Books Reviewed (Alphabetically by Genre)

Children’s Books

Mix It Up! by Herve Tullet


Dystopian fiction

The Here and Now by Ann Brasheres

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Ninth Orphan by James and Lance Morcan

The Orphan Factory by James and Lance Morcan

Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton

Thugbook by C.J. West

IA: Initiate by John Darryl Winston


Historical fiction

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

A Sparrow in Terezin by Kristy Cambron

A Stopover in Venice by Kathryn Walker

The Bells by Richard Harvell

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The Butterfly and the Violin by Kristy Cambron

Clara and Mr. Tiffany by Susan Vreeland

Doomsday Book by Connie Willis

The Forgotten Room by Karen White, Beatriz Williams, and Lauren Willig

The Girls at the Kingfisher Club by Genevieve Valentine

Girl With a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier

Lisette’s List by Susan Vreeland

My Mother’s Secret by J.L. Witterick

The Postmistress by Sarah Blake

Push Not the River by James Conroyd Martin

Sarah’s Key by Tatiana De Rosnay

The Spaghetti Set: Family Served Italian Style by Rose Marie Boyd

The Truth According to Us by Annie Barrows

Wake by Anna Hope

When We Were Strangers by Pamela Schoenewaldt


Mainstream Fiction

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

Hello from the Gillespies by Monica McInerney

I Am the Lion by Andew Toy

House of Echoes by Brendan Duffy

The House We Grew Up In by Lisa Jewell

The Lake Season by Hannah McKinnon

My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman

The Returned by Jason Mott

Things You Won’t Say by Sarah Pekkanen

The Watchman by Matt Langford

The Wonders by Paddy O’Reilly



Ashes Ashes, The Twins Fall Down by Pauline L. Hawkins

A Widow’s Story: A Memoir by Joyce Carol Oates

Breaking the Code by Karen Fisher-Alaniz

Defending A King: His Life and Legacy by Dr. Karen Moriarty

Do the KIND Thing by Daniel Lubetzky

Elizabeth and Hazel: Two Women of Little Rock by David Margolick

Jonestown Survivor: An Insider’s Look by Laura Johnston Kohl

Julie & Julia: 365 days, 524 recipes, 1 tiny apartment kitchen by Julie Powell

Making Toast by Roger Rosenblatt

May This Be the Best Year of Your Life by Sandra Bornstein

My Lucky Life In and Out of Show Business by Dick Van Dyke

Sammy Knows It All by Dave Constance

The Secrets of Carriage H by Andrew Rosenheim

The Spoon from Minkowitz by Judith Fein

Stories in Uniform: A Look at the Heroics, Sacrifices, and Triumphs of Our Soldiers by multiple authors


Middle Grade

Alistair Grim’s Odditorium by Gregory Funaro

Billy Cooper’s Awesome Nightmare by Penny Estelle

Campfire Crisis by Blake Hoena

Flash to the Past; Bumped Back in Time; Riches to Rags by Penny Estelle

The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm

Fuzzy Mud by Louis Sachar

Greek Mythology’s Adventures of Perseus by Blake Hoena

Hike Up Devil’s Mountain by Penny Estelle

Keegan’s Point by HD Smith

The Mark of the Dragonfly by Jaleigh Johnson

Mister Max: The Book of Lost Things by Cynthia Voigt

Mister Max: The Book of Kings by Cynthia Voigt

Northwood by Brian Falkner

Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy by Karen Foxlee

Poached by Stuart Gibb

Ride of a Lifetime: Book Two of The Wickware Sagas by Penny Estelle

Tesla’s Attic by Neal Shusterman and Eric Elfman

Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage

The Witch’s Boy by Kelly Barnhill



The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

I’ll Walk Alone by Mary Higgins Clark

The Halingsford Murders by Lili Evans

The One You Fear by Paul Pilkington

The One You Love by Paul Pilkington

The One You Trust by Paul Pilkington

View from the Sixth Floor by Elizabeth Horton-Newton



The Art of Arranging Flowers by Lynne Branard

The Book of Summers by Emylia Hall


Science Fiction/Fantasy/Paranormal

A Memory of Light by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson

Between Night and Mourning by Kat Kirst

Brisingr by Christopher Paolini

Coaptation by Timothy H. Cook

Far Far Away by Tom McNeal

Laminar Flow by Timothy H. Cook

The Murder of Adam and Eve by William Dietrich

Turbulence and Restoration by Timothy H. Cook

Remember Me by Brian L. MacLearn

The Revelation Gate by Brian Thompson

Towers of Midnight by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson



E-learning 101 by Dr. Liz Hardy

Organize Your Life and More by Christina Scalise


Short stories

“At What Price?” by P.A. Estelle

Manhattan Mayhem edited by Mary Higgins Clark

“Missing Rib” by Alex Clermont

Breaking News by Shirani Rajapakse

Flash Fiction International: Very Short Fiction from Around the World Anthology edited by Christopher Merrill, et. al

