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.


Katherine Addison

The Goblin Emperor ★★★★★

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

The Lady in the Coppergate Tower (Book 3) ★★☆☆☆ ½
— narr. by Elizabeth Knowelden

Brass Carriages and Glass Hearts (Book 4) ★★☆☆☆

Sarah Addison Allen

Waverley Family

Garden Spells (Book 1) ★★★★☆ ½

First Frost (Book 2) ★★★★★

Natalie C. Anderson

City of Saints & Thieves ★★★☆☆ ½

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) ★☆☆☆☆ ½

Katherine Arden

Winternight Trilogy

The Bear and the Nightingale ★★☆☆☆ ½

Alexia Arthurs

How to Love a Jamaican ★★★☆☆ ½

Jane Austen

Pride and Prejudice ★★☆☆☆


Dale Bailey

In the Night Wood ★★★★☆ ½

Muriel Barbery

The Life of Elves ★★☆☆☆ ½

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 ★★★☆☆

Sophie Blackall (illus.)

Hello Lighthouse ★★★★★

Sage Blackwood


Jinx (Book 1) ★★★☆☆

Enid Blyton

Faraway Tree

The Enchanted Wood (Book 1) ★★☆☆☆ ½
— illus. by Jan McCafferty

Oyinkan Braithwaite

My Sister, the Serial Killer ★★★★☆

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) ★★★★☆ ½

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

Forever in Blue: The Fourth Summer of the Sisterhood (Book 4) ★★★★☆
— narr. by Angela Goethals

Libba Bray

The Diviners

The Diviners (Book 1) ★★★★★

Lair of Dreams (Book 2) ★★★★★

Fanny Britt (illus.)

Jane, the Fox, and Me ★★★☆☆

Charlotte Brontë

Jane Eyre ★★★★☆ ½

Terry Brooks


The Sword of Shannara (Book 1) ☆☆☆☆☆ DNF

Dan Brown

Robert Langdon

Angels & Demons (Book 1) ★★★☆☆

The Da Vinci Code (Book 2) ★★★☆☆

Lois McMaster Bujold

Chalion/World of the Five Gods

The Curse of Chalion (Book 1) ★★★★★

Shaun Bythell

The Diary of a Bookseller ★★★★☆ ½


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) ★★★☆☆ ½

John Carreyrou

Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup ★★★★☆ ½

Randy Cecil (illus.)

Lucy ★★★☆☆ ½

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 ★★☆☆☆ ½

Dhonielle Clayton


The Belles (Book 1) ★★☆☆☆ ½

Billy Coffey

The Curse of Crow Hollow ★★★★☆ ½

Alyssa Cole

Reluctant Royals

A Duke by Default (Book 2) ★★★☆☆ ½

Henry Cole (illus.)

Spot the Cat

Spot, the Cat (Book 1) ★★★★☆

Spot & Dot (Book 2) ★★★★☆

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) ★★★☆☆ ½

Comet Rising (Book 2) ★★☆☆☆ ½

Joseph Conrad

Heart of Darkness ★★★★★

Justin Cronin

The Passage

The Passage (Book 1) ★★★☆☆
— narr. by Scott Brick, Abby Craden, and Adenrele Ojo

Angie Cruz

Soledad ★★★☆☆ ½

Dominicana ★★★☆☆ ½

Mason Currey

Daily Rituals: How Artists Work ★★★★☆

Charles Curtis

Weirdo Academy

The Accidental Quarterback (Book 1) ☆☆☆☆☆ DNF


Juliet Dark

— see Carol Goodman

Indra Das

The Devourers ★★★☆☆

Charlotte Nicole Davis

Good Luck Girls

The Good Luck Girls (Book 1) ★★☆☆☆ ½

Melissa de la Cruz

Beauchamp Family

Witches of East End (Book 1) ★★☆☆☆ ½

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 Fall (Book 2) ★★☆☆☆ ½

The Shape of Water ★★★★★
— written with Daniel Kraus and illus. by James Jean

Nicole Dennis-Benn

Patsy ★★★★★

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 ★★★☆☆ ½

Warren Ellis

Normal ★★★★☆ ½

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 ★★★★☆ ½
— 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 ☆☆☆☆☆ DNF

