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 2022

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


Current TBR

  • A Mercy by Toni Morrison (A) –
  • Arresting God In Kathmandu by Samrat Upadhyay
  • The Unauthorized Story of Walt Disney’s Haunted Mansion by Jeff Baham
  • A History of Rock in 500 Songs by Andrew Hickey
  • Black Jacks by Jeffrey Bolster
  • In Watermelon Sugar by Richard Brautigan
  • Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee by Dee Brown
  • Understanding Exposure
  • Washington Black by Esi Edugyan
  • Cosmos by Carl Sagan
  • A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry
  • A Wolf at the Schoolhouse Door by Jack Schneider and Jennifer Berkshire
  • Ghosts in the schoolyard by Eve Ewing
  • Animal Wrongs by Stephen Spotte
  • The city-state of Boston : the rise and fall of an atlantic power, 1630-1865 by Mark Peterson