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 Place For Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza
Alice Network, The by Kate Quinn
Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed
America’s First Daughter by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer by Fredrik Backman
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


Beantown Girls by Jane Healey
Beartown by Fredrik Backman
Beautiful Strangers, The by Camille Di Miao
Becoming Mrs. Lewis by Patti Callahan
Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate
Boat People, The by Sharon Bala
Book Thief, The by Markus Zusak   (scroll down page)
Book Woman of Troublesome Creek, The by Kim Michele Richardson
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
Chilbury Ladies’ Choir, The by Jennifer Ryan
Cilka’s Journey by Heather Morris
Clock Dance by Anne Tyler
Clockmaker’s Daughter, The by Kate Morton
Colors of All the Cattle, The by Alexander McCall Smith
Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata
Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate   (scroll down page)


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


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


A Fall of Marigolds by Susan Meissner
Far From the Tree by Robin Benway
Finding Wonders by Jeannine Atkins  (scroll down page)
Force of Nature by Jane Harper
From Sand and Ash by Amy Harmon


Gilded Years, The by Karin Tanabe
Ginny Moon by Benjamin Ludwig
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
Gown, The by Jennifer Robson
Great Alone, The by Kristen Hannah


Hard Cider by Barbara Stark-Nemon
Hate U Give, The by Angie Thomas
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
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
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)
Island of Sea Women, The by Lisa See
Island of Sweet Pies and Soldiers by Sara Ackerman
I Was Anastasia by Ariel Lawhon


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 House, The Kathleen Grissom  (scroll down page)


Last Christmas in Paris by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb
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
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
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
Lost For Words Bookshop, The by Stephanie Butland
The Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff
Lost Roses by Martha Hall Kelly
Louisiana’s Way Home by Kate DeCamillo  (scroll down page)
Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy, The by Rachel Joyce


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
Medallion, The by Cathy Gohlke
Meet Me in Monaco by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb
Miracle Creek by Angie Kim
Music Shop, The by Rachel Joyce
My Dear Hamilton by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie


News of the World by Paulette Jiles


One-in-a-Million Boy, The by Monica Wood
On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
Orphan’s Tale, The by Pam Jenoff
Other Alcott, The by Elise Hooper
Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse  (scroll down page)
Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys


Paper Hearts by Meg Wiviott
Pearl That Broke Its Shell, The by Nadia Hashimi
Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser



Rash: A Memoir by Lisa Kusel
Refugee by Alan Gratz
Resistance Women by Jennifer Chiaverini
River, The by Peter Heller
Room on Rue Amelie, The by Kristin Harmel  (scroll down page)


Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
Scent Keeper, The by Erica Bauermeister
Searching For Sylvie Lee by Jean Kwok
Secret Daughter, The by Shilpi Somaya Gowda
Secret of Clouds, The by Alyson Richman
Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult
Sold on a Monday by Kristina Mcmorris
Stella by Starlight by Sharon M. Draper  (scroll down page)


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
This Must Be the Place by Maggie O’Farrell
Turtles All the Way Down by John Green  (scroll down page)


Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters, The by Balli Kaur Jaswal
Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, The by Rachel Joyce
Us Against You by Fredrik Backman


Vanished Bride, The by Bella Ellis
Virgil Wander by Leif Enger


Wait Till Next Year by Doris Kearns Goodwin
Warmth of Other Suns, The by Isabel Wilkerson  (scroll down page)
Wartime Sisters, The by Lynda Cohen Loigman
Way of Beauty, The by Camille Di Maio
We Hope For Better Things by Erin Bartels
We Were The Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
White Rose, Black Forest by Eoin Dempsey  (scroll down page)
Widows of Malabar Hill, The by Sujata Massey
With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo
Woman 99 by Greer Mcallister
Women of the Copper Country, The by Mary Doria Russell



Young Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin (scroll to 2nd review on page)


Posts With Book Lists

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TTT: 10 Traits That Help Me Fall in Love With Characters

September 2019 Reading Wrap Up

Fall 2019 TBR

Seven Best Reads of Summer 2019

August Reading Wrap Up (2019)

TTT: My Favorite Literary Tropes

TTT: Books Characters That I’d Like as Best Friends

TTT: Favorite Literary Friendships

If You Like That, Read This

July Reading Wrap Up

Summer’s ONE “Must Read” Book

Favorite Quirky Characters

Best of Year So Far (June 2019)

June Reading Wrap Up

Summer 2019 TBR

(U.S.) Flag Day

10 Favorite Historical Fiction Reads

May Reading Wrap Up

10 Years of Favorite Historical Fiction Reads

Book Recommendations for Book Club

Book Recs for Mom

April Reading Wrap Up

March Reading Wrap Up

Spring TBR

10 Books That Need a Sequel

10 Inspirational Reads For Women’s History Month

10 Reads For Middle Grades

February Reading Wrap Up

Book Gifts for a Galentine/Valentine

10 Reading Ideas For Black History Month

Holocaust Remembrance Day

January Wrap Up

Most Memorable Reads of 2018 (Best of 2018)

December Wrap Up

2018 Reading Stats & 2019 Goals

Winter Reading Season (TBR)

Books For Holiday Giving

November Wrap Up

Top Ten Tuesday: Thankful For Ten Contemporary Authors

October Wrap Up

September Wrap Up

Fall Reading Season (TBR)

August Wrap Up

July Wrap Up

Top Ten Favorite Books So Far in 2018

Music and Reading: 4 Recommendations

June Wrap Up

Ten Books To Read By the Pool, Lake, Or Ocean This Summer

Book Recommendations for Dad

Summer Reading For Children (focus on MG diverse reads)

May Wrap Up

Summer Reading TBR

Bookish Gifts For Mom

April Wrap Up

Author Spotlight  (review of an author event)

Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Highly Rated WW1 and WW11 Reads

Spring TBR (& Winter Update)

Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Take Place in Another Country

Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Books That Surprised Me (in a good or bad way)

Romantic Reads For My Galentines

African-American History Month Recommended Reading

Top Ten Tuesday: New to Me Authors in 2017 

Most Memorable, Inspiring, and Unforgettable Characters in 2017

2017 Really Recommendable Reads (best of 2017)

2018 TBR (looking ahead)

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I Want My Grandchildren to Read

Favorite Reads: January-June 2017