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Book reviews by title


-A-
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Accidents of Marriage by Randy Susan Meyers
The Active, Creative Child by Stephanie Vlahov
The Adventures of Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey
After I'm Gone by Laura Lippman
After You by Jojo Moyes
Alby and the Cat by Leanne Davidson
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
Aliens on Vacation by Clete Barrett Smith
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
All Over But the Shoutin' by Rick Bragg
Amazing Crayon Drawing with Lee Hammond 
And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell
Angel's Tip by Alafair Burke
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver
The Art of Crash Landing by Melissa DeCarlo
The Art of Language Invention by David J. Peterson
The Art of Life by Sabin Howard and Traci L. Slatton
Artsy Fartsy by Karla Oceanak
At the Water's Edge by Sara Gruen
Audience, Relevance, and Search by James Mathewson, Frank Donatone and Cynthia Fishel
The Author's Training Manual by Nina Amir

-B-
Back to the Homeplace by William Leverne Smith
The Beach House by Mary Alice Monroe
Because I Am Your Daddy by Sherry North
Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
Before the Last All Clear by Ray Evans
Between a Rock and a Hot Place by Tracey Jackson
Beyond the Darkness by Leonard D. Hilley, II
The Big Book of Parenting Tweets edited by Kate Hall and Science of Parenthood
Big Girl Panties by Stephanie Evanovich
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
The Big Ten of Grammar by William B. Bradshaw
Blood of My Brother by James Lepore
Blood Trust by Eric Van Lustbader
Blue by Lou Aronica
Blue Asylum by Kathy Hepinstall
Blue Christmas by Mary Kay Andrews
Bobo's Daughter by Bonnie Barnett
Book! Book! Book! by Deborah Bruss
The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez
The Book That Eats People by John Perry
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
The Bookman's Tale by Charlie Lovett
Bossypants by Tina Fey
The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
Brain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan
The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka

-C-
A Call for a New Alphabet by Jef Czekaj
The Cat on the Mat is Flat by Andy Griffiths
Catching Fire (The Second Book of the Hunger Games) by Suzanne Collins
The Cave by Michela Montgomery
Chalk by Bill Tompson
The Changing Season by Steven Manchester
Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator by Roald Dahl
Chase Against Time by Steve Reifman
Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith
The Christmas Box by Richard Paul Evans
The Christmas Gift by R. William Bennett
The Christmas Magic by Lauren Thompson
The Christmas Shoes by Donna VanLiere
The Christmas Train by David Baldacci
Circle of Betrayal by Jacqueline Simon Gunn
City of Dreams by William Martin
Codename Zero by Chris Rylander
Cold Light by Jenn Ashworth
The Color of Greed by Jack Thompson
The Color of Our Sky by Amita Trasi
Commune of Women by Suzan Still
The Complete Walt Disney World 2010 by Julie and Mike Neal
Counting from Zero by Alan B. Johnston
Crazy as Chocolate by Elisabeth Hyde
Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin
Crossing the Bridge by Michael Baron
Crossing the Rubicon by R.C. Richter
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Curtain Call Caper by Christy Barritt and Kathy Applebee

-D-
Daily Guideposts 2011
Dangerous Denial by Amy Ray
A Dangerous Fiction by Barbara Rogan
Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
Darkroom by Joshua Graham
The Daughter by Jane Shemilt
Dead Barchetta by Kathryn Lively
Dear American Airlines by Jonathan Miles
The Devil in the White City by Erik Larsen
The Diabolist by Layton Green
Dinorific Poetry by Michael Sgrignoli
Dinorific Poetry Volume 2 by Michael Sgrignoli
Dirt: Jump Into Science by Steve Tomecek
Divergent by Veronica Roth
Divided by David Cay Johnston
Do Witches Make Fishes? by Jason Mayo
The Do's and Don'ts by Hayley Rose
Dr. Seuss books
Drawn to the Land by Elizabeth and Barton Cockey
Drinking from the Fire Hose by Christopher J. Frank and Paul F. Magnone

