Book Review Index - 2018 & 2019


Book Review Index - 2018


Below is a list of books that I've reviewed in 2018. They are organized according to genre and I've also indicated my rating (titles rating 4 stars and higher are in red).

Canadian


All The Wrong Places (Joy Fielding) 3 stars
All Things Consoled (Elizabeth Hay) 3.5 stars
Bellewether (Susanna Kearsley) 4 stars
Chicken Girl (Heather Smith) 3.5 stars


Ebb and Flow (Heather Smith) 3.5 stars
Heart Berries (Therese Marie Mailhot) 2.5 stars
Her Pretty Face (Robyn Harding) 2.5 stars
I've Been Meaning To Tell You (David Chariandy) 4 stars

No Fixed Address (Susin Nielsen) 5 stars
Oven to Table (Jan Scott) 5 stars
Princess Puffybottom … and Darryl (Susin Nielsen) 4 stars
Seven Fallen Feathers (Tanya Talaga ) 4 stars
The Boat People by Sharon Bala 3 stars
The Broken Girls (Simone St James) 5 stars

The Brutal Telling (#5 in Gamache series - Louise Penny) 3 stars
The Forgotten Ones (Steena Holmes) 4.5 stars
The Good Liar (Catherine McKenzie) 3 stars
The Gown (Jennifer Robson) 5 stars
The Home for Unwanted Girls (Joanna Goodman) 4 stars

The Homecoming (Andrew Pyper) 3.5 stars
The Matchmaker's List (Sonya Lalli) 4 stars
The Winnowing (Vikki Vansickle) 4 stars
Washington Black (Esi Edugyan) 3 starsWatch Your Tongue (Mark Abley) 4 stars


Children and Middle School
Charlie and Frog (Karen Kane) 4 stars
Ebb and Flow (Heather Smith) 3.5 stars

Louisiana's Way Home (Kate DiCamillo) 4 stars
No Fixed Address (Susin Nielsen) 5 stars
Princess Puffybottom … and Darryl (Susin Nielsen) 4 stars
The Mystery of Black Hollow Lane (Julia Nobel) 3.5 stars
The Winnowing (Vikki Vansickle) 4 stars


Contemporary Fiction

A Ladder to the Sky (John Boyne) 3 stars
A Spark of Light (Jodi Picoult) 3 stars
A Walk Across the Sun (Corban Addison) 4 stars
Evergreen Tidings From The Baumgartners by Gretchen Anthony 2 stars
Every Note Played (Lisa Genova) 4.5 stars
Everything Here is Beautiful by Mira T Lee 3.5 stars
Forget You Know Me by Jessica Strawser 3 stars
House on Fire (Bonnie Kistler) 2.5 stars
The Boat People by Sharon Bala 3 stars
The Ever After (Sarah Pekkanen) 2 stars
The Family Next Door (Sally Hepworth) 3 stars
The Great Alone (Kristin Hannah) 3 stars
The Gunners (Rebecca Kauffman) 4.5 stars
The Immortalists (Chloe Benjamin) 2.5 stars
The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart (Holly Ringland) 3.5 stars
The Queen of Hearts (Kimmery Martin) 3 stars
They Come In All Colors (Malcolm Hansen) 2 stars
Things To Do When It's Raining (Marissa Stapley) 2.5 stars


Coming-of-Age
The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell (Robert Dugoni) 4.5 stars



Cookbooks
Oven to Table (Jan Scott) 5 stars
Tanya Bakes (Tanya Burr) 4 stars
The Make-Ahead Sauce Solution (Elisabeth Bailey) 4 stars



Dystopian
An Ocean of Minutes (Thea Lim) 3 stars
VOX (Christian Dalcher) 3 stars


Fantasy
Blood of Fire (Marlow York) 4 stars


Historical Fiction

Set in North America

Bellewether (Susanna Kearsley) 4 stars
Marilla of Green Gables (Sarah McCoy) 3.5 stars
Not Our Kind (Kitty Zeldis) 3 stars
Sold on a Monday (Kristina McMorris) 4 stars
The Home for Unwanted Girls (Joanna Goodman) 4 stars

The Widows (Jess Montgomery) 4 stars
The Witch of Willow Hall (Hester Fox) 2 stars 

Washington Black (Esi Edugyan) 3 stars
Woman 99 (Greer MacAllister) 3 stars

Set in Britain

Once Upon a River (Diane Setterfield) 4 stars

The Clockmaker's Daughter (Kate Morton ) 3 stars
The Cursed Wife (Pamela Hartshorne) 2.5 stars
The Lost Queen (Signe Pike) 4 stars

The Phantom Tree (Nicola Cornick) 4 stars 
The Gown (Jennifer Robson) 5 stars

Other countries
The Island of Sea Women (Lisa See) 4 stars

Mythology
Circe (Madeline Miller) 3 stars

World Wars
Dear Mrs. Bird (A.J Pearce) 3 stars
The Alice Network (Kate Quinn) 3.5 stars

