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5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

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Canadian Book Challenge: 2021-2022

Beat the Backlist 2021

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Books Reviewed in 2021:

Books reviewed by the year published.


  1. Across the Green Grass Fields by Seanan McGuire
  2. Arsenic and Adobo by Mia P. Manansala
  3. As Far as You'll Take Me by Phil Stamper
  4. Bait and Witch by Angela M. Sanders
  5. Black Girl, Call Home by Jasmine Mans
  6. The Box in the Woods by Maureen Johnson
  7. Butterflies Are Pretty ... Gross! by Rosemary Mosco and Jacob Souva (Illustrations)
  8. Clues to the Universe by Christina Li
  9. Common Bonds edited by Claudie Arseneault
  10. Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas
  11. Crow by Candace Robinson and Amber R Duell
  12. A Curious Incident by Vicki Delany
  13. Dark Waters by Katherine Arden
  14. Darling by K. Ancrum
  15. A Deadly Chapter by Essie Lang
  16. A Deadly Deletion by Lorna Barrett and Cassandra Campbell (Narrator)
  17. Deadly Ever After by Eva Gates
  18. Death Gone A-Rye by Winnie Archer
  19. Delivery to the Lost City by P.G. Bell
  20. Farm to Trouble by Amanda Flower
  21. Fatal Fried Rice by Vivien Chien
  22. Float Plan by Trish Doller
  23. Furbidden Fatality by Deborah Blake
  24. A Game of Cones by Abby Collette and Joell Jacob (narrator)
  25. Ghost-Spider, Volume 2: Party People by Seanan McGuire and Ig Guara (Illustrations)
  26. The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna
  27. Happily Ever Afters by Elise Bryant
  28. The Hedgehog of Oz by Cory Leonardo
  29. Hollow Kingdom by Kira Jane Buxton
  30. I Am Not Starfire by Mariko Tamaki and Yoshi Yoshitani (Illustrator)
  31. I Think I Love You by Auriane Desombre
  32. The In-Between by Rebecca Ansari
  33. Jukebox by Nidhi Chanani
  34. Like Home by Louisa Onomé
  35. Long Island Iced Tina by Maria DiRico
  36. Lost in the Never Woods by Aiden Thomas
  37. Lucy in the Sky by Kiara Brinkman and Sean Chiki (Illustrations)
  38. Maybe Maybe Marisol Rainey by Erin Entrada Kelly
  39. The Meet-Cute Project by Rhiannon Richardson
  40. Murder 101 by Lynn Cahoon
  41. Murder by Page One by Olivia Matthews
  42. Muted by Tami Charles
  43. Nubia: Real One by L.L. McKinney and Robyn Smith
  44. Oddity by Eli Brown and Karin Rytter (illustrator)
  45. Oh My Gods! by Stephanie Cooke, Insha Fitzpatrick, and Juliana Moon (Illustrations)
  46. The Old Boat by Jarrett Pumphrey and Jerome Pumphrey
  47. One Poison Pie by Lynn Cahoon
  48. Ozma by Candace Robinson and Amber R. Duell
  49. A Pairing to Die for by Kate Lansing
  50. Paladin's Strength by T. Kingfisher
  51. A Pho Love Story by Loan Le
  52. Poison Ivy: Thorns by Kody Keplinger and Sara Kipin (Illustrations)
  53. The Raconteur's Commonplace Book by Kate Milford
  54. Remote Control by Nnedi Okorafor
  55. Roman and Jewel by Dana L. Davis
  56. Sabrina: Something Wicked by Kelly Thompson and Veronica Fish (illustrator)
  57. The Seeds by Ann Nocenti and David Aja (Artist)
  58. A Side of Murder by Amy Pershing
  59. Speculative Los Angeles edited by Denise Hamilton
  60. Stargazer by Anne Hillerman
  61. Stella's Stellar Hair by Yesenia Moises
  62. Tea & Treachery by Vicki Delany
  63. These Unlucky Stars by Gillian McDunn
  64. Tune It Out by Jamie Sumner
  65. Turtle in Paradise: The Graphic Novel by Jennifer L. Holm and Savanna Ganucheau
  66. Trouble in the Stars by Sarah Prineas
  67. Two Wicked Desserts by Lynn Cahoon
  68. Unplugged by Gordon Korman
  69. We Could Be Heroes by Mike Chen
  70. Wicked Things by John Allison and Max Sarin (Illustrations)
  71. The Wild Ones by Nafiza Azad
  72. Yokohama Station SF by Yuba Isukari