-E-
Eats, Shoots and Leaves by Lynne Truss
e-co-nom-ics by Kersten Kelly
The Egyptian by Layton Green
Election! by Dan Gutman
Elephant and Piggie books by Mo Willems
Elephant Talk by Ann Downer
E-mergency by Tom Litchfield and Ezra Fields-Myer
The Emperor of Absurdia by Chris Riddell
Emperor Pickletine Rides the Bus by Tom Angleberger
The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe
Every Fifteen Minutes by Lisa Scottoline
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
The Ex by Alafair Burke
The Expatriates by Janice Y.K. Lee
Eyes Closed Tight by Peter Leonard

-F-
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Fair and Tender Ladies by Lee Smith
The Faith Club by Ranya Idliby, Suzanne Oliver and Priscilla Warner
Father Night by Eric Van Lustbader
Fifty Mice by Daniel Pyne
Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James
Final Approach by Lyle Prouse
Final Vector by Allan Leverone
Finding Marco by Kenneth C. Cancellara
Finding Nouf by Zoe Ferraris
First Daughter by Eric Van Lustbader
First Impressions by Charlie Lovett
Five Night Stand by Richard J. Alley
Flat Spin by David Freed
Flesh and Bones by Paul Levine
The Forever Year by Lou Aronica
Forget Me Not by Vicki Hinze
The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
The Free by Willy Vlautin
Freedom's Call by John Walker
The Frogs and Toads All Sang by Arnold Lobel
The Funny Adventures of Little Nani by Cinta Garcia de la Rosa

-G-
A Game of Character by Craig Robinson
Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry
Genius de Milo by Russ Colchamiro
The Genius Files by Dan Gutman
Gerry Tales by Gerry Boylan
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson
The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
Girl with the Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier
The Girls by Lori Lansens
The Girl's Guide to Homelessness by Brianna Karp
The Girls of Atomic City by Denise Kiernan
The Giver by Lois Lowry
Glamour Girl from the Stars by Carlton Scott
The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
Gods and Fathers by James LePore
The Good Girl by Mary Kubica
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Gooseberry Island by Steven Manchester
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
Guest House by Barbara K. Richardson

-H-
Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls
Half the Sky by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn
Harry and the Hot Lava by Chris Robertson
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy
The Hero's Guide to Storming the Castle by Christopher Healy
The Hero's Guide to Being an Outlaw by Christopher Healy
Heroes and Lovers by Wayne Zurl
Holidays on Ice by David Sadaris
The Homeplace Revisited by William Leverne Smith
The Homework Machine by Dan Gutman
Honolulu by Alan Brennert
Hoo Hoo's Song by Amanda Kleback
Hoodoo Sea by Rolf Hitzer
Hot Start by David Freed
Hotel Angeline: A Novel in 36 Voices 
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
The House We Grew Up In by Lisa Jewell
How to Sue a Telemarketer by Stephen I. Ostrow
A Hundred Feet Over Hell by Jim Hooper
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

-I-
I Am Hutterite by Mary-Ann Kirkby
I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
I Am Strong! I Am Smart! by Fay A. Klingler
Identity Crisis by Jean Hackensmith
If Walls Could Talk by Lucy Worsley
Illusion by Edmond Cheng
Ima Nobody Becomes Somebody by Brenda Poage
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
In My Father's Country by Saima Wahab
In the Lap of the Gods by Li Miao Lovett
Inkspirations Fruit of the Spirit by Lorrie Bennett
Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai
Insignificant Moments by Jeremy Asher
Insurgent by Veronica Roth
Into the Crossfire by Cindy McDonald
The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
Island Girl by Lynda Simmons

-J-
Jacob T. Marley by R. William Bennett
Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach
The Journey Home by Michael Baron
Journey to Munich by Jaqueline Winspear
Junie B. Jones series by Barbara Park
Just in Time for Christmas by Kim Boykin
Just My Type by Simon Garfield

-K-
The Keeper of Lost Causes by Jussi Adler-Olsen
The Killer Next Door by Alex Marwood
The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom

-L-
The Lake House by Marci Nault
The Last Child by John Hart
The Last Christian by David Gregory
Last Snow by Eric Van Lustbader
Leaves by Michael Baron
A Leprechaun's Lament by Wayne Zurl
Life, In Spite of Me by Kristen Jane Anderson
The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
Listen by Rene Gutteridge
Little Bee by Chris Cleave
The Living Memories Project by by Meryl Ain, Arthur M. Fischman, and Stewart Ain
The Long Wait for Tomorrow by Joaquin Dorfman
A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park
Love and Miss Communication by Elyssa Friedland
Lunch at the Piccadilly by Clyde Edgerton

-M-
Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear
The Manufactured Identity by Heath Sommer
A Map of Home by Randa Jarrar
The Mapmaker's Children by Sarah McCoy
The Martian by Andy Weir
The Maze Runner by James Dashner
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
Messenger by Lois Lowry
The Metaxy Project by Layton Green
The Middle Place by Kelly Corrigan
Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
The Mine by John A. Heldt
Minnie in Paris by Sheila Sweeny Higginson
The Misadventures of Phillip Isaac Penn by Donna Peterson
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
The Missing Place by Sophie Littlefield
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
Moloka'i by Alan Brennert
The Mongol Objective by David Sakmyster
Moonwalking with Einstein by Josh Foer
Murder in the 11th House by Mitchell Scott Lewis
Murder on the Down Low by Pamela Samuels Young
My Name Is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok
My Stroke of Insight by Jill Bolte Taylor
My Yellow Umbrella by Chris Robertson
Mystic Summer by Hannah McKinnon

-N-
Nate Rocks the World by Karen Pokras Toz
A New Prospect by Wayne Zurl
Night is the Hunter by Steven Gore
No Story to Tell by KJ Steele
North of Boston by Elizabeth Elo
North of Here by Laurel Saville
Not My Daughter by Barbara Delinsky
Not Without My Father by Andra Watkins
A Note for an Old Acquaintance by Bill Walker
The Nutcracker and the Mouse King by E.T.A. Hoffmann, illustrated by Gail de Marcken

-O-
Off the Grid by Mark Young
On Writing by Stephen King
One Foot in Eden by Ron Rash
One Plus One by Jojo Moyes
The Orbital Perspective by Astronaut Ron Garan
The Organ Takers by Richard Van Anderson
Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
The Orphans of Race Point by Patry Francis
Our Promised Land by Michael T. Darkow
Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

-P-
Palmetto Moon by Kim Boykin
Parallax View by Allan Leverone
Patch by Mucheru Njaga
Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Sartapi
The Pharos Objective by David Sakmyster
The Piano Teacher by Janice Y. K. Lee
Picking Cotton by Jennifer Thompson-Cannino and Ronald Cotton
Pink Me Up by Charise Mericle Harper
Play Something Dancy by Dee Simon
Pouch! by David Ezra Stein
The Power of Your Child's Imagination by Charlotte Reznick
The Precious One by Marisa de los Santos
Predators of Darkness: Aftermath by Leonard D. Hilley II
Pressed Pennies by Steven Manchester
The Prophet by Ethan Cross

-R-
The Raising by Laura Kasischke
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
Redemption on the River by Loren DeShon
Relish: My Life in the Kitchen by Lucy Knisley
Repairing Rainbows by Lynda Fishman
Replay by Ken Grimwood
Revenge: A Travis Mays Novel by Mark Young
The Revisionists by Thomas Mullen
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
Robot Zot! by Jon Scieszka and David Shannon
The Rockin' Chair by Steven Manchester
Room by Emma Donoghue
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
The Ruins of Us by Keija Parsinnen
The Rules of the Tunnel by Ned Zeman
Ryder: Bird of Prey by Nick Pengelley

