Books Read

For an alphabetized list of all books reviewed, see the Directory of Reviews.

Read in 2019: 

  1. There’s Something About Darcy by Gabrielle Malcolm
  2. Relish by Lucy Knisley
  3. The Things She’s Seen by Ambelin Kwaymullina and Ezekiel Kwaymullina (audio)
  4. Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden
  5. Forward by Abby Wambach (audio)
  6. The Testaments by Margaret Atwood
  7. The Dutch House by Ann Patchett (audio)
  8. The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow
  9. Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen by Jose Antonio Vargas (audio)
  10. The Return by Victoria Hislop
  11. Olive, Again by Elizabeth Strout
  12. Save Me the Plums: My Gourmet Memoir by Ruth Reichl (audio)
  13. Burnt Shadows by Kamila Shamsie
  14. Daughter of the Siren Queen by Tricia Levenseller (audio)
  15. Big Sky by Kate Atkinson
  16. Miss Kopp Just Won’t Quit by Amy Stewart
  17. Conviction by Denise Mina (audio)
  18. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  19. The House of Broken Angels by Luis Alberto Urrea
  20. Birds of a Feather by Jacqueline Winspear (audio)
  21. Shortest Way Home by Pete Buttigieg
  22. The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang
  23. See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt
  24. Lucky Broken Girl by Ruth Behar
  25. Fifth Business by Robertson Davies
  26. If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin (audio)
  27. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
  28. The After Days by Amy Ginsburg
  29. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
  30. A Woman is No Man by Etaf Rum (audio)
  31. Miracle Creek by Angie Kim
  32. Storm of Locusts by Rebecca Roanhorse
  33. Watership Down by Richard Adams
  34. Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
  35. Asking for It by Louise O’Neill (audio)
  36. The Weight of Ink by Rachel Kadish
  37. How Dare the Sun Rise by Sandra Uwiringiyamana (audio)
  38. The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal
  39. Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi (audio)
  40. The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle
  41. The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware (audio)
  42. Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo
  43. Storm Cursed by Patricia Briggs
  44. Severance by Ling Ma
  45. The Line Becomes a River by Francisco Cantu (audio)
  46. Number One Chinese Restaurant by Lillian Li
  47. After the Wedding by Courtney Milan
  48. Buried Beneath the Baobab Tree by Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani
  49. Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  50. My Sister the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
  51. Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire
  52. Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula LeGuin
  53. Ghost Wall by Sarah Moss (audio)
  54. Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller
  55. Record of a Spaceborn Few by Becky Chambers
  56. Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear (audio)
  57. A Hope Divided by Alyssa Cole
  58. Dopesick by Beth Macy
  59. The Tea Master and the Detective by Aliette de Bodard
  60. The Weight of Our Sky by Hanna Alkaf
  61. The Farm by Joanne Ramos
  62. Doomsday Book by Connie Willis
  63. Exit Strategy by Martha Wells
  64. The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
  65. The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
  66. Theft of Swords by Michael J. Sullivan
  67. What We Lose by Zinzi Clemmons
  68. Heidi by Johanna Spyri
  69. The Likeness by Tana French
  70. On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
  71. The Language of Secrets by Ausma Zehanat Khan
  72. Normal People by Sally Rooney
  73. All You Can Ever Know by Nicole Chung
  74. Trust Exercise by Susan Choi
  75. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling
  76. Melmoth by Sarah Perry
  77. The Library Book by Susan Orlean
  78. Fruit of the Drunken Tree by Ingrid Rojas Contreras
  79. The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai
  80. Captain Marvel Vol. 1 by Kelly Sue DeConnick
  81. The Black God’s Drums by P. Djeli Clark
  82. We Fed An Island by Jose Andres and Richard Wolffe
  83. The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan
  84. Parable of the Talents by Octavia Butler
  85. The Body in the Library by Agatha Christie
  86. Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse
  87. Ghostwritten by David Mitchell
  88. Heart Berries by Terese Marie Mailhot
  89. A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza
  90. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
  91. Washington Black by Esi Edugyan
  92. Warlight by Michael Ondaatje
  93. The Glass Diplomat by S.R. Wilsher
  94. The Greatest Love Story Ever Told by Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally
  95. Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
  96. Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik
  97. French Exit by Patrick deWitt
  98. In the Woods by Tana French
  99. The Duke I Tempted by Scarlett Peckham
  100. There There by Tommy Orange
  101. The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare
  102. The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker


