Sarah’s 2019 Book Review Summary

Here is the list of every book I reviewed in 2019 (by genre).

You can download a PDF of the reviews and this list via the 2020 Book Review page (at the bottom) or via this link

FICTION: Chick Lit (inc. Romance)

**** “The Sisters” by Kate Forster

FICTION: Crime/Mystery (inc. Cosy)

***** “Lightning Men (Dark Town Series)” by Thomas Mullen

***** “Jar of Hearts” by Jennifer Hillier

****1/2 “Whitsunday Dawn” by Annie Seaton

**** “The Man Who Came Uptown” By George Pelecanos

**** “A Body of Work” by Janice Simpson

**** “Mrs Rickaby’s Lullaby” by Julie Thorndyke

**** “Mary-Alice Moves in” by Frankie Bow

**** “Outsider” by Stephen King

**** “Visiting Memories Past: A Dana Potter Christmas Cozy Mystery” by Liz Turner

***1/2 “Bayou Busybody” by Frankie Bow

***1/2 “The Spotted Dog (Corinna Chapman Mysteries)” by Kerry Greenwood

***1/2 “The Dingebury Town Mysteries” by Lee Marsh

***1/2 “Cadaver on Candy Cane Lane” by Leighann Dobbs

*** “The Best American Mystery Stories 2016” ed. Elizabeth George

FICTION: General/Literary Fiction

***** “Dead Man Dreaming: A Novel” by Uday Mukerji

**** “Dead Men’s Trousers” by Irvine Welsh

FICTION: Horror/Thriller

**** “Christine” by Stephen King

**** “Elevation” by Stephen King

**** “Firestarter” by Stephen King

**** “Rage Against the Night” by  Stephen King et al

FICTION: Science Fiction

***** “Turning the Hourglass” by M.J.Kelly

FICTION: YA/Children’s

***** “His Name Was Walter” by Emily Rodda

***** “Doggienauts” by Addie Broussard

**** “No More Dead Kids” by Thomas Marshall

**** “The Frizz” by Jasmine Fogwell

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NON-FICTION: Art/History/Music

***** “Such Sweet Sorrow” by Richard Bell

***** “Unusual Sounds: the Hidden History of Library Music” by David Hollander

***** “You Say You Want a Revolution: records and Rebels, 1966-1970” by Victoria Broackes

***** “Baldessin/Whiteley: Parallel Visions” edited by Sasha Grishin

**** “101 Marvellous Movies You May Have Missed” by David Stratton

*** “100 Nasty Women of History” by Hannah Jewell

NON-FICTION: Biography/Autobiography

***** “Accidental Icon: Musings of a Geriatric Starlet ” by Iris Apfel

***** “Bella and Chaim: The Story of Beauty and Life” by Sarah Rena Vidal

**** “The Trauma Cleaner: One Woman’s Extraordinary Life in the Business of Death, Decay, and Disaster” By Sarah Krasnostein

NON-FICTION: Gardening/Cooking

***** “Joseph Banks’ Florilegium: Botanical Treasures from Cook’s First Voyage” by David Mabberley, Mel Gooding & Joseph Studholme

***** “Preservation Pantry: Modern Canning from root to Top & Stem to Core” by Sarah Marshall

NON-FICTION: Humour/Gift Book

**** “Sh*t Towns of New Zealand” By Anonymous

**** “The Little Voodoo Kit” by Dr J.P. Poupette

NON-FICTION: Self-Help/Well Being/Instructional

***** “Multidimensional Meditation: An introduction to Natural meditation and Multidimensional Living” by Leanne Margaret

***** “The Love of the Universe” by Leanne Margaret

**** “The Fast 800” by Michael Mosley

**** “German Short Stories for Beginners: 10 Short Stories to Easily learn German & Improve Your Vocabulary” By Touri Language Learning

NON-FICTION: Social Commentary

***** “Boys will be Boys” by Clementine Ford

**** “The Prince” by David Marr

**** “Jonestown: The Power and Myth of Alan Jones” by Chris Masters

***1/2 “Australian Tragic: Gripping tales from the dark side of our history” by Jack Marx

NON-FICTION: Travel

**** “Japan: Eyewitness Travel Guide” by Rosalyn Thiro

NON-FICTION: True Crime

****1/2 “Stalked: The Human Target: Stories of people pursued by stalkers and the devasting effect on their lives.” By Rachel Cassidy

**** “The Frankston Murders: The true story of serial killer Paul Denyer” by Vicki Petraitis

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Sarah’s 2018 Book Review Summary

Here is the list of every book I reviewed in 2018! (by genre).

