Reviews by Year

A list of book reviews over the years:

2010:

  1. The Blood is the Life:  Ranting about “Dracula” by Bram Stoker
  2. Vernon God Little  – DBC Pierre
  3. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie – Alan Bradley
  4. The Uncommon Reader – Alan Bennett
  5. The Enchantress of Florence – Salman Rushdie
  6. Po-on:  The Rosales Saga, Book 1 – F. Sionil Jose
  7. The Magicians – Lev Grossman
  8. The Book Thief – Markus Zusak
  9. The Messenger – Markus Zusak
  10. Signed, Sealed, Delivered:  A continuation of my review of “The Messenger” – Markus Zusak
  11. Les Miserables – The Adventure Begins – Victor Hugo
  12. Fantine:  A continuation of the “Les Miserables” review – Victor Hugo
  13. Segue:  An update about reading “The Hunger Games” Trilogy – Suzanne Collins
  14. To Kill a Mockingjay:  A review of “Mockingjay” – Suzanne Collins
  15. A Murder Most Foul:  Graphic Novel “Murder Mysteries” – Neil Gaiman
  16. A Tale of Two Novels:  A combined review of “Les Miserables” and “Let the Right One In” – Victor Hugo and John Ajvide Lindqvist
  17. Last Reads of 2010:  A combined review of “A Thousand Splendid Suns” by Khaled Hosseini and “Haroun and the Sea of Stories” by Salman Rushdie.

2011:

  1. Good Omens – Neil Gaiman and Terry Prachett
  2. Rashomon – Ryunosuke Akutagawa
  3. In a Grove – Ryunosuke Akutagawa
  4. The Geography of Bliss – Eric Weiss
  5. The Gathering – Anne Enright
  6. Room – Emma Donoghue
  7. The Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemingway
  8. Un Lun Dun – China Mieville
  9. Disgrace – J.M. Coetzee
  10. Waiter Rant – Steve Dublanica
  11. The Blind Assassin – Margaret Atwood
  12. When You Play the Game of Thrones… – A review of A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
  13. A Clash of Kings – George R.R. Martin – 2nd book in A Song of Ice and Fire Series.
  14. The Psychopath Test:  A Story of Madness – Jon Ronson
  15. A Storm of Swords – George R.R. Martin – 3rd book in A Song of Ice and Fire Series.
  16. Guidebooks:  To Read or Not to Read – A review of Frommer’s France 2008.
  17. The Interpretation of Murder – Jed Rubenfeld
  18. A Feast For Crows – George R.R. Martin – 4th book in A Song of Ice and Fire Series.
  19. The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky
  20. Three Tales by Italo Calvino:  The Cloven Viscount – Book 1 of the Our Ancestors Trilogy by Italo Calvino.
  21. Skippy Dies – Paul Murray
  22. At The Stroke of Midnight – Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie

2012:

  1. 2666 – Roberto Bolano
  2. A Dance with Dragons – George R.R. Martin.  Book 5 of A Song of Ice and Fire
  3. A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
  4. Making Sense of The Sense of an Ending – The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
  5. A Brief Wondrous Tale by Junot Diaz – The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
  6. Amster-damn! – Amsterdam by Ian Mcewan
  7. Daytripper – Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba
  8. The Devil in the Details – A review of The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov.
  9. The Imperfectionists – Tom Rachman
  10. In The Woods – Tana French
  11. Wolf Hall – Hilary Mantel
  12. The Sweet Life in Paris – David Lebovitz
  13. The Book of Lost Things – John Connolly
  14. The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet – David Mitchell
  15. Black Swan Green – David Mitchell
  16. Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers – Mary Roach
  17. Bring Up The Bodies – Hilary Mantel
  18. The Name of the Wind – Patrick Rothfuss
  19. Ready Player One – Ernest Cline
  20. The Devil in the White City – Erik Larson
  21. Cloud Atlas at a Glance – A flowchart to describe David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas.
  22. Arrakis – Dune – Desert Planet – Frank Herbert
  23. A Flight of Angels – Holly Black, et. al.
  24. 1Q84 (Part IIIIII) – Haruki Murakami

