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5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

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Books Reviewed in 2019:

Books reviewed by the year published.


  1. All of Us with Wings by Michelle Ruiz Keil
  2. Archimancy by J.A. White
  3. Bat and the End of Everything by Elana K. Arnold
  4. The Beauty of the Moment by Tanaz Bhathena
  5. Bird & Squirrel All Tangled Up by James Burks
  6. Booking the Crook by Laurie Cass
  7. Black Enough edited by Ibi Zoboi
  8. Black Hammer, Volume 3: Age of Doom Part One by Jeff Lemire and Dean Ormston
  9. The Bone Garden by Heather Kassner
  10. The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd-Jones
  11. The Boney Hand by Karen Kane
  12. The Book Supremacy by Kate Carlisle
  13. The Bride Test by Helen Hoang
  14. Butterfly Yellow by Thanhha Lai
  15. Camp by Kayla Miller
  16. Cat Got Your Crown by Julie Chase
  17. Caterpillar Summer by Gillian McDunn
  18. CatStronauts: Slapdash Science by Drew Brockington
  19. Cheshire Crossing by Andy Weir and Sarah Andersen
  20. Chicken Girl by Heather Smith
  21. Cilla Lee-Jenkins: The Epic Story by Susan Tan
  22. Circle by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen
  23. The City in the Middle of the Night by Charlie Jane Anders
  24. Click by Kayla Miller
  25. The Clockwork Ghost by Laura Ruby
  26. The Coffee Book by Gregory Dicum
  27. Comics Will Break Your Heart by Faith Erin Hicks
  28. Dead Voices by Katherine Arden
  29. The Deep by Rivers Solomon
  30. The Doughnut King by Jessie Janowitz
  31. Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee
  32. The Dragon Thief by Zetta Elliott
  33. Dragonfell by Sarah Prineas
  34. The Everlasting Rose by Dhonielle Clayton
  35. Everything Inside by Edwidge Danticat
  36. The Extremely High Tide! by Kir Fox and and M. Shelley Coats
  37. Fearless Mary by Tami Charles and Claire Almon
  38. Fenway and Hattie in the Wild by Victoria J. Coe
  39. The Fever King by Victoria Lee
  40. The Field Guide to Dumb Birds of North America by Matt Kracht
  41. Finding Dorothy by Elizabeth Letts
  42. Frazzled: Minor Incidents and Absolute Uncertainties by Booki Vivat
  43. Full Steam Ahead, Felix by Kate Moore
  44. Galloglass by Scarlett Thomas
  45. Genesis Begins Again by Alicia D. Williams
  46. The Ghost in Apartment 2R by Denis Markell
  47. Ghostbusters: Crossing Over by Erik Burnham Dan Schoening
  48. Giant Days, Volume 9 by John Allison
  49. Giant Days, Volume 10 by John Allison
  50. Giant Days, Volume 11 by John Allison
  51. Gideon Falls, Volume 2: Original Sins by Jeff Lemire
  52. Gideon Falls, Volume 3: Stations of the Cross by Jeff Lemire
  53. Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
  54. The Golden Tresses of the Dead by Alan Bradley
  55. A Good Kind of Trouble by Lisa Moore Ramée
  56. The Great Shelby Holmes and the Haunted Hound by Elizabeth Eulberg
  57. The Great Unknowable End by Kathryn Ormsbee
  58. The Grief Keeper by Alexandra Villasante
  59. Guts by Raina Telgemeier
  60. Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass by Mariko Tamaki and Steve Pugh
  61. Her Royal Highness by Rachel Hawkins
  62. Here and Now and Then by Mike Chen
  63. Hotel Dare by Terry Blas and Claudia Aguirre
  64. I Wanna Be Where You Are by Kristina Forest
  65. If It Makes You Happy by Claire Kann
  66. In an Absent Dream by Seanan McGuire
  67. In the Key of Nira Ghani by Natasha Deen
  68. Internment by Samira Ahmed
  69. It Began with a Page: How Gyo Fujikawa Drew the Way by Kyo Maclear and Julie Morstad
  70. Just South of Home by Karen Strong
