Review Archive


This is a list of books I’ve completed in 2014. The links below go to lists of books finished by year, as well as an archive of all my reviews organized by author — this page isn’t updated as often as I’d like it to be, but it’s serviceable. Information on my occasionally used rating system is at the bottom.

| 2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 |
| Reviews by Author |


  1. Goetz, Thomas: The Remedy (nonfiction)
  2. Weir, Andy: The Martian (fiction/audio book)
  3. Jamison, Leslie: The Empathy Exams (essays)
  4. Blanding, Michael: The Map Thief (nonfiction)
  5. Ojito, Mirta: Hunting Season (nonfiction)
  6. McCraken, Elizabeth: An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination (memoir)
  7. Patchett, Ann: Truth and Beauty (memoir)
  8. Vaughan, Brian K. and Staples, Fiona: Saga Vol. 1 (graphic novel)
  9. Vaughan, Brian K. and Staples, Fiona: Saga Vol. 2 (graphic novel)
  10. Vaughan, Brian K. and Staples, Fiona: Saga Vol. 3 (graphic novel)
  11. Sloan, Robin: Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore (fiction)


  1. Hicklin, Nathaniel: The Adventures of Israel St. James (YA fiction)
  2. Offill, Jenny: Dept. of Speculation (fiction)
  3. Ghattas, Kim: The Secretary (nonfiction)
  4. Oyeyemi, Helen: Boy, Snow, Bird (fiction)
  5. Offerman, Nick: Paddle Your Own Canoe (memoir/audio book)
  6. Clarke, Caroline: Postcards from Cookie (memoir)
  7. Thompson, Anne: The $11 Billion Year (nonfiction)


  1. Harford, Tim: The Undercover Economist Strikes Back (nonfiction)
  2. Janik, Erika: Marketplace of the Marvelous (nonfiction)
  3. Hoffman, Carl: Savage Harvest (nonfiction)
  4. Deraniyagala, Sonali: Wave (memoir)
  5. Rowell, Rainbow: Attachments (fiction)
  6. Smith, Sally Bedell: Elizabeth the Queen (nonfiction)
  7. Ruderman, Wendy and Laker, Barbara: Busted (nonfiction)
  8. Ozeki, Ruth: A Tale for the Time Being (fiction)
  9. Makler, Irris: Hope Street, Jerusalem (memoir)


  1. Cohen, Leah Hager: I Don’t Know (nonfiction)
  2. Fowler, Karen Joy: We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves (fiction)
  3. Dedman, Bill and Newell, Paul Clark Jr.: Empty Mansions (nonfiction)
  4. Swidey, Neil: Trapped Under the Sea (nonfiction)
  5. Leong, Tim: Super Graphic (nonfiction)
  6. Bailey, Catherine: The Secret Rooms (nonfiction)
  7. Messud, Claire: The Emperor’s Children (fiction)

I have a sometimes-used ratings system, inspired by Anastasia at Birdbrain(ed) Book Blog, which is as follows:

Rating: ★★★★★ = Loved it!
Rating: ★★★★☆ = Liked it a lot.
Rating: ★★★☆☆ = I’m glad I read it, but I probably won’t reread it.
Rating: ★★☆☆☆ = Mostly bad, but had some merit.
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆ = Not very good, I didn’t enjoy it much.
Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆ = Did not finish, or so bad I had nothing nice to say about it.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Sharlene January 30, 2013 at 4:20 pm

Hello there!
I work at the Bradley Beach Public Library in Bradley Beach, NJ, and I just recently began posting nonfiction book reviews on our blog ( I’ve been perusing the Internet for blogs that include nonfiction book reviews (to get some inspiration!), and, fortunately, I stumbled upon your blog! I really enjoy reading your reviews and have definitely picked up a few helpful hints so thanks! : )


Kim February 3, 2013 at 8:41 am

Thanks for stopping by and leaving such a thoughtful comment! Good luck getting your book blog up and going. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask!


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