Book Reviews

A

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie4.5 stars

We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie5 stars

The Power by Naomi Alderman4 stars


B

Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardguo5 stars

A Girl Like That by Tanaz Bhathena – 3.5 stars

Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo – 3.5 stars

Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman – 3.5 stars

The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne – 3 stars

Red Rising by Pierce Brown (Red Rising #1) – 5 stars

Golden Son by Pierce Brown (Red Rising #2) – 4.5 stars

Morning Star by Pierce Brown (Red Rising #3) – 5 stars

Red Rising trilogy by Pierce Brown (overall trilogy review) – 5 stars


C

A Heart in a Body in the World by Deb Caletti (mini audiobook review) – 5 stars

Hunger by Lan Samantha Chang4 stars

Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky – 5 stars

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie – 5 stars

The Belles by Dhionne Clayton – 2.5 stars

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline3 stars

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates (Discussion) – 5 stars

The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates – 3 stars

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch4 stars

Columbine by Dave Cullen4 stars


D

The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant – 3.5 stars

The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen – 4.5 stars

Untamed by Glennon Doyle4 stars

Sabrina by Nick Drnaso4.5 stars


E

The Measure of My Powers: a Memoir of Food, Misery, and Paris by Jackie Kai Ellis (mini review)4 stars

This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone – 3 stars


F

Postcards from the Edge by Carrie Fisher (mini audiobook review) 4 stars

Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moïra Fowley-Doyle4 stars

I Killed Zoe Spanos by Kit Frick (mini review) – 4 stars

The Boy in the Suitcase by Agnete Friis and Lene Kaaberbøl (mini review) – 3.5 stars


G

American Gods by Neil Gaiman4 stars

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman (mini review) – 3 stars

Caraval by Stephanie Garber – 2.5 stars

The Moment of Lift by Melinda Gates5 stars

Not That Bad edited by Roxane Gay (mini audiobook review) – 5 stars

Hunger: a memoir of (my) body by Roxane Gay (mini audiobook review) – 5 stars

Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay (mini review) – 4 stars

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi (mini review) – 5 stars


H

Between You and Me by Lisa Hall – 2.5 stars

Slide by Jill Hathaway3 stars

Her Royal Highness by Rachel Hawkins (mini review) – 4.5 stars

The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchinson4 stars


I

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro – 5 stars


J

Ayesha at Last by Ayesha Jalaluddin (mini review) – 5 stars

The Most Dangerous Place on Earth by Lindsey Lee Johnson4 stars

The Uninvited by Liz Jensen2 stars

The Only Girl in the World by Maude Julien (mini review) – 4.5 stars


K

The Midnight Dance by Nikki Katz – 1 star

Say Nothing by Patrick Radden Keefe (mini review) – 5 stars

Into the Wild by John Krakauer (Book vs. Movie)

milk and honey by Rupi Kaur – 3 stars

the sun and her flowers by Rupi Kaur 4.5 stars

A Rant: “Millennial Bait” (related to the sun and her flowers)

The Poppy War by RF. Kuang (mini review) – 5 stars

The Translation of Love by Lynne Kutsukake – 3 stars


L

The Flappers Trilogy by Jillian Larkin3 stars

  • Vixen: 4 stars
  • Ingenue: 3 stars
  • Diva: 2 stars

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee4.5 stars

The Downstairs Girl by Stacy Lee (mini audiobook review) – 3.5 stars

Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand – 3.5 stars

Every Day by David Levithan – 5 stars

Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn – 3.5 stars

Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim5 stars

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart – 3.5 stars


M

Heart Berries by Terese Marie Mailhot (mini audiobook review) – 4 stars

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel (mini review) – 5 stars

Moxie by Jenifer Mathieu4.5 stars

The One by John Marrs (mini review) – 4.5 stars

The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee (mini review) – 2.5 stars

The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis – 5 stars

One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus – 3 stars

Red, White, & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston (mini review) 4.5 stars

Stay Gold by Tobly McSmith – 2 stars

She Would be King by Wayétu Moore (mini review) – 5 stars

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern5 stars

The Dog Who Wouldn’t Be by Farley Mowat

1Q84 by Haruki Murakami – 4 stars – coming soon!

