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Books Reviewed in 2020:

Books reviewed by the year published.

2020

  1. Act by Kayla Miller
  2. All Together Now by Hope Larson
  3. The Amelia Six by Kristin L. Gray
  4. The Archer at Dawn by Swati Teerdhala
  5. Batman: The Smile Killer by Jeff Lemire
  6. A Beginning at the End by Mike Chen
  7. The Black Kids by Christina Hammonds Reed
  8. Blacktop Wasteland by S.A. Cosby
  9. Bloom by Kenneth Oppel and Sophie Amos (Narrator)
  10. Booked for Death by Victoria Gilbert
  11. Bound for Murder by Victoria Gilbert
  12. Camp Spirit by Axelle Lenoir
  13. Careless Whiskers by Miranda James
  14. Cast Iron Alibi by Victoria Hamilton
  15. Cat Me If You Can by Miranda James
  16. Catstronauts: Digital Disaster by Drew Brockington
  17. Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas
  18. Charming as a Verb by Ben Philippe
  19. Chirp by Kate Messner
  20. Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron
  21. The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin
  22. Clean Getaway by Nic Stone and Dawud Anyabwile
  23. Cleopatra in Space: Queen of the Nile by Mike Maihack
  24. Come Tumbling Down by Seanan McGuire
  25. Daring Darleen, Queen of the Screen by Anne Nesbet
  26. A Deadly Inside Scoop by Abby Collette and Joell Jacob
  27. Death by Vanilla Latte by Alex Erickson
  28. Death on the Page by Essie Lang
  29. Dehaunting by J.A. White
  30. Displacement by Kiku Hughes
  31. The Do-Over by Jennifer Honeybourn
  32. Don't Read the Comments by Eric Smith
  33. Dough or Die by Winnie Archer
  34. Dragon Hoops by Gene Luen Yang
  35. Egg Drop Dead by Vivien Chien
  36. The Electric Heir by Victoria Lee
  37. The Empress of Salt and Fortune by Nghi Vo
  38. Every Missing Piece by Melanie Conklin
  39. The Faceless Old Woman Who Secretly Lives In Your Home by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor
  40. Family Tree, Volume 1: Sapling by Jeff Lemire and Phil Hester
  41. Fangs by Sarah Andersen
  42. Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender
  43. A Field Guide to Getting Lost by Joy McCullough
  44. For Whom the Book Tolls by Laura Gail Black and Janina Edwards (narrator)
  45. The Forest of Stars by Heather Kassner
  46. A Game of Fox and Squirrels by Jenn Reese
  47. Gargantis by Thomas Taylor
  48. Ghost-Spider, Volume 1: Dog Days Are Over by Seanan McGuire
  49. Ghost Squad by Claribel A. Ortega
  50. Giant Days Volume 12 by John Allison
  51. Giant Days Volume 13 by John Allison
  52. Giant Days, Volume 14 by John Allison
  53. A Gift for a Ghost by Borja González
  54. The Girl and the Ghost by Hanna Alka
  55. Go to Sleep (I Miss You) by Lucy Knisley
  56. Gone with the Whisker by Laurie Cass
  57. Gotham High by Melissa de la Cruz
  58. Green Lantern: Legacy by Minh Lê and Andie Tong
  59. The Grim Reader by Kate Carlisle
  60. Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson
  61. The Gryphon's Lair by Kelley Armstrong
  62. The Hand on the Wall by Maureen Johnson
  63. Here Comes the Body by Maria DiRico and Devon Sorvari
  64. The Hollow Places by T. Kingfisher
  65. Hunted by the Sky by Tanaz Bhathena
  66. If I Couldn't Be Anne by Kallie George and Geneviève Godbout
  67. (Im)perfectly Happy by Sharina Harris
  68. Incendiary by Zoraida Córdova
  69. The Invisible Boy by Alyssa Hollingsworth
  70. Joker: Killer Smile by Jeff Lemire
  71. Julia's House Moves On by Ben Hatke
  72. Just a Boy and a Girl in a Little Canoe by Sarah Mlynowski
  73. Just Like a Mama by Alice Faye Duncan and Charnelle Pinkney Barlow
  74. Kerry and the Knight of the Forest by Andi Watson
  75. To Kill a Mocking Girl by Harper Kincaid
  76. Killer Kung Pao by Vivien Chien
