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Books Reviewed in 2019:

Books reviewed by the year published.


  1. All-American Muslim Girl by Nadine Jolie Courtney
  2. All of Us with Wings by Michelle Ruiz Keil
  3. Archimancy by J.A. White
  4. Bat and the End of Everything by Elana K. Arnold
  5. The Beauty of the Moment by Tanaz Bhathena
  6. Before She Was Found by Heather Gudenkauf
  7. Big Hero 6, Volume 1 by Haruki Ueno
  8. Bird & Squirrel All Tangled Up by James Burks
  9. Black Enough edited by Ibi Zoboi
  10. Black Hammer, Volume 3: Age of Doom Part One by Jeff Lemire and Dean Ormston
  11. Booking the Crook by Laurie Cass
  12. The Bone Garden by Heather Kassner
  13. The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd-Jones
  14. The Boney Hand by Karen Kane
  15. The Book Supremacy by Kate Carlisle
  16. The Bride Test by Helen Hoang
  17. Butterfly Yellow by Thanhha Lai
  18. Camp by Kayla Miller
  19. Cat Got Your Crown by Julie Chase
  20. Caterpillar Summer by Gillian McDunn
  21. CatStronauts: Slapdash Science by Drew Brockington
  22. Cheshire Crossing by Andy Weir and Sarah Andersen
  23. Chicken Girl by Heather Smith
  24. Cilla Lee-Jenkins: The Epic Story by Susan Tan
  25. Circle by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen
  26. The City in the Middle of the Night by Charlie Jane Anders
  27. Click by Kayla Miller
  28. The Clockwork Ghost by Laura Ruby
  29. The Coffee Book by Gregory Dicum
  30. Comics Will Break Your Heart by Faith Erin Hicks
  31. Dead Voices by Katherine Arden
  32. The Deep by Rivers Solomon
  33. The Doughnut King by Jessie Janowitz
  34. Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee
  35. The Dragon Thief by Zetta Elliott
  36. Dragonfell by Sarah Prineas
  37. The Everlasting Rose by Dhonielle Clayton
  38. Everything Inside by Edwidge Danticat
  39. The Extremely High Tide! by Kir Fox and and M. Shelley Coats
  40. Fearless Mary by Tami Charles and Claire Almon
  41. Fenway and Hattie in the Wild by Victoria J. Coe
  42. The Fever King by Victoria Lee
  43. The Field Guide to Dumb Birds of North America by Matt Kracht
  44. Finding Dorothy by Elizabeth Letts
  45. Frazzled: Minor Incidents and Absolute Uncertainties by Booki Vivat
  46. Full Steam Ahead, Felix by Kate Moore
  47. Galloglass by Scarlett Thomas
  48. Genesis Begins Again by Alicia D. Williams
  49. The Ghost in Apartment 2R by Denis Markell
  50. Ghostbusters: Crossing Over by Erik Burnham Dan Schoening
  51. Giant Days, Volume 9 by John Allison
  52. Giant Days, Volume 10 by John Allison
  53. Giant Days, Volume 11 by John Allison
  54. Gideon Falls, Volume 2: Original Sins by Jeff Lemire
  55. Gideon Falls, Volume 3: Stations of the Cross by Jeff Lemire
  56. Girl on Film by Cecil Castelluccis
  57. Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
  58. The Golden Tresses of the Dead by Alan Bradley
  59. A Good Kind of Trouble by Lisa Moore Ramée
  60. The Great Shelby Holmes and the Haunted Hound by Elizabeth Eulberg
  61. The Great Unknowable End by Kathryn Ormsbee
  62. The Grief Keeper by Alexandra Villasante
  63. Guts by Raina Telgemeier
  64. Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass by Mariko Tamaki and Steve Pugh
  65. Her Royal Highness by Rachel Hawkins
  66. Here and Now and Then by Mike Chen
  67. Hilda and the Mountain King by Luke Pearson
  68. Hotel Dare by Terry Blas and Claudia Aguirre
  69. I Wanna Be Where You Are by Kristina Forest
  70. If It Makes You Happy by Claire Kann
  71. In an Absent Dream by Seanan McGuire
  72. In the Key of Nira Ghani by Natasha Deen
  73. Internment by Samira Ahmed
  74. It Began with a Page: How Gyo Fujikawa Drew the Way by Kyo Maclear and Julie Morstad
  75. Just South of Home by Karen Strong
  76. Kid Gloves: Nine Months of Careful Chaos by Lucy Knisley
  77. A Killer Edition by Lorna Barrett
  78. A Kingdom for a Stage by Heidi Heilig