-S-
Same Kind of Different As Me by Ron Hall and Denver Moore
The Sandburg Connection by Mark de Castrique
Santa's Sugar by Jane Gerencher
Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman
Saving Max by Antoinette van Heugten
Savvy by Ingrid Law
Scent of the Missing by Susannah Charleson
The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks
The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton
The Secret Lake by Karen Inglis
The Secret of the Sacred Scarab by Fiona Ingram
The Secret Place by Tana French
The Secret Speech by Tom Rob Smith
September Sky by John A. Heldt
Serena by Ron Rash
Shanghai Girls by Lisa See
The Shepherd by Ethan Cross
The Shining by Stephen King
The Show by John A. Heldt
Silver Bay by Jojo Moyes
Simply Genius! by Ervin Laszlo
Sitting Kills, Moving Heals by Joan Vernikos
Skinny is Overrated by Danielle Milano, MD
Sleep, Baby, Sleep by Maryann Cusimano Love
Snow Day by Dan Maurer
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
Someone Knows My Name by Lawrence Hill
Son by Lois Lowry
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
Spinning by Michael Baron
State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
The Stepford Wives by Ira Levin
Still Alice by Lisa Genova
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
The Summoner by Layton Green
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley

-T-
Tales from a Spanish Village by Richard A. Barrett
That Day in September by Artie Van Why
There Once Was a Mother Who Loved Her Children, Until They Moved Back In by Ludmilla Petrushevskaya
Thinner in 30 by Jenna Wolfe
Thirty Days with My Father by Christal Presley
This Dark Road to Mercy by Wiley Cash
This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper
Time for Learning States by Lynne Blanton and Betsy Hedberg
To the Breaking Pointe by Cindy McDonald
Tom T's Hat Rack by Michele Spry
The Treasure at Devil's Hole by Jody M. Mabry
The Trouble With Chickens by Doreen Cronin
Truth Be Told by Larry King
The Tulip Eaters by Antoinette van Heugten
Twisted River by Siobhan MacDonald

-U-
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
Under Oath by Margaret McLean
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
Upir and the Monster Gang by Sharron and Raymond Thornton

-V-
The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O'Farrell
A Very Fuddles Christmas by Frans Vischer

-W-
War of the Roses: Bloodline by Conn Iggulden
The Water is Wide by Pat Conroy
Watering Heaven by Peter Tieryas Liu
Wench by Dolen Perkins-Valez
What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
What Difference Do It Make? by Ron Hall, Denver Moore and Lynn Vincent
The What If? Book of Questions by Miggs Burroughs
What Language Is by John McWhorter
What the Hell is Going on in My Life? by Lawrence Schwimmer
When No One is Watching by Joseph Hayes
When Pigs Fly by Bob Sanchez
Who Asked You? by Terry McMillan
With Love from the Inside by Angela Pisel
Woods Runner by Gary Paulsen
Wool by Hugh Howey
Worth It! Shatter Your Excuses and Free Yourself to Shine by Heidi Kleine

-Z-
Zero Day by Mark Russinovich
Zora and Me by Victoria Bond and T.R. Simon

-123-
The 13th Target by Michael de Castrique
15 Seconds by Andrew Gross
30 Lessons for Living by Karl Pillemer
140 Characters: A Style Guide for the Short Form by Dom Sagolla



Book reviews by author


-A-
Adler-Olsen, Jussi
The Keeper of Lost Causes

Ain, Meryl, Arthur M. Fischman, and Stewart Ain
The Living Memories Project

Alexie, Sherman
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Alley, Richard J.
Five Night Stand

Amir, Nina
The Author's Training Manual

Anderson, Kristen Jane
Life, In Spite of Me

Anderson, Laurie Halse
Speak

Andrews, Mary Kay
Blue Christmas

Angleberger, Tom
Emperor Pickletine Rides the Bus

Aronica, Lou
Blue
The Forever Year

Asher, Jeremy
Insignificant Moments

Ashworth, Jenn
Cold Light

-B-
Bach, Richard
Jonathan Livingston Seagull

Baldacci, David
The Christmas Train

Barnett, Bonnie
Bobo's Daughter

Baron, Michael
Crossing the Bridge
The Journey Home
Spinning 
Leaves

Barrett, Richard A.
Tales from a Spanish Village

Barritt, Christy and Kathy Applebee
Curtain Call Caper

Bennett, Lorrie
Inkspirations Fruit of the Spirit

Bennett, R. William
The Christmas Gift
Jacob T. Marley

Blanton, Lynne and Betsy Hedberg
Time for Learning States

Bond, Victoria and T.R. Simon
Zora and Me

Boykin, Kim
Palmetto Moon
Just in Time for Christmas

Boylan, Gerry
Gerry Tales

Bradbury, Ray
Fahrenheit 451

Bradley, Alan
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

Bradshaw, William B.
The Big Ten of Grammar

Bragg, Rick
All Over But the Shoutin'

Brennert, Alan
Honolulu
Moloka'i

Brooks, Geraldine
The Secret Chord

Brown, Daniel James
The Boys in the Boat

Bruss, Deborah
Book! Book! Book!