  77. The Legend of Korra: Ruins of the Empire Part Three by Michael Dante DiMartino
  78. Lift by Minh Lê and Dan Santat
  79. The Lost Carnival by Michael Moreci
  80. A Love Hate Thing by Whitney D. Grandison
  81. Love, Jacaranda by Alex Flinn
  82. Mañanaland by Pam Muñoz Ryan
  83. The Map of Stars by Laura Ruby
  84. The Mess That We Made by Michelle Lord and Julie Blattman
  85. Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
  86. The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
  87. Mimi Lee Gets a Clue by Jennifer J. Chow
  88. Mimi Lee Reads Between the Lines by Jennifer J. Chow
  89. A Mixture of Mischief by Anna Meriano
  90. Mums and Mayhem by Amanda Flower
  91. Nightschool: The Weirn Books Collector's Edition, Volume 1 by Svetlana Chmakova
  92. Not Like the Movies by Kerry Winfrey
  93. Notorious by Gordon Korman
  94. Now That I've Found You by Kristina Forest
  95. Of Curses and Kisses by Sandhya Menon
  96. The Old Truck by Jarrett Pumphrey and Jerome Pumphrey
  97. Once Upon an Eid edited by S.K. Ali
  98. The Only Black Girls in Town by Brandy Colbert
  99. The Oracle Code by Marieke Nijkamp
  100. Outside In by Deborah Underwood and Cindy Derby
  101. Paladin's Grace by T. Kingfisher
  102. Paola Santiago and the River of Tears by Tehlor Kay Mejia
  103. Parachutes by Kelly Yang
  104. The Power of Her Pen by Lesa Cline-Ransome and John Parra
  105. The Pretenders by Rebecca Hanover
  106. Race to the Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse
  107. Rent a Boyfriend by Gloria Chao
  108. Rick by Alex Gino
  109. A Ride to Remember: A Civil Rights Story by Sharon Langley, Amy Nathan and Floyd Cooper
  110. The Ripple Effect by Malorie Blackman
  111. River of Dreams by Jan Nash
  112. Riviera Gold by Laurie R. King
  113. Rogue Princess by B.R. Myers
  114. Scritch Scratch by Lindsay Currie
  115. Shadow of the Batgirl by Sarah Kuhn and Nicole Goux
  116. Sia Martinez and the Moonlit Beginning of Everything by Raquel Vasquez Gilliland
  117. The Silence of Bones by June Hur
  118. Solutions and Other Problems by Allie Brosh
  119. Something to Say by Lisa Moore Ramée
  120. A Song Below Water by Bethany C. Morrow
  121. A Song of Wraiths & Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown
  122. Spider-Man & Venom: Double Trouble by Mariko Tamaki and Gurihiru
  123. Stand Up, Yumi Chung! by Jessica Kim
  124. Steeple by John Allison
  125. Stepping Stones by Lucy Knisley
  126. Story Boat by Kyo Maclear and Rashin Kheiriyeh
  127. Sun and Moon Have a Tea Party by Yumi Heo
  128. Superman Smashes the Klan by Gene Luen Yang and Gurihiru
  129. Teen Titans: Beast Boy by Kami Garcia
  130. Ten Ways to Hear Snow by Cathy Camper and Kenard Pak
  131. There's a Murder Afoot by Vicki Delany
  132. The Thief Knot by Kate Milford and Jaime Zollars
  133. This Is All Your Fault by Aminah Mae Safi
  134. Three Keys by Kelly Yang
  135. The Total Eclipse of Nestor Lopez by Adrianna Cuevas
  136. Trouble the Saints by Alaya Dawn Johnson
  137. Turtle Under Ice by Juleah del Rosario
  138. The Vanderbeekers Lost and Found by Karina Yan Glaser
  139. The Voting Booth by Brandy Colbert
  140. Wayward Witch by Zoraida Córdova
  141. We Are the Wildcats by Siobhan Vivian
  142. We Didn't Ask for This by Adi Alsaid
  143. We Dream of Space by Erin Entrada Kelly
  144. We Unleash the Merciless Storm by Tehlor Kay Mejia
  145. The Winterhouse Mysteries by Ben Guterson and Chloe Bristol
  146. A Wizard's Guide to Defensive Baking by T. Kingfisher
  147. Wonder Woman: Tempest Tossed by Laurie Halse Anderson
  148. World's Worst Parrot by Alice Kuipers
  149. You Brought Me the Ocean by Alex Sanchez and Julie Maroh
  150. You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson

