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

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September

POTENTIAL AROUND THE WORLD FOR A GOOD BOOK READS

Austria: The Piano Teacher by Elfriede Jelinek
Cambodia: In the Shadow of the Banyan by Vadeley Ratner
China: Five Spice Street by Can Xue
The Last Lover by Can Xue
Notes of a Crocodile by Qiu Miaojin
Finland: Core of the Sun by Johanna Sinisalo
Israel: Dolly City by Orly Castel-Bloom
Mauritius: Eve Out of Her Ruins by Ananda Devi
Poland: Flights by Olga Tokarczuk
Stone Upon Stone by Wiesław Myśliwski
Swallowing Mercury by Wioletta Greg
Russia: Aetherial Worlds: Stories by Tatyana Tolstaya
Switzerland: I Am the Brother of XX by Fleur Jaeggy
Syria: The Proof of the Honey by Salwa Al Neimi
Trinidad and Tobago: Golden Child by Claire Adam
Vietnam: Paper Bells by Phan Nhiên Hao