  71. Kid Gloves: Nine Months of Careful Chaos by Lucy Knisley
  72. A Killer Edition by Lorna Barrett
  73. A Kingdom for a Stage by Heidi Heilig
  74. Kiss Number 8 by Colleen A.F. Venable and Ellen T. Crenshaw
  75. Lalani of the Distant Sea by Erin Entrada Kelly and Lian Cho
  76. The Legend of Korra: Ruins of the Empire, Part One by Michael Dante DiMartino and Michelle Wong
  77. Level 13 by Gordon Korman
  78. The Little Guys by Vera Brosgol
  79. Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli
  80. Love From A to Z by S.K. Ali
  81. Mera: Tidebreaker by Danielle Paige and Stephen Bryne
  82. Middlegame by Seanan McGuire
  83. Midnight Radio by Iolanda Zanfardino
  84. Momentous Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling
  85. Murder by Mocha by Cleo Coyle
  86. Murder Lo Mein by Vivien Chien
  87. Murders and Metaphors by Amanda Flower
  88. My Fate According to the Butterfly by Gail D. Villanueva
  89. My Life as an Ice Cream Sandwich by Ibi Zoboi
  90. Nevers by Sara Cassidy
  91. Now Entering Addamsville by Francesca Zappia
  92. The Okay Witch by Emma Steinkellner
  93. On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
  94. One Lie Too Many by Eileen Cook
  95. One Night in Georgia by Celeste O. Norfleet
  96. Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds
  97. Operatic by Kyo Maclear and Bryon Eggenschwiler
  98. Our Wayward Fate by Gloria Chao
  99. Over the Moon by Natalie Lloyd
  100. Paper Girls, Volume 5 by Brian K. Vaughan
  101. Paper Girls, Volume 6 by Brian K. Vaughan
  102. Past Due for Murder by Victoria Gilbert
  103. The Phantom Tower by Keir Graff
  104. The Portal by Kathryn Lasky
  105. A Question of Holmes by Brittany Cavallaro
  106. Read on Arrival by Nora Page
  107. The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart
  108. The Revolution of Birdie Randolph by Brandy Colbert
  109. A Royal Guide to Monster Slaying by Kelley Armstrong
  110. Runaways, Volume 3: That Was Yesterday by Rainbow Rowell
  111. The Similars by Rebecca Hanover
  112. Something Read, Something Dead by Eva Gates
  113. Song for a Whale by Lynne Kelly
  114. A Sprinkle of Spirits by Anna Meriano
  115. Stargazing by Jen Wang
  116. Steel Crow Saga by Paul Krueger
  117. Storm of Locusts by Rebecca Roanhorse
  118. Superlative Birds by Leslie Bulion and Robert Meganck
  119. Swap'd by Tamara Ireland Stone
  120. The Tale Teller by Anne Hillerman
  121. Teen Titans: Raven by Kami Garcia and Gabriel Picolo
  122. The Testaments by Margaret Atwood
  123. This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone
  124. To Night Owl from Dogfish by Holly Goldberg Sloan and Meg Wolitzer
  125. Trace by Pat Cummings
  126. Trouble on the Books by Essie Lang
  127. Under The Moon: A Catwoman Tale by Lauren Myracle and Isaac Goodhart
  128. The Unteachables by Gordon Korman
  129. Up for Air by Laurie Morrison
  130. The Vanderbeekers to the Rescue by Karina Yan Glaser
  131. The Vanishing Stair by Maureen Johnson
  132. Voltron Legendary Defender Volume 3: Absolution by Mitch Iverson
  133. Watch Us Rise by Renée Watson and Ellen Hagen
  134. Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell
  135. We Cast a Shadow by Maurice Carlos Ruffin
  136. We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia
  137. The Weight of Our Sky by Hanna Alkaf
  138. What Rose Forgot by Nevada Barr
  139. When the Sky Fell on Splendor by Emily Henry
  140. Where the Heart Is by Jo Knowles
  141. Wicked Fox by Kat Cho
  142. Wilder Girls by Rory Power
  143. Woman 99 by Greer Macallister
  144. Wonton Terror by Vivien Chien
  145. You Are Light by Aaron Becker
  146. You Owe Me a Murder by Eileen Cook