2019

  1. Ascender, Volume 1: The Haunted Galaxy by Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen
  2. The Ash Family by Molly Dektar
  3. The Big Shrink by Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle, and Emily Jenkins
  4. Black Hammer, Volume 4: Age of Doom Part Two by Jeff Lemire
  5. Brewed Awakening by Cleo Coyle
  6. Clever Little Witch by Mượn Thị Văn and Hyewon Yum
  7. Cleopatra in Space: Fallen Empires by Mike Maihack
  8. A Death Long Overdue by Eva Gates and Elise Arsenault (Narrator)
  9. Don't Date Rosa Santos by Nina Moreno
  10. Earth to Charlie by Justin Olson
  11. Flour in the Attic by Winnie Archer
  12. The Great Brain Robbery by P.G. Bell
  13. Handbook for Homicide by Lorna Barrett and Cassandra Campbell (narrator)
  14. Hot Dog Girl by Jennifer Dugan
  15. I'm Not Dying with You Tonight by Kimberly Jones and Gilly Segal
  16. I'm Worried by Michael Ian Black and Debbie Ridpath Ohi
  17. In West Mills by De'Shawn Charles Winslow
  18. Kazu Jones and the Denver Dognappers by Shauna Holyoak
  19. The Legend of Korra: Ruins of the Empire, Part Two by Michael Dante DiMartino
  20. Love & Other Curses by Michael Thomas Ford
  21. Malamander by Thomas Taylor
  22. Minor Mage by T. Kingfisher
  23. The Missing Years by Lexie Elliott
  24. Natalie Tan's Book of Luck and Fortune by Roselle Lim
  25. The Pawful Truth by Miranda James
  26. The Princess in Black and the Bathtime Battle by Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham
  27. Queen of the Sea by Dylan Meconis
  28. Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
  29. Roll with It by Jamie Sumner
  30. Sabrina the Teenage Witch by Kelly Thompson and Veronica Fish
  31. School-Tripped by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm
  32. Starworld by Audrey Coulthurst and Paula Garner
  33. These Witches Don't Burn by Isabel Sterling
  34. This Time Will Be Different by Misa Sugiura
  35. The Tiger at Midnight by Swati Teerdhala
  36. Verse and Vengeance by Amanda Flower
  37. Waiting for Tom Hanks by Kerry Winfrey
  38. Wanderers by Chuck Wendig
  39. When Katie Met Cassidy by Camille Perri
  40. X Marks The Spot edited by Theo Hendrie
  41. You Are Never Alone by Elin Kelsey and Soyeon Kim

2018

  1. Alice Isn't Dead by Joseph Fink
  2. America for Beginners by Leah Franqui
  3. Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage
  4. Breaking the Mould by Victoria Hamilton
  5. The Bride Was a Boy by Chii
  6. Class Action by Steven B. Frank
  7. Claws for Concern by Miranda James
  8. Clock Dance by Anne Tyler
  9. Counting to Perfect by Suzanne LaFleur
  10. Crush by Svetlana Chmakova
  11. Death and Daisies by Amanda Flower
  12. Descender, Volume 5: Rise of the Robots by Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen
  13. Descender, Volume 6: The Machine War by Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen
  14. The Dollar Kids by Jennifer Richard Jacobson
  15. (Don't) Call Me Crazy edited by Kelly Jensen
  16. Everywhere You Want to Be by Christina June
  17. Flowers and Foul Play by Amanda Flower
  18. The Future is Blue by Catherynne M. Valente
  19. The Game Masters of Garden Place by Denis Markell
  20. The Golden State by Lydia Kiesling
  21. Grand Theft Horse by G. Neri and Corban Wilkin (Illustrations)
  22. The Haunting on Heliotrope Lane by Carolyn Keene
  23. Hearts Unbroken by Cynthia Leitich Smith
  24. Heartwood Hotel 4: Home Again by Kallie George
  25. Hey, Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
  26. Home and Away by Candice Montgomery
  27. The House in Poplar Wood by K.E. Ormsbee
  28. The House That Lou Built by Mae Respicio
  29. I'm Sad by Michael Ian Black and Debbie Ridpath Ohi
  30. If da Vinci Painted a Dinosaur by Amy Newbold
  31. Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli
  32. Llamaphones by Janik Coat
  33. Lu by Jason Reynolds
  34. Magnificent Birds by Narisa Togo
  35. A Man and His Cat, Volume 1 by Umi Sakurai
  36. Marriage of Unconvenience by Chelsea M. Cameron
  37. My Brigadista Year by Katherine Paterson
  38. Nate Expectations by Tim Federle
  39. No Grater Danger by Victoria Hamilton and Emily Woo Zeller
  40. The Not So Boring Letters of Private Nobody by Matthew Landis
  41. The 104-Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton
  42. The Princess in Black and the Science Fair Scare by Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham
  43. Property of the Rebel Librarian by Allison Varnes
  44. The Saturday Night Ghost Club by Craig Davidson
  45. Saving Winslow by Sharon Creech
  46. See You On a Starry Night by Lisa Schroeder
  47. The Shortest Way Home by Miriam Parker
  48. Shot in the Dark by Cleo Coyle
  49. Six Cats a Slayin' by Miranda James and Erin Bennett
  50. Sometime After Midnight by L. Philips
  51. The Space Between by Dete Meserve
  52. Space Unicorn Blues by T.J. Berry
  53. Spell & Spindle by Michelle Schusterman
  54. The Storm Runner by J.C. Cervantes
  55. The Terrible Two's Last Laugh by Mac Barnett, Jory John, and Kevin Cornell
  56. The Third Mushroom by Jennifer L. Holm
  57. Twelve Angry Librarians by Miranda James
  58. The Unbinding of Mary Reade by Miriam McNamara
  59. The Walking Bread by Winnie Archer
  60. Where the Watermelons Grow by Cindy Baldwin
  61. A Witch's Printing Office, Volume 1 by Mochinchi

