List of Featured Books

*Scroll down for children’s books.

Aptowicz, Cristin O’Keefe—Dr. Mutter’s Marvels (Review & Comments)
Genre: Creative nonfiction

Atkinson, KateLife After Life: A Novel (Comments)
Genre: Literary Fiction

Austen, Jane (Genre: Classic)

Awad, Amal—Courting Samira (Review)
Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Women’s Fiction, Chick Lit

Bracy, Kate—That Crazy Little Thing (Comments)
Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Women’s Fiction

Brontë, Charlotte (Genre: Classic)—

Brontë, Emily (Genre: Classic soap opera)— Wuthering Heights (Final Comments)

Carvajal, Doreen—The Forgetting River: A Modern Tale of Survival, Identity, and the Inquisition (Review); Subject: Non-fiction, Memoir, Genealogy.

Dennard, Susan— (Genre: Young Adult/Paranormal Historical Fiction)

  • Something Strange and Deadly (Book 1) (Review & Mentioned)
  • A Darkness Strange and Lovely (Book 2) (Review)

Doerr, Anthony — The Shell Collector (Comments)
Genre: Short story collection (Fiction)

Donoghue, Emma—Frog Music (historical fiction) (Review)

Donohue, Meg—How to Eat a Cupcake (Review)
Genre: Chick Lit, Women’s Fiction

Dunn, Sarah—The Big Love (Comments)
Genre: Chick Lit

Fadiman, Anne—The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down (Discussion)
Subject: Non-fiction, Cultural interaction

Fullbright, Lee—The Angry Woman Suite (Review)
Genre: Literary Fiction, Historical Fiction

Gaskell, Elizabeth—North and South (Comments)
Genre: Classic, Victorian Literature

Gawande, Atul Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End (Comments & Review); Genre: Nonfiction

Geary, Debora—A Modern Witch Series (4 books)
Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Young Adult

  •  A Modern Witch (Book 1) (Discussion)
  • A Hidden Witch (Book 2) (Review)
  • A Reckless Witch (Book 3) (Comments)
  • I have read, but have not reviewed, the final book in this series, A Nomadic Witch.  

Gordon, Leslie A.—Cheer: A Novel (Review)
Genre: General Fiction, Women’s Fiction

Harbison, Beth—When in Doubt, Add Butter (Review)
Genre: Chick Lit, Women’s Fiction

Hilderbrand, Elin — Beautiful Day: A Novel (Comments)
Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Women’s Fiction, Chick Lit

Jonasson, Jonas—The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared (Review); Genre: General fiction

Joyce, Rachel—
Genre: General Fiction, Literary Fiction

  • Perfect: A Novel (Review)
  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry (Review)

King, Anna (Josephine Carr)—Adele (The Rabbi’s Mother: Book One) (Review)
Genre: Paranormal Mystery

Ledbetter, Lilly (with Lanier Scott Isom)—Grace and Grit: My Fight for Equal Pay and Fairness at Goodyear and Beyond (Review); Genre: Memoir

Lederer, Richard—Crazy English (Discussion)
Subject: Non-fiction, English language, grammar

Levesque, Richard—Take Back Tomorrow (Review)
Genre: Science Fiction

Livesey, Margot—The Flight of Gemma Hardy (Review)
Genre: Re-telling of Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre

Lockhart, E.—We Were Liars (Review)
Genre: Young Adult

Mattioli, Grace—Olive Branches Don’t Grow On Trees (Comments/Review); Genre: Contemporary Fiction

McCarthy, Roy—Barry (Comments)
Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Mehta, Rahul—Quarantine: Stories (Review)
Genre: Short Stories; Contemporary Fiction

Mercer, Libby—Fashioning A Romance (Review)
Genre: Chick Lit

Miller, Jennifer—The Year of the Gadfly (Review)
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Fiction

Morgenstern, Erin—The Night Circus (Review)
Genre: Historical Fantasy

Mukherjee, Siddhartha — The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer (Comments); Genre: Creative nonfiction

Naigle, Nancy—Sweet Tea & Secrets (Review & Comments)
Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Women’s Fiction, Chick Lit

Ólafsdóttir, Auður Ava— Butterflies in November (Review)
Genre: Fiction

Peterfreund, Diana For Darkness Shows the Stars (Review & Comments)
Genre: Young Adult; Sci-Fi Lite

Pogrebin, Abigail—One and the Same (Discussion); Subject: Non-fiction, Memoir, Twins

Quinn, Ryan—The Fall (Review & Discussion)
Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Reichs, Kerry—Best Day of Someone Else’s Life (Discussion)
Genre: Chick Lit

Reichs, Kerry—What You Wish For (Discussion)
Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Women’s Fiction, Chick Lit

Rogers, Nicholas—Halloween: From Pagan Ritual to Party Night (Comments)
Genre: Nonfiction

