Books Reviewed A-Z


The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth by John Maxwell

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

A Dance With Dragons by George R.R. Martin

A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin

A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines

A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby

A Lovely, Indecent Departure by Steven Lee Gilbert

A Novel Bookstore by Laurence Cosse

A Whole New Mind by Daniel Pink

Academy 7 by Anna Osterlund

Acceptance by Jeff Vandermeer

Act Like a Leader, Think Like a Leader by Herminia Ibarra

The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson

Against Their Will by Greg Dober, Allen Hornblum, and Judith Newman

African Folktales by Roger Abraham

The Alexander Cipher by Will Adams

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

The Alliance by Reid Hoffman

Allegiant (Divergent #3) by Veronica Roth

American Gods by Neil Gaiman

American Indian Myths and Legends by Richard Erdoes

Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer

An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

Ask by Ryan Levesque

The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas

The Atlantis Code by Charles Brokaw

Authority by Jeff Vandermeer


Beloved by Toni Morrison

The Best American Non-Required Reading 2011 edited by Dave Eggers

Blackbirds by Chuck Wendig

Blindness by Jose Saramago

Blue Labyrinth by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

Bodies by Osmond Arnesto

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan

Bridge of Sighs by Richard Russo

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz


Captivate by Vanessa Van Edwards

Cascadia by H.W. Buzz Bernard

The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Chasing Relevance by Dan Negroni

Chasers of the Light by Tyler Knott Gregson

Children of Eden by Joey Graceffa

Chromosome 6 by Robin Cook

Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

The City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin

Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

The Club Dumas by Arturo Perez-River

Crashed by Robin Wasserman

The Creeps by Michael Connolly

Crimson Shore by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Crossed (Matched #2) by Ally Condie

Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2) by Sarah J. Maas

Cruel Crown by Victoria Aveyard

Cruel Love (Privilege #6) by Kate Brian

Crush It! by Gary Vaynerchuk

Cutting For Stone by Abraham Verghese


Dark Eden by Chris Beckett

The Death Cure by James Dashner

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Divergent by Veronica Roth

Dragon Teeth by Michael Crichton

Drive by Daniel Pink


The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery

Empire Falls by Richard Russo

Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass #5) by Sarah J. Maas

Endless by Kate Brian

Endymion by Dan Simmons

Eight Minutes by Lori Reisenbichler

The Evidence of Things Not Seen by James Baldwin

Evolution, Me and Other Freaks of Nature by Robin Brande

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

Ex-Mas by Kate Brian


The Fall by Chuck Hogan and Guillermo del Toro

The Fall of Hyperion by Dan Simmons

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Fear (Gone#5) by Michael Grant

The Fever Code by James Dashner

The Forgotten Room by Lincoln Child

The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz

Fragile Things by Neil Gaiman

Frazzled by Booki Vivat


Generation X by Douglas Coupland

The Genesis Secret by Tom Knox

Getting Things Done by David Allen

Getting to Yes by Roger Fisher and William Ury

Gideon’s Sword by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

The Girls by Emma Cline

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

Glass Sword (Red Queen #2) by Victoria Aveyard

The Gods of Second Chances by Dan Berne

Golden Son by Pierce Brown

The Go-Giver by Bob Burg and John David Mann

Grub by Elise Blackwell


The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling

The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers

Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3) by Sarah J. Maas

Heist Society by Ally Carter

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock

Hereafter (Shadowlands #2) by Kate Brian

The History of Love by Nicole Krauss

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

Hollow City by Ransom Riggs

The Honor Was Mine by Elizabeth Heaney

How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents by Julia Alvarez

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Hunt for Atlantis by Andy McDermott

