Book Worm - Books 2002-2016

Books are some of my best friends. Here are the books I've read since 2002.

* - means books that I read with my book exchange group.

Link - reviewed the book

The All Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion
Kissing In America
No One Is Here Except All of Us
Harry Potter and The Cursed Child
The Little Paris Bookshop*
Me Before You*
The Spell Book of Listen Taylor*
A Much Younger Man*
The Persian Pickle Club*
Daring Greatly
I Thought I Was The Only One
Gifts of Imperfection
The Signature of All Things
The Raven Boys
The Grace Keepers
The Library At Mount Char
Storied Life of AJ Fikry
Harry Potter 6
The Nest
Girl Underwater


Station Eleven
Everything I Never Told You
Orphan Train
The Light Between Oceans
Girl At War
An Ember In The Ashes
Days of Blood and Starlight
Dreams of Gods and Monsters
Daughter of Smoke and Bone
My Real Children
These Is My Words
Vanessa and Her Sister
Etta and Otto and Russel and James
My Name Is Resolute
The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells
Love Walked In
Circling The Sun
Let's Pretend This Never Happened
Fates and Furies
The Daughters
The Lake House


Flight Behavior
Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Laini Taylor
Love Water Memory
The Red Tent
Rose Under Fire
Ocean at the End of the Lane
Smoke Gets In Your Eyes: and Other Lessons from the Crematory
Us, David Nicholls (I wish I would have blogged about this one. It had a scene of the main character running through Florence, Italy in a crazed manner that I can completely empathize with. All of the scenes from Venice, Pisa, and Florence were little nuggets of happiness and jolts of memory.)
All the Light We Cannot See (so, so good. This book was beautiful. Highly recommended.)
The Angel of Losses (Meh. I really wanted to love it, but by the end, it was confusing and rushed)
Beautiful Ruins (Again, the Italy connection.)
Game of Thrones
Clash of Kings
Storm of Swords
Feast for Crows
Bikram Yoga
Life After Life (tried to read this in 2013, succeeded in 2014. I loved it in the end.)
Storied Life of AJ Fikry
For Darkness Shows the Stars
The Gollem and the Jinni (This was a wonderful book. I loved the Jinni and Gollem histories - they tie to old Jewish and Beduin traditions. Highly recommended.)
The Invention of Wings
Days of Blood and Starlight, Laini Taylor
Dreams of Gods and Monsters Laini Taylor (loved this series)
The Daylight Gate
We Were Liars


Book of Mormon*
Heaven is here
Invisible Bridge
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Beautiful Creatures
City of Women
Brave New World*
Finding Francesca*
The Forgotten Garden
Code Name Verity
Into Thin Air*

A Tree grows in Brooklyn*

The Dive from Clausen's Pier*
The Alchemist*
The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets
The Diaries of Adam and Eve*
Sarah's Key
The Hand That First Held Mine
Age of Miracles
Discovery of Witches
Prodigal Summer
Shadow of Night
The Goose Girl
Enna Burning
The Secret Keeper
Book of Mormon


The Book Thief*

Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox*
The Reapers Are the Angels*
Year of Wonders
Cold Sassy Tree*
Til We Have Faces*
The Graveyard Book*
East of Eden
A Month of Summer*
State of Wonder
One Day*
The Night Circus
Before I Go To Sleep
Bud, Not Buddy*


  • The Copper Beach* - Maeve Binchy at her finest.
  • Lavinia* - Returns us to the beginnings of Rome, my first Ursula Le Guin book. Loved it
  • The Drifters* - The 60's in all its glory. Sex, drugs, VW buses, hippies. Good times.
  • The Knife of Never Letting Go - I need to finish the other two books of this series. I will eventually.
  • The Lovely Bones* - I read this book back in 2003; I liked it just as much the second time around.
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog at Nighttime* - I didn't love the characters, but I liked the message of this book.
  • Little Bee* - traumatizing, guilt-inspiring, and yet so triumphant. Reminds me of Poisonwood Bible, and yet they are nothing alike.
  • Girl in Translation - a great immigrant story. Amy and I read this book within weeks or days of each other without knowing it. I love that this happens often.
  • Little Stranger - Gothic book about a house. I didn't love the ending - too many loose ends.
  • Someone Called Eva* - an interesting take on WWII for children. I was fascinated learning about the Nazi's use of adopting "German" looking children from neighboring countries. How glad I am that we won the war.
  • A Vintage Affair - Probably my favorite book of 2010. Another WWII tie, but set in the present.
  • The Girl who Chased the Moon - another favorite. This author (Sarah Addison Allen) has eclipsed my love for Alice Hoffman a la The River King and Blue Diary.
  • Fever 1793 - my first ever Laurie Halse Anderson book, read weeks after my sister went to dinner with her.
  • Possession - I finally bought my own copy and wrote in it as I read it. Love love love this book!
  • Time Traveler's Wife - every year I read it. I admit I now see Rachel McAdams when I picture Clare, but she's kind of fuzzy...not 100% Rachel.
  • Mockingjay - One of the few book reviews I did. And now that I look at the post, it wasn't even a review.
  • Walk Two Moons* - I didn't love this book until the end. Then it really really hit me.
  • I am the Messenger* - loved this book. Loved its message. Giggled at the whited out swearing with replacement words written in.
  • The Elegance of the Hedgehog* - hated it until 140 pages in, then read it in 2 days. A great great book.
  • Unwind - terrifying, and so possible. Thing Hunger Games intensity with a totally creative, unique premise. And no annoying self-centered main character.
  • Chains - another Laurie Halse Anderson. She does youth fiction so, so well.
  • The Lace Reader* (haven't finished yet) - reading this one in tandem with Sepulchre.
And, these books I started but have put by the wayside:
  • The Surrendered - Korean War book - graphic and slow.
  • Northanger Abbey - I want to love this more than I did. I guess I'll just have to accept that Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility are the only Jane Austen books I'll ever complete.
  • Anne of Green Gables - I hated this book. Why? I don't know. I wanted to like it, but it wasn't the reality.
  • The Distant Hours - Argh. I loved The Forgotten Garden so so much. Why isn't this one as good? Why?
  • 13 Reasons Why - full of teenage angst. I will eventually finish it, I think.