  79. Kiss Number 8 by Colleen A.F. Venable and Ellen T. Crenshaw
  80. Lalani of the Distant Sea by Erin Entrada Kelly and Lian Cho
  81. The Legend of Korra: Ruins of the Empire, Part One by Michael Dante DiMartino and Michelle Wong
  82. Level 13 by Gordon Korman
  83. The Little Guys by Vera Brosgol
  84. Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks by Jason Reynolds
  85. Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli
  86. Love From A to Z by S.K. Ali
  87. Mera: Tidebreaker by Danielle Paige and Stephen Bryne
  88. Middlegame by Seanan McGuire
  89. Midnight Radio by Iolanda Zanfardino
  90. Momentous Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling
  91. Murder by Mocha by Cleo Coyle
  92. Murder Lo Mein by Vivien Chien
  93. Murders and Metaphors by Amanda Flower
  94. My Fate According to the Butterfly by Gail D. Villanueva
  95. My Life as an Ice Cream Sandwich by Ibi Zoboi
  96. Nevers by Sara Cassidy
  97. No Place Like Here by Christina June
  98. Now Entering Addamsville by Francesca Zappia
  99. The Okay Witch by Emma Steinkellner
  100. On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
  101. One Lie Too Many by Eileen Cook
  102. One Night in Georgia by Celeste O. Norfleet
  103. Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds
  104. Operatic by Kyo Maclear and Bryon Eggenschwiler
  105. Our Wayward Fate by Gloria Chao
  106. Over the Moon by Natalie Lloyd
  107. Paper Girls, Volume 5 by Brian K. Vaughan
  108. Paper Girls, Volume 6 by Brian K. Vaughan
  109. Past Due for Murder by Victoria Gilbert
  110. Past Perfect Life by Elizabeth Eulberg
  111. The Phantom Tower by Keir Graff
  112. The Phone Booth in Mr. Hirota's Garden by Heather Smith and Rachel Wada
  113. The Portal by Kathryn Lasky
  114. Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell and Faith Erin Hicks
  115. A Question of Holmes by Brittany Cavallaro
  116. Read and Buried by Eva Gates
  117. Read on Arrival by Nora Page
  118. The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart
  119. The Revolution of Birdie Randolph by Brandy Colbert
  120. A Royal Guide to Monster Slaying by Kelley Armstrong
  121. Runaways, Volume 3: That Was Yesterday by Rainbow Rowell
  122. The Similars by Rebecca Hanover
  123. Something Read, Something Dead by Eva Gates
  124. Song for a Whale by Lynne Kelly
  125. A Sprinkle of Spirits by Anna Meriano
  126. Stargazing by Jen Wang
  127. Steel Crow Saga by Paul Krueger
  128. Storm of Locusts by Rebecca Roanhorse
  129. Superlative Birds by Leslie Bulion and Robert Meganck
  130. Swap'd by Tamara Ireland Stone
  131. The Tale Teller by Anne Hillerman
  132. Teen Titans: Raven by Kami Garcia and Gabriel Picolo
  133. The Testaments by Margaret Atwood
  134. This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone
  135. To Night Owl from Dogfish by Holly Goldberg Sloan and Meg Wolitzer
  136. Trace by Pat Cummings
  137. Trouble on the Books by Essie Lang
  138. Under The Moon: A Catwoman Tale by Lauren Myracle and Isaac Goodhart
  139. The Unteachables by Gordon Korman
  140. Up for Air by Laurie Morrison
  141. The Vanderbeekers to the Rescue by Karina Yan Glaser
  142. The Vanishing Stair by Maureen Johnson
  143. Voltron Legendary Defender Volume 3: Absolution by Mitch Iverson
  144. Watch Us Rise by Renée Watson and Ellen Hagen
  145. Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell
  146. We Cast a Shadow by Maurice Carlos Ruffin
  147. We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia
  148. The Weight of Our Sky by Hanna Alkaf
  149. What Rose Forgot by Nevada Barr
  150. When the Sky Fell on Splendor by Emily Henry
  151. Where the Heart Is by Jo Knowles
  152. Wicked Fox by Kat Cho
  153. Wilder Girls by Rory Power
  154. Woman 99 by Greer Macallister
  155. Wonton Terror by Vivien Chien
  156. You Are Light by Aaron Becker
  157. You Owe Me a Murder by Eileen Cook


