Book Reviews


Mitch Albom:
The Five People You Meet in Heaven (2003)

Louisa May Alcott:
Little Women (1868-69)
An Old-Fashioned Girl (1870)

Jane Austen:
Emma (1815)
Lady Susan, The Watsons & Sanditon (1871)
Mansfield Park (1814)
Northanger Abbey (1818)
Persuasion (1818)
Pride and Prejudice (1813)
Sense and Sensibility (1811)

Jo Baker
Longbourn (2013)

L. Frank Baum:
The Wizard of Oz (1900)

David Benioff
City of Thieves (2008)

R.D. Blackmore:
Lorna Doone (1869)

Elizabeth Bowen
The House in Paris (1935)

Ray Bradbury
Fahrenheit 451 (1953)

Anne Bronte:
Agnes Grey (1847)
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (1848)

Charlotte Bronte:
Jane Eyre (1847)
Shirley (1849)
Villette (1853)

Emily Bronte:
Wuthering Heights (1847)

Frances Hodgson Burnett:
The Secret Garden (1911)

Frances Burney
Evelina (1778)

Michael Chabon
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay (2000)

Susanna Clarke:
Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell (2004)
The Ladies of Grace Adieu (2006)

Wilkie Collins:
The Moonstone (1868)
The Woman in White (1860)

John Connolly
The Book of Lost Things (2006)

Daniel Defoe:
Robinson Crusoe (1719)

Charles Dickens:
Great Expectations (1861)
Oliver Twist (1838)
A Tale of Two Cities (1859)

Ian Doescher
William Shakespeare's Star Wars: Verily, a New Hope (2013)
William Shakespeare's Star Wars: The Empire Striketh Back (2014)
William Shakespeare's Star Wars: The Jedi Doth Return (2014)

Arthur Conan Doyle
A Study in Scarlet (1887)
The Sign of Four (1890)
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1892)
The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (1894)
The Hound of the Baskervilles (1902)
The Return of Sherlock Holmes (1905)
The Valley of Fear (1914)
His Last Bow (1917)
The Case-book of Sherlock Holmes (1927)

Daphne du Maurier:
Frenchman's Creek (1941)
Jamaica Inn (1936)
My Cousin Rachel (1951)
Rebecca (1938)

Jasper Fforde
The Eyre Affair (2001)

F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Great Gatsby (1925)

Gillian Flynn
Gone Girl (2012)

E.M. Forster
A Room with a View (1908)

Neil Gaiman
Good Omens (1990)
The Graveyard Book (2008)
Neverwhere (1996)

Elizabeth Gaskell
Mary Barton (1848)
North and South (1855)

Stella Gibbons:
Cold Comfort Farm (1932)

William Goldman:
The Princess Bride (1973)

Kenneth Grahame
The Wind in the Willows (1908)

John Green
The Fault in Our Stars (2012)
Paper Towns (2008)

Shannon Hale:
Austenland (2007)

Thomas Hardy
Far from the Madding Crowd (1874)
Tess of the D'Ubervilles (1891)

Georgette Heyer
Arabella (1949)
Cotillion (1953)
Devil's Cub (1932)
Frederica (1965)
Friday's Child (1944)
The Grand Sophy (1950)
An Infamous Army (1937)
Regency Buck (1935)
Sylvester (1957)
The Talisman Ring (1936)
These Old Shades (1926)
The Unfinished Clue (1934)
Venetia (1958)

The Iliad (c. 750BC)

Anthony Horowitz
The House of Silk (2011)

Victor Hugo:
Notre Dame de Paris (1831)
Les Miserables (1862)

Washington Irving
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (1820)

Kazuo Ishiguro:
Never Let Me Go (2005)
The Remains of the Day (1989)

Diana Wynne Jones
Howl's Moving Castle (1986)

Susan Kay:
Phantom (1990)

Laurie R. King
The Beekeeper's Apprentice (1994)

Rudyard Kipling
Kim (1901)
The Jungle Book (1894)

Andrew Lane
Death Cloud (2010)

Madeleine L'Engle
A Wrinkle in Time (1962)

Gaston Leroux:
The Mystery of the Yellow Room (1907)
The Phantom of the Opera (1911)