  1. Al Capone Throws Me a Curve by Gennifer Choldenko
  2. All Summer Long by Hope Larson
  3. Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed
  4. Avatar: The Last Airbender: Imbalance, Part One by Faith Erin Hicks
  5. Bellewether by Susanna Kearsley
  6. Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire
  7. The Bigfoot Files by Lindsay Eagar
  8. Birding Is My Favorite Video Game by Rosemary Mosco
  9. The Boy from Tomorrow by Camille DeAngelis
  10. Breakout by Kate Messner
  11. Buried in Books by Kate Carlisle
  12. The Cat of the Baskervilles by Vicki Delany
  13. Cilla Lee-Jenkins: This Book Is a Classic by Susan Tan
  14. Dim Sum of All Fears by Vivien Chien
  15. Dragons in a Bag by Zetta Elliott
  16. Drum Roll, Please by Lisa Jenn Bigelow
  17. Escape from Aleppo by N.H. Senzai
  18. Everlasting Nora by Marie Miranda Cruz
  19. Everything I Know About You by Barbara Dee
  20. For a Muse of Fire by Heidi Heilig
  21. The Ghost Road by Charis Cotter
  22. Gideon Falls, Volume 1: The Black Barn by Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino
  23. Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake
  24. Heartwood Hotel 3: Better Together by Kallie George
  25. The Hollow under the Tree by Cary Fagan
  26. Hurricane Child by Kheryn Callender
  27. Ivy Aberdeen's Letter to the World by Ashley Herring Blake
  28. The Legend of Korra: Turf Wars, Part Three by Michael Dante DiMartino and Irene Koh
  29. Like Vanessa by Tami Charles
  30. Lions and Liars by Kate Beasley and Dan Santat
  31. Memphis, Martin, and the Mountaintop by Alice Faye Duncan and R. Gregory Christie
  32. Merci Suárez Changes Gears by Meg Medina
  33. Misfit City Volume 2 by Kirsten Smith
  34. Miss Communication by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm
  35. My Life as a Diamond by Jenny Manzer
  36. Nowhere Boy by Katherine Marsh
  37. An Ocean of Minutes by Thea Lim
  38. The Oddling Prince by Nancy Springer
  39. P.S. I Miss You by Jen Petro-Roy
  40. Royals by Rachel Hawkins
  41. Rust: Soul in the Machine by Royden Lepp
  42. A Scandal in Scarlet by Vicki Delany
  43. Secret Coders 6: Monsters & Modules by Gene Luen Yang and Mike Holmes
  44. Secret Sisters of the Salty Sea by Lynne Rae Perkins
  45. The Secrets of Winterhouse by Ben Guterson
  46. Shelved Under Murder by Victoria Gilbert
  47. Skyward: The Story of Female Pilots in WWII by Sally Deng
  48. Smack Dab in the Middle of Maybe by Jo Watson Hackl
  49. Small Spaces by Katherine Arden
  50. So Done by Paula Chase
  51. SOS at Night by M.A. Wilson
  52. Stay Sweet by Siobhan Vivian
  53. Swallow's Dance by Wendy Orr
  54. Takedown by Laura Shovan
  55. Tiny Infinities by J.H. Diehl
  56. The Train to Impossible Places by P.G. Bell
  57. Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson
  58. The Vanderbeekers and the Hidden Garden by Karina Yan Glaser
  59. The Weight of the Stars by K. Ancrum
  60. White Rabbit by Caleb Roehrig
  61. Wild Blues by Beth Kephart