  1. Al Capone Throws Me a Curve by Gennifer Choldenko
  2. All That I Can Fix by Crystal Chan
  3. All Summer Long by Hope Larson
  4. Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed
  5. Avatar: The Last Airbender: Imbalance, Part One by Faith Erin Hicks
  6. Bellewether by Susanna Kearsley
  7. Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire
  8. The Bigfoot Files by Lindsay Eagar
  9. Birding Is My Favorite Video Game by Rosemary Mosco
  10. The Boy from Tomorrow by Camille DeAngelis
  11. Breakout by Kate Messner
  12. Buried in Books by Kate Carlisle
  13. The Cat of the Baskervilles by Vicki Delany
  14. Cilla Lee-Jenkins: This Book Is a Classic by Susan Tan
  15. Descendant of the Crane by Joan He
  16. Dim Sum of All Fears by Vivien Chien
  17. Dragons in a Bag by Zetta Elliott
  18. Drum Roll, Please by Lisa Jenn Bigelow
  19. Escape from Aleppo by N.H. Senzai
  20. Everlasting Nora by Marie Miranda Cruz
  21. Everything I Know About You by Barbara Dee
  22. For a Muse of Fire by Heidi Heilig
  23. The Ghost Road by Charis Cotter
  24. Gideon Falls, Volume 1: The Black Barn by Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino
  25. Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake
  26. Heartwood Hotel 3: Better Together by Kallie George
  27. The Hollow under the Tree by Cary Fagan
  28. Hurricane Child by Kheryn Callender
  29. Ivy Aberdeen's Letter to the World by Ashley Herring Blake
  30. The Legend of Korra: Turf Wars, Part Three by Michael Dante DiMartino and Irene Koh
  31. Like Vanessa by Tami Charles
  32. Lions and Liars by Kate Beasley and Dan Santat
  33. Memphis, Martin, and the Mountaintop by Alice Faye Duncan and R. Gregory Christie
  34. Merci Suárez Changes Gears by Meg Medina
  35. Misfit City Volume 2 by Kirsten Smith
  36. Miss Communication by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm
  37. My Life as a Diamond by Jenny Manzer
  38. Naomis Too by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich and Audrey Vernick
  39. Nowhere Boy by Katherine Marsh
  40. An Ocean of Minutes by Thea Lim
  41. The Oddling Prince by Nancy Springer
  42. The Penderwicks at Last by Jeanne Birdsall
  43. The Princess in Black and the Mysterious Playdate by Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham
  44. The Professor and the Puzzle by Carolyn Keene
  45. P.S. I Miss You by Jen Petro-Roy
  46. Royals by Rachel Hawkins
  47. Rust: Soul in the Machine by Royden Lepp
  48. A Scandal in Scarlet by Vicki Delany
  49. Secret Coders 6: Monsters & Modules by Gene Luen Yang and Mike Holmes
  50. Secret Sisters of the Salty Sea by Lynne Rae Perkins
  51. The Secrets of Winterhouse by Ben Guterson
  52. Shelved Under Murder by Victoria Gilbert
  53. Skyward: The Story of Female Pilots in WWII by Sally Deng
  54. Smack Dab in the Middle of Maybe by Jo Watson Hackl
  55. Small Spaces by Katherine Arden
  56. So Done by Paula Chase
  57. SOS at Night by M.A. Wilson
  58. Stay Sweet by Siobhan Vivian
  59. Swallow's Dance by Wendy Orr
  60. Takedown by Laura Shovan
  61. Tiny Infinities by J.H. Diehl
  62. The Train to Impossible Places by P.G. Bell
  63. Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson
  64. The Vanderbeekers and the Hidden Garden by Karina Yan Glaser
  65. The Weight of the Stars by K. Ancrum
  66. White Rabbit by Caleb Roehrig
  67. Wild Blues by Beth Kephart


