Book Reviews

Note: These are only the books I’ve written about on this blog, which unfortunately are a fraction of the total books I read. I keep track of everything on Goodreads.


Aaron, Jason—Thor, Vol. 2: Who Holds the Hammer? ; Original Sin: Thor & Loki: The Tenth Realm
Addiss, Stephen—Haiku: An Anthology of Japanese Poems
Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi—Americanah Half of a Yellow Sun Purple Hibiscus ; We Should All Be Feminists ; Dear Ijeawele
Adiga, Aravind—The White Tiger
Aikman, Becky—Saturday Night Widows: The Adventures of Six Friends Remaking Their Lives
Akutagawa, Ryunosuke—Rashomon and Seventeen Other Stories
Allen, Sarah Addison—First Frost
Allison, John—Bad Machinery, Vol. 1: The Case of the Team Spirit (mini review)
Alvarez, Julia—Once Upon a Quinceanera
Anderson, Laurie Halse—Wintergirls
Angelou, Maya—Amazing Peace
Atwood, Margaret—The Handmaid’s Tale


Badinter, Elisabeth—The Conflict: How Modern Motherhood Undermines the Status of Women
Bagge, Peter—Woman Rebel: The Margaret Sanger Story
Baker, Jo—Longbourn
Bakopoulos, Natalie—The Green Shore
Baldwin, James—If Beale Street Could Talk ; The Fire Next Time
Barker, Clive—Abarat
Barker, Kim—The Taliban Shuffle/Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
Bechdel, Alison—The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For
Bendis, Brian Michael—Jessica Jones, Alias ; The Pulse
Benjamin, Melanie—Alice I Have Been
Blackman, W. Haden—Elektra, Vol. 1: Bloodlines
Bolaño, Roberto—The Savage Detectives
Bradley, Alan—The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie
Bronte, Charlotte—Jane Eyre
Bronte, Emily—Wuthering Heights
Brownstein, Carrie—Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl
Buchanan, Rowan Hisayo—Harmless Like You
Buyea, Rob—Because of Mr. Terupt
Buhle, Paul—The Beats: A Graphic History
Butcher, Jim—Storm Front
Byrne, Monica—The Girl in the Road


Cashore, Kristin—Jane, Unlimited
Castellucci, Cecil—The Plain Janes
Chan, Crystal—Bird
Charleyboy, Lisa—#NotYourPrincess: Voices of Native American Women
Chase, Eve—Black Rabbit Hall
Chozick, Amy—Chasing Hillary
Cline, Emma—The Girls
Cline, Ernest—Ready Player One
Clinton, Hillary Rodham—Living History What Happened
Coates, Ta-Nehisi—Between the World and Me ; We Were Eight Years in Power
Collins, Suzanne—Mockingjay
Cormier, Robert—The Chocolate War
Creech, Sharon—The Castle Corona


Daum, Meghan—The Unspeakable: And Other Subjects of Discussion
Davis, Angela—Women, Race and ClassAn Autobiography
Dawkins, Richard—The God Delusion
Day, Felicia—You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost)
De Moor, Margriet—The Storm
DeConnick, Kelly Sue—Captain Marvel volumes 1-3
DeFalco, Tom—The Amazing Spider-Girl, Vol. 1
Diamant, Anita—The Red Tent
Diaz, Junot—The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
Dickens, Charles—A Tale of Two Cities
Doctorow, Cory—For the Win
Doyle, Sady—Trainwreck: The Women We Love to Hate, Mock, and Fear . . . and Why
Drakulić, Slavenka—A Guided Tour Through the Museum of Communism


Eaton, Thomas—The Infographic Guide to Life, the Universe, and Everything
Edgington, Joel—Hinterkind, Vol. 1: The Waking World
Ehrenreich, Barbara—Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America
Eliot, George—Silas Marner


Faerber, Jay—Copperhead
Ferrante, Elena—My Brilliant Friend
Fitzgerald, F. Scott—The Great Gatsby
Foer, Jonathan Safran—Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Forni, P.M.—The Thinking Life: How to Thrive in the Age of Distraction
Fortey, Richard—The Wood for the Trees: One Man’s Long View of Nature
Friedan, Betty—The Feminine Mystique


Gaiman, Neil—Neverwhere Make Good Art
Gay, Roxane—Bad Feminist
Gilbert, Elizabeth—Eat, Pray, Love
Gilbreth, Frank and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey—Cheaper by the Dozen
Gill, Joel Christian—Strange Fruit: Uncelebrated Narratives from Black History
Gillen, Kieron—The Wicked + The Divine
Gillibrand, Kirsten—Off the Sidelines: Raise Your Voice, Change the World
Gladstone, Brooke—The Influencing Machine
Golden, Arthur—Memoirs of a Geisha
Green, John—Will Grayson, Will Grayson
Guiliano, Mireille—French Women Don’t Get Fat


