Michelle’s Master List of Book Reviews

Written by Michelle Watson

March 16, 2023

Welcome to my master list of book reviews! 

Here’s how to use this page:

  1. Click Command+F or CTRL+F to open a Find window. Then, enter keywords to search the page. 
  2. Or, just scroll and browse till something catches your eye!

I don’t have a page dedicated to each book. I review my books in monthly batches. So, when you click on one of these reviews, you’ll get whisked off to a page with a handful of reviews. Simply scroll down till you find the book you’re looking for. 

Want to see all my book review posts ordered from newest to oldest? Here they are.


Adult Fiction

Since I read a LOT of fiction, I’ve subdivided this list into genres.


Mansfield Park by Jane Austen

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

A Lantern in Her Hand by Bess Streeter Aldrich

Inferno by Dante Alighieri

The Death of Ivan Illych by Leo Tolstoy

Middlemarch by George Eliot. Reviewed in two parts: Part 1 and Part 2

A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare

The Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Arnim

Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare

The Odyssey by Homer

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

Contemporary Fiction

Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

Hello Beautiful by Ann Napolitano (DNF 30%)

The Unseen World by Liz Moore

No Two Persons by Erica Bauermeister

Small Things Like These by Claire Keegan

Foster by Claire Keegan


The Blue Castle by L. M. Montgomery

Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers (includes movie review, too!)

Under Gemini by Rosamunde Pilcher

The Scent of Water by Elizabeth Goudge

It Ends With Us (DNF 33%) by Colleen Hoover

The Cheat Sheet by Sarah Adams

The Matrimonial Advertisement by Mimi Matthews

Morning Glory by LaVyrle Spencer

Summer by Edith Wharton

The Matchmaker’s Gift by Lynda Cohen Loigman

The Dead Romantics by Ashley Poston

A Lady’s Guide to Fortune-Hunting by Sophie Irwin

A Lady’s Guide to Scandal by Sophie Irwin

The Bodyguard by Katherine Center

Nora Goes Off Script by Annabel Monaghan

Famous for a Living by Melissa Ferguson

Hello Stranger by Katherine Center

Frederica by Georgette Heyer


Once Upon a Wardrobe by Patti Callahan

Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield

Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell

The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman

Rules of Civility by Amor Towles

The Secret Book of Flora Lea by Patti Callahan Henry

Counted With the Stars by Connilyn Cossette

Mrs. Mike by Benedict and Nancy Freedman

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey (fantasy crossover)

The Silent Governess by Julie Klassen (DNF 50%)


Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel

Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro


The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

A River Enchanted by Rebecca Ross

The Measure (DNF 50%) by Nikki Erlick

Neverwhere (DNF 30%) by Neil Gaiman

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers by J. R. R. Tolkien

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King by J. R. R. Tolkien

Fourth Wing by Rebecca Yarros

Elantris by Brandon Sanderson

About the Sleeping Beauty by P. L. Travers

Tress of the Emerald Sea by Brandon Sanderson


The Maid by Nita Prose

The Plot by Jean Hanff Korelitz

A Caribbean Mystery by Agatha Christie

The Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie

Hickory Dickory Dock by Agatha Christie

First Lie Wins by Ashley Elston

Adult Nonfiction

The Next Right Thing by Emily P. Freeman

Loving the Little Years by Rachel Jankovic

The Magic of Motherhood by Ashlee Gadd

Dopamine Nation by Anna Lembke

Mama Bear Apologetics by Hillary Morgan Ferrer, general editor

Gentle and Lowly by Dane C. Ortlund

Travels with Charley: In Search of America by John Steinbeck

A Charlotte Mason Education by Catherine Levison

Reading Picture Books With Children by Megan Dowd Lambert

M Is for Mama: A Rebellion Against Mediocre Motherhood by Abbie Halberstadt

Enough about Me: Find Lasting Joy in the Age of Self by Jen Oshman

Bright Evening Star: Mystery of the Incarnation (DNF 50%) by Madeleine L’Engle

How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare by Ken Ludwig

Tell Me the Stories of Jesus by R. Albert Mohler Jr.

