Book Reviews

(I've included my movie-style rating in parentheses after the book's title if I rated that book.  I didn't start rating books until 2013, and sometimes I forget to rate a book, which is why they don't all have ratings.)

The Abacadabra Kid by Sid Fleischman
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (PG) by A. Conan Doyle
The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker
Ain't We Got Fun (G) by Emily Chapman and Emily Ann Putzke
An Antic Disposition by Alan Gordon
Anatomy of a Murder (PG-13) by Robert Traver
And Be a Villain (PG) by Rex Stout
Anne of Avonlea (G) by L. M. Montgomery
Anne of Green Gables (G) by L. M. Montgomery
Anne of Green Gables (G) by L. M. Montgomery (again)
Anne of Ingleside (G) by L. M. Montgomery
Anne of the Island (G) by L. M. Montgomery
Anne of Windy Poplars (G) by L. M. Montgomery
Anne's House of Dreams (G) by L. M. Montgomery
The Apple Dumpling Gang (PG-13) by Jack M. Bickham
Archie Meets Nero Wolfe (PG) by Robert Goldsborough
The Art of Detection (R) by Laurie R. King

The Bachelor Girl's Guide to Murder (PG) by Rachel McMillan
Beautiful Ruins (R) by Jess Walter

Becoming Holmes (PG-13) by Shane Peacock
Becoming Jane Eyre (R) by Sheila Kohler
The Beekeeper's Apprentice (PG-13) by Laurie R. King
Betsy-Tacy (G) by Maud Hart Lovelace
The Black Arrow by Robert Louis Stevenson
The Black Moth (PG-13) by Georgette Heyer
The Black Shrike (PG-13) by Alistair MacLean
Bloodlines by Jan Burke
The Blue Castle (PG) by L. M. Montgomery
Blue Skies Tomorrow (PG-13) by Sarah Sundin
The Blythes are Quoted (PG-13) by L. M. Montgomery
The Bourne Identity (R) by Robert Ludlum
Brisingr by Christopher Paolini
The Bronte Plot (PG) by Katherine Reay
By Myself by Lauren Bacall

Captain Wentworth's Diary (G) by Amanda Grange

Care of Wooden Floors (R) by Will Wiles
The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes (PG) by A. Conan Doyle
A Christmas Carol (G) by Charles Dickens
Colonel Brandon's Diary (G) by Amanda Grange
Corral Nocturne (G) by Elisabeth Grace Foley
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
Cousin Phillis and Other Tales by Elizabeth Gaskell
The Cove (PG-13) by Ron Rash
The Cowgirl's Cookbook by Jill Charlotte Stanford

Daddy-Long-Legs (G) by Jean Webster
Dani Noir (PG) by Nova Ren Suma
Dear Enemy (G) by Jean Webster
Dear Irene, (PG-13) by Jan Burke

Dear Mr. Knightley (PG-13) by Katherine Reay
Death by Petticoat (G) by Mary Miley Theobald
Death Comes to Pemberley by P. D. James
Death du Jour by Kathy Reichs
Death in the Air (PG) by Shane Peacock
Death of a Doxy (PG-13) by Rex Stout
Death Qualified by Kate Wilhelm
Deja Dead by Kathy Reichs
"Diamond of the Rockies" Series by Kristen Heitzmann
A Distant Melody (PG-13) by Sarah Sundin
Dragons at Crumbling Castle and Other Stories (PG) by Terry Pratchett
The Dragon Turn (PG-13) by Shane Peacock
Dreaming Spies (PG-13) by Laurie R. King

Edmund Bertram's Diary (G) by Amanda Grange 

Emma by Jane Austen
The Enemy (R) by Lee Child
Eragon by Christopher Paolini
Ernest Hemingway:  Complete Poems (PG-13)
Ethan Frome (G) by Edith Wharton
Eye of the Crow (PG-13) by Shane Peacock
The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde

A Family Affair (PG) by Rex Stout
A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway

Five Enchanted Roses (PG-13) edited by Anne Elisabeth Stengl
A Flame Shall Spring from the Embers (PG) by Heidi Pekarek
Flappers and Philosophers (PG) by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Fortunately, the Milk (PG) by Neil Gaiman
For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
From the Dust Returned by Ray Bradbury
F. Scott Fitzgerald On Writing by Larry W. Phillips
The Further Adventures of Zorro (PG) by Johnston McCulley