Read in 2018: 

  1. Red Clocks by Leni Zumas
  2. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
  3. We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter
  4. Ravishing the Heiress by Sherry Thomas
  5. Mary Poppins Comes Back by P. L. Travers
  6. I Am, I Am, I Am by Maggie O’Farrell
  7. In the Distance with You by Carla Guelfenbein
  8. Lethal White by Robert Galbraith
  9. Bellflower by Mary Vensel White
  10. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  11. The Breeding Tree by J. Andersen
  12. Becoming by Michelle Obama
  13. All the Lives We Never Lived by Anuradha Roy
  14. Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri
  15. A Dangerous Duet by Karen Odden
  16. An Extraordinary Union by Alyssa Cole
  17. Those Who Knew by Idra Novey
  18. Circe by Madeline Miller
  19. American Like Me edited by America Ferrera
  20. Awkward: The Science of Why We’re Socially Awkward and Why That’s Awesome by Ty Tashiro
  21. Tiny Shoes Dancing and Other Stories by Audrey Kalman
  22. Rogue Protocol by Martha Wells
  23. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
  24. The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar
  25. Artificial Condition by Martha Wells
  26. The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner
  27. Bruja Born by Zoraida Cordova
  28. The Alice Network by Kate Quinn
  29. Monstress Vol. 2 by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda
  30. An Untamed State by Roxane Gay
  31. Transcription by Kate Atkinson
  32. Saints for All Occasions by J. Courtney O’Sullivan
  33. Dread Nation by Justina Ireland
  34. Destiny’s Embrace by Beverly Jenkins
  35. Less by Andrew Sean Greer
  36. The Seven and a Half Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
  37. Lafayette in the Somewhat United States by Sarah Vowell
  38. South of the Border, West of the Sun by Haruki Murakami
  39. Fingersmith by Sarah Waters
  40. Dreaming of You by Lisa Kleypas
  41. Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach by Kelly Robson
  42. In the Shadow of Statues by Mitch Landrieu
  43. A River of Stars by Vanessa Hua
  44. The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
  45. Barracoon by Zora Neale Hurston
  46. Educated by Tara Westover
  47. The Widows of Malabar Hill by Sujata Massey
  48. When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
  49. What We Were Promised by Lucy Tan
  50. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
  51. Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey
  52. Cibola Burn by James S. A. Corey
  53. March, Book 1 by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell (ill.)
  54. Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado
  55. Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann
  56. What it Means When a Man Falls From the Sky by Lesley Nneka Arimah
  57. The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden
  58. Code Girls by Liza Mundy
  59. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark
  60. Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1 by G. Willow Wilson
  61. Slightly Married by Mary Balogh
  62. Love, Loss, and What We Ate by Padma Lakshmi
  63. The Luckiest Lady in London by Sherry Thomas
  64. All Systems Red by Martha Wells
  65. Who is Vera Kelly?  by Rosalie Knecht
  66. Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova
  67. Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
  68. After Atlas by Emma Newman
  69. A Local Habitation by Seanan McGuire
  70. Miss Ex-Yugoslavia by Sofija Stefanovic
  71. Twenty-One Days by Anne Perry
  72. Heads of the Colored People by Nafissa Thompson-Spires
  73. Burn Bright by Patricia Briggs
  74. An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
  75. The Vain Conversation by Anthony Grooms
  76. One Small Step Can Change Your Life by Robert Maurer
  77. The Red Word by Sarah Henstra
  78. Amberlough by Lara Elena Donnelly
  79. River of Teeth by Sarah Gailey
  80. Here Comes the Sun by Nicole Dennis-Benn
  81. The Merry Spinster by Mallory Ortberg
  82. Hunger by Roxane Gay
  83. Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard by Chip and Dan Heath
  84. Girls Burn Brighter by Shobha Rao
  85. Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
  86. Happiness by Aminatta Forna
  87. Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
  88. The Changeling by Victor LaValle
  89. Gun Love by Jennifer Clement
  90. Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
  91. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
  92. Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie
  93. Crosstalk by Connie Willis
  94. The Dream of the Iron Dragon by Robert Kroese
  95. Paper Girls Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan
  96. Binti: The Night Masquerade by Nnedi Okorafor
  97. The Rogue Not Taken by Sarah MacLean
  98. My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell
  99. We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler
  100. Tell Me More by Kelly Corrigan
  101. Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich
  102. Benediction by Kent Haruf

