen Yang
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas – John Boyne
Boy’s Life – Robert McCammon
Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
Bridge to Terabithia – Katherine Paterson
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao – Junot Diaz
Bringing Down the House – Ben Mezrich
Brothers Karamazov – Fyodor Dostoevsky

C

Catch Me If You Can – Frank W. Abagnale
Catch-22 – Joseph Heller
Cat’s Eye – Margaret Atwood
*A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
The City of Falling Angels – John Berendt
City of Thieves – David Benioff
The Color of Magic – Terry Pratchett
The Complete Maus – Art Spiegelman
The Complete Persepolis – Marjane Satrapi
Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister – Gregory Maguire
Coraline – Neil Gaiman
Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
Crimes of Paris – Dorothy and Thomas Hoobler
*Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter – Tom Franklin

D

The Day the World Ends – Ethan Coen (poetry)
Death of a Salesman – Arthur Miller
Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant – Anne Tyler
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks – E. Lockhart
Down to a Sunless Sea – Mathias B. Freese
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde – Robert Louis Stevenson
Drood – Dan Simmons

E

Eat, Pray, Love – Elizabeth Gilbert (re-read)
Eat, Pray, Love – Elizabeth Gilbert
East of Eden – John Steinbeck
Eclipse – Stephenie Meyer
*The Elegance of the Hedgehog – Muriel Barbery
Ella Minnow Pea – Mark Dunn
Emma – Jane Austen
*The End of the Affair – Graham Greene
The End of the Alphabet – CS Richardson
Ender’s Game – Orson Scott Card
Ethan Frome – Edith Wharton
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close – Jonathon Safran Foer
The Eyre Affair – Jasper Fforde

F

Fall On Your Knees – Anne-Marie MacDonald
Far World: Water Keep – J. Scott Savage
The Fault in Our Stars – John Green
Fingersmith – Sarah Waters
Flesh and Blood – Michael Cunningham
Flowers for Algernon – Daniel Keyes
Frankenstein – Mary Shelley
French Milk – Lucy Knisley

G

*A Gift Upon the Shore – M.K. Wren
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Stieg Larsson
The Giver – Lois Lowry
The Glass Castle – Jeannette Walls
The God of Small Things – Arundhati Roy
A Golden Age – Tahmima Anam
Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn
A Good American – Alex George
Good Chinese Wife – Susan Blumberg-Kason
*The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society – Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

H

Half of a Yellow Sun – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Half World – Hiromi Goto
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – J.K. Rowling
Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
*The Help – Kathryn Stockett
The Heretic’s Daughter – Kathleen Kent
High Fidelity – Nick Hornby
His Excellency: George Washington – Joseph J. Ellis
The History of Love – Nicole Krauss
Holidays on Ice – David Sedaris
Holly’s Inbox – Holly Denham
The Hot House – Pete Earley
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet – Jamie Ford
The House on Mango Street – Sandra Cisneros
How Clarissa Burder Learned to Fly – Connie May Fowler
Howards End – EM Forster

I

The Icarus Girl – Helen Oyeyemi
The Ice Queen – Alice Hoffman
I’m Down – Mishna Wolff
*The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks – Rebecca Skloot
The Impostor’s Daughter – Laurie Sandell
In Cold Blood – Truman Capote
In the Midnight Rain – Barbara Samuel
*In the Woods – Tana French
*In a Sunburned Country – Bill Bryson
*Into the Wild – Jon Krakauer
Into Thin Air – Jon Krakauer
Indian Tales from Picuris Pueblo
The Innocent Man – John Grisham
Ireland – Frank Delaney
*It – Stephen King

J

Johnny Tremain – Esther Forbes
The Joy Luck Club – Amy Tan
Just Listen – Sarah Dessen

K

Kafka on the Shore – Haruki Murakami
Keeping Faith – Jodi Picoult
Kindred – Octavia E. Butler
*Kitchen Confidential – Anthony Bourdain
The Kitchen Counter Cooking School – Kathleen Flinn
The Knife of Never Letting Go – Patrick Ness
*The Know It All – A.J. Jacobs

L

The Lace Reader – Brunonia Barry
The Language of Flowers – Vanessa Diffenbaugh
Last Train to Istanbul – Ayse Kulin
Left Hand of Darkness – Ursula Le Guin
Let’s Pretend This Never Happened – Jenny Lawson
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up – Marie Kondo
The Light Fantastic – Terry Pratchett
Like Water for Chocolate – Laura Esquirel
The Little Giant of Aberdeen County – Tiffany Baker
Little House in the Big Woods – Laura Ingalls Wilder
Little Women – Louisa May Alcott
Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
A Long Way Down – Nick Hornby
A Long Way Gone – Ishmael Beah
Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen – Susan Gregg Gilmore
Looking for Alaska – John Green
The Lost City of Z – David Grann
Love in the Time of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

M

Maman’s Homesick Pie – Donia Bijan
Man’s Search for Meaning – Victor E Frankl
A Map of the World – Jane Hamilton
Marbles – Ellen Forney
*The Martian – Andy Weir
Matrimony – Joshua Henkin
Middlemarch – George Eliot
Middlesex – Jeffrey Eugenides
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil – John Berendt
A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Shakespeare
A Million Little Pieces – James Frey
Misery – Stephen King
Mistress Oriku – Matsutaro Kawaguchi
Me Before You – Jojo Moyes
Mother of Pearl – Melinda Haynes
My Antonia – Willa Cather
My Father’s Paradise – Ariel Sabar