You can download a PDF of the reviews and this list via the 2019 Book Review page (at the bottom) or via this link BOOKS REVIEWED IN 2018

FICTION: Chick Lit (inc. Romance)

**** “For the Love of Christmas” by Kate Forster

**** “Fallout Girl” by Katie Rose Guest Pryal

FICTION: Crime/Mystery (inc. Cosy)

*****”The Mashego File” by Ian Patrick

****1/2 “King of Hart (Hart of Darkness)” by Violeta M. Bagia

**** Ace of Hart (Hart of Darkness) (Volume 1) by Violeta Bagia

**** “The Big Book of Rouges and Villains”, edited by Otto Penzler

**** “Robicheaux” by James Lee Burke

**** “Two Kinds of Truth” by Michael Connelly

**** “Precious and Grace: The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency” by Alex McCall Smith

***1/2 “The 12 Slays of Christmas” by Abby L. Vandiver et al

*** The Christmas Letter” by Kathi Daley

*** “Pecan Pies and Dead Guys” by Angie Fox

FICTION: General/Literary Fiction

***** “Bridget Crack” by Rachel Leary

***** “City of Spades” by Colin MacInnes

**** “Pokeweed: An Illustrated Novella” by Brian L. Tucker

*** “Celebrant Sleuth: I Do … or Die” by Hazel Edwards

FICTION: Horror/Thriller

***** “Heart Shaped Box” by Joe Hill

**** “Dark Wood Dark Water” by Tina Callaghan

FICTION: YA/Children’s

****1/2 “Hollow City: The Second Novel of Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children” by Ransom Riggs

**** “Library of Souls: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Volumn 3” by Ransom Riggs

**** “Funny Folk: Poems about people” edited by Robert Fisher

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NON-FICTION: Art/History/Music

***** “The Open Road: Photography and the American Road Trip” by David Campany

**** “The Art of Aardman” by Aardman Animation Ltd

**** “Inside the Dream Palace” by Sherill Tippins

**** “MoMA at NGV: 130 years of modern and contemporary art” by Samantha Friedman, Juliet Kinchin & Miranda Wallace

**** “Warhol” by Christopher Makos

***1/2 “Black Vinyl White Powder” by Simon Napier-Bell

***1/2 “Bad English: A History of Linguistic Aggravation” by Ammon Shea

NON-FICTION: Biography/Autobiography

***** “My Ikaria: How the people from a small Mediterranean island inspired me to live a happier, healthier and longer life” by Spiri Tsintziras

***** “Goldilocks lives in Leamington: and other tales of university life” by Geetanjali Mukherjee

**** “Final Chapters: How Famous Author’s Died” by Jim Bernhard

**** “The Diary of a Bookseller” by Shaun Bythell

NON-FICTION: Gardening/Cooking

***** “Mary Berry’s Traditional Puddings and Desserts” by Mary Berry

***** Herbs: Inspiration and Practical Advice for Gardeners (National Trust Home & Garden)by Jane Eastoe

**** “Pickled, Potted and Canned: The story of food preserving” by Sue Shepard

***1/2 “Kitschy Canapés: Finger food for the swingers set” by Babs Harrison

*** “Gin made me do it: 60 beautiful botanical cocktails” by Jassy Davis

NON-FICTION: Humour/Gift Book

****1/2 “Marital Advice to my Grandson Joel: How to be a husband your wife won’t throw out of the window in the middle of the night” by Peter Davidson

**** “Say When” by Catherine Deveny

**** “Bizarre World” by Bill Bryson

**** “Servo: Great Australian Service Stations” by Jim Sonter

NON-FICTION: Self-Help/Instructional

*** “The Subtle Art of not giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life” by Mark Manson

NON-FICTION: Social Commentary

***** “Fight Like A Girl” by Clementine Ford

****1/2 Requiem for the American Dream: The 10 Principles of Concentration of Wealth & Power by Noam Chomsky, Peter Hutchinson (Editor), Kelly Nyks (Editor), Jared P. Scott (Editor)

NON-FICTION: Travel

***1/2 “The Best American Travel Writing: 2017” edited by Lauren Collins & Jason Williams.

*** “Travel Stories and Highlights: 2017 Edition”, edited by Robert Fear

NON-FICTION: True Crime

**** “Accidental Death?: When things may not be as they seem” by Robin Bowles

**** “The Good Cop” by Justine Ford

**** “Yorkshire Ripper: The Secret Murders” by Chris Clark and Tim Tate

*** “Black Dahlia Red Rose” by Piu Eatwell