Rowell, Rainbow—

  • Attachments (Discussion) (Genre: Romantic comedy)
  • Fangirl (Review) (Genre: Young Adult)

Sampson, Scott—Dinosaur Odyssey: Fossil Threads in the Web of Life (Review)
Genre: Nonfiction

Scaletti, Nina—A Bitter Spring (Review)
Genre: General Fiction, Young Adult (high school+)

Shreve, Anita—Strange Fits of Passion (Review)
Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Women’s Fiction

Smith, Alexis—Glaciers (Review)
Genre: Fiction

Somerville, Patrick—The Cradle (Review)
Genre: Literary Fiction, Contemporary Fiction

St. Aubyn, Edward—Lost for Words (Comments)
Genre: Comic fiction

Stork, Francisco X.—Marcelo in the Real World (Review)
Genre: Young Adult

Strayed, Cheryl:

Stuart, Julia—The Tower, The Zoo, and The Tortoise (Review & Comments)
Genre: General Fiction, Literary Fiction

Sullivan, J. Courtney—The Commencement (Review)
Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Women’s Fiction, Chick Lit

Tartt, Donna—The Goldfinch (Review)
Genre: Literary Fiction

Tey, Josephine—The Daughter of Time (Review)
Genre: Historical fiction, Detective Fiction

Venetta, Dianne—Jennifer’s Garden (Discussion)
Genre: Romance, Women’s Fiction, Chick Lit

Vonnegut, Kurt—Kurt Vonnegut: Letters (Comments, Comments, and More Comments)
Subject: Non-fiction

Vonnegut, Kurt—Slaughterhouse Five (Discussion & Comment)
Genre: Classic, Sci Fi

Weiner, Jennifer—

  • Then Came You (Review); Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Chick Lit
  • Good in Bed (Comments & More Comments); Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Chick Lit

Weir, Andy—The Martian (Review)
Genre: Science Fiction

Yalom, Irvin—Staring at the Sun: Overcoming the Terror of Death (Review)
Genre: Nonfiction

BOOKS FOR CHILDREN (Toddler Through Middle Grade):

Baker, Keith—No Two Alike (Comments)
Genre: Children’s Book-Toddler

Bannerman, Helen—Little Black Sambo (Comments)
Genre: (Antiquated) Children’s Book (toddler)

Erdrich, Louise—Chickadee (Comments/Review)
Genre: Historical fiction/Middle Grade

Gervais, Bernadette & Francesco Pittau, Birds of a Feather (Comments)
Children’s Book: Toddler/Elementary School Level

Johnson, CrockettHarold and the Purple Crayon (Comments)
Genre: Children’s book (toddler)

Kroll, Virginia (illustrated by Elisabeth Schlossberg)— On the Way to Kindergarten (Comments); Genre: Children’s Book, Ideal for kids for their 5th birthday

Lipp, Frederick—Tea Leaves (Review)
Genre: Children’s book (elementary school)

Lowry, Amy—Fox Tails: Four Fables from Aesop (Review)
Genre: Children’s Book (elementary school)

Lowry, Lois—The Giver (Comments)
Genre: Young Adult/Pre-teen

McDonnell, Patrick—The Gift of Nothing (Discussion)
Genre: Children’s Book (toddler, elementary school)

Muth, Jon J.—Zen Shorts (Review)
Genre: Children’s Book (elementary school)

Obama, Barack (illustrated by Loren Long)—Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters (Discussion); Genre: Children’s Books (elementary school)

O’Connor, Jane—Fancy Nancy (Discussion)
Genre: Children’s Books; Ages 4+

Parnell, Peter & Richardson, Justin (illustrated by Henry Cole)—And Tango Makes Three (Discussion); Genre: Children’s Book (toddler, elementary school)

Parr, Todd—

Picoult, Jodi & Samantha Van Leer—Between the Lines (Review & Comment)
Genre: Young Adult/Pre-teen

Polacco, Patricia The Butterfly (Comments)
Genre: Children’s Book (older elementary school)

Rex, Adam—Pssst! (Discussion)
Genre: Children’s Book (toddler, elementary school)

Reynolds, Peter H.—The Dot (Discussion)
Genre: Children’s Book (elementary school)

Sachar, Louis:

  • Sideways Stories from Wayside School & Wayside School Is Falling Down (Comments)
  • Wayside School Gets a Little Stranger (Comments)

Sendak, Maurice—Where the Wild Things Are (Comments)

Silverstein, Shel—The Giving Tree (Comments)

Ursu, AnneBreadcrumbs (Middle Grade Fiction) (Review)

Wiesner, David—Art & Max (Comments)
Genre: Children’s Book (toddler, elementary school)

Wiesner, David—Flotsam (Comments)
Genre: Children’s Book (toddler, elementary school)


  1. great blog! I’d recommend E.M Forster’s Howards End for a interesting discussion of property law in the Edwardian Britain of rigid social codes and anxiety on the Empire…. if you ever have a moment spare!

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