all books

This is a list of all the books I’ve discussed on this blog, excluding comics, graphic novels, and mangas, which can be found here. Illustrated books are included in this list, however a list dedicated to them can be found here.

This list below is organized by the author’s last name.


Melissa Albert

The Hazel Wood

The Hazel Wood (Book 1)

Lloyd Alexander

Chronicles of Prydain

The Book of Three (Book 1)

The Black Cauldron (Book 2)

The Castle of Llyr (Book 3)

Taran Wanderer (Book 4)

The High King (Book 5)

Nancy Campbell Allen

Steampunk Proper Romance

Beauty and the Clockwork Beast (Book 1)

— narr. by Saskia Maarleveld

Kiss of the Spindle (Book 2)

— narr. by Justine Eyre

Sarah Addison Allen

Waverley Family

Garden Spells (Book 1)

Natalie C. Anderson

City of Saints & Thieves

Jesse Andrews

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Apollonius of Rhodes

Jason and the Argonauts

K.C. Archer

School for Psychics

School for Psychics (Book 1)

Katherine Arden

Winternight Trilogy

The Bear and the Nightingale

Alexia Arthurs

How to Love a Jamaican

Jane Austen

Pride and Prejudice


Dale Bailey

In the Night Wood

Muriel Barbery

The Life of Elves

Leigh Bardugo

Grisha Trilogy

Shadow and Bone (Book 1)

T.A. Barron


The Lost Years (Book 1)

David Bayles

Art & Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking

— with Ted Orland

Jesse Bering

Why Is the Penis Shaped Like That?…And Other Reflections on Being Human

Holly Black

The Spiderwick Chronicles

Sage Blackwood


Jinx (Book 1)

Enid Blyton

Faraway Tree

The Enchanted Wood (Book 1)

— illus. by Jan McCafferty

Dorothea Brande

Becoming a Writer

Ann Brashares

Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (Book 1)

The Second Summer of the Sisterhood (Book 2)

Girls in Pants: The Third Summer of the Sisterhood (Book 3)

Libba Bray

The Diviners

The Diviners (Book 1)

Lair of Dreams (Book 2)

Fanny Britt

Jane, the Fox, and Me

Charlotte Brontë

Jane Eyre

Terry Brooks


The Sword of Shannara (Book 1)

Dan Brown

Robert Langdon

Angels & Demons

Lois McMaster Bujold

Chalion/World of the Five Gods

The Curse of Chalion (Book 1)

Shaun Bythell

The Diary of a Bookseller


Susannah Cahalan

Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness

Susan Cain

Quiet: The Power of Introverts

Jen Campbell

Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops

M.R. Carey

The Girl with All the Gifts

The Girl with All the Gifts (Book 1)

Caleb Carr

Dr. Laszlo Kreizler

The Alienist (Book 1)

John Carreyrou

Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup

Randy Cecil


Stephen Chbosky

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Charles W. Chesnutt

The Wife of His Youth

Pema Chödrön

Fail, Fail Again, Fail Better

Agatha Christie

Murder on the Orient Express

Cassandra Clare

Mortal Instruments

City of Bones (Book 1)

Arthur C. Clarke

Childhood’s End

Billy Coffey

The Curse of Crow Hollow

Alyssa Cole

Reluctant Royals

A Duke by Default (Book 2)

Henry Cole (illus.)

Spot, the Cat

Suzanne Collins

Hunger Games

The Hunger Games (Book 1)

New thoughts on the Hunger Games (reread in October 2017)

Catching Fire (Book 2)

MarcyKate Connolly

Shadow Weaver

Shadow Weaver (Book 1)

Comet Rising (Book 2)

Joseph Conrad

Heart of Darkness

Justin Cronin

The Passage

The Passage (Book 1)

— narr. by Scott Brick, Abby Craden, and Adenrele Ojo

Angie Cruz



Mason Currey

Daily Rituals: How Artists Work

Charles Curtis

Weirdo Academy

The Accidental Quarterback (Book 1)


Juliet Dark

— see Carol Goodman

Indra Das

The Devourers

Charlotte Nicole Davis

Good Luck Girls

The Good Luck Girls (Book 1)

Melissa de la Cruz

Beauchamp Family

Witches of East End (Book 1)

Tania del Rio

Warren the 13th

Warren the 13th and the All-Seeing Eye

Guillermo del Toro

The Strain (written with Chuck Hogan)

The Strain (Book 1)

