Book Reviews A-Z & Book Lists

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An alphabetical list of books reviewed or mentioned on this blog:

(to find a complete list of books I’ve read and reviewed visit me on Goodreads.)

(scroll to the end to find posts with multiple books listed)


A Better Man by Louise Penny
A Fall of Marigolds by Susan Meissner
Alice Network, The by Kate Quinn
All the Devils Are Here by Louise Penny
Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed
American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins
America’s First Daughter by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie
Amish Newcomer, The by Patrice Lewis
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer by Fredrik Backman
And They Called it Camelot by Stephanie Marie Thorton
Answer Is…Reflections On My Life, The by Alex Trebek
Anxious People by Fredrik Backman
A Place For Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza
A Place Like Home: Short Story Collection by Rosamunde Pilcher
A Summer Wedding For the Cornish Midwife by Jo Bartlett
Arsenic and Adobo by Mia P. Manansala
As Bright As Heaven by Susan Meissner
Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane
A Way Out: A Memoir of Conquering Depression and Social Anxiety by Michelle Balge


Ballynoon Friendship Circle, The by Pauline Morgan
Beantown Girls, The by Jane Healey
Beartown by Fredrik Backman
Beautiful Strangers, The by Camille Di Miao
Becoming Mrs. Lewis by Patti Callahan
Beekeeper of Aleppo, The by Christy Lefteri
Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate
Beth & Amy by Virginia Kantra
Big Lies in a Small Town by Diane Chamberlain
Boat People, The by Sharon Bala
Book of CarolSue, The by Lynne Hugo
Book of Lost Friends, The by Lisa Wingate
Book of Lost Names, The by Kristin Harmel
Bookseller’s Secret, The (excerpt) by Michelle Gabel
Book Thief, The by Markus Zusak   (scroll down page)
Book Woman of Troublesome Creek, The by Kim Michele Richardson
Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
Brilliant Life of Eudora Honeysett, The by Annie Lyons
Brood by Jackie Polzin
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson


Cactus, The by Sarah Haywood
Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls, The by Anissa Gray
Castle of Water by Dane Hucklebridge
Chanel Sisters, The by Judithe Little
Cheerfully Yours by A.J. Pearce
Chilbury Ladies’ Choir, The by Jennifer Ryan
Choice, The by Dr. Edith Eva Eger
Cilka’s Journey by Heather Morris
Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo
Clock Dance by Anne Tyler
Clockmaker’s Daughter, The by Kate Morton
Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr
Code Name Helene by Ariel Lawhon
Colors of All the Cattle, The by Alexander McCall Smith
Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata
Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate   (scroll down page)
Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner
Curious Heart of Ailsa Rae, The by Stephanie Butland


Deal of a Lifetime, The by Fredrik Backman
Dearly Beloved, The by Cara Wall
Dear Mrs. Bird by A J Pearce
Downstairs Girl, The by Stacey Lee
Dream Daughter, The by Diane Chamberlain
Dreamers, The by Karen Thompson Walker
Dreamland Burning by Jennifer Latham
Dry, The by Jane Harper
Dutch House, The by Ann Patchett


Eden by Jeanne McWilliams Blasberg
Educated by Tara Westover
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
Enchanted April, The by Elizabeth von Arnim
Ensemble, The by Aja Gabel


Family in Six Tones by Lan Cao
Family Secrets at Hedgehog Hollow by Jessica Redland
Far From the Tree by Robin Benway
Finding Chika by Mitch Albom
Finding Wonders by Jeannine Atkins  (scroll down page)
Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley
Force of Nature by Jane Harper
Forest of Vanishing Stars, The by Kristin Harmel
Fountains of Silence, The by Ruta Sepetys
From Sand and Ash by Amy Harmon
Funny Thing About Norman Foreman, The by Julietta Henderson


Gilded Years, The by Karin Tanabe
Ginny Moon by Benjamin Ludwig
Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
Girl From the Channel Islands, The by Jenny Lecoat
Girl in White Gloves, The by Kerri Maher
Girl With Seven Names, The by Hyeonseo Lee
Girl With the Louding Voice, The by Abi Daré
Glass Castle, The by Jeannette Walls (review of book and film)
Glass Houses (& Inspector Gamache Series) by Louise Penny
Glory Over Everything: Beyond the Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom
Glory Road by Lauren K. Denton
Good Sister, The by Sally Hepworth
Gown, The by Jennifer Robson
Great Alone, The by Kristen Hannah
Great Escape From Woodlands Nursing Home, The by Joanna Nell


Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell
Hana Khan Carries On by Uzma Jalaluddin
Hard Cider by Barbara Stark-Nemon
Hate U Give, The by Angie Thomas
Haven Point by Virginia Hume
Hey, Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
Hillbilly Elegy by J. D. Vance
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi  (scroll down page)
House of Dreams: The Life of L.M. Montgomery by Liz Rosenberg
House of Unexpected Sisters, The (No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency #18) by Alexander McCall Smith
House Swap, The by Jo Lovett
How to Find Love in a Bookshop by Veronica Henry
Hum If You Don’t Know the Words by Bianca Marais
Huntress, The by Kate Quinn


If the Creek Don’t Rise by Leah Weiss  (scroll down page)
If You Want to Make God Laugh by Bianca Marais
In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren
Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love by Dani Shapiro
In Pieces by Sally Field
Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai  (scroll down page)
Invention of Wings, The
by Sue Monk Kidd  (scroll down page)
Invisible Husband of Frick Island, The, by Colleen Oakley
Invisible Woman, The by Erika Robuck
Isaiah Dunn Is My Hero by Kelly J. Baptist
Island of Sea Women, The by Lisa See
Island of Sweet Pies and Soldiers by Sara Ackerman
I Was Anastasia by Ariel Lawhon


Jane Austen Society, The by Natalie Jenner
Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson


Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI  by David Grann
Kingdom of the Blind by Louise Penny
Kitchen Front, The by Jennifer Ryan
Kitchen House, The Kathleen Grissom  (scroll down page)


Ladies of the House by Lauren Edmondson
Lady Clementine by Marie Benedict
Last Bookshop in London, The by Madeline Martin
Last Chance Library, The by Freya Sampson
Last Christmas in Paris by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb
Last List of Miss Judith Kratt, The by Andrea Bobotis
Last Train to Key West, The by Chanel Cleeton
Last Train to London, The by Meg Waite Clayton
Last Year of the War, The by Susan Meissner
Late Bloomers’ Club, The by Louise Miller (scroll down the page)
Leadership in Turbulent Times by Doris Kearns Goodwin
Learning to See by Elise Hooper
Left Neglected by Lisa Genova
Lemons by Melissa Savage
Librarian of Auschwitz, The by Antonio Iturbe
Library of Lost and Found, The by Phaedra Patrick
Lieutenant’s Nurse, The by Sara Ackerman
Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter, The by Hazel Gaynor
Lions of Fifth Avenue by Fiona Davis
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
Lost For Words Bookshop, The by Stephanie Butland
Lost, Found, & Forever by Victoria Schade
Lost and Found Bookshop, The by Susan Wiggs
Lost Girls of Paris, The by Pam Jenoff
Lost Roses by Martha Hall Kelly
Louisiana’s Way Home by Kate DeCamillo  (scroll down page)
Love Is A Revolution by Renée Watson
Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy, The by Rachel Joyce
Lovely War by Julie Berry


Madness of Crowds, The by Louise Penney
Magic Strings of Frankie Presto, The by Mitch Albom
Many Sparrows by Lori Benton (guest reviewer)
Map of Salt and Stars, The by Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar
Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb
Medallion, The by Cathy Gohlke
Meet Me at the Museum by Anne Youngson
Meet Me in Monaco by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb
Meg & Jo by Virginia Kantra
Miracle Creek by Angie Kim
Miss Benson’s Beetle by Rachel Joyce
Miss Cecily’s Recipes For Exceptional Ladies by Vicky Zimmerman
Most Beautiful Girl in Cuba, The by Chanel Cleeton
Mountains Sing, The by Nguyen Phan Que Mai
Music Shop, The by Rachel Joyce
My Dear Hamilton by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie


Nature of Fragile Things, The by Susan Meissner
Never Broken: Songs Are Only Half the Story by Jewel
New Arrivals at Hedgehog Hollow by Jessica Redland
News of the World by Paulette Jiles
No 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency Series by Alexander McCall Smith


Of Literature and Lattees by Katherine Reay
One-in-a-Million Boy, The by Monica Wood
Only Plane in the Sky, The by Garrett M. Graff
On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
Open by Andre Agassi
Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger
Orphan’s Tale, The by Pam Jenoff
Other Alcott, The by Elise Hooper
Other Words For Home by Jasmine Warga
Our Italian Summer by Jennifer Probst
Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse  (scroll down page)
Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys


Paper Hearts by Meg Wiviott
Paris Library, The by Janet Skeslien Charles
Paris Never Leaves You by Ellen Feldman
Pearl That Broke Its Shell, The by Nadia Hashimi
People We Meet On Vacation by Emily Henry
Personal Librarian, The by Marie Benedict and Victoria Murray
Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser
Printed Letter Bookshop, The by Katherine Reay
Project Hail Mary (audio) by Andy Weir
Promises to Keep by Nan Rossiter



Radar Girls by Sara Ackerman
Rash: A Memoir by Lisa Kusel
Red Sky Over Hawaii by Sarah Ackerman
Refugee by Alan Gratz
Resistance Women by Jennifer Chiaverini
Ribbons of Scarlet by Kate Quinn et al.
Ride of a Lifetime, The by Robert Iger
River, The by Peter Heller
Room on Rue Amelie, The by Kristin Harmel  (scroll down page)
Rose Code, The by Kate Quinn
Rust: A Memoir of Steel and Grit by Eliese Colette Goldbach


Salt Path, The by Raynor Winn
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
Scent Keeper, The by Erica Bauermeister
Sea Wife by Amity Gaige
Searching For Sylvie Lee by Jean Kwok
Secret Daughter, The by Shilpi Somaya Gowda
Secret of Clouds, The by Alyson Richman
She Come By It Natural by Sarah Smarsh
Simon the Fiddler by Paulette Jiles
Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult
Snowflakes Over the Starfish Cafe by Jessica Redland
Social Graces, The by Renée Rosen
Sold on a Monday by Kristina Mcmorris
South of the Buttonwood Tree by Heather Webb
Sparks Like Stars by Nadia Hashimi
Stationery Shop, The by Marjan Kamali
Stella by Starlight by Sharon M. Draper  (scroll down page)
Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, The by Gabrielle Zevin
Story of Arthur Truluv, The by Elizabeth Berg
Summer House, The by Lauren K Denton
Sunflower Sisters, The by Martha Hall Kelly
Sunset On Moonlight Beach by Sheila Roberts
Surviving Savannah by Patti Callahan
Survivors, The by Jane Harper
Switch, The by Beth O’Leary


Talk Bookish To Me by Kate Bromley
Tattooist of Auschwitz, The by Heather Morris
Tell Me More by Kelly Corrigan
Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, The by Lisa See
Things My Son Needs to Know About the World by Fredrik Backman
Things We Cannot Say, The by Kelly Rimmer
This Must Be the Place by Maggie O’Farrell
This Tender Land by Willian Kent Krueger
This Won’t End Well by Camille Pagán
Three Words For Goodbye by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb
Thursday Murder Club, The by Richard Osman
Tomorrow Will Be Better by Betty Smith
Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi
Turtles All the Way Down by John Green  (scroll down page)
Tweet Cute by Emma Lord


Under the Magnolias by T.I. Lowe
Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters, The by Balli Kaur Jaswal
Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, The by Rachel Joyce
Unlikely Yarn of the Dragon Lady, The by Sharon J. Mondragón
Us Against You by Fredrik Backman


Vanished Bride, The by Bella Ellis
Vanishing Half, The by Brit Bennett
Very Sincerely Yours by Kerry Winfrey
Virgil Wander by Leif Enger


Wait For It by Jenn McKinlay
Wait Till Next Year by Doris Kearns Goodwin
Warmth of Other Suns, The by Isabel Wilkerson  (scroll down page)
Warsaw Orphan, The by Kelly Rimmer
Wartime Sisters, The by Lynda Cohen Loigman
Water Dancer, The by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Way of Beauty, The by Camille Di Maio
We Hope For Better Things by Erin Bartels
We Were The Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter
What You Wish For by Katherine Center
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
Where the Lost Wanderby Amy Harmon
White Rose, Black Forest by Eoin Dempsey  (scroll down page)
Widows of Malabar Hill, The by Sujata Massey
Windsor Knot, The by S.J. Bennett
Winemaker’s Wife, The by Kristin Harmel
With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo
Woman 99 by Greer Mcallister
Woman With the Blue Star, The by Pam Jenoff
Women of Chateau Lafayette, The by Stephanie Dray
Women of the Copper Country, The by Mary Doria Russell



You Have a Match by Emma Lord
Young Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin (scroll to 2nd review on page)


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