Burke, Alafair
Angel's Tip
The Ex

Burroughs, Miggs
The What If? Book of Questions

-C-
Cahalan, Susannah
Brain on Fire

Cancellara, Kenneth C.
Finding Marco

Cash, Wiley
This Dark Road to Mercy

Charleson, Susannah 
Scent of the Missing

Cheng, Edmond
Illusion

Chevalier, Tracy
Girl with the Pearl Earring

Cleave, Chris
Little Bee

Cline, Ernest
Ready Player One

Cockey, Elizabeth and Barton
Drawn to the Land

Coelho, Paulo
The Alchemist

Colchamiro, Russ
Genius de Milo

Collins, Suzanne
The Hunger Games
Catching Fire
Mockingjay

Conroy, Pat
The Water is Wide

Corrigan, Kelly
The Middle Place

Cronin, Doreen
The Trouble With Chickens

Cross, Ethan 
The Prophet
The Shepherd

Czekaj, Jef
A Call for a New Alphabet

-D-
Dahl, Roald
Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator

Darkow, Michael T.
Our Promised Land

Dashner, James
The Maze Runner

Davidson, Leanne
Alby and the Cat

de Castrique, Mark
The Sandburg Connection
The 13th Target

de los Santos, Marisa
The Precious One

de Rosnay, Tatiana 
Sarah’s Key

DeCarlo, Melissa
The Art of Crash Landing

Delinsky, Barbara
Not My Daughter

DeShon, Loren
Redemption on the River

DiCamillo, Kate
Because of Winn-Dixie

Doerr, Anthony
All the Light We Cannot See

Donoghue, Emma
Room

Dorfman, Joaquin
The Long Wait for Tomorrow

Downer, Ann
Elephant Talk

du Maurier, Daphne
Rebecca

-E-
Edgerton, Clyde
Lunch at the Piccadilly

Elo, Elizabeth
North of Boston

Eugenides, Jeffrey 
Middlesex

Evanovich, Stephanie
Big Girl Panties

Evans, Ray
Before the Last All Clear

Evans, Richard Paul
The Christmas Box

-F-
Ferraris, Zoe
Finding Nouf

Fey, Tina
Bossypants

Fishman, Lynda
Repairing Rainbows

Fitzgerald, F. Scott
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Flynn, Gillian
Gone Girl
Dark Places

Foer, Josh
Moonwalking with Einstein

Ford, Jamie
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

Francis, Patry
The Orphans of Race Point

Frank, Christopher J. and Paul F. Magnone
Drinking from the Fire Hose

Franklin, Tom
Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter

Freed, David
Flat Spin
Hot Start

French, Tana
The Secret Place

Friedland, Elyssa
Love and Miss Communication

-G-
Garan, Ron
The Orbital Perspective

Garcia de la Rosa, Cinta
The Funny Adventures of Little Nani

Garfield, Simon
Just My Type

Genova, Lisa
Still Alice

Gerencher, Jane
Santa's Sugar

Gladwell, Malcolm 
Outliers

Gore, Steven
Night is the Hunter

Graham, Joshua
Darkroom

Green, Layton
The Diabolist 
The Egyptian
The Summoner  
The Metaxy Project

Gregory, David 
The Last Christian

Griffiths, Andy
The Cat on the Mat is Flat

Grimwood, Ken
Replay

Grissom, Kathleen
The Kitchen House

Gross, Andrew
15 Seconds

Gruen, Sara
At the Water's Edge

Guideposts Editors 
Daily Guideposts 2011

Gunn, Jacqueline Simon
Circle of Betrayal

Gutman, Dan
Election! 
The Genius Files
The Homework Machine

Gutteridge, Rene
Listen

-H-
Hackensmith, Jean 
Identity Crisis

Hall, Kate (editor) and Science of Parenthood
The Big Book of Parenting Tweets

Hall, Ron and Denver Moore
Same Kind of Different As Me 
What Difference Do It Make?