Hear the Wind Sing (the Rat #1) by Haruki Murakami – 3 stars

Pinball, 1973 (the Rat #2) by Haruki Murakami – 3.5 stars


N

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness (mini review) – 4 stars

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng – 5 stars

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng (mini review) – 5 stars


O

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver (Book vs. Movie)

Broken Things by Lauren Oliver – 3.5 stars

The Lonely Hearts Hotel by Heather O’Neil3.5 stars

Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi – 3 stars

A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki – unrated


P

Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk (Book vs. Movie)

Night Film by Marisha Pessl3 stars

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath (mini review)5 stars

Exit the Actress by Priya Parmar4 stars


Q

Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick – 3.75 stars


R

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid5 stars

Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney4 stars

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell – 2 stars

My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell – 4 stars


S

Persepolis: the Story of Childhood by Marjane Satrapi (mini review)5 stars

Text me When You Get Home by Kayleen Schaefer (mini audiobook review) – 3.5 stars

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab4 stars

A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab – 2 stars

A Conjuring of Light by V.E Schwab – 3 stars

Shanghai Girls by Lisa See4.5 stars

Dreams by Joy by Lisa See4.5 stars

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See3.5 stars

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys (mini review) – 4.5 stars

The Subtweet by Vivek Shraya5 stars

The Story of Beautiful Girl by Rachel Simon – 3.5 stars

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith – 4 stars – coming soon!

Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder – 5 stars

The Raven Cycle by Maggie Steifvater

  • The Raven Boys – 4.5 stars
  • The Dream Thieves – 4.5 stars
  • Blue Lily, Lily Blue – 4 stars
  • The Raven King – 4.5 stars

The Help by Kathryn Stockett – 3.5 stars


T

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt – 5 stars

The Secret History by Donna Tartt – 4 stars

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor 4.5 stars

Nothing by Janne Teller – 5 stars

I Hope We Choose Love by Kai Cheng Thom – 3.5 stars

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas5 stars

Women Talking by Miriam Toews – 3.5 stars

The 7 & 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton – 3.5 stars


U

Check, Please! by Ngozi Ukazu (mini review) – 5 stars


W

The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls – 5 stars

Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware (mini review) – 4 stars

Educated by Tara Westover (mini review) – 4.5 stars


Y

The Lost Girls by Heather Young4 stars


Other

Reviewing every book I read in 2019


Three DNF Reviews

  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle
  • The Girls by Emma Cline
  • The Realm of Possibility by David Levithan

Three reviews of three star books

  • The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline B. Cooney
  • The Dinner by Herman Koch
  • The Collector by John Fowles

2020 non-fiction mini reviews

  • Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer: 4.5 stars
  • So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo: 5 stars
  • Catch and Kill by Ronan Farrow: 5 stars
  • Buffy Sainte-Marie: the Authorized Biography by Andrea Warner: 4 stars
  • In Pieces by Sally Field: 4 stars
  • We Have Always Been Here by Samra Habib: 4.5 stars
  • Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde: 4 stars

Some glowing mini reviews of books I’ve loved recently (2020)

  • Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel: 5 stars
  • Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin: 5 stars
  • Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim: 5 stars
  • Check, Please! by Ngozi Ukazu: 5 stars
  • Her Royal Highness by Rachel Hawkins: 4.5 stars

January-April 2020 Mini Reviews

  • Fall On Your Knees by Anne-Marie MacDonald: 4 stars
  • Wilder Girls by Rory Power: 4 stars
  • The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline: 4 stars
  • Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado: 4.5 stars
  • Vita Nostra by the Dyachenkos: 4 stars
  • Middlegame by Seanan McGuire: 5 stars
  • Bunny by Mona Awad: 4 stars
  • Moon of the Crusted Snow by Waubgeshig Rice: 4.5 stars

May-August 2020 Mini Reviews

  • Rust & Stardust by T. Greenwood: 4 stars
  • Necessary People by Anna Pitoniak: 4 stars
  • Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan: 4 stars
  • Big Water by Andrea Curtis: 3.5 stars
  • The Stone Collection by Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm: 3.5 stars
  • Kindred by Octavia E. Butler: 5 stars
  • We Are Okay by Nina LaCour: 4.5 stars
  • Blood is Another Word for Hunger by Rivers Solomon: 3.5 stars
  • You Deserve Each Other by Sarah Hogle: 3.5 stars
  • I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara: 5 stars

September-December 2020 Mini Reviews

  • The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker: 4 stars
  • Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds: 4 stars
  • Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: 4 stars
  • I Wish You All the Best by Mason Deaver: 4.5 stars
  • Shut Up, You’re Pretty by Téa Mutonji: 4.5 stars
  • Radio Silence by Alice Oseman: 4.5 stars
  • The Majesties by Tiffany Tsao: 4 stars

Let me know below if you have any recommendations! xx


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