Jonathan French

Lot Lands

The Grey Bastards (Book 1) ☆☆☆☆☆ DNF

Nicci French

Frieda Klein

Blue Monday (Book 1) ★★★☆☆
— narr. by Beth Chalmers

Gregory Funaro

Watch Hollow

Watch Hollow (Book 1) ★★★★★


Stephanie Garber


Caraval (Book 1) ★☆☆☆☆ ½

Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Caster Chronicles

Beautiful Creatures (Book 1) ★★★☆☆

Jennifer Giesbrecht

Monster of Elendhaven ★★☆☆☆ ½

Clive Gifford

The Colors of History: How Colors Shaped the World ★★★★★
— illus. by Marc-Étienne Peintre

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) ★★★☆☆ ½

Carol Goodman

Fairwick Chronicles
— written under the pseudonym, Juliet Dark

The Demon Lover (Book 1) ★★★☆☆

The Water Witch (Book 2) ★★☆☆☆ ½

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 ★★☆☆☆

Guojing (illus.)

The Only Child ★★★★☆ ½

Yaa Gyasi

Homegoing ★★★★★


H. Rider Haggard

She ★★☆☆☆

Edith Hamilton

Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes ★★★☆☆

Vashti Hardy


Brightstorm: A Sky-Ship Adventure (Book 1) ★★★☆☆
— illus. by George Ermos

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 ★★☆☆☆ ½

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

Horrorstör ★★★☆☆ ½
— illus. by Michael Rogalski


The Madness of Cambyses ★★☆☆☆ ½
— transl. by Tom Holland

Robin Hobb

The Inheritance ★★★☆☆
— with Megan Lindholm

Realm of the Elderlings (made up of the trilogies & quartet below)

The Wilful Princess and the Piebald Prince (Book 0) ★★★★★


Assassin’s Apprentice (Book 1) ★★★★★

Royal Assassin (Book 2) ★★★★★

Assassin’s Quest (Book 3) ★★★★☆ ½

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) ★★★☆☆ ½

Dragon Haven (Book 2) ★★★☆☆ ½

City of Dragons (Book 3) ★★★★☆ ½

Blood of Dragons (Book 4) ★★★★☆

Fitz and the Fool

Fool’s Assassin (Book 1) ★★★☆☆ ½

Fool’s Quest (Book 2) ★★★☆☆ ½

Assassin’s Fate (Book 3) ★★★★☆ ½

Chuck Hogan

The Strain (written with Guillermo del Toro)

The Strain (Book 1) ★★★★★

The Fall (Book 2) ★★☆☆☆ ½

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) ★★★★☆ ½

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) ★★☆☆☆ ½

E.L. James

Fifty Shades

Fifty Shades of Grey (Book 1) ★★☆☆☆

Marlon James

Dark Star

Black Leopard, Red Wolf (Book 1) ★★★☆☆ ½

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 ★★☆☆☆ ½

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) ★★★★★

Providence ★★★★★

Stephen King

Carrie ★★★☆☆

‘Salem’s Lot ★★★★★

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft ★★★★★

The Shining ★★★★★

The Stand ★☆☆☆☆ ½

T. Kingfisher

The Twisted Ones ★★★☆☆

Austin Kleon

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

Elise Kova

Air Awakens

Air Awakens (Book 1) ★☆☆☆☆ DNF

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 (illus.)

Armstrong: The Adventurous Journey of a Mouse to the Moon ★★★☆☆ ½


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 ★★★☆☆ ½

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) ★★★☆☆

Charlie Mackesy (illus.)

The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse ★★☆☆☆

Beth Macy

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

Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi

Kintu ★★★★★

Gregory Manchess (illus.)

Above the Timberline ★★★☆☆

Emily St. John Mandel

Station Eleven ★★★★☆ ½

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 ★★★☆☆
— illus. by Luis Royo