The Shape of Water

— written with Daniel Kraus and illus. by James Jean

Nicole Dennis-Benn


Annie Dillard

The Writing Life

Francesco Dimitri

The Book of Hidden Things

— translated from Italian by the author

Michael Dirda

Classics for Pleasure

Tony DiTerlizzi

Spiderwick Chronicles (all books are linked to the same post)

The Field Guide (Book 1)

The Seeing Stone (Book 2)

Lucinda’s Secret (Book 3)

The Ironwood Tree (Book 4)

The Wrath of Mulgarath (Book 5)

Brendan Duffy

The Storm King


Nicholas Eames

The Band

Kings of the Wyld

Zetta Elliott

Mother of the Sea

Warren Ellis


Mariana Enriquez

Things We Lost in the Fire: Stories

Nora Ephron

I Feel Bad About My Neck

I Remember Nothing


F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Great Gatsby

Amélie Fléchais (illus.)

The Little Red Wolf

— translated from French by Jeremy Melloul

Gillian Flynn

Gone Girl

Thomas C. Foster

How to Read Literature Like a Professor

How to Read Novels Like a Professor

Hester Fox

The Witch of Willow Hall

Jonathan French

Lot Lands

The Grey Bastards (Book 1)

Gregory Funaro

Watch Hollow

Watch Hollow (Book 1)


Stephanie Garber


Caraval (Book 1)

Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Caster Chronicles

Beautiful Creatures (Book 1)

Jennifer Giesbrecht

Monster of Elendhaven

Elizabeth Gilbert

Eat, Pray, Love

Big Magic

Charlotte Perkins Gilman

The Yellow Wall-Paper

Natalie Goldberg

Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within

Alison Goodman


Eon (Book 1)

New thoughts on Eon (reread in April 2016)

Carol Goodman

Fairwick Chronicles

— written under the pseudonym, Juliet Dark

The Demon Lover (Book 1)

The Water Witch (Book 2)

The Angel Stone (Book 3)

Seth Grahame-Smith

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (Book 1)

John Green

The Fault In Our Stars

Philippa Gregory

Plantagenet and Tudor Court

The Other Boleyn Girl (Book 9)

Jasmine Guillory

The Wedding Date


The Only Child

Yaa Gyasi



H. Rider Haggard


Edith Hamilton

Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes

Charlaine Harris

Southern Vampire Mysteries

Dead Until Dark (Book 1)

Thomas Harris

Hannibal Lecter

Red Dragon (Book 1)

Rachel Hartman


Seraphina (Book 1)

Shadow Scale (Book 2)

Tess of the Road

Peter Haugen

World History for Dummies

Kevin J. Hayes

A Journey through American Literature

Christopher Healy

League of Princes

The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom (Book 1)

Grady Hendrix


— illus. by Michael Rogalski

Robin Hobb


Assassin’s Apprentice (Book 1)

Royal Assassin (Book 2)

Assassin’s Quest (Book 3)

Liveship Traders

Ship of Magic (Book 1)

Mad Ship (Book 2)

Ship of Destiny (Book 3)

Tawney Man

Fool’s Errand (Book 1)

The Golden Fool (Book 2)

Fool’s Fate (Book 3)

Rain Wild Chronicles

Dragon Keeper (Book 1)

Dragon Haven (Book 2)

City of Dragons (Book 3)

Blood of Dragons (Book 4)

Fitz and the Fool

Fool’s Assassin (Book 1)

Fool’s Quest (Book 2)

Assassin’s Fate (Book 3)

Chuck Hogan

The Strain (written with Guillermo del Toro)

The Strain

Marya Hornbacher

Madness: A Bipolar Life

Khaled Hosseini

The Kite Runner

Zora Neale Hurston

Their Eyes Were Watching God


Justina Ireland

Dread Nation

Dread Nation (Book 1)

Washington Irving

The Legend of the Sleepy Hollow and Other Macabre Tales

Eowyn Ivey

The Snow Child


Rita D. Jacobs

The Way In: Journal Writing for Self-Discovery

Brian Jacques


Redwall (Book 1)

S. Jae-Jones


Wintersong (Book 1)

E.L. James

Fifty Shades

Fifty Shades of Grey (Book 1)

Vic James

Dark Gifts

Gilded Cage (Book 1)

Meg Jay

The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter and How to Make the Most of Them

Charles Johnson

Middle Passage

Denis Johnson

Jesus’ Son: Stories

Robert Jordan

Wheel of Time

New Spring (Book 0)

