Book reviews

This page is a log of some of the books and book-like things I’ve read. If you prefer it, here’s my Goodreads profile.

Key

Outstanding
★★★★★
Good
★★★★☆
Neutral
★★★☆☆
Poor
★★☆☆☆
Terrible
★☆☆☆☆
Unrated
☆☆☆☆☆

Read after 2016 (ratings and reviews)

TITLE AUTHOR GENRE READ RATING
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court Twain, Mark fiction; sci-fi; fantasy Feb 2019 ★★★☆☆
A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire #3) Martin, George R. R. fiction; fantasy; epic Oct 2018 ★★★★☆
The Phoenix Conspiracy Sanders, Richard L. fiction; scifi; mystery Oct 2018 ★☆☆☆☆
And Then There Were None Christie, Agatha fiction; horror; mystery; crime Sep 2018 ★★★☆☆
UNSONG Alexander, Scott fiction; scifi; fantasy Sep 2018 ★★★★☆
Ways of Seeing Berger, John nonfiction; art Sep 2018 ★☆☆☆☆
The Dark Net: Inside the Digital Underworld Bartlett, Jamie nonfiction; tech Sep 2018 ★★★☆☆
The Internet of Garbage Jeong, Sarah nonfiction; tech Aug 2018 ★★★☆☆
A Universal History of Infamy Borges, Jorges Luis fiction; magical realism Aug 2018 ★★★☆☆
Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore – A Novel Sloane, Robin fiction; mystery; tech July 2018 ★★★★☆
Ten Days in a Mad-House Bly, Nellie nonfiction; historical; memoirs July 2018 ★★★★☆
A Short History of Rudeness: Manners, Morals, and Misbehavior in Modern America Caldwell, Mark nonfiction; historical; academia July 2018 ★★★☆☆
Chicken Chicken (Goosebumps #53) Stine, R. L. fiction; YA; childrens; horror June 2018 ★☆☆☆☆
Invisible (Ivy Malone Mysteries #1) McCourtney, Lorena fiction; Christian; crime June 2018 ★★★☆☆
My Hairiest Adventure (Goosebumps #26) Stine, R. L. fiction; YA; childrens; horror June 2018 ★★★★☆
As The Crow Flies (DI Nick Dixon #1) Boyd, Damien fiction; crime; mystery; thriller June 2018 ★★★☆☆
The Linguistics of Lying & Other Essays Weinrich, Harald (tr. J. K. Brown & M. Brown) nonfiction; academia; deception June 2018 ★★☆☆☆
Independent People Laxness, Halldor (tr. J. A. Thompson) fiction; politics June 2018 ★★★☆☆
The Code Book: The Secret History of Codes and Code-Breaking Singh, Simon nonfiction; history; tech June 2018 ★★★★☆
So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed Ronson, Jon nonfiction; gonzo May 2018 ★★★★☆
The History Man Bradbury, Malcolm fiction; satire May 2018 ★★☆☆☆
Inside Story: Politics, Intrigue and Treachery from Thatcher to Brexit Webster, Philip nonfiction; memoirs Apr 2017 ★★☆☆☆
Walden Thoreau, David Henry nonfiction; memoirs Feb 2017 ★★☆☆☆

Read before 2016 (ratings only)