Gregory Maguire:
Wicked (1995)

George R.R. Martin
A Game of Thrones (1996)
A Clash of Kings (1998)
A Storm of Swords (2000)
A Feast for Crows (2005)
A Dance with Dragons (2011)

Juliet Marillier
Heart's Blood (2009)

Val McDermid
Northanger Abbey (2014)

Ian McEwan: 
Atonement (2001)

Robin McKinley
Beauty (1978)
Rose Daughter (1997)

Marissa Meyer
Cinder (2012)
Scarlet (2013)
Cress (2014)
Fairest (2015)

Margaret Mitchell:
Gone with the Wind (1936)

L.M. Montgomery
Anne of Green Gables (1908)
Anne of Avonlea (1909)
Anne of the Island (1915)
The Blue Castle (1926)

Michael Morpurgo
War Horse (1982)

Patrick Ness
Chaos Walking (2008-10)
A Monster Calls (2011)

David Nicholls:
One Day (2009)

Baroness Orczy: 
The Scarlet Pimpernel (1905)

Terry Pratchett
Good Omens (1990)

Christopher Priest:
The Prestige (1995)

Ann Radcliffe:
The Italian (1797)

Jean Rhys
Wide Sargasso Sea (1966)

Veronica Roth
Divergent (2011)
Insurgent (2012)
Allegiant (2013)

Patrick Rothfuss
The Name of the Wind (2007)
The Wise Man's Fear (2011)

Brandon Sanderson
Mistborn: The Final Empire (2006)
The Well of Ascension (2007)
The Hero of Ages (2008)

Legion (2012)
Warbreaker (2009)

Dorothy L. Sayers
Whose Body? (1923)

Alice Sebold:
The Lovely Bones (2002)

William Shakespeare:
Coriolanus (1623)
Macbeth (1623)
Much Ado About Nothing (1600)
Richard III (1600)
The Tempest (1623)

Samantha Shannon
The Bone Season (2013)

George Bernard Shaw
Pygmalion (1912)

Mary Shelley
Frankenstein (1818)

Sam Siciliano:
The Angel of the Opera (1994)

Graeme Simsion
The Rosie Project (2013)

Seth Grahame-Smith:
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2009)

M.L. Stedman
The Light Between Oceans (2012)

Bram Stoker:
Dracula (1897)

J.R.R. Tolkien:
The Hobbit (1937)
The Lord of the Rings (1954-55)
The Silmarillion (1977)

Leo Tolstoy:
Anna Karenina (1877)

Jonathan Tropper
This is Where I Leave You (2010)

Winifred Watson
Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (1938)

Lauren Weisberger: 
The Devil Wears Prada (2003)

Edith Wharton
The Age of Innocence (1920)
The House of Mirth (1905)
Summer (1917)

Timothy Zahn
Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (1991)

Markus Zusak
The Book Thief (2006)


Susan Cain
Quiet (2012)

Simon Jenkins

Charles Spencer


Trudy said...

Have you tried reading George Eliot's works yet? I just attempted to read Middlemarch, presumed by some to be one of the finest novels of the English language, and couldn't get past chapter 11.
I'm currently trying to read as much Victorian literature as I can. So your book reviews are very interesting to me.
I like Thomas Hardy, although his books don't have happy endings. I read Tess of the D'Urbevilles this summer and really enjoyed it for the introspective writing style and the examination of the cultural morals of the day on women.

Indigo Montoya said...

Well, I DO have a copy of 'Daniel Deronda' that's been sitting on my bookshelf for about three years but I haven't read that yet. How awful of me! When I eventually read that one I'm sure I'll review it on here.

I LOVE 'Tess of the D'Ubervilles'! I have to admit I don't usually enjoy reading books that don't have happy endings. Primarily I read for escapism so I like books to make me feel good. "There's enough tragedy going on in the real world!", I think, "I don't need it in my fiction as well!" But 'Tess' is an exception. That book is just so beautifully-written that despite its sadness I can't help but get pleasure from it. I really need to re-read that book.

I'm really glad you find my reviews interesting : ) Just to let you know, I'm a bit insecure about my writing ability and I'm never completely satisfied with my reviews. Often I'll go back to my old reviews and edit them around a little bit. Just to let you know!