Hyperion by Dan Simmons


Ignite Me (Shatter Me #3) by Tahereh Mafi

Inferno by Dan Brown

The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey

Insurgent (Divergent #2) by Veronica Roth

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

I Wrote This For You by Pleasefindthis


Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook by Gary Vaynerchuk

Jade Dragon Mountain by Elsa Hart

The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling


Kalahari by Jessica Khoury

The Kill Order by James Dashner

King’s Cage (Red Queen #3) by Victoria Aveyard

The Kraken Project by Douglas Preston


The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

The Last Star by Rick Yancey

The Leftovers by Tom Perrota

Legend by Marie Lu

Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle

Leviathan by Scott Westerfield

Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs

Light (Gone #6) by Michael Grant

The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman

The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupery

Lolita by Vladamir Nabokov

Looking for Alaska by John Green

The Lost City of the Monkey God by Douglas Preston

Love & Misadventure by Lang Leav

The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan

Lullabies by Lang Leav


The Madame by Julianna Baggott

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

Marbles by Ellen Forney

Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley

The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides

The Martian by Andy Weir

Matched by Ally Condie

The Maze Runner by James Dashner

Maus by Art Spiegelman

Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac by Gabrielle Zevin

Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

Mila 2.0 by Debra Driza

Mindset by Carol Dweck

The Miracle Morning for Real Estate Agents by Hal Elrod

The Miss America Family by Julianna Baggott

Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

The Moon is Down by John Steinbeck

Morning Star by Pierce Brown

My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me by Kate Bernheimer

My Name is Memory by Ann Brashares


The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

News of the World by Paulette Jiles

The Night Eternal by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah


The Obsidian Chamber by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

Ochoco Reach by Jim Stewart

On the Road by Jack Kerouac

One Day by David Nicholls

One Writer’s Beginnings by Eudora Welty

The Optimist’s Daughter by Eudora Welty

Origin by Jessica Khoury

Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood


Pandemonium (Delirium #2) by Lauren Oliver

Paper Towns by John Green

Perfected by Kate Jarvik Birch

The Perfectionists by Sara Shepherd

The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe

Plainsong by Kent Haruf

Playing With Dynamite by Sharon Harrigan

The Poe Shadow by Matthew Pearl

The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

Presence by Amy Cuddy

Primeval (Event Group #5) by David L. Golemon

Pure Sin (Privilege #5) by Kate Brian


Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass #4) by Sarah J. Maas


Reached (Matched #3) by Ally Condie

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Rejection Proof by Jia Jiang

The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Rise of Endymion by Dan Simmons

Roses by Leila Meacham

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion


The Sanctuary by Raymond Khoury

The Scorch Trials by James Dashner

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes

Shadowlands by Kate Brian

Shadows Cast By Stars by Catherine Knutsson

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

The Smart One by Jennifer Close

Stardust by Neil Gaiman

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

The Storyteller’s Secret by Carmine Gallo

The Strain by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan

The Success Principles by Jack Canfield

Sweet Deceit (Privilege #4) by Kate Brian

Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

Summer at Tiffany by Marjorie Hart


The Tale of the Body Thief (Vampire Chronicles #4) by Anne Rice

Thornhill by Kathleen Peacock

Throne of Glass by Sarah Maas

Tinkers by Paul Harding

The Twelve by Justin Cronin

Think and Grow Rich by Napolean Hill

Two Graves by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child

The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien


Under A Glass Bell by Anais Nin

Under Dark Skies by AJ Scudiere

Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi


The Vacationers by Emma Straub

Vengeance (Private #14) by Kate Brian

Vitro by Jessica Khoury


Where’d You Go Bernadette? by Maria Semple

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

White Fire by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child

Wildwood by Colin Meloy

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan

The Wind Through the Keyhole by Stephen King

Winter Solstice by Rosamund Pilcher

Winter Street by Elin Hilderbrand

Wired by Robin Wasserman

Who Moved My Cheese by Spencer Johnson

The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte



The Year of the Flood (Maddaddam #2) by Margaret Atwood

The Years of Rice and Salt by Kim Stanley Robinson

You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero


Zillow Talk by Spencer Rascoff and Stan Humphries


Did Not Finish:

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Up in the Air by Walter Kirn (did not finish)


Author Spotlight:

John Connolly

Jodi Piccoult

Carlos Ruiz Zafon


Series Spotlight:

The Dark Tower series by Stephen King

The Pretty Little Liars series by Sara Sheperd



5 thoughts on “Books Reviewed A-Z

  1. Hi Shannon, just curious to know what you thought of Aimee Bender’s The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake? I haven’t read it, but I’d definitely consider reading it… Thanks, Carol

    1. Are you familiar with any of Aimee Bender’s other works? Because I would say that it’s just like her other work- beautiful, haunting, and more than a little bit sad. Definitely definitely worth reading!

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