TITLE AUTHOR GENRE READ RATING
Rivers of London (Peter Grant, #1) Aaronovitch, Ben fiction; fantasy <2016 ★★★☆☆
Things Fall Apart Achebe, Chinua fiction <2016 ★★★☆☆
Traveller Adams, Richard fiction; fantasy <2016 ★★★☆☆
Shardik (Beklan Empire #1) Adams, Richard fiction <2016 ★★★☆☆
Eventer’s Dream (Eventing, #1) Akrill, Caroline fiction <2016 ★★★★☆
A Hoof in the Door (Eventing, #2) Akrill, Caroline fiction <2016 ★★★★☆
Ticket To Ride (Eventing, #3) Akrill, Caroline fiction <2016 ★★★★☆
Will to Win (Riders, #1) Alexander, Samantha fiction; YA <2016 ★★☆☆☆
Daughter of Fortune Allende, Isabel fiction; historical <2016 ★★★☆☆
Sense and Sensibility Austen, Jane fiction; classic; romance <2016 ★★★★☆
The Watsons, Sanditon Austen, Jane fiction; classic; romance <2016 ★★★★☆
Northanger Abbey Austen, Jane fiction; classic; romance <2016 ★★★★☆
Emma Austen, Jane fiction; classic; romance <2016 ★★★★☆
Pride and Prejudice Austen, Jane fiction; classic; romance <2016 ★★★★★
Lady Susan Austen, Jane fiction; classic; romance <2016 ★★★☆☆
Mansfield Park Austen, Jane fiction; classic; romance <2016 ★★★★☆
Persuasion Austen, Jane fiction; classic; romance <2016 ★★★★☆
Time For Bed Baddiel, David fiction; humour <2016 ★★★☆☆
National Velvet Bagnold, Enid fiction; classic <2016 ★★★★☆
How to Live with a Neurotic Cat Baker, Stephen fiction; humour <2016 ★★★☆☆
Doom Sword Beere, Peter fiction; fantasy <2016 ★★☆☆☆
Jane Eyre Brontë, Charlotte fiction; classic; romance <2016 ★★★☆☆
Wuthering Heights Brontë, Emily fiction; classic; romance <2016 ★★★☆☆
Angels & Demons (Robert Langdon, #1) Brown, Dan fiction; adventure <2016 ★★★☆☆
The Da Vinci Code (Robert Langdon, #2) Brown, Dan fiction; adventure <2016 ★★★☆☆
The Big Sleep (Philip Marlowe, #1) Chandler, Raymond fiction; classic <2016 ★★★★☆
Heart of Darkness Conrad, Joseph fiction <2016 ★★☆☆☆
Over Sea, Under Stone (The Dark Is Rising, #1) Cooper, Susan fiction; fantasy <2016 ★★★★☆
The Dark Is Rising (The Dark is Rising, #2) Cooper, Susan fiction; fantasy <2016 ★★★★☆
Greenwitch (The Dark Is Rising, #3) Cooper, Susan fiction; fantasy <2016 ★★★☆☆
The Grey King (The Dark Is Rising, #4) Cooper, Susan fiction; fantasy <2016 ★★★★☆
Silver on the Tree (The Dark is Rising, #5) Cooper, Susan fiction; fantasy <2016 ★★★★☆
The Alan Coren Omnibus Coren, Alan humour <2016 ★★☆☆☆
Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper – Case Closed Cornwell, Patricia nonfiction; crime <2016 ★★☆☆☆
Jurassic Park Crichton, Michael fiction; scifi <2016 ★★★★☆
Boy: Tales of Childhood Dahl, Roald nonfiction; memoirs <2016 ★★★★☆
Moll Flanders Defoe, Daniel fiction; classic <2016 ★★★☆☆
David Copperfield Dickens, Charles fiction; classic <2016 ★★★★★
The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes Doyle, Arthur Conan fiction; classic <2016 ★★★★☆
The Hound of the Baskervilles Doyle, Arthur Conan fiction; classic <2016 ★★★★☆
A Study in Scarlet Doyle, Arthur Conan fiction; classic <2016 ★★★★☆
The Return of Sherlock Holmes Doyle, Arthur Conan fiction; classic <2016 ★★★☆☆
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Doyle, Arthur Conan fiction; classic <2016 ★★★★☆
His Last Bow Doyle, Arthur Conan fiction; classic <2016 ★★★★☆
The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes Doyle, Arthur Conan fiction; classic <2016 ★★★★☆
The Sign of Four Doyle, Arthur Conan fiction; classic <2016 ★★★★☆
The Three Musketeers Dumas, Alexandre fiction; classic <2016 ★★★★☆
Ella Minnow Pea: A Novel in Letters Dunn, Mark fiction <2016 ★★★★☆
Demon Lord of Karanda (The Malloreon, #3) Eddings, David fiction; fantasy <2016 ★★★★☆
Sorceress of Darshiva (The Malloreon, #4) Eddings, David fiction; fantasy <2016 ★★★★☆
Queen of Sorcery (The Belgariad, #2) Eddings, David fiction; fantasy <2016 ★★★★☆