  1. Boat of Dreams by Rogério Coelho
  2. Body on Baker Street by Vicki Delany
  3. Brave by Svetlana Chmakova
  4. Captive Hearts of Oz Volume 1 by Ryo Maruya and Mamenosuke Fujimaru
  5. Cat Got Your Cash by Julie Chase
  6. Cat Got Your Secrets by Julie Chase
  7. A Charm of Goldfinches and Other Wild Gatherings by Matt Sewell
  8. Cilla Lee-Jenkins: Future Author Extraordinaire by Susan Tan
  9. Clayton Byrd Goes Underground by Rita Williams-Garcia
  10. Click'd by Tamara Ireland Stone
  11. Disney Manga: Magical Dance Volume 1 by Nao Kodaka
  12. The Ethan I Was Before by Ali Standish
  13. Final Girl by Michelle Schusterman
  14. Fusion for Beginners and Experts by Rebecca Sugar and Angie Wang
  15. Heartwood Hotel 1: A True Home by Kallie George
  16. Heartwood Hotel 2: The Greatest Gift by Kallie George
  17. Kneaded to Death by Winnie Archer
  18. Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert
  19. Misfit City Volume 1 by Kirsten Smith
  20. The Misfits Club by Kieran Mark Crowley
  21. A Murder for the Books by Victoria Gilbert
  22. My Beautiful Birds by Suzanne Del Rizzo
  23. The 91-Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton
  24. Paradox Bound by Peter Clines
  25. Posted by John David Anderson
  26. Riverboat Roulette by Carolyn Keene
  27. Speed of Life by Carol Weston
  28. An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon
  29. The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser
  30. Wee Sister Strange by Holly Grant


  1. The BFF Bucket List by Dee Romito
  2. Border Markers by Jenny Ferguson
  3. Crime and Poetry by Amanda Flower
  4. Delicious in Dungeon, Volume 3 by Ryoko Kui
  5. Gertie's Leap to Greatness by Kate Beasley
  6. The Ghost of Grey Fox Inn by Carolyn Keene
  7. Mabel Jones and the Doomsday Book by Will Mabbitt and Ross Collins
  8. The Missing Magic by Kallie George
  9. Prose and Cons by Amanda Flower
  10. The Sign in the Smoke by Carolyn Keene
  11. Summerlost by Ally Condie
  12. The Thing About Leftovers by C.C. Payne
  13. What Elephants Know by Eric Dinerstein
  14. The Wolf's Boy by Susan Williams Beckhorn
  15. Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk
  16. Yellow Brick War by Danielle Paige


  1. Awkward by Svetlana Chmakova
  2. Beyond: the Queer Sci-Fi & Fantasy Comic Anthology edited by Sfé R. Monster
  3. Binti by Nnedi Okorafor
  4. Charley Harper's Book of Colors by Zoe Burke
  5. Delicious in Dungeon Volume 2 by Ryoko Kui
  6. Knife Edge by Andrew Lane
  7. The Penderwicks in Spring (audio) by Jeanne Birdsall
  8. A Script for Danger by Carolyn Keene
  9. Sunny Side Up by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm
  10. Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink


  1. The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan
  2. Daring Do and the Eternal Flower by A.K. Yearling
  3. Days of Wine and Roquefort by Avery Aames
  4. Edible Colors by Jennifer Vogel Bass
  5. Weird Birds by Chris Earley


  1. Allegiant by Veronica Roth
  2. Bo at Ballard Creek by Kirkpatrick Hill and LeUyen Pham
  3. Charms and Chocolate Chips by Bailey Cates
  4. Milo's World: The Land Under the Lake by Richard Marazano and Christophe Ferreira
  5. My Little Pony Micro-Series: #7 Cutie Mark Crusaders by Ted Anderson
  6. My Little Pony: Micro-Series: #8: Princess Celestia by Georgia Ball
  7. Sweet Legacy by Tera Lynn Childs
  8. To Brie or Not To Brie by Avery Aames