Garment of Shadows by Laurie R. King

Giant by Edna Ferber
A Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Girl Waits with Gun (PG-13) by Amy Stewart
Goodnight, Irene by Jan Burke
The Great Gatsby (PG) by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Greenwillow (PG-13) by B. J. Chute
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (PG-13) by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows (again)

Hamlet:  Poem Unlimited (PG) by Harold Bloom
Hamlet, Prince of Denmark (PG-13) by William Shakespeare
The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

Henry Tilney's Diary (PG) by Amanda Grange
The High Window (PG-13) by Raymond Chandler
His Last Bow (PG) by A. Conan Doyle
The Hobbit (PG-13) by J.R.R. Tolkien
Hollywood Buzz (Starring Pucci Lewis) by Margit Leische
Homicide Trinity (PG) by Rex Stout
Hondo (PG) by Louis L'Amour
The Hound of the Baskervilles (PG) by A. Conan Doyle
The Hound of the Baskervilles (PG) by A. Conan Doyle (again)
The House of Silk (R) by Anthony Horowitz

I, Claudia (PG-13) by Charity Bishop
Ina May's Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin

I Never Had it Made by Jackie Robinson with Alfred Duckett
Inkheart (PG-13) by Cornelia Funke
In the Company of Sherlock Holmes (PG-13) ed. by Laurie R. King and Leslie S. Klinger

Jane and the Man of the Cloth by Stephanie Barron

Jane and the Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor by Stephanie Barron
Jane and the Wandering Eye by Stephanie Barron
The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler
Jane Austen's Cults and Cultures by Claudia L. Johnson
A Jane Austen Education by William Deresiewicz (PG-13)
Jane Austen's England (PG-13) by Roy and Lesley Adkins
Jane Austen Made Me Do It edited by Laurel Ann Nattress
Jane Eyre (PG) by Charlotte Brontë
Jimmy Stewart and His Poems (PG) by Jimmy Stewart
John Gielgud Directs Richard Burton in Hamlet by Richard L. Sterne
John Wayne:  The Man Behind the Myth by Michael Munn
Joss Whedon:  Conversations (R) edited by David Lavery and Cynthia Burkhead
Juicy Pens, Thirsty Paper (PG-13) by SARK

Keeping Watch by Laurie R. King

The Key to Extraordinary (G) by Natalie Lloyd
King Solomon's Mines (PG-13) by H. Rider Haggard
Kon-Tiki by Thor Heyerdahl

Lady Cop Makes Trouble (PG-13) by Amy Stewart
Lady Macbeth's Daughter (PG-13) by Lisa Klein

Lady Susan, The Watsons, and Sanditon by Jane Austen
A Lantern in Her Hand (G) by Bess Streeter Aldrich
The Last Dragonslayer (PG) by Jasper Fforde
The Last Kind Words Saloon (R) by Larry McMurtry
Laura (PG-13) by Vera Caspary
Left-Hand Kelly (PG) by Elisabeth Grace Foley
Let's Pretend This Never Happened (R) by Jenny Lawson
Letters from Father Christmas (G) by J. R. R. Tolkien
Letters from Pemberley:  The First Year (G) by Jane Dawkins
Letters of a Woman Homesteader (PG) by Elinore Pruitt Stewart
Letters on an Elk Hunt (PG) by Elinore Pruitt Stewart
The Light in the Forest (PG) by Conrad Richter
The Light of Western Stars (PG) by Zane Grey
The Little House Cookbook by Barbara M. Walker
Lizzy & Jane (PG-13) by Katherine Reay
Lone Creek by Neil McMahon
Longbourn (R) by Jo Baker
The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler
The Lord of the Rings (PG-13) by J. R. R. Tolkien
Lost Lake House (PG) by Elisabeth Grace Foley
Luther and Katharina by Jody Hedlund

Make the Bread, Buy the Butter by Jennifer Reese

Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
Mansfield Park by Jane Austen (again)
The Mark of Zorro (PG) by Johnston McCulley
The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (PG) by A. Conan Doyle
A Memory Between Us (PG-13) by Sarah Sundin
The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood (PG) by Howard Pyle
Middlemarch (PG) by George Eliot
The Mistletoe Promise (PG) by Richard Paul Evans
The Mother-Daughter Book Club (G) by Heather Vogel Frederick
The Mother Hunt (PG-13) by Rex Stout
Mr. Darcy's Diary (PG) by Amanda Grange
Mr. Knightley's Diary (G) by Amanda Grange
Much Ado About Anne (G) by Heather Vogel Frederick
The Murder of Mary Russell (R) by Laurie R. King
My Hands Came Away Red (PG-13) by Lisa McKay