Belgarath the Sorcerer Eddings, David fiction; fantasy <2016 ★★★☆☆
Polgara the Sorceress Eddings, David fiction; fantasy <2016 ★★★☆☆
King of the Murgos (The Malloreon, #2) Eddings, David fiction; fantasy <2016 ★★★★☆
Pawn of Prophecy (The Belgariad, #1) Eddings, David fiction; fantasy <2016 ★★★★☆
Enchanters’ End Game (The Belgariad, #5) Eddings, David fiction; fantasy <2016 ★★★★☆
The Seeress of Kell (The Malloreon, #5) Eddings, David fiction; fantasy <2016 ★★★★☆
Magician’s Gambit (The Belgariad, #3) Eddings, David fiction; fantasy <2016 ★★★★☆
Guardians of the West (The Malloreon, #1) Eddings, David fiction; fantasy <2016 ★★★★☆
Castle of Wizardry (The Belgariad, #4) Eddings, David fiction; fantasy <2016 ★★★★☆
The Mill on the Floss Eliot, George fiction; classic <2016 ★★★★☆
High Society Elton, Ben fiction <2016 ★★★☆☆
Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (Bridget Jones, #2) Fielding, Helen fiction; humour <2016 ★★★☆☆
Bridget Jones’s Diary (Bridget Jones, #1) Fielding, Helen fiction; humour <2016 ★★★★☆
The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling Fielding, Henry fiction; classic <2016 ★★☆☆☆
The Great Gatsby Fitzgerald, F. Scott fiction; classic <2016 ★★★★☆
The Jane Austen Book Club Fowler, Karen Joy fiction <2016 ★★☆☆☆
The Forsyte Saga (The Forsyte Chronicles, #1-3) Galsworthy, John fiction; classic; saga <2016 ★★★★☆
North and South Gaskell, Elizabeth fiction; classic <2016 ★★★★★
Cranford Gaskell, Elizabeth fiction; classic <2016 ★★★★☆
Wives and Daughters Gaskell, Elizabeth fiction; classic <2016 ★★★★★
Waylander (The Drenai Saga #3) Gemmell, David fiction; fantasy <2016 ★★☆☆☆
Cold Comfort Farm Gibbons, Stella fiction; classic; humour <2016 ★★★☆☆
Memoirs of a Geisha Golden, Arthur fiction; memoirs <2016 ★★★☆☆
The Other Boleyn Girl (The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels, #9) Gregory, Philippa fiction; historical <2016 ★★★☆☆
Dinotopia: A Land Apart from Time Gurney, James fiction; graphics <2016 ★★★★☆
Dinotopia: The World Beneath Gurney, James fiction; graphics <2016 ★★★★☆
Chocolat (Chocolat, #1) Harris, Joanne fiction; humour <2016 ★★★☆☆
Life After Lunch Harrison, Sarah fiction <2016 ★★☆☆☆
Across the Nightingale Floor (Tales of the Otori, #1) Hearn, Lian fiction <2016 ★★☆☆☆
The Remains of the Day Ishiguro, Kazuo fiction; historical <2016 ★★★★☆
Going The Distance Jones, Christina fiction <2016 ★★☆☆☆
The Merlin Conspiracy (Magids, #2) Jones, Diana Wynne fiction; fantasy <2016 ★★☆☆☆
The Lives of Christopher Chant (Chrestomanci, #2) Jones, Diana Wynne fiction; fantasy <2016 ★★★★☆
Charmed Life (Chrestomanci, #1) Jones, Diana Wynne fiction; fantasy <2016 ★★★★☆
The Jungle Book Kipling, Rudyard fiction; classic <2016 ★★★☆☆
Carrie King, Stephen fiction; horror <2016 ★★★★☆
The White Gryphon (Valdemar: Mage Wars, #2) Lackey, Mercedes fiction; fantasy <2016 ★★☆☆☆
The Earthsea Quartet (Earthsea Cycle, #1-4) Le Guin, Ursula K. fiction; fantasy <2016 ★★★★☆
Born Liars: Why We Can’t Live without Deceit Leslie, Ian nonfiction; pop-sci <2016 ★★★☆☆
The Complete Chronicles of Narnia Lewis, C.S. fiction; fantasy <2016 ★★★★☆
Jonah’s Mirror Lillington, Kenneth fiction; fantasy <2016 ★★☆☆☆
The Call of the Wild London, Jack fiction; fantasy <2016 ★★★☆☆
White Fang London, Jack fiction; fantasy <2016 ★★★★☆
The Temp Mackesy, Serena fiction <2016 ★★★☆☆
A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1) Martin, George R. R. fiction; fantasy; epic <2016 ★★★☆☆
A Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice and Fire, #2) Martin, George R. R. fiction; fantasy; epic <2016 ★★★☆☆
New Moon (Twilight, #2) Meyer, Stephenie fiction; fantasy <2016 ★★☆☆☆
Eclipse (Twilight, #3) Meyer, Stephenie fiction; fantasy <2016 ★★☆☆☆