  1. Boat of Dreams by Rogério Coelho
  2. Body on Baker Street by Vicki Delany
  3. Brave by Svetlana Chmakova
  4. Captive Hearts of Oz Volume 1 by Ryo Maruya and Mamenosuke Fujimaru
  5. Cat Got Your Cash by Julie Chase
  6. Cat Got Your Secrets by Julie Chase
  7. A Charm of Goldfinches and Other Wild Gatherings by Matt Sewell
  8. Cilla Lee-Jenkins: Future Author Extraordinaire by Susan Tan
  9. Clayton Byrd Goes Underground by Rita Williams-Garcia
  10. Click'd by Tamara Ireland Stone
  11. Disney Manga: Magical Dance Volume 1 by Nao Kodaka
  12. The End of Oz by Danielle Paige
  13. The Ethan I Was Before by Ali Standish
  14. Final Girl by Michelle Schusterman
  15. The 5 Misfits by Beatrice Alemagna
  16. Fusion for Beginners and Experts by Rebecca Sugar and Angie Wang
  17. Heartwood Hotel 1: A True Home by Kallie George
  18. Heartwood Hotel 2: The Greatest Gift by Kallie George
  19. Kneaded to Death by Winnie Archer
  20. Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert
  21. Misfit City Volume 1 by Kirsten Smith
  22. The Misfits Club by Kieran Mark Crowley
  23. A Murder for the Books by Victoria Gilbert
  24. My Beautiful Birds by Suzanne Del Rizzo
  25. The 91-Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton
  26. Paradox Bound by Peter Clines
  27. Posted by John David Anderson
  28. Riverboat Roulette by Carolyn Keene
  29. Speed of Life by Carol Weston
  30. An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon
  31. The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser
  32. Wee Sister Strange by Holly Grant


  1. The BFF Bucket List by Dee Romito
  2. Border Markers by Jenny Ferguson
  3. Crime and Poetry by Amanda Flower
  4. Delicious in Dungeon, Volume 3 by Ryoko Kui
  5. Gertie's Leap to Greatness by Kate Beasley
  6. The Ghost of Grey Fox Inn by Carolyn Keene
  7. Mabel Jones and the Doomsday Book by Will Mabbitt and Ross Collins
  8. The Missing Magic by Kallie George
  9. Prose and Cons by Amanda Flower
  10. The Sign in the Smoke by Carolyn Keene
  11. Summerlost by Ally Condie
  12. The Thing About Leftovers by C.C. Payne
  13. What Elephants Know by Eric Dinerstein
  14. The Wolf's Boy by Susan Williams Beckhorn
  15. Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk
  16. Yellow Brick War by Danielle Paige


  1. Awkward by Svetlana Chmakova
  2. Beyond: the Queer Sci-Fi & Fantasy Comic Anthology edited by Sfé R. Monster
  3. Binti by Nnedi Okorafor
  4. Charley Harper's Book of Colors by Zoe Burke
  5. Delicious in Dungeon Volume 2 by Ryoko Kui
  6. Knife Edge by Andrew Lane
  7. The Penderwicks in Spring (audio) by Jeanne Birdsall
  8. A Script for Danger by Carolyn Keene
  9. Sunny Side Up by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm
  10. Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink


  1. The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan
  2. Daring Do and the Eternal Flower by A.K. Yearling
  3. Days of Wine and Roquefort by Avery Aames
  4. Edible Colors by Jennifer Vogel Bass
  5. Weird Birds by Chris Earley


  1. Allegiant by Veronica Roth
  2. Bo at Ballard Creek by Kirkpatrick Hill and LeUyen Pham
  3. Charms and Chocolate Chips by Bailey Cates
  4. Milo's World: The Land Under the Lake by Richard Marazano and Christophe Ferreira
  5. My Little Pony Micro-Series: #7 Cutie Mark Crusaders by Ted Anderson
  6. My Little Pony: Micro-Series: #8: Princess Celestia by Georgia Ball
  7. Sweet Legacy by Tera Lynn Childs
  8. To Brie or Not To Brie by Avery Aames