Nimona (PG-13) by Noelle Stevenson
The Ninth Configuration by William Peter Blatty

North and South (PG) by Elizabeth Gaskell
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
Nothing Daunted (G) by Dorothy Wickenden
And Now Tomorrow (PG) by Rachel Field
The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith

Of Mice and Men (PG-13) by John Steinbeck
O Jerusalem by Laurie R. King

The Old Man and the Sea (G) by Ernest Hemingway
Once (PG-13) by Elisabeth Grace Foley, Emily Ann Putzke, Hayden Wand, and three other authors
101 Things You Didn't Know About Jane Austen by Patrice Hannon
One More Thing:  Stories and Other Stories (R) by B. J. Novak
Ordinary Thunderstorms by William Boyd
Outlaw (R) by Angus Donald
The Outsiders (PG) by S. E. Hinton

Paper Hearts (PG) by Courtney Walsh
Paper Towns (PG-13) by John Green
The Paris Wife (R) by Paula McLain

The Pawn by Stephen James
Peace Like a River (PG-13) by Leif Enger
Persuasion by Jane Austen
Persuasion by Jane Austen (again)
Pew Sisters by Katie Schuermann
The Phantom Tollbooth (G) by Norton Juster
Pies and Prejudice by Heather Vogel Frederick
Pirate King by Laurie R. King
A Portrait of Emily Price (PG-13) by Katherine Reay
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Pride and Prejudice (PG) by Jane Austen (again)
The Princess Bride (PG-13) by William Goldman
The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (G) by Vincent Starrett
The Pursuit of Mary Bennet (PG-13) by Pamela Mingle

The Quiet Little Woman (G) by Louisa May Alcott

Rainbow Valley (G) by L. M. Montgomery
"The Ranch Next Door" and Other Stories (PG) by Elizabeth Grace Foley

Random Harvest (PG) by James Hilton
"The Ranger" and Other Stories (PG) by Zane Grey
Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm by Kate Douglas Wiggin
The Return of Sherlock Holmes (PG) by A. Conan Doyle
Richard Burton:  Prince of Players by Michael Munn
Riders of the Purple Sage (PG-13) by Zane Grey
Rilla of Ingleside (G) by L. M. Montgomery
A Room with a View (PG) by E. M. Forster
A Room with a View (PG) by E. M. Forster (again)
Rooster (PG-13) by Brett Cogburn
Rowan Hood (PG-13) by Nancy Springer

Saint Anything (PG-13) by Sarah Dessen
The Secret Fiend (PG-13) by Shane Peacock
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

The Sense and Sensibility Screenplay & Diaries (R) by Emma Thompson
The Seven-Per-Cent Solution (PG-13) by Nicholas Meyer
Shades of Grey (PG-13) by Jasper Fforde
Shakespeare's Restless World by Neil MacGregor
The Sign of the Four (PG) by A. Conan Doyle
The Silmarillion (PG) by J.R.R. Tolkien
Sixguns and Society (PG-13) by Will Wright
Sixteen Brides (PG) by Stephanie Grace Whitson
A Slight Trick of the Mind (PG) by Mitch Cullin
A Snicker of Magic (G) by Natalie Lloyd
The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
Spiderweb for Two (G) by Elizabeth Enright
Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (PG) by Robert Louis Stevenson
A Study in Scarlet (PG) by A. Conan Doyle
A Study in Sherlock edited by Laurie R. King and Leslie Klinger
The Sun Also Rises (PG-13) by Ernest Hemingway
Sweet Dreams, Irene by Jan Burke

Tales for Little Ears (G) by Heidi Peterson
Tales of the Jazz Age (PG) by F. Scott Fitzgerald 

That Part was True (R) by Deborah McKinlay
This Dark Endeavor (PG-13) by Kenneth Oppel
This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Too Many Cooks by Rex Stout
Tortilla Flat (R) by John Steinbeck
The Trouble with Poetry (PG) by Billy Collins
True Grit (PG-13) by Charles Portis
True Strength (R) by Kevin Sorbo
Two Guys Read Jane Austen by Steve Chandler and Terrence N. Hill