N

Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro
Neverwhere – Neil Gaiman
New Moon – Stephenie Meyer
The New York Regional Mormon Singles Halloween Dance – Elna Baker
Nickel and Dimed – Barbara Ehrenreich
Night – Elie Wiesel
The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern
Night Film – Marisha Pessl
Nine Stories – J.D. Salinger
No Country for Old Men – Cormac McCarthy
*No Land’s Man – Aasif Mandvi
*North and South – Elizabeth Gaskell
Northanger Abbey – Jane Austen
NOS4A2 – Joe Hill

O

*The Omnivore’s Dilemma – Michael Pollan
*On Immunity – Eula Biss
One Day – David Nicholls
One for the Money – Janet Evanovich
One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The Other Boleyn Girl – Phillipa Gregory
Outlander – Diana Gabaldon
The Outsiders – S.E. Hinton

P

*Pain, Parties, Work – Elizabeth Winder
The Painted Veil – W. Somerset Maugham
Paris Times Eight – Deirdre Kelly
Pet Sematary – Stephen King
*Percy Jackson (Books 1 and 2) – Rick Riordan
The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky
The Photographer – Emmanuel Guibert
The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane – Katherine Howe
The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde
Plain Truth – Jodi Picoult
The Portrait of a Lady – Henry James
Possession – A.S. Byatt
*A Prayer for Owen Meany – John Irving
Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
The Puzzle Bark Tree – Stephanie Gertler

Q

*Quiet – Susan Cain

R

Reading Lolita in Tehran – Azar Nafisi
*Ready Player One – Ernest Cline
Rebecca – Daphne du Maurier
Red Dragon – Thomas Harris
A Redbird Christmas – Fannie Flagg
Relish – Lucy Knisley
The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
Retold Classic Myths
Ride the Wind – Lucia St. Clair Robson
The Road – Cormac McCarthy
The Robber Bride – Margaret Atwood
Room – Emma Donaghue
The Rosie Project – Graeme Simsion
A Rumor of War – Philip Caputo

S

Salem Falls – Jodi Picoult
Sam’s Letters to Jennifer – James Patterson
The Scarlet Pimpernel – Baroness Emmuska Orczy
Sea Glass – Anita Shreve
*The Secret History – Donna Tartt
Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
The Septembers of Shiraz – Dalia Sofer
Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
*The Shining – Stephen King
The Shipping News – Annie Proulx
A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian – Marina Lewycka
Sister Carrie – Theodore Dreiser
Snow – Orhan Pamuk
Snow Country – Yasunari Kawabata
Snow Crash – Neal Stephenson
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan – Lisa See
Something Wicked This Way Comes – Ray Bradbury
The Sparrow – Mary Doria Russell
Speak – Laurie Halse Anderson
Springtime on Mars – Susan Woordring
*The Stand – Stephen King
Stardust – Neil Gaiman
*Stiff – Mary Roach
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry – Gabrielle Zevin
The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher – Kate Summerscale
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie – Alan Bradley
The Swiss Family Robinson – Jan Wyss

T

A Tale Out of Luck – Willie Nelson
Tales of Beedle the Bard – J.K. Rowling
The Tales of Edgar Allan Poe – Edgar Allan Poe
*The Talisman – Stephen King and Peter Straub
*The Tao of Pooh – Benjamin Hoff
Tea and Other Ayama Na Tales – Eleanor Bluestein
Tell the Wolves I’m Home – Carol Rifka Brunt
Tender at the Bone – Ruth Reichl
The Tenth Circle – Jodi Picoult
Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
That’s Not English – Erin Moore
Their Eyes Were Watching God – Zora Neale Hurston
*Tibetan Peach Pie – Tom Robbins
The Things They Carried – Tim O’Brien
Thirteen Moons – Charles Frazier
*Thirteen Reasons Why – Jay Asher
The Thirteenth Tale – Diane Setterfield
A Thousand Splendid Suns – Khaled Hosseini
Thunderstruck – Erik Larson
Tiny Beautiful Things – Cheryl Strayed
Tom Sawyer – Mark Twain
The Translator – Daoud Hari
Travels With Charley – John Steinbeck
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn – Betty Smith
True Grit – Charles Portis
Twilight – Stephenie Meyer
Twilight of Avalon – Anna Elliott

U

Unclutter Your Life in One Week – Erin Rooney Doland
Under the Banner of Heaven – Jon Krakauer
*Under the Dome – Stephen King
Under the Tuscan Sun – Frances Mayes
*Unbroken – Laura Hillenbrand
The Unfinished Child – Theresa Shea
An Untamed State – Roxane Gay

V

Vanishing Acts – Jodi Picoult
*Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
Venetia Kelly’s Traveling Show – Frank Delany
A Visit from the Goon Squad – Jennifer Egan

W

A Walk in the Woods – Bill Bryson
Walking Through Walls – Philip Smith
Watchmen – Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons
Water for Elephants – Sara Gruen
*The Weed that Strings the Hangman’s Bag – Alen Bradly
Welcome to the World, Baby Girl! – Fannie Flagg
*Where’d You Go Bernadette – Maria Semple
Wicked – Gregory Maguire
Wild – Cheryl Strayed
Will Grayson, Will Grayson – John Green and David Levithan
The Wind-up Bird Chronicle – Haruki Murakami
The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
*The Wonderful Wizard of Oz – L Frank Baum
The World According to Garp – John Irving
Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte

X

Y

A Year in Provence – Peter Mayle
Yellowknife – Steve Zipp
*Yes Please – Amy Poehler

Z

The Zookeeper’s Wife – Diane Ackerman
Zorba the Greek – Nikos Kazantzakis

Happy Reading!

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