The Eye of the World (Book 1)

The Great Hunt (Book 2)

The Dragon Reborn (Book 3)

The Shadow Rising (Book 4)

The Fires of Heaven (Book 5)

Norton Juster

The Phantom Tollbooth


Julie Kagawa


Talon (Book 1)

Paul Kalanithi

When Breath Becomes Air

Bilge Karasu

A Long Day’s Evening

Caroline Kepnes


You (You, Book 1)

You (audio book review)


Stephen King


‘Salem’s Lot

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

The Shining

The Stand

Austin Kleon

Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative

Elise Kova

Air Awakens

Air Awakens (Book 1)

M.P. Kozlowsky

Juniper Berry: A Tale of Terror and Temptation

Daniel Kraus

The Shape of Water (written with Guillermo del Toro and illus. by James Jean)

Torben Kuhlmann

Armstrong: The Adventurous Journey of a Mouse to the Moon


Anne Lamott

Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

Victor LaValle

The Ballad of Black Tom

Jenny Lawson

Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things

Ursula Le Guin

Earthsea Cycle

A Wizard of Earthsea (Book 1)

The Tombs of Atuan (Book 2)

The Farthest Shore (Book 3)

No Time to Spare: Thinking About What Matters

Jonah Lehrer

Imagine: How Creativity Works

Lauren Leto

Judging a Book by Its Lover: A Field Guide to the Hearts and Minds of Readers Everywhere

Jack London

The Call of the Wild

Sterling Lord

Lord of Publishing

Lois Lowry

Giver Quartet

The Giver (Book 1)


Sarah J. Maas

Throne of Glass

Throne of Glass (Book 1)

Crown of Midnight (Book 2)

Beth Macy

Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company That Addicted America

Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi


Gregory Manchess

Above the Timberline

Emily St. John Mandel

Station Eleven

Gabriel García Márquez

One Hundred Years of Solitude

George R. R. Martin

A Song of Ice and Fire

A Game of Thrones (Book 1)

A Clash of Kings (Book 2)

A Feast for Crows (Book 4)

The Ice Dragon

Alyssa Mastromonaco

Who Thought This Was a Good Idea?: And Other Questions You Should Have Answers to When You Work in the White House

Anne McCaffrey

Dragonriders of Pern

Dragonflight (Book 1)

Colum McCann

Letters to a Young Writer: Some Practical and Philosophical Advice

Tiffany McDaniel

The Summer That Melted Everything

Seanan McGuire

Wayward Children

Every Heart a Doorway (Book 1)

Robin McKinley

Spindle’s End


The Hero and the Crown (Book 1)

The Blue Sword (Book 2)

Richelle Mead

Vampire Academy

Vampire Academy (Book 1)

Marissa Meyer

Lunar Chronicles

Cinder (Book 1)

Scarlet (Book 2)

Cress (Book 3)

Giles Milton

When Hitler Took Cocaine and Lenin Lost His Brain: History’s Unknown Chapters

Candice Montgomery

Home and Away

Elizabeth Moon

Deed of Paksenarrion

Sheepfarmer’s Daughter (Book 1)

Erin Morgenstern

The Night Circus

Jojo Moyes

Me Before You

Me Before You (Book 1)

John Mullan

How Novels Work

K.T. Munson

1001 Islands


Patrick Ness

The Rest of Us Just Live Here

Celeste Ng

Little Fires Everywhere

James Nicol

The Apprentice Witch

Trevor Noah

Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood

Mary Norris

Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen

Chase Novak

Breed: A Novel


Michelle Obama


Nnedi Okorafor

Akata Witch

Akata Witch (Book 1)

Daniel José Older


Shadowshaper (Book 1)

Ted Orland

Art & Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking

— with David Bayles

Ruth Ozeki

A Time Code


Christopher Paolini

Inheritance Cycle

Eragon (Book 1)

Eldest (Book 2)

Inheritance (Book 4)

Stephanie Perkins

Anna and the French Kiss

Anna and the French Kiss (Book 1)

Charles Perrault

Cinderella: or The Little Glass Slipper

— illus. by Camille Rose Garcia

Tamora Pierce

Song of the Lioness

Alanna: The First Adventure (Book 1)

In the Hand of the Goddess (Book 2)

The Woman Who Rides Like a Man (Book 3)

Lioness Rampant (Book 4)

The Immortals

Wild Magic (Book 1)

Wolf-Speaker (Book 2)

Emperor Mage (Book 3)