2017

  1. Akata Warrior by Nnedi Okorafor
  2. Binti: Home by Nnedi Okorafor
  3. Birds & Other Animals with Pablo Picasso by Pablo Picasso
  4. Captive Hearts of Oz Volume 2 by Ryo Maruya
  5. The Cooking Gene by Michael W. Twitty
  6. Crust No One by Winnie Archer
  7. Dead Cold Brew by Cleo Coyle
  8. Dear Martin by Nic Stone
  9. Death by Eggnog by Alex Erickson
  10. Death by Pumpkin Spice by Alex Erickson
  11. Delicious in Dungeon, Volume 4 by Ryoko Kui
  12. Delicious in Dungeon, Volume 5 by Ryoko Kui
  13. Descender, Volume 4: Orbital Mechanics by Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen
  14. The Doldrums and the Helmsley Curse by Nicholas Gannon
  15. Drawing Lessons by Patricia Sands
  16. The Haunting of Vancouver Island by Shanon Sinn
  17. I See London, I See France by Sarah Mlynowski
  18. If I Had a Little Dream by Nina Laden and Melissa Castrillón
  19. It Devours! by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor
  20. Leave It to Cleaver by Victoria Hamilton
  21. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
  22. The Mother of Black Hollywood: A Memoir by Jenifer Lewis
  23. Prince in Disguise by Stephanie Kate Strohm
  24. Swing it, Sunny by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm
  25. Wonder Valley by Ivy Pochoda
  26. Yak and Dove by Kyo Maclear and Esme Shapiro (Illustrations)

2016

  1. All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders
  2. Above by Roland Smith
  3. Bob the Artist by Marion Deuchars
  4. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Volume 1: The Crucible by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Robert Hack
  5. Descender, Volume 2: Machine Moon by Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen
  6. Descender, Volume 3: Singularities by Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen
  7. Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge by Paul Krueger and Emily Woo Zeller
  8. Mighty Jack by Ben Hatke
  9. No Cats Allowed by Miranda James
  10. The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles by Michelle Cuevas and Erin E. Stead
  11. The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