The Feather Thief by Kirk Wallace Johnson

When Strivings Cease by Ruth Chou Simons

The Unhurried Homeschooler: A Simple, Mercifully Short Book on Homeschooling by Durenda Wilson

The Four-Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life by Durenda Wilson

How to Use a Planner Without Wasting Time: A Busy Mom’s Guide by Mystie Winckler

Write Your Novel From the Middle by James Scott Bell

The Emotional Craft of Fiction by Donald Maass

20 Master Plots and How to Build Them by Ronald B. Tobias

Do More Better by Tim Challies

Young Adult

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare

Steeplejack by A. J. Hartley

I Am the Messenger by Markus Zuzak

Everything Sad Is Untrue by Daniel Nayeri

The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare

The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley

Eight Cousins by Louisa May Alcott

A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins

The Arrow and the Crown by Emma C. Fox

A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin

The Carver and the Queen by Emma C. Fox

Once a Queen by Sarah Arthur

Breeder by K. B. Hoyle

Middle Grade

A Drop of Hope by Keith Calabrese

Sweet Home Alaska by Carole Estby Dagg

Pat of Silver Bush by L. M. Montgomery

A Wonder-Book for Girls and Boys by Nathaniel Hawthorne

The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare

The Witches by Roald Dahl

The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman

Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan

The BFG by Roald Dahl

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis

The Golden Goblet by Eloise Jarvis McGraw

Our Only May Amelia by Jennifer L. Holm

The Islander by Cynthia Rylant

The Giver by Lois Lowry

Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry

Messenger by Lois Lowry

Son by Lois Lowry

The Star That Always Stays by Anna Rose Johnson

The Green Ember by S. D. Smith

Ember Rising by S. D. Smith

The Black Star of Kingston by S. D. Smith

The Last Archer by S. D. Smith

The Door in the Wall by Marguerite de Angeli

The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge

Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman

The Wizards of Once by Cressida Cowell

The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo

The Iron Giant by Ted Hughes

The Beatryce Prophecy by Kate DiCamillo

Jack Zulu and the Waylander’s Key by S. D. Smith and J. C. Smith

The Labors of Hercules Beal by Gary D. Schmidt

Beneath a Swirling Sky (The Restorationists, #1) by Carolyn Leiloglou

I Am Kavi by Thushanthi Ponweera

Brother’s Keeper by Julie Lee

Sled Dog School by Terry Lynn Johnson

The Great and Terrible Quest by Margaret Lovett

Calvin Coconut: Trouble Magnet by Graham Salisbury

Jane of Lantern Hill by L. M. Montgomery

The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander

The Black Cauldron by Lloyd Alexander

The Luminous Life of Lucy Landry by Anna Rose Johnson

What the Moon Said by Gayle Rosengren


The Sword in the Tree by Clyde Robert Bulla

Eagle Feather by Clyde Robert Bulla

Poppy by Avi

Heartwood Hotel: Home Again (#4) by Kallie George

The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes

Paddington Helps Out by Michael Bond

Letters from Father Christmas by J. R. R. Tolkien

Freckle Juice by Judy Blume

The Bears on Hemlock Mountain by Alice Dalgliesh

The Light at Tern Rock by Julia L. Sauer

The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls: The Beginning (Book 1) by M. J. Thomas

Begin (The Growly Books #1) by Philip & Erin Ulrich

The Dragon Masters Series by Tracey West (illustrated by Graham Howells)

The Storm by Cynthia Rylant

Tales from Deckawoo Drive Series by Kate DiCamillo

The Fabled Stables by Jonathan Auxier

Little Robot by Ben Hatke

Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar

Wise Words: Family Stories that Bring Proverbs to Life by Peter J. Leithart

Peter Pan by James M. Barrie

Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle’s Magic by Betty MacDonald

Here’s a Penny by Carolyn Haywood

Riding the Pony Express by Clyde Robert Bulla

In Grandma’s Attic by Arleta Richardson

Adventures With Waffles by Maria Parr

A Boy Called Christmas by Matt Haig

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson

The Puppets of Spellhorst by Kate DiCamillo

Book Uncle and Me by Uma Krishnaswami

Twenty and Ten by Claire Hutchet Bishop

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Is your TBR longer and more grizzled than Merlin’s beard?

Yep, I used to have a TBR like that, too! But now, I use this amazing TBR spreadsheet to keep everything in tidy order. Plus, since it’s a Google Sheet, I can pull it up on my phone when I’m at the bookstore or library.

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