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3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

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Books Reviewed in 2020:

Books reviewed by the year published.


  1. The Amelia Six by Kristin L. Gray
  2. The Archer at Dawn by Swati Teerdhala
  3. A Beginning at the End by Mike Chen
  4. Bound for Murder by Victoria Gilbert
  5. Camp Spirit by Axelle Lenoir
  6. Careless Whiskers by Miranda James
  7. Cast Iron Alibi by Victoria Hamilton
  8. Catstronauts: Digital Disaster by Drew Brockington
  9. Chirp by Kate Messner
  10. The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin
  11. Clean Getaway by Nic Stone and Dawud Anyabwile
  12. Come Tumbling Down by Seanan McGuire
  13. Daring Darleen, Queen of the Screen by Anne Nesbet
  14. A Deadly Inside Scoop by Abby Collette and Joell Jacob
  15. Death by Vanilla Latte by Alex Erickson
  16. Death on the Page by Essie Lang
  17. The Do-Over by Jennifer Honeybourn
  18. Don't Read the Comments by Eric Smith
  19. Dragon Hoops by Gene Luen Yang
  20. Egg Drop Dead by Vivien Chien
  21. The Electric Heir by Victoria Lee
  22. The Empress of Salt and Fortune by Nghi Vo
  23. Every Missing Piece by Melanie Conklin
  24. The Faceless Old Woman Who Secretly Lives In Your Home by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor
  25. Family Tree, Volume 1: Sapling by Jeff Lemire and Phil Hester
  26. Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender
  27. A Field Guide to Getting Lost by Joy McCullough
  28. The Forest of Stars by Heather Kassner
  29. A Game of Fox and Squirrels by Jenn Reese
  30. Ghost-Spider, Volume 1: Dog Days Are Over by Seanan McGuire
  31. Ghost Squad by Claribel A. Ortega
  32. Giant Days Volume 12 by John Allison
  33. Giant Days Volume 13 by John Allison
  34. A Gift for a Ghost by Borja González
  35. Go to Sleep (I Miss You) by Lucy Knisley
  36. Gone with the Whisker by Laurie Cass
  37. Gotham High by Melissa de la Cruz
  38. Green Lantern: Legacy by Minh Lê and Andie Tong
  39. The Grim Reader by Kate Carlisle
  40. The Hand on the Wall by Maureen Johnson
  41. Here Comes the Body by Maria DiRico and Devon Sorvari
  42. Hunted by the Sky by Tanaz Bhathena
  43. If I Couldn't Be Anne by Kallie George and Geneviève Godbout
  44. (Im)perfectly Happy by Sharina Harris
  45. In the Shadow of the Glacier by Vicki Delany
  46. Just a Boy and a Girl in a Little Canoe by Sarah Mlynowski
  47. Just Like a Mama by Alice Faye Duncan and Charnelle Pinkney Barlow
  48. To Kill a Mocking Girl by Harper Kincaid
  49. The Legend of Korra: Ruins of the Empire Part Three by Michael Dante DiMartino
  50. Lift by Minh Lê and Dan Santat
  51. The Lost Carnival by Michael Moreci
  52. A Love Hate Thing by Whitney D. Grandison
  53. Mañanaland by Pam Muñoz Ryan
  54. The Map of Stars by Laura Ruby
  55. The Mess That We Made by Michelle Lord and Julie Blattman
  56. Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
  57. Mimi Lee Gets a Clue by Jennifer J. Chow
  58. A Mixture of Mischief by Anna Meriano
  59. Nightschool: The Weirn Books Collector's Edition, Volume 1 by Svetlana Chmakova
  60. Not Like the Movies by Kerry Winfrey
  61. Notorious by Gordon Korman
  62. Of Curses and Kisses by Sandhya Menon
  63. The Old Truck by Jarrett Pumphrey and Jerome Pumphrey
  64. Once Upon an Eid edited by S.K. Ali
  65. The Only Black Girls in Town by Brandy Colbert
  66. The Oracle Code by Marieke Nijkamp
  67. Outside In by Deborah Underwood and Cindy Derby
  68. Paladin's Grace by T. Kingfisher
  69. Paola Santiago and the River of Tears by Tehlor Kay Mejia
  70. Parachutes by Kelly Yang
  71. The Power of Her Pen by Lesa Cline-Ransome and John Parra
  72. The Pretenders by Rebecca Hanover
  73. Race to the Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse
  74. Rick by Alex Gino
  75. A Ride to Remember: A Civil Rights Story by Sharon Langley, Amy Nathan and Floyd Cooper
  76. River of Dreams by Jan Nash
  77. Riviera Gold by Laurie R. King
  78. Rogue Princess by B.R. Myers
  79. Shadow of the Batgirl by Sarah Kuhn and Nicole Goux
  80. The Silence of Bones by June Hur
  81. A Song Below Water by Bethany C. Morrow
  82. A Song of Wraiths & Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown
  83. Spider-Man & Venom: Double Trouble by Mariko Tamaki and Gurihiru
  84. Stand Up, Yumi Chung! by Jessica Kim
  85. Stepping Stones by Lucy Knisley
  86. Story Boat by Kyo Maclear and Rashin Kheiriyeh
  87. Sun and Moon Have a Tea Party by Yumi Heo
  88. Superman Smashes the Klan by Gene Luen Yang and Gurihiru
  89. There's a Murder Afoot by Vicki Delany
  90. The Thief Knot by Kate Milford and Jaime Zollars
  91. The Total Eclipse of Nestor Lopez by Adrianna Cuevas
  92. Trouble the Saints by Alaya Dawn Johnson
  93. Turtle Under Ice by Juleah del Rosario
  94. We Are the Wildcats by Siobhan Vivian
  95. We Didn't Ask for This by Adi Alsaid
  96. We Dream of Space by Erin Entrada Kelly
  97. We Unleash the Merciless Storm by Tehlor Kay Mejia
  98. The Winterhouse Mysteries by Ben Guterson and Chloe Bristol
  99. Wonder Woman: Tempest Tossed by Laurie Halse Anderson
  100. World's Worst Parrot by Alice Kuipers
  101. You Brought Me the Ocean by Alex Sanchez and Julie Maroh
  102. You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson


  1. Ascender, Volume 1: The Haunted Galaxy by Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen
  2. The Big Shrink by Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle, and Emily Jenkins
  3. Black Hammer, Volume 4: Age of Doom Part Two by Jeff Lemire
  4. Clever Little Witch by Mượn Thị Văn and Hyewon Yum
  5. Cleopatra in Space: Fallen Empires by Mike Maihack
  6. Flour in the Attic by Winnie Archer
  7. The Great Brain Robbery by P.G. Bell
  8. Hot Dog Girl by Jennifer Dugan
  9. I'm Worried by Michael Ian Black and Debbie Ridpath Ohi
  10. In West Mills by De'Shawn Charles Winslow
  11. The Legend of Korra: Ruins of the Empire, Part Two by Michael Dante DiMartino
  12. Love & Other Curses by Michael Thomas Ford
  13. Malamander by Thomas Taylor
  14. The Missing Years by Lexie Elliott
  15. The Pawful Truth by Miranda James
  16. Queen of the Sea by Dylan Meconis
  17. Roll with It by Jamie Sumner
  18. Sabrina the Teenage Witch by Kelly Thompson and Veronica Fish
  19. Starworld by Audrey Coulthurst and Paula Garner
  20. These Witches Don't Burn by Isabel Sterling
  21. The Tiger at Midnight by Swati Teerdhala
  22. Verse and Vengeance by Amanda Flower
  23. Waiting for Tom Hanks by Kerry Winfrey
  24. When Katie Met Cassidy by Camille Perri
  25. You Are Never Alone by Elin Kelsey and Soyeon Kim