The Beantown Girls (Jane Healey) 3.5 stars
The Dutch Wife (Ellen Keith) 2.5 stars
The Things We Cannot Say (Kelly Rimmer) 3 stars
The Lost Vintage (Ann Mah) 5 stars
The Paris Echo (Sebastian Faulks) 2.5 stars
The Tattooist of Aushwitz (Heather Morris) 2.5 stars


Mysteries

A Breath After Drowning (Alice Blanchard) 3.5 stars
The Broken Girls (Simone St James) 5 stars
The Death of Mrs. Westaway (Ruth Ware) 2.5 stars



Inspector Gamache series

The Brutal Telling - Book 5 (Louise Penny) 3 stars

The Murder Stone - Book 4 (Louise Penny) 4 stars

Inspector Lynley series

A Great Deliverance - Book 1 (Elizabeth George) 3.5 stars



Veronica Speedwell Historical Mystery series

A Curious Beginning - Book 1 (Deanna Raybourn) 4 stars

A Dangerous Collaboration - Book 4 (Deanna Raybourn) 4 stars


Nonfiction
21 Things You May Not Know About The Indian Act (Bob Joseph) 5 stars

Seven Fallen Feathers (Tanya Talaga ) 4 stars

The Five (Hallie Rubenhold) 4.5 stars
The Library Book (Susan Orlean) 4 stars
The Truth About Animals (Lucy Cooke) 5 stars

Watch Your Tongue (Mark Abley) 4 stars



Memoirs

All Things Consoled (Elizabeth Hay) 3.5 stars

Becoming (Michelle Obama) 5 stars

Educated (Tara Westover) 5 stars
In Pieces (Sally Field) 4.5 stars
I've Been Meaning To Tell You (David Chariandy) 4 stars

This Is Me (Chrissy Metz) 3 stars
This Will Only Hurt A Little (Busy Philipps) 3 stars



Romance

The Kiss Quotient (Helen Hoang) 4 stars
The Matchmaker's List (Sonya Lalli) 4 stars


Supernatural
Curse the Day (Annabel Chase) - #1 in the Spellbound cozy mystery series 3.5 stars




Suspense
A Steep Price {#6 in the Tracy Crosswhite series} (Robert Dugoni) 4 stars
Anatomy of a Scandal (Sarah Vaughan) 2.5 stars

And Then You Were Gone (R.J Jacobs) 2.5 stars
Beautiful Bad (Annie Ward) 3 stars
Believe Me (J.P Delaney) 2 stars
Between the Lies (Michelle Adams) 4 stars
Force of Nature - #2 in the Aaron Falk series (Jane Harper) 3.5 stars
Guess Who (Melanie Raabe) 2.5 stars

Her One Mistake (Heidi Perks)
Her Pretty Face (Robyn Harding) 2.5 stars
Here and Gone (Haylen Beck) 5 stars
Just Between Us (Rebecca Drake) 3 stars
Let Me Lie (Clare Mackintosh) 5 stars
Look For Me - #9 in DD Warren series (Lisa Gardner) 3.5 stars
Need to Know (Karen Cleveland) 4.5 stars
Sharp Objects (Gillian Flynn) 4 stars
Sometimes I Lie (Alice Feeney) 3 stars
The Exes' Revenge (Jo Jakeman) 2 stars

The Final Detail *Book 6 in Myron Bolitar series* (Harlan Coben)  3 stars

The Forgotten Ones (Steena Holmes) 4.5 stars
The Girl Who Lived (Christopher Greyson) 4.5 stars
The Girlfriend (Michelle Frances) 2 stars
The Good Liar (Catherine McKenzie) 3 stars
The Hazel Wood (Melissa Albert) 3 stars

The Homecoming (Andrew Pyper) 3.5 stars

The Last Time I Lied (Riley Sager) 4 stars
The Liar's Girl (Catherine Ryan Howard) 4 stars
Then She Was Gone (Lisa Jewell) 5 stars

The Winters (Lisa Gabriele) 2.5 stars
Verity (Colleen Hoover) 4.5 stars

Watching You (Lisa Jewell) 3 stars

Women's Fiction

All The Wrong Places (Joy Fielding) 3 stars

All We Ever Wanted (Emily Giffin) 3 stars
Before and Again (Barbara Delinsky) 2 stars
Not Her Daughter (Rea Frey) 4 stars
Once Day in December (Josie Silver) 4.5 stars
Still Me *Book 3 in the Me Before You series* (Jojo Moyes) 4 stars

The Story of Our Lives (Helen Warner) 2.5 stars
You Me Everything (Catherine Isaac) 4.5 stars


Young Adult

Creekwood Series

Simon vs the Homo Sapien Agenda (Becky Albertalli) 5 stars
Leah on the Offbeat (Becky Albertalli) 3 stars


Blood of Fire (Marlow York) 4 stars
Chicken Girl (Heather Smith) 3.5 stars
Courting Darkness (Robin LaFevers) *Courting Darkness duology* 3.5 stars
Dear Martin (Nic Stone) 4.5 stars
On The Come Up (Angie Thomas) 4.5 stars
The Dysasters (PC and Kristin Cast) 2 stars
The Summer of Broken Things (Margaret Peterson Haddix) 3 stars
What If It's Us (Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera) 3.5 stars

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