Hammond, Lee
Amazing Crayon Drawing

Harper, Charise Mericle
Pink Me Up

Hart, John
The Last Child

Hawkins, Paula
The Girl on the Train

Hayes, Joseph
When No One is Watching

Healy, Christopher
The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom
The Hero's Guide to Storming the Castle
The Hero's Guide to Being an Outlaw

Heldt, John A.
The Mine 
The Show
September Sky

Henriquez, Cristina
The Book of Unknown Americans

Hepinstall, Kathy
Blue Asylum

Higginson, Sheila Sweeny
Minnie in Paris

Hill, Lawrence
Someone Knows My Name

Hillenbrand, Laura
Unbroken

Hilley II, Leonard D.
Predators of Darkness: Aftermath
Beyond the Darkness

Hinze, Vicki
Forget Me Not

Hitzer, Rolf
Hoodoo Sea

Hoffman, Beth
Saving CeeCee Honeycutt

Hoffman, E.T.A.
The Nutcracker and the Mouse King

Hooper, Jim
A Hundred Feet Over Hell

Howard, Sabin and Traci L. Slatton
The Art of Life

Howey, Hugh
Wool

Hyde, Elisabeth 
Crazy as Chocolate

-I-
Idliby, Ranya, Suzanne Oliver and Priscilla Warner
The Faith Club

Iggulden, Conn
War of the Roses: Bloodline

Inglis, Karen
The Secret Lake

Ingram, Fiona
The Secret of the Sacred Scarab

-J-
Jackson, Tracey
Between a Rock and a Hot Place

James, E.L.
Fifty Shades of Grey

Jarrar, Randa
A Map of Home

Jewell, Lisa
The House We Grew Up In

Johnston, Alan B.
Counting from Zero

Johnston, David Cay
Divided

Joyce, Rachel
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

-K-
Karp, Brianna
The Girl's Guide to Homelessness

Kasischke, Laura
The Raising

Kelly, Kersten
e-co-nom-ics

Kidd, Sue Monk
The Invention of Wings

Kiernan, Denise
The Girls of Atomic City

King, Larry
Truth Be Told

King, Stephen
On Writing
The Shining

Kingsolver, Barbara
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle

Kirkby, Mary-Ann
I Am Hutterite

Kleback, Amanda
Hoo Hoo's Song

Kleine, Heidi
Worth It! Shatter Your Excuses and Free Yourself to Shine

Kline, Christina Baker
Orphan Train

Klingler, Fay A.
I Am Strong! I Am Smart!

Knisley, Lucy
Relish: My Life in the Kitchen

Kristof, Nicholas D. and Sheryl WuDunn
Half the Sky

Kubica, Mary
The Good Girl

-L-
Lai, Thanhha
Inside Out and Back Again

Lansens, Lori
The Girls

Larsen, Erik
The Devil in the White City

Larsson, Stieg
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
The Girl Who Played with Fire
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Laszlo, Ervin
Simply Genius!

Law, Ingrid
Savvy

Lee, Janice Y.K.
The Piano Teacher
The Expatriates

Leonard, Peter
Eyes Closed Tight

LePore, James
Blood of My Brother
Gods and Fathers

Leverone, Allan
Final Vector
Parallax View

Levin, Ira
The Stepford Wives

Levine, Paul
Flesh and Bones

Lewis, C.S.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Lewis, Mitchell Scott
Murder in the 11th House