  1. Ascender, Volume 2: The Dead Sea by Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen
  2. Ascender, Volume 3: The Digital Mage by Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen
  3. The Ballad of Ami Miles by Kristy Dallas Alley
  4. Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse
  5. Camp by Lev A.C. Rosen
  6. The Canyon's Edge by Dusti Bowling
  7. Chili Cauldron Curse by Lynn Cahoon
  8. A Deadly Edition by Victoria Gilbert
  9. Death by French Roast by Alex Erickson
  10. Gideon Falls, Volume 4: The Pentoculus by Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino (Illustrator)
  11. Gideon Falls, Volume 5: Wicked Worlds by Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino (Illustrator)
  12. Hatch by Kenneth Oppel and Sophie Amoss (Narrator)
  13. Hide and Seek by Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle and Emily Jenkins
  14. How to Make a Bird by Meg McKinlay and Matt Ottley (Illustrator)
  15. Julieta and the Diamond Enigma by Luisana Duarte Armendáriz
  16. Killer Chardonnay by Kate Lansing
  17. Legendborn by Tracy Deonn
  18. Little Bookshop of Murder by Maggie Blackburn and Christa Lewis (Narrator)
  19. The Magic Fish by Trung Le Nguyen
  20. Miss Meteor by Tehlor Kay Mejia and Anna-Marie McLemore
  21. Nightschool: The Weirn Books Collector's Edition, Volume 2 by Svetlana Chmakova
  22. On Borrowed Crime by Kate Young and Dina Pearlman (Narrator)
  23. One Way or Another by Kara McDowell
  24. Over the Woodward Wall by A. Deborah Baker
  25. Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi
  26. Read or Alive by Nora Page
  27. Séance Tea Party by Reimena Yee
  28. Smash It! by Francina Simone
  29. Spoiler Alert by Olivia Dade
  30. Swamp Thing: Twin Branches by Maggie Stiefvater and Morgan Beem (illustrator)
  31. These Violent
  32. This Coven Won't Break by Isabel Sterling
  33. This Spell Can't Last by Isabel SterlingDelights by Chloe Gong
  34. Tin by Candace Robinson and Amber R. Duell
  35. To Know You're Alive by Dakota McFadzean
  36. Turning Point by Paula Chase
  37. Twins by Varian Johnson and Shannon Wright
  38. Vanessa Yu's Magical Paris Tea Shop by Roselle Lim
  39. Victor and Nora: A Gotham Love Story by Lauren Myracle and Isaac Goodhart
  40. War Stories by Gordon Korman
  41. Well Played by Jen DeLuca
  42. Witches and Wedding Cake by Bailey Cates
  43. The Year Shakespeare Ruined My Life by Dani Jansen