  1. Alice Isn't Dead by Joseph Fink
  2. America for Beginners by Leah Franqui
  3. Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage
  4. Breaking the Mould by Victoria Hamilton
  5. The Bride Was a Boy by Chii
  6. Claws for Concern by Miranda James
  7. Clock Dance by Anne Tyler
  8. Counting to Perfect by Suzanne LaFleur
  9. Crush by Svetlana Chmakova
  10. The Dollar Kids by Jennifer Richard Jacobson
  11. (Don't) Call Me Crazy edited by Kelly Jensen
  12. Everywhere You Want to Be by Christina June
  13. The Future is Blue by Catherynne M. Valente
  14. Grand Theft Horse by G. Neri and Corban Wilkin (Illustrations)
  15. The Haunting on Heliotrope Lane by Carolyn Keene
  16. Heartwood Hotel 4: Home Again by Kallie George
  17. Home and Away by Candice Montgomery
  18. The House in Poplar Wood by K.E. Ormsbee
  19. The House That Lou Built by Mae Respicio
  20. I'm Sad by Michael Ian Black and Debbie Ridpath Ohi
  21. If da Vinci Painted a Dinosaur by Amy Newbold
  22. Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli
  23. Llamaphones by Janik Coat
  24. Lu by Jason Reynolds
  25. Magnificent Birds by Narisa Togo
  26. A Man and His Cat, Volume 1 by Umi Sakurai
  27. Marriage of Unconvenience by Chelsea M. Cameron
  28. My Brigadista Year by Katherine Paterson
  29. Nate Expectations by Tim Federle
  30. No Grater Danger by Victoria Hamilton and Emily Woo Zeller
  31. The Not So Boring Letters of Private Nobody by Matthew Landis
  32. The 104-Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton
  33. Property of the Rebel Librarian by Allison Varnes
  34. The Saturday Night Ghost Club by Craig Davidson
  35. See You On a Starry Night by Lisa Schroeder
  36. The Shortest Way Home by Miriam Parker
  37. Shot in the Dark by Cleo Coyle
  38. Six Cats a Slayin' by Miranda James and Erin Bennett
  39. Sometime After Midnight by L. Philips
  40. The Space Between by Dete Meserve
  41. Spell & Spindle by Michelle Schusterman
  42. The Storm Runner by J.C. Cervantes
  43. The Terrible Two's Last Laugh by Mac Barnett, Jory John, and Kevin Cornell
  44. Twelve Angry Librarians by Miranda James
  45. The Unbinding of Mary Reade by Miriam McNamara
  46. The Walking Bread by Winnie Archer
  47. Where the Watermelons Grow by Cindy Baldwin


  1. Akata Warrior by Nnedi Okorafor
  2. Binti: Home by Nnedi Okorafor
  3. Birds & Other Animals with Pablo Picasso by Pablo Picasso
  4. Captive Hearts of Oz Volume 2 by Ryo Maruya
  5. Crust No One by Winnie Archer
  6. Dead Cold Brew by Cleo Coyle
  7. Dear Martin by Nic Stone
  8. Death by Pumpkin Spice by Alex Erickson
  9. Delicious in Dungeon, Volume 4 by Ryoko Kui
  10. Delicious in Dungeon, Volume 5 by Ryoko Kui
  11. Descender, Volume 4: Orbital Mechanics by Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen
  12. The Doldrums and the Helmsley Curse by Nicholas Gannon
  13. Drawing Lessons by Patricia Sands
  14. The Haunting of Vancouver Island by Shanon Sinn
  15. I See London, I See France by Sarah Mlynowski
  16. If I Had a Little Dream by Nina Laden and Melissa Castrillón
  17. It Devours! by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor
  18. Leave It to Cleaver by Victoria Hamilton
  19. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
  20. The Mother of Black Hollywood: A Memoir by Jenifer Lewis
  21. Prince in Disguise by Stephanie Kate Strohm
  22. Swing it, Sunny by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm
  23. Wonder Valley by Ivy Pochoda
  24. Yak and Dove by Kyo Maclear and Esme Shapiro (Illustrations)