Healy, Christopher—The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom
Hardy, Thomas—The Return of the Native Jude the Obscure
Heller, Joseph—Catch-22
Hirshman, Linda—Sisters in Law: How Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg Went to the Supreme Court and Changed the World
Hitchens, Christopher—God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything
Hopkins, Ellen—Crank
Hoshino, Tomoyuki—ME
Huang, Eddie—Fresh Off the Boat
Huston, Anjelica—A Story Lately Told ; Watch Me
Hwa, Kim Dong—The Color of Earth


Ignotofsky, Rachel—Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World
Ikezawa, Satomi—Othello
Ishiguro, Kazuo—The Remains of the Day The Buried Giant


Jacoby, Susan—The Age of American Unreason
Jemisin, N.K.—The Fifth Season The Obelisk Gate The Stone Sky
Jin, Ha—Waiting The Boat Rocker
Johansen, Erika—The Invasion of the Tearling The Fate of the Tearling (mini review)
Jong, Erica—Fear of Flying
Joyce, Rachel—The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry


Kaling, Mindy—Why Not Me?
Kang, Han—The VegetarianHuman Acts
Kaur, Rupi—Milk and Honey
Kanehara, Hitomi—Autofiction
Kawabata, Yasunari—Snow Country
Kawahara, Kazune—High School Debut (volumes 1-13) (volumes 14-15)
Kawakami, Hiromi—Manazuru
Kent, Hannah—Burial Rites
Kerouac, Jack—On the Road
King, Jr., Martin Luther—Why We Can’t Wait
Kingsolver, Barbara—The Bean Trees Flight Behavior Pigs in Heaven
Kirino, Natsuo—Out Real World
Klages, Ellen—The Green Glass Sea
Klosterman, Chuck—But What If We’re Wrong?
Kondo, Marie—The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
Koppel, Lily—The Astronaut Wives Club
Kundera, Milan—The Unbearable Lightness of Being


Lancaster, Jen—The Tao of Martha: My Year of LIVING, or Why I’m Never Getting All That Glitter Off the Dog
Lawson, Jenny—Furiously Happy ; Let’s Pretend This Never Happened
Leckie, Ann—Ancillary Justice
Lee, Min Jin—Pachinko
Levithan, David—Will Grayson, Will Grayson
Lewis, John Robert—March
Littman, Sarah Darer—Confessions of a Closet Catholic
Liu, Marjorie—Monstress
Loewen, James—Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong
Lorde, Audre—Sister Outsider
Lukas, Michael David—The Oracle of Stamboul


Maguire, Gregory—Wicked
Martin, George R.R.—A Game of Thrones
Martinson, Lars—Tonoharu
Mayer, Jane—Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right
McElwain, Julie—A Murder in Time
McInerney, Lisa—The Glorious Heresies
McMillan, Terry—The Interruption of Everything
Merey, I.—A+E 4ever
Meyer, Marissa—Cinder Scarlet Cress
Miller, Henry—Tropic of Cancer
Mitchell, David—The Bone Clocks Cloud Atlas The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet Slade House
Montclare, Brandon—Rocket Girl, Vol. 1
Montgomery, Sy—The Soul of an Octopus
Moran, Caitlin—How to Be a Woman
Moran, Michelle—Madame Tussaud
Morrison, Susan—Thirty Ways of Looking at Hillary
Morrison, Toni—The Origin of Others
Morton, Mary Caperton—Aerial Geology: A High-Altitude Tour of North America’s Spectacular Volcanoes, Canyons, Glaciers, Lakes, Craters, and Peaks
Murakami, Haruki—After Dark Norwegian Wood What I Talk About When I Talk About Running
Murakami, Ryu—In the Miso Soup
Murphy, Julie—Dumplin’
Murphy, Pat—The Wild Girls


Nabokov, Vladimir—Lolita
Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds—Starting with Alice
Nguyen, Viet Thanh—The Sympathizer
Nix, Garth—Sabriel ; Lirael ; Abhorsen


Obreht, Téa—The Tiger’s Wife
Odagiri, Hotaru—The Betrayal Knows My Name
Offerman, Nick—Paddle Your Own Canoe: One Man’s Fundamentals for Delicious Living Gumption: Relighting the Torch of Freedom with America’s Gutsiest Troublemakers
Ogawa, Yoko—Hotel Iris
Okorafor, Nnedi—Binti ; Home
Oliver, Mary—Blue IrisOwls and Other Fantasies
O’Neil, Cathy—Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy
Orenstein, Peggy—Cinderella Ate My Daughter
Orwell, George—Nineteen Eighty-Four
Oyeyemi, Helen—What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours ; Boy, Snow, Bird