  1. All For One by Melissa de la Cruz (2019)
  2. Belly Up by Eva Darrows (2019)
  3. Birds by the Shore by Jennifer Ackerman (2019)
  4. Black Canary: Ignite by Meg Cabot and Cara McGee (2019)
  5. Blastaway by Melissa Landers (2019)
  6. Buried in the Stacks by Allison Brook (2019)
  7. Cookies and Clairvoyance by Bailey Cates (2019)
  8. Delicious in Dungeon, Volume 7 by Ryoko Kui (2019)
  9. Delicious in Dungeon, Volume 8 by Ryoko Kui (2019)
  10. Dough Boys by Paula Chase (2019)
  11. Five Unicorn Flush by T.J. Berry (2019)
  12. Full Disclosure by Camryn Garrett (2019)
  13. Just Because by Mac Barnett and Isabelle Arsenault (Illustrator) (2019)
  14. The Last Book Party by Karen Dukess (2019)
  15. The Library of Lost and Found by Phaedra Patrick (2019)
  16. Mighty Jack and Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke (2019)
  17. Montauk by Nicola Harrison (2019)
  18. Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker and Wendy Xu (Illustrator) (2019)
  19. The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead (2019)
  20. The 117-Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton (2019)
  21. The Printed Letter Bookshop by Katherine Reay (2019)
  22. Some Places More Than Others by Renée Watson (2019)
  23. Sunny Rolls the Dice by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm (2019)
  24. Those People by Louise Candlish (2019)
  25. Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All by Laura Ruby (2019)
  26. This Was Our Pact by Ryan Andrews (2019)
  27. Well Met by Jen DeLuca (2019)
  28. Delicious in Dungeon, Volume 6 by Ryoko Kui (2018)
  29. In Your Shoes by Donna Gephart
  30. The Library Book by Susan Orlean (2018)
  31. My Almost Flawless Tokyo Dream Life by Rachel Cohn (2018)
  32. Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield (2018)
  33. A Problematic Paradox by Eliot Sappingfield (2018)
  34. Purrder She Wrote by Cate Conte (2018)
  35. Read and Gone by Allison Brook (2018)
  36. Samantha Spinner and the Super Secret Plans by Russell Ginns (2018)
  37. Swordheart by T. Kingfisher (2018)
  38. A Witch's Printing Office, Volume 2 by Mochinchi and Yasuhiro Miyama
  39. Wondercat Kyuu-Chan Volume 1 by Sasami Nitori (2018)
  40. A Cajun Christmas Killing by Ellen Byron (2017)
  41. Cat About Town by Cate Conte and Amy Melissa Bentley (Narrator) (2017)
  42. Death Overdue by Allison Brook (2017)
  43. Feast by Lindsay Anderson and Dana VanVeller (2017)
  44. The Haunting of Rookward House by Darcy Coates (2017)
  45. Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken! Volume 1 by Sumito Oowara (2017)
  46. Mighty Jack and the Goblin King by Ben Hatke (2017)
  47. Moriarty the Patriot, Volume 3 by Ryōsuke Takeuch (2017)
  48. Moriarty the Patriot, Volume 2 by Ryōsuke Takeuchi and Hikaru Miyoshi (2017)
  49. Potions and Pastries by Bailey Cates (2017)
  50. Santa's Husband by Daniel Kibblesmith and A.P. Quach (2017)
  51. The Tea Dragon Society by Kay O'Neill (2017)
  52. Body on the Bayou by Ellen Byron (2016)
  53. Grilled for Murder by Maddie Day (2016)
  54. Moriarty the Patriot, Volume 1 by Ryōsuke Takeuchi and Hikaru Miyoshi (2016)
  55. Much Ado About Muffin by Victoria Hamilton (2016)
  56. Restaurant to Another World Volume 3 by Junpei Inuzuka and Katsumi Enami (2016)
  57. Spells and Scones by Bailey Cates and Amy Rubinate (Narrator) (2016)
  58. The White Cat's Revenge as Plotted from the Dragon King's Lap: Volume 1 by Kureha (2016)
  59. Better Homes and Corpses by Kathleen Bridge (2015)
  60. Death of an English Muffin by Victoria Hamilton (2015)
  61. Flipped for Murder by Maddie Day (2015)
  62. Magic and Macaroons by Bailey Cates (2015)
  63. Plantation Shudders by Ellen Byron (2015)
  64. Shopaholic to the Rescue by Sophie Kinsella (2015)
  65. To Brew or Not to Brew by Joyce Tremel (2015)
  66. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty (2014)
  67. A High-End Finish by Kate Carlisle (2014)
  68. House of Cards by Michael Dobbs (2014)
  69. Muffin But Murder by Victoria Hamilton (2014)
  70. The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier (2014)
  71. Robogenesis by Daniel H. Wilson (2014)
  72. Shopaholic to the Stars by Sophie Kinsella (2014)
  73. Death Al Dente by Leslie Budewitz (2013)
  74. The Mystery of the Haunted Cottage by Derek Landy (2013)
  75. One Hot Murder by Lorraine Bartlett (2013)
  76. Nothing O'Clock by Neil Gaiman (2013)
  77. Something Borrowed by Richelle Mead (2013)
  78. Spore by Alex Scarrow (2013)
  79. An Appetite for Murder by Lucy Burdette (2012)
  80. Foul Play at the Fair by Shelley Freydont (2012)
  81. Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan (2012)
  82. Red Velvet Revenge by Jenn McKinlay (2012)
  83. Revenge of the Horned Bunnies by Ursula Vernon (2012)
  84. Stray Bullets by Robert Rotenberg (2012)
  85. Toured to Death by Hy Conrad (2012)
  86. The Walled Flower by Lorraine Bartlett (2012)
  87. Among the Departed by Vicki Delany (2011)
  88. Buttercream Bump Off by Jenn McKinlay (2011)
  89. Cloaked by Alex Flinn (2011)
  90. A Crafty Killing by Lorraine Bartlett (2011)
  91. Curiosity Thrilled the Cat by Sofie Kelly (2011)
  92. Death by the Dozen by Jenn McKinlay (2011)
  93. No Such Thing as Ghosts by Ursula Vernon (2011)
  94. Sleight of Paw by Sofie Kelly (2011)
  95. Cut to the Corpse by Lucy Lawrence (2010)
  96. Lips Unsealed by Belinda Carlisle (2010)
  97. Negative Image by Vicki Delany (2010)
  98. Sprinkle with Murder by Jenn McKinlay (2010)