2013:

  1. Gone Girl (In Sixty Seconds) – Gillian Flynn
  2. Death Comes to Pemberley – P.D. James
  3. Don’t Speak About Red Sorghum – Red Sorghum by Mo Yan
  4. Kafka on the Shore – Haruki Murakami
  5. Revenge – Yoko Ogawa
  6. Sitting at the Cat’s Table – A review of The Cat’s Table by Michael Ondaatje
  7. I Spy…:Two Tales of Espionage and Conspiracy – A review of The Spy Who Came in From the Cold by John Le Carre
  8. A Perfect Spy – John Le Carre
  9. The Tiger’s Wife – Tea Obreht
  10. Dan’s Inferno – A review of Dan Brown’s Inferno.
  11. Graphic Novel re-read:  The Dream Hunters – Part of The Sandman series by Neil Gaiman
  12. The Once and Future King – T.H. White
  13. Ocean Deep – A review of The Ocean at the End of the Lane – Neil Gaiman
  14. Killers with a Conscience – A review of The Sisters Brothers – Patrick DeWitt
  15. The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho
  16. Ian McEwan’s Got a Sweet Tooth – A review of Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan.
  17. Lost Horizon – The Origins of Shangri-La – A review of Lost Horizon by James Hilton.
  18. What’s in a Name…? – A review of The Cuckoo’s Calling by J.K. Rowling
  19. Scholars vs. Geeks in Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore – A review of Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan.
  20. Guilty Pleasures:  The Yard by Alex Grecian
  21. Bébé Blues – A review of  Bringing Up Bébé : One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting by Pamela Druckerman.
  22. More Guilty Pleasures:  The Black Country by Alex Grecian 
  23. The Orphan Master’s Son – Adam Johnson
  24. Vish Puri:  Confidentiality is His Watchword – A review of Tarquin Hall’s The Case of the Missing Servant.
  25. Brain Rules for Baby – John Medina
  26. Mr. Sandman, Bring Me a Dream – A review of Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman: Overture.
  27. The Garden of Evening Mists – Tan Twan Eng
  28. The 2013 Man Booker Prize Winner:  The Luminaries – A review of The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton.
  29. John Saturnall’s Feast – by Lawrence Norfolk
  30. How to Read J.J. Abrams’ S. – A review of JJ Abrams’ / Doug Dorst’s S.

2014:

  1. The Golem and the Jinni – Helene Wecker
  2. A Constellation of Vital Phenomena – Anthony Marra
  3. Two by Haruki Murakami – Reviews of After Dark and South of the Border West of the Sun by Haruki Murakami.
  4. Silent House – Orhan Pamuk
  5. The Encyclopedia of Early Earth – Isabel Greenberg
  6. Rebecca – Daphne du Maurier
  7. Hector and the Search for Happiness – Francois Lelord
  8. Adios Señor:  Two by Gabriel Garcia Marquez – Reviews of Chronicle of a Death Foretold and Memories of my Melancholy Whores by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
  9. A Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
  10. The Goldfinch – Donna Tartt
  11. The Dinner – Herman Koch
  12. The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
  13. The End of the Affair – Graham Greene
  14. Lexicon – Max Barry
  15. The Salinger Contract – Adam Langer
  16. The Shape of Water – Andrea Camilleri
  17. Tales of Moonlight and Rain – Ueda Akinari / Anthony Chambers
  18. Snow Country – Yasunari Kawabata
  19. The Devil’s Workshop – Alex Grecian
  20. Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage – Haruki Murakami
  21. House of Leaves – Mark Z. Danielewski
  22. The Children Act – Ian McEwan
  23. Horrorstor – Grady Hendrix
  24. And Then There Were None – Agatha Christie
  25. The Lies of Locke Lamora – Scott Lynch (The Gentleman Bastard Series #1)
  26. The Good Earth – Pearl S. Buck
  27. Missing Person – Patrick Modiano
  28. Red Seas Under Red Skies – Scott Lynch (The Gentleman Bastard Series #2)
  29. The Republic of Thieves – Scott Lynch (The Gentleman Bastard Series #3)
  30. Gentlemen Bastards – A summary of the three books in the Gentleman Bastard Series by Scott Lynch
  31. In Evil Hour – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  32. The Comfort of Strangers – Ian McEwan
  33. The Sleeper and the Spindle – Neil Gaiman
  34. The Narrow Road to the Deep North – Richard Flanagan
  35. The Strange Library – Haruki Murakami