Breaking Dawn (Twilight, #4) Meyer, Stephenie fiction; fantasy <2016 ★★☆☆☆
Twilight (Twilight, #1) Meyer, Stephenie fiction; fantasy <2016 ★★☆☆☆
Elric: The Sleeping Sorceress (Chronicles of the Last Emperor of Melniboné, #3) Moorcock, Michael fiction; fantasy <2016 ★★☆☆☆
Eragon (The Inheritance Cycle, #1) Paolini, Christopher fiction; fantasy <2016 ★★☆☆☆
The Club Dumas Pérez-Reverte, Arturo fiction; fantasy; horror <2016 ★★★☆☆
The Swallow Summer (High Horse, #2) Peyton, K.M. fiction; YA <2016 ★★★☆☆
The Swallow Tale (High Horse, #1) Peyton, K.M. fiction; YA <2016 ★★★☆☆
Poor Badger Peyton, K.M. fiction; YA <2016 ★★★☆☆
Vernon God Little Pierre, D.B.C. fiction <2016 ★★★☆☆
The Last Vampire (The Last Vampire, #1) Pike, Christopher fiction; fantasy <2016 ★★☆☆☆
Equal Rites (Discworld, #3; Witches, #1) Pratchett, Terry fiction; fantasy <2016 ★★★★☆
Moving Pictures (Discworld, #10; Industrial Revolution, #1) Pratchett, Terry fiction; fantasy <2016 ★★★☆☆
The Light Fantastic (Discworld, #2; Rincewind #2) Pratchett, Terry fiction; fantasy <2016 ★★★★☆
Night Watch (Discworld, #29; City Watch, #6) Pratchett, Terry fiction; fantasy <2016 ★★★★☆
The Subtle Knife (His Dark Materials, #2) Pullman, Philip fiction; fantasy <2016 ★★★☆☆
The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, #1) Pullman, Philip fiction; fantasy <2016 ★★★☆☆
The Amber Spyglass (His Dark Materials, #3) Pullman, Philip fiction; fantasy <2016 ★★★☆☆
The Godfather Puzo, Mario fiction; saga <2016 ★★★☆☆
Harry Potter Boxset (Harry Potter, #1-7) Rowling, J.K. fiction; fantasy <2016 ★★★★☆
Educating Rita Russell, Willy fiction; play <2016 ★★★★☆
The Lovely Bones Sebold, Alice fiction; fantasy <2016 ★★★☆☆
Black Beauty Sewell, Anna fiction; fantasy <2016 ★★★★☆
The Tempest Shakespeare, William fiction; classic; play <2016 ★★★★☆
Measure for Measure Shakespeare, William fiction; classic; play <2016 ★★★★☆
Frankenstein Shelley, Mary fiction; gothic; classic <2016 ★★★★☆
Hardacre Skelton, C.L. fiction; saga <2016 ★★★☆☆
I Capture the Castle Smith, Dodie fiction <2016 ★★★☆☆
The Awakening (The Vampire Diaries, #1) Smith, L.J. fiction; fantasy <2016 ★★★☆☆
The Struggle (The Vampire Diaries, #2) Smith, L.J. fiction; fantasy <2016 ★★★☆☆
The Fury (The Vampire Diaries, #3) Smith, L.J. fiction; fantasy <2016 ★★★☆☆
The Heavenly Horse from the Outermost West Stanton, Mary fiction; fantasy <2016 ★★★★☆
Dracula Stoker, Bram fiction; gothic; classic; horror <2016 ★★★★☆
Timesnatch Swindells, Robert fiction; fantasy <2016 ★★★☆☆
Shadowmancer Taylor, G.P. fiction; fantasy <2016 ★★☆☆☆
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy Tolkien, J.R.R. fiction; fantasy <2016 ★★★★☆
The Hobbit Tolkien, J.R.R. fiction; fantasy <2016 ★★★☆☆
Anna Karenina Tolstoy, Leo fiction; classic <2016 ★★★☆☆
The Queen and I Townsend, Sue fiction <2016 ★★★☆☆
Heidi Grows Up Tritten, Charles fiction <2016 ★★★☆☆
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Twain, Mark fiction; classic <2016 ★★★☆☆
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Twain, Mark fiction; classic <2016 ★★★★☆
The Bronte Project Vandever, Jennifer fiction <2016 ★★☆☆☆
Around the World in Eighty Days Verne, Jules fiction; classic; adventure <2016 ★★★★☆
The Color Purple Walker, Alice fiction; classic <2016 ★★★☆☆
Fat: A Love Story Wersba, Barbara fiction; romance <2016 ★★☆☆☆
The Practical Princess Williams, Jay fiction; feminism <2016 ★★★★☆
Bogwoppit Williams, Ursula Moray fiction; fantasy <2016 ★★★★☆
The Illustrated Mum Wilson, Jacqueline fiction; YA <2016 ★★★★☆
One for Sorrow, Two for Joy Woodall, Clive fiction; fantasy <2016 ★★☆☆☆
Kitchen Yoshimoto, Banana fiction <2016 ★★★☆☆
Animal Husbandry Zigman, Laura fiction <2016 ★★★☆☆