  1. Red Bones by Ann Cleeves (2009)
  2. Signspotting III: Lost and Loster in Translation by Doug Lansky (2009)
  3. Stuck on Murder by Lucy Lawrence (2009)
  4. What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty (2009)
  5. Winter of Secrets by Vicki Delany (2009)
  6. State of the Onion by Julie Hyzy (2008)
  7. White Nights by Ann Cleeves (2008)
  8. Wicked Weaves by Joyce Lavene and Jim Lavene (2008)
  9. Rockridge by Robin Wolf and Tom Wolf (2007)
  10. The Ghost and the Dead Deb by Alice Kimberly (2005)
  11. The Ghost and Mrs. McClure by Alice Kimberly (2004)
  12. Can You Keep a Secret? by Sophie Kinsella (2003)
  13. Death Gets a Time-Out by Ayelet Waldman (2003)
  14. Indigo Dying by Susan Wittig Albert (2003)
  15. The Last Treasure by Janet S. Anderson (2003)
  16. Made You Look by Diane Roberts (2003)
  17. On What Grounds by Cleo Coyle (re-read) (2003)
  18. Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (2003)
  19. Bloodroot by Susan Wittig Albert (2002)
  20. A Playdate With Death by Ayelet Waldman (2002)
  21. The Big Nap by Ayelet Waldman (2001)
  22. Mistletoe Man by Susan Wittig Albert (2000)


  1. Chocolat by Joanne Harris (1999)
  2. Funky Chickens by Benjamin Zephaniah (1996)
  3. How to Lie with Maps by Mark Monmonier (1991)
  4. Mistletoe Murder by Leslie Meier (1991)
  5. Reaper Man by Terry Pratchett (1991)
  6. Devil in a Blue Dress by Walter Mosley (1990)


  1. The Drastic Dragon of Draco, Texas by Elizabeth Ann Scarborough (1986)
  2. The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros (1984)
  3. Marmalade's Nap by Cindy Wheeler (1983)
  4. Audubon Cat by Mary Calhoun and Susan Bonners (1981)
  5. Hearts by Hilma Wolitzer (1980)


  1. Legend in Green Velvet by Elizabeth Peters (1976)
  2. Orsinian Tales by Ursula K. Le Guin (1976)


  1. We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson (1962)
  2. This is Munich by Miroslav Sasek (1961)
  3. This Is Venice by Miroslav Sasek (1961)


  1. A Separate Peace by John Knowles (1959)
  2. Lullaby For Eggs: A Poem by Betty Bridgman and Elizabeth Orton Jones (1955)


  1. The Air-Conditioned Nightmare by Henry Miller (1945)



  1. The Hound of Florence by Felix Salten (1923)


  1. The Scarecrow of Oz by L. Frank Baum (1915)
  2. Sky Island by L. Frank Baum (1912)


  1. Three Men on the Bummel by Jerome K. Jerome (1900)


  1. Raffles: The Amateur Cracksman by E.W. Hornung (1898)
  2. The Turn of the Screw by Henry James (1898)

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