  1. All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders
  2. Above by Roland Smith
  3. Bob the Artist by Marion Deuchars
  4. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Volume 1: The Crucible by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Robert Hack
  5. Descender, Volume 2: Machine Moon by Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen
  6. Descender, Volume 3: Singularities by Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen
  7. No Cats Allowed by Miranda James
  8. The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles by Michelle Cuevas and Erin E. Stead
  9. The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead


  1. All Ducks Are Birds: But, Not All Birds Are Ducks by Tara Michele Zrinski (2015)
  2. Arsenic and Old Books by Miranda James (2015)
  3. BLAME! MASTER EDITION 1 by Tsutomu Nihei (2015)
  4. Dead to the Last Drop by Cleo Coyle (2015)
  5. Death by Coffee by Alex Erickson (2015)
  6. Death by Tea by Alex Erickson (2015)
  7. Descender, Volume 1: Tin Stars by Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen (2015)
  8. My Girlfriend is a T-Rex, Volume 1 by Sanzo (2015)
  9. Restaurant to Another World Volume 1 by Junpei Inuzuka and Katsumi Enami (2015)
  10. Some Enchanted Éclair by Bailey Cates and Amy Rubinate (2015)
  11. White Colander Crime by Victoria Hamilton (2015)
  12. Akissi: Tales of Mischief by Marguerite Abouet (2014)
  13. Hansel and Gretel by Neil Gaiman and Lorenzo Mattotti (2014)
  14. Mini Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella (2014)
  15. No Mallets Intended by Victoria Hamilton (2014)
  16. Once Upon a Grind by Cleo Coyle (2014)
  17. The Silence of the Library by Miranda James (2014)
  18. Billionaire Blend by Cleo Coyle (2013)
  19. Bobo the Sailor Man! by Eileen Rosenthal (2013)
  20. Bowled Over by Victoria Hamilton (2013)
  21. Freezer I'll Shoot by Victoria Hamilton (2013)
  22. The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris by Jenny Colgan (2013)
  23. A Match Made in Heaven by Trina Robbins and Xian Nu Studio (2013)
  24. Paperboy by Vince Vawter (2013)
  25. Time for Bed, Fred! by Yasmeen Ismail (2012)
  26. Boot & Shoe by Marla Frazee (2012)
  27. He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not by Robin Mayhall (2012)
  28. Holiday Buzz by Cleo Coyle (2012)
  29. I'm Bored by Michael Ian Black and Debbie Ridpath Ohi (2012)
  30. Out of Circulation by Miranda James (2012)
  31. Curse of the Were-wiener by Ursula Vernon (2010)
  32. The Troubleshooter's Guide to Do-It-Yourself Genealogy by W. Daniel Quillen (2010)


  1. Beautiful Darkness by Fabien Vehlmann (2009)
  2. Dragon Kiss by E.D. Baker (2009)
  3. Dread Pirate Fleur and the Ruby Heart by Sara Starbuck (2009)
  4. Still Life by Louise Penny (2005)
  5. The Fox Wish by Kimiko Aman and Komako Sakai (2003)
  6. City of Orphans by Avi (2000)
  7. Uzumaki by Junji Ito (2000)



  1. The Killings at Badger's Drift by Caroline Graham (1987)
  2. Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg (1981)


  1. Cross-Country Cat by Mary Calhoun (1979)


  1. Lyle and the Birthday Party by Bernard Waber (1966)
  2. This is Edinburgh by Miroslav Sasek (1961)
  3. This Is New York by Miroslav Sasek (1960)
  4. This is Rome by Miroslav Sasek (1960)


  1. This is London by Miroslav Sasek (1959)
  2. The 13 Clocks by James Thurber (1950)


  1. Then There Were Five by Elizabeth Enright (1944)
  2. The Four-Story Mistake by Elizabeth Enright (1942)
  3. The Saturdays by Elizabeth Enright (1941)




  1. The Patchwork Girl of Oz by L. Frank Baum (1913)
  2. The Emerald City of Oz by L. Frank Baum (1910)


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