2015:

  1. The Case of the Man Who Died Laughing – Tarquin Hall
  2. Small Memories:  A Memoir – Jose Saramago
  3. The Hundred Foot Journey – Richard Morais
  4. Detective Story – Imre Kertesz
  5. Pure – Andrew Miller
  6. Paris, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down – Rosecrans Baldwin
  7. Death and the Flower – Koji Suzuki
  8. The Temple of the Golden Pavilion – Yukio Mishima
  9. Middlemarch – George Eliot
  10. The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher or The Murder at Road Hill House – Kate Summerscale
  11. Death with Interruptions – Jose Saramago
  12. Far From the Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
  13. The Pilgrimage – Paulo Coelho
  14. What I Talk About When I Talk About Running – Haruki Murakami
  15. The Cave – Jose Saramago
  16. Murder on the Orient Express – Agatha Christie
  17. Austerlitz – W.G. Sebald
  18. Go Set a Watchman – Harper Lee
  19. Wind/Pinball – Haruki Murakami’s first two novels; Hear the wind Sing, and Pinball, 1973.
  20. Smaller and Smaller Circles – F.H. Batacan
  21. The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
  22. Frankenstein – Mary Shelley
  23. The Tokyo Zodiac Murders – Soji Shimada
  24. A Novel Cure:  An A-Z of Literary Remedies – Ella Berthoud and Susan Elderkin

2016:

  1.  A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
  2. Undermajordomo Minor – Patrick DeWitt
  3. The Woman in the Dunes – Kobo Abe
  4. Uprooted – Naomi Novik
  5. The High Mountains of Portugal – Yann Martel
  6. The Ghost Bride – Yangsze Choo
  7. The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern
  8. The Club Dumas – Arturo Perez-Reverte
  9. The Maltese Falcon – Dashiell Hammett
  10. A Farewell to Arms – Ernest Hemingway
  11. When We Were Orphans – Kazuo Ishiguro
  12. Hemingway in Love and War – Henry S. Villard and James Nagel (non-fiction)
  13. The Mysterious Affair at Styles – Agatha Christie
  14. Revelation – C.J. Sansom (Shardlake Series #4)
  15. The Sun Also Rises – Ernest Hemingway
  16. The Illusionists – Rosie Thomas
  17. Dissolution – C.J. Sansom (Shardlake Series #1)
  18. His Bloody Project – Graeme Macrae Burnet
  19. Sorcerer to the Crown – Zen Cho

2017:

  1.  The Light Between Oceans – M.L. Stedman (novel read in 2016)
  2. A Darker Shade of Magic – V.E. Schwab (Shades of Magic #1)
  3. A Gathering of Shadows – V.E. Schwab (Shades of Magic #2)
  4. The Sellout – Paul Beatty
  5. A Conjuring of Light – V.E. Schwab (Shades of Magic #3)
  6. Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
  7. On Chesil Beach – Ian McEwan
  8. A Midsummer’s Equation – Keigo Higashino
  9. Literature in Anime – A review of William N. Porter’s A Hundred Verses of Old Japan.
  10. The Vegetarian – Han Kang
  11. The House of the Spirits – Isabel Allende
  12. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle – Haruki Murakami
  13. The Riders – Tim Winton

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