Read in 2017:

  1. White Tears by Hari Kunzru
  2. Charmed Life by Dianna Wynne Jones
  3. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
  4. Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
  5. We Were Eight Years in Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  6. A Conjuring of Light by V. E. Schwab
  7. The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin
  8. Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler
  9. Strangers in Budapest by Jessica Keener
  10. Dad’s Red Dress by Lindsay Sedgwick
  11. Giant of the Senate by Al Franken
  12. Bonfire by Krysten Ritter
  13. Birdcage Walk by Helen Dunmore
  14. Artefacts and Other Stories by Rebecca Burns
  15. The Secret History of Wonder Woman by Jill Lepore
  16. The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss
  17. Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan
  18. When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
  19. The Good People by Hannah Kent
  20. Monstress Vol. 1 by Marjorie Liu
  21. My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor
  22. Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout
  23. The Atrocity Archives by Charles Stross
  24. Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue
  25. Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire
  26. The Shepherd’s Crown by Terry Pratchett
  27. Difficult Women by Roxane Gay
  28. The Power by Naomi Alderman
  29. Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson
  30. Reading the Bones by Sheila Finch
  31. Miss Kopp’s Midnight Confessions by Amy Stewart
  32. Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
  33. The Song of the Orphans by Daniel Price
  34. Binti: Home by Nnedi Okorafor
  35. Something Sinister by Olivier Bosman
  36. Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer
  37. The Atlas of Forgotten Places by Jenny D. Williams
  38. Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan Mcguire
  39. Goodbye, Vitamin by Rachel Khong
  40. Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews
  41. Bloodchild and Other Stories by Octavia Butler
  42. Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo
  43. A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers
  44. Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance
  45. When a Scot Ties the Knot by Tessa Dare
  46. The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
  47. A Gathering of Shadows by V. E. Schwab
  48. Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
  49. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  50. A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry
  51. To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis
  52. The Sound of Things Falling by Juan Gabriel Vásquez
  53. The Long Drop by Denise Mina
  54. The Gustav Sonata by Rose Tremain
  55. The Leavers by Lisa Ko
  56. Brother’s Ruin by Emma Newman
  57. Roses and Rot by Kat Howard
  58. Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood
  59. The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
  60. The Last Days of Cafe Leila by Donia Bijan
  61. The Lonely Hearts Hotel by Heather O’Neill
  62. Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right by Arlie Russell Hochschild
  63. A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas
  64. The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
  65. The Shadow Land by Elizabeth Kostova
  66. Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
  67. In the Country We Love by Diane Guerrero
  68. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
  69. The Daily Show: an Oral History by Chris Smith
  70. Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs
  71. Land of Hidden Fires by Kirk Kjeldsen
  72. 1984 by George Orwell
  73. A Regimental Murder by Ashley Gardner
  74. Binti by Nnedi Okorafor
  75. Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson
  76. Sugar Crush by Richard Jacoby
  77. News of the World by Paulette Jiles
  78. Finding Molly: An Adventure in Catsitting #1 by Justine Prado and Jenn St-Onge
  79. The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti
  80. Riven by Brenda Crawford
  81. The Wangs vs. the World by Jade Chang
  82. The Hanover Square Affair by Ashley Gardner
  83. All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai
  84. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  85. Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher
  86. Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple
  87. Abaddon’s Gate by James S.A. Corey
  88. The Wonder by Emma Donoghue
  89. Commonwealth by Ann Pratchett
  90. What is Not Yours is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi

Read in 2016:

  1. Midnight Riot by Ben Aaronovitch
  2. Before the Fall by Noah Hawley
  3. All-of-a-Kind Family by Sydney Taylor
  4. The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney
  5. Testament of Youth by Vera Brittain
  6. Death at St. Vedast by Mary Lawrence
  7. Wicked Intentions by Elizabeth Hoyt
  8. The Railway Children by E. Nesbit
  9. The Ace of Skulls by Chris Wooding
  10. Faller by Will McIntosh
  11. The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin
  12. The Bishop’s Girl by Rebecca Burns
  13. No Good Dragon Goes Unpunished by Rachel Aaron
  14. The Terranauts by T.C. Boyle
  15. Anne of Avonlea by L.M. Montgomery
  16. Lady Cop Makes Trouble by Amy Stewart
  17. Betsy and Tacy Go Over the Big Hill by Maud Hart Lovelace
  18. All the Birds, Singing by Evie Wyld
  19. Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave
  20. Arabella of Mars by David Levine
  21. The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer
  22. The Edge of the Earth by Christina Schwarz
  23. This Must be the Place by Maggie O’Farrell
  24. Blacklands by Belinda Bauer
  25. The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney
  26. Ghost Talkers by Mary Robinette Kowal
  27. The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey
  28. Harmony by Carolyn Parkhurst
  29. Calamity by Brandon Sanderson
  30. The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin
  31. The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock
  32. The Dictionary of Mutual Understanding by Jackie Copleton
  33. The Cold Between by Elizabeth Bonesteel
  34. Some Possible Solutions by Helen Phillips
  35. The Sunlight Pilgrims by Jenni Fagan
  36. Whom the Gods Love by Kate Ross
  37. My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout
  38. The Big Sheep by Robert Kroese
  39. League of Dragons by Naomi Novik
  40. Eventide by Kent Haruf
  41. Everybody’s Fool by Richard Russo
  42. Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon (reread)
  43. Hero by Belinda Crawford
  44. Magic Shifts by Ilona Andrews
  45. Half of a Yellow Sun by Ngozi Chimamanda Idichie
  46. Rush Oh! by Shirley Barrett
  47. Company Town by Madeline Ashby
  48. Shards of Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold
  49. Pleasantville by Attica Locke
  50. Caliban’s War by James S.A. Corey
  51. The Portable Veblen by Elizabeth McKenzie
  52. Road Ends by Mary Lawson
  53. The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
  54. Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg
  55. The Beautiful Bureaucrat by Helen Phillips
  56. A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson
  57. Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs
  58. The Dutch Girl by Donna Thorland
  59. The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson
  60. A Lady in the Smoke by Karen Odden
  61. Vicious by V.E. Schwab
  62. All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders
  63. Saint Mazie by Jami Attenberg
  64. The Shore by Sara Taylor
  65. Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey
  66. Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
  67. The House of the Spirits by Isabelle Allende
  68. Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith
  69. After Dad by Ralph Cohen
  70. Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf
  71. The Turner House by Angela Flournoy


3 Responses to “Books Read”

  1. Alley

    How was Shades of Grey? Fforde’s one of my favorite authors and I’ve been waiting for this book to come out in paperback ever since I first heard he was working on it. I know, I could pick it up in hardback but I hate having a big heavy hardback to lug around with me. Or I suppose I could move into this century and get a Kindle…

    • curlygeek04

      Shades of Grey was fantastic. It’s a first book in a series, and Fforde has created a world that is very different, so it definitely took some effort to understand what’s happening. The series takes place in a world where everyone’s status is determined by which colors they can see and how well they can see them. Like his other books, strange and a lot of fun — I’m looking forward to the next one!

      One of my favorite things about the Kindle is not waiting for paperbacks!


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