Pak, Greg—Storm, Vol. 1: Make it Rain ; Vol. 2: Bring the Thunder
Pamuk, Orhan—The White Castle
Parmar, Priya—Vanessa and Her Sister
Patchett, Ann—Bel Canto
Patton, Michael F.—The Cartoon Introduction to Philosophy
Pennybacker, Mindy—Do One Green Thing
Pierce, Tamora—Song of the Lioness series
Pilcher, Tim—Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Marijuana (But Were Too Stoned to Ask)
Pinckney, David—Fight Like a Girl, Vol. 1: Learning Curve
Plath, Sylvia—The Bell Jar
Plotz, John—Time and the Tapestry
Pollan, Michael—The Omnivore’s Dilemma
Proulx, Annie—That Old Ace in the Hole
Pulley, Natasha—The Watchmaker of Filigree Street ; The Bedlam Stacks


Rachman, Tom—The Imperfectionists
Revoyr, Nina—The Age of Dreaming
Reynolds, Jason—Long Way Down
Rivera, Gabby—Juliet Takes a Breath
Robinson, Marilynne—Gilead
Rowell, Rainbow—Attachments Eleanor & Park Fangirl ; Landline
Rowling, J.K.—Harry Potter seriesThe Casual Vacancy
Russell, Bertrand—Why I Am Not a Christian


Sa, Shan—Empress
Sagan, Carl—The Varieties of Scientific Experience
Sanderson, Brandon—Mistborn
Sankovitch, Nina—Tolstoy and the Purple Chair
Satrapi, Marjane—Persepolis
Schatzker, Mark—The Dorito Effect
Schmidt, Gary D.—Okay for Now
Sedaris, David—Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk
See, Lisa—China Dolls Dreams of Joy
Shafak, Elif—The Bastard of IstanbulHonor
Shawn, Wallace—The Fever
Shermer, Michael—Skeptic
Shraya, Vivek—God Loves Hair (mini review)
Simmons, Wendy—My Holiday in North Korea: The Funniest/Worst Place on Earth
Simone, Gail—Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman, Vol. 1
Smith, Patti—Just Kids
Snyder, Zilpha Keatley—The Egypt Game
Sones, Sonya—What My Mother Doesn’t Know
Soseki, Natsume—KokoroBotchan
Sotomayor, Sonia—My Beloved World
Steinem, Gloria—My Life on the Road Moving Beyond Words
Stevenson, Noelle—Nimona
Stohl, Margaret—Black Widow: Forever Red
Strayed, Cheryl—Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
Swaby, Rachel—Headstrong: 52 Women Who Changed Science – and the World

Szabó, Magda—The Door


Takako, Shimura—Wandering Son (mini review)
Tamaki, Mariko—This One Summer
Tan, Amy—The Bonesetter’s Daughter
Taylor, Glenn—The Marrowbone Marble Company
Teller, Astro—Exegesis
Thompson, Robbie—Silk, Vol. 0: The Life and Times of Cindy Moon Vol. 1: Sinister
Tobin, Paul—Bandette
Tolkien, J.R.R.—The Hobbit Lord of the Rings series
Tolstoy, Leo—Anna Karenina
Tyler, Aisha—Self-Inflicted Wounds


Vehlmann, Fabien—Beautiful Darkness
Vivian, Octavia—Coretta: The Story of Coretta Scott King
Vonnegut, Kurt—Breakfast of Champions


Waid, Mark—Black Widow, Vol. 1: S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Most Wanted (mini review)
Waisman, Charlotte S.—Her Story: A Timeline of the Women Who Changed America
Walker, Sarai—Dietland
Waters, Sarah—The Paying Guests
Weidemann, Christiane—50 Women Artists You Should Know
Weiner, Ellis—The Templeton Twins Have an Idea
Weil, Jiří—Mendelssohn is on the Roof
West, Lindy—Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman
White, J.A.—The Thickety: A Path Begins
Whitley, Jeremy—Princeless: Raven the Pirate Princess, Vol. 2: Free Women
Wilson, G. Willow—Ms. Marvel volumes 1-4volume 5
Wilson, Mara—Where Am I Now?
Wilson, Sean Michael—The Faceless Ghost and Other Macabre Tales from Japan
Wolf, Christa—Accident: A Day’s News
Wood, Brian—Mara, Vol. 1
Wroblewski, David—The Story of Edgar Sawtelle
Wyner, Gabriel—Fluent Forever (mini review)


Yang, Gene Luen—Boxers ; Saints
Yatsuhashi, Keith—Kojiki
Yip, Mingmei—Song of the Silk Road
Yoshimoto, Banana—The Lake ; Goodbye Tsugumi
Yoshinaga, Fumi—Ooku: The Inner Chambers, Vol. 1 (mini review)
Yun, Jung—Shelter


Zaharieva, Virginia—Nine Rabbits
Zusak, Markus—The Book Thief
Zweig, David—Invisibles: The Power of Anonymous Work in an Age of Relentless Self-Promotion
Zweig, Stefan—Beware of Pity

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Japanese Haiku from Peter Pauper Press