Book Reviews


I love reading books and book reviews are the heart of Panorama of the Mountains. I’ve been keeping track of the books I read since I was a teenager and I’ve attempted to catalog every book I’ve ever read at LibraryThing.

One of my big reading projects is Around the World for a Good Book, where I’ve been attempting to read an original work of fiction from every nation in the world.

On this page I’ve provided links to posts about my favorite books as well as my running lists of books I’ve read this year. If there’s a book you’d like to discuss or think I should read, let me know in the comments!

Favorite Books of All Time (as of 2009)

Favorite Books by Year:

Favorite Books of the 2010s

Books Read in 2020

The books are rated on a scale from 1 to 5 stars with links to summary reviews. (A) is for audiobook.

Here’s a thumbnail of what the ratings mean:

  • 5 stars – all-time classic (I’m very stingy with these)
  • 4 stars – a particularly interesting, well-written, or important book
  • 3 stars – a good book from start to finish
  • 2 stars – not a good book on the whole but has some good parts
  • 1 star or less – basically a bad book with no redeeming values

January

February

March

April

  • The Walt Disney World That Never Was by Christopher E. Smith – ***
  • The Fiery Trial by Eric Foner (A) –
  • Sula by Toni Morrison (A) –
  • Damaged Goods by Russell T. Davies –
  • The Monied Metropolis by Sven Beckert –

READ HARDER CHALLENGE 2020

Read a YA nonfiction book
Read a retelling of a classic of the canon, fairytale, or myth by an author of color
Read a mystery where the victim(s) is not a woman
Read a graphic memoir
Read a book about a natural disaster
Read a play by an author of color and/or queer author
Read a historical fiction novel not set in WWII
Read an audiobook of poetry
Read the LAST book in a series
Read a book that takes place in a rural setting
Read a debut novel by a queer author
Read a memoir by someone from a religious tradition (or lack of religious tradition) that is not your own
Read a food book about a cuisine you’ve never tried before
Read a romance starring a single parent
Read a book about climate change
Read a doorstopper (over 500 pages) published after 1950, written by a woman
Read a sci-fi/fantasy novella (under 120 pages)
Read a picture book with a human main character from a marginalized community
Read a book by or about a refugee
Read a middle grade book that doesn’t take place in the U.S. or the UK
Read a book with a main character or protagonist with a disability (fiction or non)
Read a horror book published by an indie press
Read an edition of a literary magazine (digital or physical)
Read a book in any genre by a Native, First Nations, or Indigenous author

https://www.nypl.org/blog/2020/01/06/read-harder-2020