An Unexpected Cookbook by Chris-Rachael Oseland

The Valley of Fear (PG) by A. Conan Doyle

Vanished (PG-13) by Irene Hannon
Vanishing Act by Thomas Perry
Vanishing Girl (PG) by Shane Peacock
The Victory Club (PG-13) by Robin Lee Hatcher

Wanderlust Creek and Other Stories (PG) by Elisabeth Grace Foley West of Sunset (R) by Stewart O'Nan
What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew by Daniel Pool

Where Treetops Glisten (PG) by Tricia Goyer, Cara Putman, and Sarah Sundin
The Witch of Blackbird Pond (PG) by Elizabeth George Speare
The White Company (PG) by A. Conan Doyle
The White Queen by Philippa Gregory
Wishes, Lies, and Dreams by Kenneth Koch
The World of Raymond Chandler (PG-13) edited by Barry Day
A Wreath of Snow (G) by Liz Curtis Higgs

Zorro by Isabel Allende


ADULT COLORING BOOKS

Color Me Jane by Jacqui Oakley
Whimsical Gardens by Alexandra Cowell

11 comments:

  1. I hope you had a great Christmas, Hamlette! I just thought I'd check out your To-Read List...

    So far I've read The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The Count of Monte Cristo, Emma, The Great Gatsby, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel-Pie Society, The Hound of the Baskervilles, Lady Susan & The Watsons & Sanditon, Mansfield Park, The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, Northanger Abbey, Persuasion, Pride and Prejudice, The Princess Bride, The Return of Sherlock Holmes, Sense and Sensibility, The Sign of Four and A Study in Scarlet. And I actually enjoyed every single one of those books! OK, either I'm just really easily pleased or you just happened to pick a lot of great books. I cheerfully accept the latter! :D

    At some point I want to read Anne of Green Gables, Eragon, The Eyre Affair, something by Ernest Hemingway, The Jane Austen Book Club, The No 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, A Room with a View & The Seven Per Cent Solution.

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    1. This is my list of books I've reviewed here -- the to-read list is even longer (gulp!), and I haven't finished it yet (double gulp!).

      Oooooh, Hemingway! Does this mean you've read nothing of his yet? My favorite is his memoir, A Movable Feast. If you like short stories, try to find a collection called "The Nick Adams Stories." I really like those. I'm not as fond of his novels, actually, except for the writing in them.

      Anyway, of those you listed as having not read yet, I absolutely LOVE Anne of Green Gables and The Eyre Affair and A Room with a View. I'm very fond of The Seven-Per-Cent Solution too.

      And I did have a good Christmas! A bit frenetic at times, but pleasant anyway. How was yours?

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    2. Aw man! I must have clicked on the wrong thing. I feel pretty stupid now!

      I've been quite wary about reading Hemingway for years and I'm really not sure why. I've heard 'The Old Man and the Sea' is one of his best and also one of his shortest so if I ever read Hemingway it will probably be that one.

      Glad to hear you had a good Christmas! Mine was good too :)

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    3. Well, they ARE right next to each other.

      I don't recommend "The Old Man and the Sea." Hemingway himself called it a literary stunt, and it's not a good taste of his usual style. But it's really famous because it got lots of awards. It's quite short, though, not even long enough to be called a novella IMHO.

      Hemingway gets labeled a misogynist a lot, though I find his woman characters equally as well-rounded and well-written as his man characters. But it's probably because of his real-life persona as a "man's man," what with all the hunting and fishing and drinking and multiple wives.

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  2. Yeah... I suppose the misogyny label was kind of the reason why :D And if I do ever do end up reading 'The Old Man and the Sea' first I'll keep in mind that it's not his usual style.

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    1. Lots of people do love TOMATS, so you might too!

      If I only read books by people who were never jerks, I wouldn't read many books.

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    1. MovieCritic, haha! Well, this is what 5 years worth of book reviews looks like when you review 40+ books a year :-)

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    2. Wow! These all need to go on my to read list. Keep up the great work!!! In half a year I reviewed 6 books. But then again I'm not just a book blog.

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    3. And that's precisely why I started a book blog. I was posting book reviews on three other blogs (two of which I have since abandoned, and one of which was the Soliloquy), and I wanted them to be all in one place. One blog dedicated to all things bookish. So in 2012, I copied all my old reviews over here, and started afresh in January of 2013.

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