On-shelf (to read)

TITLE AUTHOR GENRE
The Gods Themselves Asimov, Isaac fiction; scifi
The Complete Stories, Vol 1 Asimov, Isaac fiction; scifi
I, Robot Asimov, Isaac fiction; scifi
The Dark Net Bartlett, Jamie nonfiction
Digital Fortress Brown, Dan fiction; adventure
Air and Angels Bullen, Annie fiction
The Sum of All Fears (Jack Ryan Universe, #7) Clancy, Tom fiction; thriller
Executive Orders (Jack Ryan Universe, #9) Clancy, Tom fiction; thriller
Postmortem (Kay Scarpetta, #1) Cornwell, Patricia fiction; crime
Congo Crichton, Michael fiction
Corelli’s Mandolin de Bernières, Louis fiction
Escape Velocity: Cyberculture at the End of the Century Dery, Mark nonfiction; tech; dystopian
The Man in the Iron Mask Dumas, Alexandre fiction; classic
A Journey to the Center of the Mind Book III: The (First Ten) FBI Years Fitzgerald, James R. nonfiction; memoirs
A Journey to the Center of the Mind: Book I Fitzgerald, James R. fiction; memoirs
A Journey to the Center of the Mind: Book II Fitzgerald, James R. fiction; memoirs
Madame Bovary Flaubert, Gustave fiction; classic
The Magus Fowles, John fiction
I Think You’ll Find it’s a Bit More Complicated Than That Goldacre, Ben nonfiction
Brighton Rock Greene, Graham fiction; classic
The Pelican Brief Grisham, John fiction; thriller
The Runaway Jury Grisham, John fiction; crime; thriller
The Rainmaker Grisham, John fiction; thriller
Can’t Swim, Can’t Ride, Can’t Run: From Common Man to Ironman Holgate, Andy nonfiction; sport
High Fidelity Hornby, Nick fiction
Brave New World Huxley, Aldous fiction
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium, #1) Larsson, Stieg fiction; crime
The Girl Who Played with Fire (Millennium, #2) Larsson, Stieg fiction; crime
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest (Millennium, #3) Larsson, Stieg fiction; crime
A Most Wanted Man le Carré, John fiction; thriller
The Phantom of the Opera Leroux, Gaston fiction; classic
A David Lodge Trilogy Lodge, David fiction; humour
Lizzie Jordan’s Secret Life Manby, Chris fiction; humour
A Feast for Crows (A Song of Ice and Fire, #4) Martin, George R. R. fiction; fantasy; epic
A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire, #5) Martin, George R. R. fiction; fantasy; epic
Empires of the Word: A Language History of the World Ostler, Nicholas nonfiction
The Vampyre; A Tale Polidori, John William fiction; gothic; classic
The Fifth Elephant (Discworld, #24; City Watch, #5) Pratchett, Terry fiction; humour
Going Postal (Discworld, #33; Moist von Lipwig, #1) Pratchett, Terry fiction; humour
Hogfather (Discworld, #20; Death, #4) Pratchett, Terry fiction; humour
Thud! (Discworld, #34; City Watch #7) Pratchett, Terry fiction; humour
Mortal Causes (Inspector Rebus, #6) Rankin, Ian fiction; humour
Let It Bleed (Inspector Rebus, #7) Rankin, Ian fiction; humour
The Last Room Reah, Danuta fiction; crime; thriller
The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry Ronson, Jon nonfiction; gonzo
Them: Adventures with Extremists Ronson, Jon nonfiction; gonzo
The Interpretation of Murder (Freud, #1) Rubenfeld, Jed nonfiction
Midnight’s Children Rushdie, Salman fiction; fantasy
The Catcher in the Rye Salinger, J. D. fiction
Rob Roy Scott, Walter fiction; classic
The Initiation (The Secret Circle, #1) Smith, L. J. fiction; YA
The Power (The Secret Circle, #3) Smith, L. J. fiction; YA
Gulliver’s Travels Swift, Jonathan fiction; classic
The Picture of Dorian Gray Wilde, Oscar fiction; classic
Call the Midwife Worth, Jennifer nonfiction; memoirs

(NB. I heavily plagiarise this system and method from this book-reviewing legend.)