  • My Name Is Asher Lev*
  • Time Travelers Wife
  • Excellent Women
  • Painted Veil*
  • A Mercy
  • Sea Of Poppies
  • Skeletons At The Feast
  • Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society
  • Heart And Soul
  • Bog Child
  • Love And Other Impossible Pursuits
  • The Help
  • Harry Potter #7
  • Balzac And The Little Chinese Seamstress
  • The Sugar Queen
  • The Angels Game
  • The Physick Book Of Deliverance Dane
  • The House At Riverton*
  • Forgotten Garden
  • The Story Sisters
  • The Disreputable History Of Frankie Landeau-Banks.
  • White Noise*
  • Hunger Games
  • Me And Emma*
  • The Lost Symbol
  • Catching Fire (Hg #2)
  • The Truth About Forever*
  • The Dead & The Gone
  • Day After Night
  • The Year Of The Flood
  • Her Fearful Symmetry
  • Cold Mountain*

  • Birth House*
  • How To Be Good*
  • Water For Elephants*
  • Bonesetters Daughter*
  • The Good Fairies Of New York*
  • Midwife's Tale*
  • Lost Art Of Keeping Secrets*
  • Hi Fidelity*
  • Septembers Of Shiraz*
  • Kite Runner*
  • A Lesson Before Dying*
  • My Name Is Asher Lev*
  • Book Of Mormon
  • Hunger Games
  • People Of The Book
  • Possession
  • Atonement
  • The Other Boleyn Girl
  • Angle Of Repose
  • Belong To Me
  • Dandelion Wine*
  • Breaking Dawn
  • The Host
  • Outlander
  • Mudbound
  • Invisible Sign Of My Own
  • Life As We Knew It
  • Friday Night Knitting Club
  • Heretic's Daughter


Artemis Fowl
Water for Elephants
The Passion of Artemisia
The Birth House
The Time Traveler's Wife
Let The Northern Lights Erase Your Name
Madonnas of Leningrad
Memory Keeper's Daughter
Love Walked In
The Stolen Child
Virgin in the Garden
New Moon
Among Other Things, I've Taken Up Smoking
Season of the Witch
Thousand Splendid Suns
The Thirteenth Tale
The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
The Uses of Enchantment
Garden Spells


Use Me
Mrs Kimble
The Historian
Little Earthquakes
Snow Flower & The Secret Fan
Ladies Auxiliary
Deep End of the Ocean
Love Walked In
The History of Love
In the Company of the Courtesan
The Covenant
Baker Towers
Pride & Prejudice
Everything Is Illuminated
Time Traveler's Wife
Never Let Me Go
How I Live Now
White Oleander
The Forgetting
About Grace
The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets
The Thirteenth Tale
The Book Thief


Sleeping with Schubert
The Summer House
Mists of Avalon
As the Crow Flies
Harry Potter 6
Those who save us
Lucifer's Shadow
Gilded Chamber
Vanishing Acts
Good Harbor
All over creation
Drowning Ruth
Birth of Venus
My Sister's Keeper
Ya Ya's in Bloom
The Last Days of Dogtown


The Da Vinci Code
Poisonwood Bible
Angels & Demons
Scorpion King
The Giver
Fall On Your Knees
Doomsday Book
The Falls
A Walk to Remember
Cold Mountain
Secret Life of Bees
Persian Pickle Club
River King
Time Traveler's Wife
Tara Road
We Were the Mulvaneys
Life of Pi


East of Eden
Family History
Two From Galilee
Ahab's Wife
Harry Potter 1 - 5
Fellowship of The Ring
Two Towers
Return of The King
Alias Grace
To Kill A Mockingbird
Secret Life of Bees
The Tatooed Girl
Oryx and Crake
Probable Future
Pelican Brief
A Tree Grows In Brooklyn
Lovely Bones
Girl In Hyacinth Blue
Girl With A Pearl Earring
Crystal Cave
The Twentieth Wife
Women of The Silk
Enemy Women
Year of Wonders


Chronicles of Narnia
Two Towers
Return of the King
Fellowship of the Ring
Fall on your knees
Blue Diary
Here on Earth
Local Girls
River King
These Granite Islands
HP Scorcerors Stone
HP Chamber of Secrets
HP Prizoner of Azkaban
HP Goblet of Fire
Scarlet Feather
The Shell Seekers
Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister
Prodigal Summer
Terms of Endearment
Little Women
White Oleander
Rush Home Road
Icy Sparks
Expecting Adam
Gone with the Wind
Black and Blue
Cat's Eye
I'll Take You There
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