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 by Year:

Favorite Books of the 2010s

Favorite Books of All Time (2009 List)

Favorite Books of All Time (2020 List)

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











  • The Carpet People by Terry Pratchett (A) – ***
  • Revolution Song by Russell Short (A) – ***1/2
  • Cobalt Squadron by Elizabeth Wein (A) – 
  • Sinatra! The Song is You by Will Friedwald –
  • Animal Wrongs by Stephen Spotte
  • Sargent’s Daughters by Erica E. Hirshler –
  • Cosmos by Carl Sagan – 
  • A Raisin in the Sun – Lorraine Hansberry