Lippman, Laura
After I'm Gone

Litchfield, Tom and Ezra Fields-Myer
E-mergency

Littlefield, Sophie
The Missing Place

Liu, Peter Tiervas
Watering Heaven

Lively, Kathryn
Dead Barchetta

Lobel, Arnold
The Frogs and Toads All Sang

Love, Maryann Cusimano
Sleep, Baby, Sleep

Lovett, Charlie
The Bookman's Tale 
First Impressions

Lovett, Li Miao
In the Lap of the Gods

Lowry, Lois
The Giver 
Gathering Blue
Messenger 
Son

-M-
Mabry, Jody M.
The Treasure at Devil's Hole

MacDonald, Siobhan
Twisted River

Manchester, Steven
Pressed Pennies  
The Rockin' Chair
Gooseberry Island
The Changing Season

Martin, William
City of Dreams

Marwood, Alex
The Killer Next Door

Mathewson, James, Frank Donatone and Cynthia Fishel
Audience, Relevance, and Search

Maurer, Dan
Snow Day

Mayo, Jason
Do Witches Make Fishes?

McCarthy, Cormac
The Road

McCoy, Sarah
The Mapmaker's Children

McDonald, Cindy
To the Breaking Pointe 
Into the Crossfire

McKinnon, Hannah
Mystic Summer

McLean, Margaret
Under Oath

McMillan, Terry
Who Asked You?

McWhorter, John
What Language Is

Meyers, Randy Susan
Accidents of Marriage

Milano, Danielle
Skinny is Overrated

Miles, Jonathan
Dear American Airlines

Monroe, Mary Alice
The Beach House

Montgomery, Michela
The Cave

Moriarty
Big Little Lies
What Alice Forgot

Morton, Kate
The Forgotten Garden
The Secret Keeper

Moyes, Jojo
One Plus One
Me Before You
After You
Silver Bay

Mullen, Thomas 
The Revisionists

Multiple Authors
Hotel Angeline: A Novel in 36 Voices

-N-
Nault, Marci
The Lake House

Neal, Julie and Mike 
The Complete Walt Disney World 2010

Ng, Celeste
Everything I Never Told You

Njaga, Mucheru
Patch

North, Sherry
Because I Am Your Daddy

-O-
Oceanak, Karla
Artsy Fartsy

O'Farrell, Maggie
The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox

Ostrow, Stephen I.
How to Sue a Telemarketer

Otsuka, Julie
The Buddha in the Attic

-P-
Park, Barbara
Junie B. Jones series

Park, Linda Sue
A Long Walk to Water

Parsinnen, Keija
The Ruins of Us

Patchett, Ann
State of Wonder

Paulsen, Gary
Woods Runner

Pengelley, Nick
Ryder: Bird of Prey

Perkins-Valez 
Wench

Perry, John
The Book That Eats People

Peterson, David J.
The Art of Language Invention

Peterson, Donna
The Misadventures of Phillip Isaac Penn

Petrushevskaya, Ludmilla
There Once Was a Mother Who Loved Her Children, Until They Moved Back In

Pilkey, Dav 
The Adventures of Captain Underpants

Pillemer
30 Lessons for Living

Pisel, Angela
With Love from the Inside

Poage, Brenda
Ima Nobody Becomes Somebody

Potok, Chaim
My Name Is Asher Lev

Presley, Christal
Thirty Days with My Father

Prouse, Lyle
Final Approach

Pyne, Daniel
Fifty Mice

-R-
Rash, Ron
One Foot in Eden 
Serena

Ray, Amy
Dangerous Denial

Reifman, Steve
Chase Against Time

Reznick, Charlotte
The Power of Your Child's Imagination

Richardson, Barbara K.
Guest House

Richardson, Justin and Peter Parnell
And Tango Makes Three

Richter, R.C.
Crossing the Rubicon

Riddell, Chris
The Emperor of Absurdia

Riggs, Ransom
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

Robertson, Chris
Harry and the Hot Lava
My Yellow Umbrella

Robinson, Craig
A Game of Character

Rogan, Barbara
A Dangerous Fiction

Rose, Hayley
The Do's and Don'ts

Roth, Veronica
Divergent
Insurgent

Russinovich, Mark
Zero Day

Rylander, Chris
Codename Zero

-S-
Sadaris, David
Holidays on Ice

Sagolla, Dom
140 Characters: A Style Guide for the Short Form

Sakmyster, David
The Mongol Objective
The Pharos Objective

Sanchez, Bob
When Pigs Fly

Sartapi, Marjane
Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood

Saville, Laurel
North of Here

Schwalbe, Will
The End of Your Life Book Club

Schwimmer, Lawrence
What the Hell is Going on in My Life?