  1. Clobbered by Camembert by Avery Aames
  2. A Deadly Grind by Victoria Hamilton
  3. I Date Dead People by Ann Kerns and Janina Görrissen
  4. Insurgent by Veronica Roth
  5. Kitty Cornered by Bob Tarte
  6. Mothership by Martin Leicht and Isla Neal
  7. Smells Like Dog by Suzanne Selfors
  8. Snake Bite by Andrew Lane
  9. Tigers in Red Weather by Liza Klaussmann
  10. Wrapped Up in You by Dan Jolley


  1. Little Bea by Daniel Roode
  2. Elegant Yokai Apartment Life, Volume 1 by Hinowa Kouzuki
  3. Emily the Strange: The 13th Hour by Rob Reger and Buzz Parker
  4. Fire Monks: Zen Mind Meets Wildfire at the Gates of Tassajara by Colleen Morton Busch
  5. Fire Storm by Andy Lane
  6. Guilty Plea by Robert Rotenberg
  7. Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey
  8. The Penderwicks at Point Mouette by Jeanne Birdsall
  9. The Red Slippers by Carolyn Keene
  10. The Uncertain Places by Lisa Goldstein


  1. Bedeviled Eggs by Laura Childs
  2. Chicks Dig Time Lords edited by Lynne M. Thomas
  3. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
  4. The Neighbors Are Watching by Debra Ginsberg
  5. The Poisoned House by Michael Ford
  6. Roast Mortem by Cleo Coyle
  7. Three Quarters Dead by Richard Peck


  1. The Complete Guide to Light by Mark Cleghorn (2009)
  2. Dragonbreath by Ursula Vernon (2009)
  3. Eggs Benedict Arnold by Laura Childs (2009)
  4. Itty Bitty by Cece Bell (2009)
  5. Old City Hall by Robert Rotenberg (2009)
  6. The Big Necessity by Rose George (2008)
  7. Does My Head Look Big in This? by Randa Abdel-Fattah (2008)
  8. The Dragon Princess by E.D. Baker (2008)
  9. Eggs in Purgatory by Laura Childs (2008)
  10. House of Many Ways by Diana Wynne Jones (2008)
  11. The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall (2008)
  12. The Ghost in Love by Jonathan Carroll (2007)
  13. Out of the Frying Pan, Into the Choir by Sharon Kahn (2006)
  14. Under the Jolly Roger by L.A. Meyer (2005)
  15. Which Big Giver Stole the Chopped Liver? by Sharon Kahn (2004)
  16. Lost in the Labyrinth by Patrice Kindl (2002)
  17. The Ropemaker by Peter Dickinson (2001)
  18. Make-A-Saurus: My Life with Raptors and Other Dinosaurs by Brian Cooley (2000)
  19. Nursery Crimes by Ayelet Waldman (2000)


  1. Tops & Bottoms by Janet Stevens (1995)
  2. Vancouver Island: Sketches And Trip Notes by Albert Ranger (1995)


  1. The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman and Peter Sís (1986)


  1. Wind/Pinball: Two Novels by Haruki Murakami (1979)
  2. Each Peach Pear Plum by Janet Ahlberg and Allan Ahlberg (1978)
  3. The Horse in Harry's Room by Syd Hoff (1970)


  1. Have You Seen a Giraffe Hat? by Irma Joyce (1969)
  2. A Jest of God by Margaret Laurence (1966)
  3. The Stone Angel by Margaret Laurence (1964)
  4. An Elephant is Not a Cat by Alvin Tresselt (1962)
  5. The Fire Cat by Esther Averill (1960)
  6. Tintin in Tibet by Hergé (1960)


  1. The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson (1959)


    West with the Night by Beryl Markham (1942)



  1. The Barrakee Mystery by Arthur W. Upfield (1929)
  2. Emily of New Moon by L.M. Montgomery (1923)
  3. The Tiger in the House by Carl Van Vechten (1920)


  1. Devils in Daylight by Jun'ichirō Tanizaki (1918)
  2. Green Trails and Upland Pastures by Walter Prichard Eaton (1917)


  1. The Road to Oz by L. Frank Baum (1909)
  2. Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz by L. Frank Baum (1908)

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