2010-2015

  1. All Ducks Are Birds: But, Not All Birds Are Ducks by Tara Michele Zrinski (2015)
  2. Arsenic and Old Books by Miranda James (2015)
  3. Big Hero 6, Volume 2 by Haruki Ueno (2015)
  4. BLAME! MASTER EDITION 1 by Tsutomu Nihei (2015)
  5. Dead to the Last Drop by Cleo Coyle (2015)
  6. Death by Coffee by Alex Erickson (2015)
  7. Death by Tea by Alex Erickson (2015)
  8. Descender, Volume 1: Tin Stars by Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen (2015)
  9. My Girlfriend is a T-Rex, Volume 1 by Sanzo (2015)
  10. Restaurant to Another World Volume 1 by Junpei Inuzuka and Katsumi Enami (2015)
  11. Restaurant to Another World Volume 2 by Junpei Inuzuka and Katsumi Enami (2015)
  12. Some Enchanted Éclair by Bailey Cates and Amy Rubinate (2015)
  13. White Colander Crime by Victoria Hamilton (2015)
  14. Akissi: Tales of Mischief by Marguerite Abouet (2014)
  15. Hansel and Gretel by Neil Gaiman and Lorenzo Mattotti (2014)
  16. Mini Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella (2014)
  17. Ms. Koizumi Loves Ramen Noodles Volume 1
  18. No Mallets Intended by Victoria Hamilton (2014)
  19. Once Upon a Grind by Cleo Coyle (2014)
  20. The Silence of the Library by Miranda James (2014)
  21. Tempest in a Teapot by Amanda Cooper (2014)
  22. Al Capone Does My Homework by Gennifer Choldenko (2013)
  23. Billionaire Blend by Cleo Coyle (2013)
  24. Bobo the Sailor Man! by Eileen Rosenthal (2013)
  25. Bowled Over by Victoria Hamilton (2013)
  26. Bran New Death by Victoria Hamilton and Margaret Strom (Narrator) (2013)
  27. Freezer I'll Shoot by Victoria Hamilton (2013)
  28. The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris by Jenny Colgan (2013)
  29. A Match Made in Heaven by Trina Robbins and Xian Nu Studio (2013)
  30. Paperboy by Vince Vawter (2013)
  31. Time for Bed, Fred! by Yasmeen Ismail (2012)
  32. Boot & Shoe by Marla Frazee (2012)
  33. He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not by Robin Mayhall (2012)
  34. Holiday Buzz by Cleo Coyle (2012)
  35. I'm Bored by Michael Ian Black and Debbie Ridpath Ohi (2012)
  36. Out of Circulation by Miranda James (2012)
  37. Lair of the Bat Monster by Ursula Vernon (2011)
  38. Shadowspell by Jenna Black (2011)
  39. Curse of the Were-wiener by Ursula Vernon (2010)
  40. The Troubleshooter's Guide to Do-It-Yourself Genealogy by W. Daniel Quillen (2010)

2000-2009

  1. Beautiful Darkness by Fabien Vehlmann (2009)
  2. Dragon Kiss by E.D. Baker (2009)
  3. Dread Pirate Fleur and the Ruby Heart by Sara Starbuck (2009)
  4. Valley of the Lost by Vicki Delany (2009)
  5. The Cruelest Month by Louise Penny (2007)
  6. In the Shadow of the Glacier by Vicki Delany (2007)
  7. The Next Thing on My List by Jill Smolinski (2007)
  8. Dead Cold by Louise Penny (2006)
  9. Raven Black by Ann Cleeves and Gordon Griffin (narrator) (2006)
  10. The Wall and the Wing by Laura Ruby (2006)
  11. Still Life by Louise Penny (2005)
  12. How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers (2004)
  13. The Fox Wish by Kimiko Aman and Komako Sakai (2003)
  14. City of Orphans by Avi (2000)
  15. Uzumaki by Junji Ito (2000)

1990-1999

  1. Sister of My Heart by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni (1999)
  2. Sandhill Cranes by Lynn M. Stone (!997)

1980-1989

  1. The Killings at Badger's Drift by Caroline Graham (1987)
  2. Quentin Corn by Mary Stolz (1985)
  3. Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg (1981)

1970-1979

  1. Cross-Country Cat by Mary Calhoun (1979)
  2. Halfbreed by Maria Campbell (1973)

1960-1969

  1. The Santaroga Barrier by Frank Herbert (1968)
  2. Lyle and the Birthday Party by Bernard Waber (1966)
  3. This is Edinburgh by Miroslav Sasek (1961)
  4. This Is New York by Miroslav Sasek (1960)
  5. This is Rome by Miroslav Sasek (1960)

1950-1959

  1. This is London by Miroslav Sasek (1959)
  2. The 13 Clocks by James Thurber (1950)

1940-1949

  1. Then There Were Five by Elizabeth Enright (1944)
  2. The Four-Story Mistake by Elizabeth Enright (1942)
  3. The Saturdays by Elizabeth Enright (1941)

1930-1939

  1. A Man Lay Dead by Ngaio Marsh (1934)

1920-1929


1910-1919

  1. Tik-Tok of Oz by L. Frank Baum (1914)
  2. The Patchwork Girl of Oz by L. Frank Baum (1913)
  3. The Sea Fairies by L. Frank Baum (1911)
  4. The Emerald City of Oz by L. Frank Baum (1910)

1900-1909



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