Scieszka, Jon and David Shannon 
Robot Zot!

Scott, Carlton
Glamour Girl from the Stars

Scottoline, Lisa
Every Fifteen Minutes

See, Lisa
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
Shanghai Girls

Seuss, Dr.
Dr. Seuss books

Sgrignoli, Michael
Dinorific Poetry
Dinorific Poetry Volume 2

Shaffer, Mary Ann
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Shemilt, Jane
The Daughter

Simmons, Lynda
Island Girl

Simon, Dee
Play Something Dancy

Simsion, Graeme
The Rosie Project

Skloot, Rebecca
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Smith, Clete Barrett
Aliens on Vacation

Smith, Lee
Fair and Tender Ladies

Smith, Tom Rob
Child 44
The Secret Speech

Smith, William Leverne
Back to the Homeplace
The Homeplace Revisited

Sommer, Heath
The Manufactured Identity

Spry, Michele
Tom T's Hat Rack

St. John Mandel, Emily
Station Eleven

Stedman, M.L.
The Light Between Oceans

Steele, KJ
No Story to Tell

Stein, David Ezra
Pouch!

Still, Suzan
Commune of Women

Stockett, Kathryn
The Help

-T-
Taylor, Jill Bolte
My Stroke of Insight

Thompson, Jack
The Color of Greed

Thompson, Lauren
The Christmas Magic

Thompson-Cannino, Jennifer and Ronald Cotton
Picking Cotton

Thornton, Sharron and Raymond
Upir and the Monster Gang

Tomecek, Steve
Dirt: Jump Into Science

Tompson, Bill
Chalk

Toz, Karen Pokras
Nate Rocks the World

Trasi, Amita
The Color of Our Sky

Tropper, Jonathan
This Is Where I Leave You

Truss, Lynne
Eats, Shoots and Leaves

-V-
Van Anderson, Richard
The Organ Takers

van Heugten, Antoinette
The Tulip Eaters
Saving Max

Van Lustbader, Eric
Father Night
First Daughter
Blood Trust
Last Snow

Van Why, Artie
That Day in September

VanLiere, Donna
The Christmas Shoes

Vernikos, Joan
Sitting Kills, Moving Heals

Vischer, Frans
A Very Fuddles Christmas

Vlahov, Stephanie
The Active, Creative Child

Vlautin, Willy
The Free

-W-
Wahab, Saima
In My Father's Country

Walker, Bill
A Note for an Old Acquaintance

Walker, John
Freedom's Call

Walls, Jeannette
The Glass Castle
Half Broke Horses

Watkins, Andra
Not Without My Father

Weir, Andy
The Martian

Willems, Mo
Elephant and Piggie books

Winspear, Jacqueline
Maisie Dobbs
Journey to Munich

Wolfe, Jenna
Thinner in 30

Worsley, Lucy
If Walls Could Talk

-Y-
Young, Mark
Revenge: A Travis Mays Novel
Off the Grid

Young, Pamela Samuels 
Murder on the Down Low

Yousafzai, Malala
I Am Malala

-Z-
Zeman, Ned
The Rules of the Tunnel

Zevin, Gabrielle
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry

Zurl, Wayne
A New Prospect
Heroes and Lovers
A Leprechaun's Lament

Zusak, Markus
The Book Thief



The last 100 books I read

The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom
Gone Girl
The 13th Target
Sitting Kills, Moving Heals: How Everyday Movement Will Prevent Pain, Illness, and Early Death - and Exercise Alone Won't
The Mine
Bossypants
Final Approach - Northwest Airlines Flight 650, Tragedy and Triumph
A Leprechaun's Lament
Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation
Someone Knows My Name
These Ties
ec·o·nom·ics: a simple twist on normalcy
15 Seconds
Fifty Shades of Grey
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry
The Manufactured Identity
Angel's Tip
Replay
Under Oath
A Lovely, Indecent Departure: A Novel


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