Robert Pollock

World Religions

Ashley Poston


Geekerella (Book 1)

Terry Pratchett



Equal Rites (D = Book 3; W = Book 1)


Joe Queenan

One for the Books


Sara Raasch

Snow Like Ashes

Snow Like Ashes (Book 1)

Leah Raeder


Lauren Redniss

Thunder & Lightning: Weather Past, Present, Future

C.J. Redwine


The Shadow Queen (Book 1)

Ruth Reichl


Jason Rekulak

The Impossible Fortress

Ransom Riggs

Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Book 1)

Rick Riordan

Percy Jackson and the Olympians

The Lightning Thief (Book 1)

The Sea of Monsters (Book 2)

The Titan’s Curse (Book 3)

The Battle of the Labyrinth (Book 4)

The Last Olympian (Book 5)

Heroes of Olympus

The Son of Neptune (Book 2)

The Mark of Athena (Book 3)

The House of Hades (Book 4)

The Blood of Olympus (Book 5)

Kane Chronicles

The Serpent’s Shadow (Book 3)

Ken Robinson

The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything

Joel Ross

Fog Diver

The Fog Diver (Book 1)

Veronica Roth


Divergent (Book 1)

Insurgent (Book 2)

Rainbow Rowell


J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Book 1)

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

— illus. by Jim Kay

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Book 2)

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Book 3)

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Book 4)

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Book 5)

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Book 6)

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts 1 & 2

— by John Tiffany and Jack Thorne

Pottermore Presents (the following are all linked to the same post)

Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide

Short Stories from Hogwarts of Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists

Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies

Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination

Gretchen Rubin

Better than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives

Christian Rudder

Dataclysm: Who We Are (When We Think No One’s Looking)


Alessandro Sanna

The River

Francesca Sanna

The Journey

Gavriel Savit

Anna and the Swallow Man

Stacy Schiff

The Witches: Salem, 1692

— narr. by Eliza Foss

David Sedaris

Holidays on Ice

Brian Selznick

The Invention of Hugo Cabret

Nic Sheff

Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines

Madhuri Shekar

Evil Eye

— narr. by Harsh Nayyar, Annapurna Sriram, Bernard White, Nick Choksi, Rita Wolf

Dan Simmons

Song of Kali

Jen Sincero

You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life

Holly Goldberg Sloan

To Night Owl from Dogfish

— written with Meg Wolitzer

Kevin Smokler

Practical Classics: 50 Reasons to Reread 50 Books You Haven’t Touched Since High School


Heart of Darkness

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Nancy Springer

The Oddling Prince

Bruce Springsteen

Born to Run

Kassia St. Clair

The Secret Lives of Color

Maggie Stiefvater

Raven Cycle

The Raven Boys (Book 1)

The Dream Thieves (Book 2)

Blue Lily, Lily Blue (Book 3)

The Raven King (Book 4)

Catherine Stock

Where Are You Going, Manyoni?

Cheryl Strayed

Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar




Emily Tesh

Silver in the Wood

J.R.R. Tolkien

Lord of the Rings

The Hobbit

The Fellowship of the Ring (Book 1)

The Two Towers (Book 2)

Jessica Townsend


Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow (Book 1)

Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow (Book 2)

Victoria Turnbull (illus.)


Erica Simone Turnipseed

A Love Noire


Myron Uhlberg

The Sound of All Things

— illus. by Ted Papoulas


Alexander Vance

Behind the Canvas

Jules Verne

Journey to the Center of the Earth


Nayyirah Waheed


Jesmyn Ward

Sing, Unburied, Sing

Brent Weeks

Night Angel

Perfect Shadow (Book 0)

The Way of Shadows (Book 1)

Shadow’s Edge (Book 2)

Beyond the Shadows (Book 3)

Ellis Weiner

Templeton Twins

The Templeton Twins Have an Idea (Book 1)

Andy Weir

The Martian

H.G. Wells

The Invisible Man

Martha Wells

Murderbot Diaries (Book 1)

All Systems Red

Joseph M. Williams

Style: The Basics of Clarity and Grace

David Wiesner


Christa Wojciechowski


Sick (Book 1)

Richard Wright

Native Son



Rick Yancey


The Monstrumologist (Book 1)

The Curse of the Wendigo (Book 2)

J.Y. Yang


The Black Tides of Heaven (Book 1)

The Red Threads of Fortune (Book 2)

Adrienne Young

Sky in the Deep


Germano Zullo

Sky High

— illus. by Albertine