Ford County by John Grisham


South Asian Fiction

The Book of Answers by C.Y. Gopinath

Born Confused by Tanuja Desai Hidier

The Calligrapher’s Daughter by Eugenia Kim

Duty Free by Moni Mohsin

Enchanting Lily by Anjali Banerjee

The Folded Earth by Anuradha Roy

The Frangipani Hotel by Violet Kupersmith

Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok

Imaginary Men by Anjali Banerjee

The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri

Oleander Girl by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid

The Reluctant Matchmaker by Shobhan Bantwal

Saving Fish from Drowning by Amy Tan

The Silent and the Lost by A. Zubair

Sisters of the Sari by Brenda L. Baker

Story Wallah: Short Fiction from South Asian Writers edited by Shyam Selvadurai

Sunlit Hearts by Meenu Mehrotra

Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri

The Unexpected Son by Shobhan Bantwal

The World We Found by Thrity Umrigar



The Breath of Allah by Steven W. Ritcheson

Bubble by Anders de la Motte

Buzz by Anders de la Motte

The Confession by John Grisham

Doing Harm by Kelly Parsons

Eeny Meeny by M.J. Arlidge

Game by Anders de la Motte

The Girl With No Past by Kathryn Croft

The Great Zoo of China by Matthew Reilly

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

The Inheritance by Simon Tolkien

The Last McKenzie by Kirk Ross (pre-publication review)

The Racketeer by John Grisham

Sycamore Row by John Grisham

The Trust by Norb Vonnegut

The Truth and Other Lies by Sascha Arango

Water’s Edge by Barry Silverstein


Women’s fiction

After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid

All You Could Ask For by Mike Greenberg

At the Water’s Edge by Sara Gruen

Between You and Me Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus

Chocolat by Joanne Harris

Cracks in the Sidewalk by Bette L. Crosby

Cross the Line by Rie McGaha

Cupid’s Christmas by Bette Lee Crosby

Five Days by Douglas Kennedy

The Happy Hour Choir by Sally Kilpatrick

The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

Inside the O’Briens by Lisa Genova

The Life Intended by Kristen Harmel

The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards

The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald

The Same Sky by Amanda Eyre Ward

The She Stands Alone by Nadine Keels

The Sound of Glass by Karen White

Spare Change by Bette Lee Crosby

The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen

Sweet Misfortune by Kevin Alan Milne

Then and Always by Dani Atkins

The Third Wife by Lisa Jewell

Three Stages of Amazement by Carol Edgarian

The Twelfth Child by Bette Lee Crosby

The Wedding Writer by Susan Schneider

What Was Mine by Helen Klein Ross

Your Perfect Life by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke

You Never Know by Lilian Duval


Young Adult

Awake by Natasha Preston

A Whole New World by Liz Braswell

Beyond the Last Star: A Novella by R.G. Howard

The Body in the Woods by April Henry

The Cost of Living Forever by Kat Kirst

Gabriel Finley and the Raven’s Riddle by George Hagen

The Hunger Pains by The Harvard Lampoon

I’m Not Her by Janet Gurtler

Karmack by J.C. Whyte

The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

Material Girls by Elaine Dimopoulous

The Obsidian Mask by Caroline Ludovici

Palace of Spies by Sarah Zettel

Secrets of the River by Caroline Ludovici

Since You’ve Been Gone by Mary Jennifer Payne

Some Kind of Magic by Adrian Fogelin

Spain or Shine by Michelle Jellen

Surviving My Family by Kat Kirst

This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

Those Girls by Lauren Saft

The Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer

The Vault of Dreamers by Caragh M. O’Brien

We Are the Goldens by Dana Reinhardt

When by Victoria Laurie

Wish by Beth Bracken and Kay Fraser; illustrated by Odessa Sawyer

Words and Their Meanings by Kate Bassett

The Writer by Emily Sun Li

The Young World by Chris Weitz

Zac and Mia by A. J. Betts

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