Alyssa Mastromonaco

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

Kwame Mbalia

Tristan Strong

Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky (Book 1) ★★★☆☆

Anne McCaffrey

Dragonriders of Pern

Dragonflight (Book 1) ★★☆☆ ½

Colum McCann

Letters to a Young Writer: Some Practical and Philosophical Advice ★★★★★

Tiffany McDaniel

The Summer That Melted Everything ★★★☆ ½

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) ★★☆☆ ½

Cress (Book 3) ★★☆☆ ½

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) ☆☆☆☆ DNF

Liz Moore

Long Bright River ★★★★☆

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 ☆☆☆☆ DNF


Patrick Ness

The Rest of Us Just Live Here ★★★

Celeste Ng

Little Fires Everywhere ★★★★☆ ½

James Nicol

The Apprentice Witch ★★★

Trevor Noah

Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood ★★★★☆ ½

Mary Norris

Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen ★★★★☆

B.J. Novak

The Book With No Pictures ★★★★★

Chase Novak

Breed: A Novel ★★★


Michelle Obama

Becoming ★★★★☆

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

Helen Oyeyemi

Boy, Snow, Bird

Ruth Ozeki

A Time Code ★★★★☆ ½


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) ★★★★☆ ½

Wolf-Speaker (Book 2) ★★★

Emperor Mage (Book 3) ★★★

The Realms of the Gods (Book 4) ★★☆☆☆ ½

Edgar Allan Poe

The Tell-Tale Heart ★★★★☆

Robert Pollock

World Religions ★★★

Ashley Poston


Geekerella (Book 1) ★★☆☆☆ ½

Terry Pratchett



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

Wyrd Sisters (D = Book 6; W = Book 2) ★★★

Sarah Prineas

Magic Thief

The Magic Thief (Book 1) ★★☆☆☆ ½


Joe Queenan

One for the Books ★★★


Sara Raasch

Snow Like Ashes

Snow Like Ashes (Book 1) ★★★

Leah Raeder

Unteachable ★★★★★

Lauren Redniss (illus.)

Thunder & Lightning: Weather Past, Present, Future ★★★★★

C.J. Redwine


The Shadow Queen (Book 1) ★★★

Ruth Reichl

Delicious! ★★☆

Jason Rekulak

The Impossible Fortress ★★☆☆☆ ½

Ransom Riggs

Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Book 1) ★★☆☆☆ ½

Rick Riordan

Percy Jackson and the Olympians

The Lightning Thief (Book 1) ★★☆☆☆ ¾
— narr. by Jesse Bernstein

The Sea of Monsters (Book 2) ★★★
— narr. by Jesse Bernstein

The Titan’s Curse (Book 3) ★★★★☆

The Battle of the Labyrinth (Book 4) ★★★★☆ ½

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) ★★★

Mike Rowe

The Way I Heard It ★★★☆☆ ½

Rainbow Rowell

Fangirl ★★★

J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter

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

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone ★★★☆☆ ½
— 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 ★★★☆☆ ½
— 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 (illus.)

The River ★★★★☆

Francesca Sanna (illus.)

The Journey ★★★★★

Derry Sandy

Greyborn Rising ★★☆☆☆ ¾

Gavriel Savit

Anna and the Swallow Man ★★★★☆

Stacy Schiff

The Witches: Salem, 1692 ☆☆☆☆ DNF
— narr. by Eliza Foss

V.E. Schwab


Vicious (Book 1) ★★★★☆ ½

David Sedaris

Holidays on Ice ★★★★☆

Brian Selznick (illus.)

The Invention of Hugo Cabret ★★★★☆

Nic Sheff

Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines ★★★☆☆ ½

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 ★★★★☆

Rivers Solomon

The Deep ★★☆☆☆ ½
— written with Daveed Diggs, William Hutson, Jonathan Snipes


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 (illus.)

Where Are You Going, Manyoni? ★★☆☆☆

Cheryl Strayed

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


Caligula ★★★☆☆ ½
— transl. by Robert Graves


Emily Tesh


Silver in the Wood (Book 1) ★★★☆☆ ½

J.R.R. Tolkien

Lord of the Rings

The Hobbit ★★★★★

The Fellowship of the Ring (Book 1) ★★★★☆

The Two Towers (Book 2) ★★☆☆☆ ½

Jessica Townsend


Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow (Book 1) ★★★★☆

Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow (Book 2) ★★★★★

Victoria Turnbull (illus.)

Pandora ★★☆☆☆ ½

Erica Simone Turnipseed

A Love Noire ★★★★☆


Myron Uhlberg (illus.)

The Sound of All Things ★★★★★
— illus. by Ted Papoulas


Alexander Vance

Behind the Canvas ★★☆☆☆ ½

J.D. Vance

Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis ★★★☆☆ ½

Jules Verne

Journey to the Center of the Earth ★★★★★


C.M. Waggoner

Unnatural Magic ★★★★☆

Nayyirah Waheed

salt. ★★★★★

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 ★★★★☆ ½

H.G. Wells

The Invisible Man ★★★★☆ ½

Martha Wells

Murderbot Diaries (Book 1)

All Systems Red ★★★★☆ ½

Joseph M. Williams

Style: The Basics of Clarity and Grace ★★★★★

David Wiesner (illus.)

Flotsam ★★★☆☆

Christa Wojciechowski


Sick (Book 1) ★★★☆☆ ½

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) ★★☆☆☆ ½

Adrienne Young

Sky in the Deep ★★★☆☆


Germano Zullo

Sky High ★★★★★
— illus. by Albertine