Book Review Index: By Genre

Here is a list of all of the books I have reviewed on this site, organized by genre.  Note that I’m not very good at picking genres, since there is occasionally overlap, so just because a book is in thriller, for example, does not mean it might not also be YA, since I only put a book there if it was more “contemporary” and didn’t fit another category.

Within each genre, the books are organized in a sort of rating system, with my favorite books at the top and least favorites at the bottom.  For guest reviews, these will be at the bottom of their respective star ratings, assuming I have not read the book.

The link to the post is at the end, where I also included the books rating.  I recommend using the “find” search in your window if there is a specific book or author you are looking for.  If there is a book listed without a link, that is because I read it and haven’t had the time to write a review.  It will come shortly, and if you comment below I will write it even sooner 🙂  * indicates a guest review.

See Also: Review Index by Alphabetical Authors

   Review Index by Alphabetical Book Title


General / Contemporary:

  • Behind the Beautiful Forevers, by Katherine Boo (4/5)
  • Donnybrook, by Frank Bill (3/5)
  • The Orphan Master’s Son, by Adam Johnson (DNF, 2/5)

Mystery / Thriller:

  • Sharp Objects, by Gillian Flynn (5/5)
  • Final Girls, by Riley Sager (5/5)
  • The Roanoke Girls, by Amy Engel (5/5)
  • What Alice Forgot, by Liane Moriarty (5/5)
  • The Girl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins (4/5)
  • Lola, by Melissa Scrivner Love (4/5)
  • Truly Madly Guilty, by Liane Moriarty (4/5)
  • Smugglers and Scones, by Morgan C Talbot (4/5)
  • *And Then There Were None, by Agatha Christie (4/5)
  • The Fourth Monkey, by JD Barker (3/5)
  • The Darkest Lies, by Barbara Copperthwaite (3/5)
  • Dear Mr. M, by Herman Koch (3/5)
  • Save Me, by Lisa Scottoline (2/5)
  • The Girl from Rostov, by Shitji Sharma (DNF, 2/5)
  • Not the Only Sky, by Alyssa Warren (DNF, 1/5)

Historical Fiction:

  • The Nightingale, by Kristin Hannah (5/5)
  • Little Bee, by Chris Cleave (5/5)
  • Orphan Train, by Christina Baker Kline (5/5)
  • 11/22/63, by Stephen King (5/5)
  • The Other Boleyn Girl, by Philippa Gregory (5/5)
  • Clan of the Cave Bear, by Jean M Auel (4/5)
  • The Heretic’s Daughter, by Kathleen Kent (4/5)
  • The Constant Princess, by Philippa Gregory (4/5)
  • Go Set A Watchman, by Harper Lee (3/5)
  • All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr (3/5)

Fantasy / Dystopian / SciFi:

  • The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood (5/5)
  • Strange the Dreamer, by Laini Taylor (5/5)
  • The Road, by Cormac McCarthy (3/5)

The “High School Reading” Types:

  • Invisible Man, by Ralph Ellison (3/5)
  • Hamlet, by William Shakespeare (2/5)

Short Stories:

  • Revelation, by Flannery O’Connor (5/5)
  • Love in LA, by Dagoberto Gilb (4/5)

Teen & YA

General / Contemporary:

  • The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas (5/5)
  • I’ll Give you the Sun, by Jandy Nelson (5/5)
  • Crank, by Ellen Hopkins (5/5)
  • Turtles All the Way Down, by John Green (5/5)
  • When Dimple Met Rishi, by Sandhya Menon (5/5)
  • Girl out of Water, by Laura Silverman (4/5)
  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian (4/5)
  • Fat Kid Rules the World, by K.L.Going (3/5)
  • Stolen, by Lucy Christopher (2/5)

Fantasy / Dystopian / SciFi:

  • Red Queen, by Victoria Aveyard (4/5)
  • The Bone Witch (4/5)
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, by JK Rowling (4/5)
  • Select, by Marit Weisenberg (4/5)
  • *The Chronicles of Ixia (Series), by Maria V Snyder (?)

Mystery / Thriller:

  • One of Us is Lying, by Karen McManus (4/5)



  • The Glass Castle, by Jeannette Walls (5/5)
  • Orange is the New Black, by Piper Kerman (5/5)
  • Scrappy Little Nobody, by Anna Kendrick (5/5)
  • Into Thin Air, by Jon Krakauer (5/5)
  • Iron and Silk, by Mark Salzman (2/5)
  • *Out of Africa, by Karen Blixen (?)


  • Shadow Divers, by Robert Kurson (4/5)
  • In The Heart of the Sea, by Nathaniel Philbrick (3/5)


  • Mindset, by Carol Dweck (5/5)
  • Freakonomics, by Steven D Levit (5/5)
  • Chop Wood Carry Water, by Joshua Medcalf (4/5)