  1. A Brew to a Kill by Cleo Coyle
  2. Clobbered by Camembert by Avery Aames
  3. A Deadly Grind by Victoria Hamilton
  4. I Date Dead People by Ann Kerns and Janina Görrissen
  5. Insurgent by Veronica Roth
  6. Kitty Cornered by Bob Tarte
  7. Mothership by Martin Leicht and Isla Neal
  8. Smells Like Dog by Suzanne Selfors
  9. Snake Bite by Andrew Lane
  10. Tigers in Red Weather by Liza Klaussmann
  11. Wrapped Up in You by Dan Jolley


  1. Little Bea by Daniel Roode
  2. Elegant Yokai Apartment Life, Volume 1 by Hinowa Kouzuki
  3. Emily the Strange: The 13th Hour by Rob Reger and Buzz Parker
  4. Fire Monks: Zen Mind Meets Wildfire at the Gates of Tassajara by Colleen Morton Busch
  5. Fire Storm by Andy Lane
  6. Guilty Plea by Robert Rotenberg
  7. Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey
  8. The Penderwicks at Point Mouette by Jeanne Birdsall
  9. The Red Slippers by Carolyn Keene
  10. The Uncertain Places by Lisa Goldstein


  1. Attack of the Ninja Frogs by Ursula Vernon
  2. Bedeviled Eggs by Laura Childs
  3. Chicks Dig Time Lords edited by Lynne M. Thomas
  4. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
  5. The Neighbors Are Watching by Debra Ginsberg
  6. The Poisoned House by Michael Ford
  7. Roast Mortem by Cleo Coyle
  8. Three Quarters Dead by Richard Peck


  1. The Complete Guide to Light by Mark Cleghorn (2009)
  2. Dragonbreath by Ursula Vernon (2009)
  3. Eggs Benedict Arnold by Laura Childs (2009)
  4. Itty Bitty by Cece Bell (2009)
  5. Old City Hall by Robert Rotenberg (2009)
  6. The Big Necessity by Rose George (2008)
  7. Does My Head Look Big in This? by Randa Abdel-Fattah (2008)
  8. The Dragon Princess by E.D. Baker (2008)
  9. Eggs in Purgatory by Laura Childs (2008)
  10. House of Many Ways by Diana Wynne Jones (2008)
  11. The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall (2008)
  12. The Ghost in Love by Jonathan Carroll (2007)
  13. Out of the Frying Pan, Into the Choir by Sharon Kahn (2006)
  14. Under the Jolly Roger by L.A. Meyer (2005)
  15. Which Big Giver Stole the Chopped Liver? by Sharon Kahn (2004)
  16. Lost in the Labyrinth by Patrice Kindl (2002)
  17. The Ropemaker by Peter Dickinson (2001)
  18. Make-A-Saurus: My Life with Raptors and Other Dinosaurs by Brian Cooley (2000)
  19. Nursery Crimes by Ayelet Waldman (2000)


  1. Tops & Bottoms by Janet Stevens (1995)
  2. Vancouver Island: Sketches And Trip Notes by Albert Ranger (1995)


  1. The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman and Peter Sís (1986)


  1. Wind/Pinball: Two Novels by Haruki Murakami (1979)
  2. Each Peach Pear Plum by Janet Ahlberg and Allan Ahlberg (1978)
  3. The Horse in Harry's Room by Syd Hoff (1970)


  1. Have You Seen a Giraffe Hat? by Irma Joyce (1969)
  2. A Jest of God by Margaret Laurence (1966)
  3. The Stone Angel by Margaret Laurence (1964)
  4. An Elephant is Not a Cat by Alvin Tresselt (1962)
  5. The Fire Cat by Esther Averill (1960)
  6. Tintin in Tibet by Hergé (1960)


  1. The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson (1959)


  1. West with the Night by Beryl Markham (1942)
  2. Mildred Pierce by James M. Cain (1941)



  1. The Barrakee Mystery by Arthur W. Upfield (1929)
  2. Emily of New Moon by L.M. Montgomery (1923)
  3. The Tiger in the House by Carl Van Vechten (1920)


  1. Devils in Daylight by Jun'ichirō Tanizaki (1918)
  2. Green Trails and Upland Pastures by Walter Prichard Eaton (1917)


  1. The Road to Oz by L. Frank Baum (1909)
  2. Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz by L. Frank Baum (1908)

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