2016 Book Review Summary

In 2016 I managed to review 61 books – both fiction and non-fiction, self published and traditionally published, paperback/hardcover & e-book, across a wide range of genres and from all around the world. I have too many favourites to pick a winner for the year. I look forward to my 2017 reading and will be opening for review submissions in February. Enjoy the rest of your holidays and happy reading!

Authors to watch out for in 2017:

  • Jim Nesbitt
  • Sarah Key
  • Frankie Bow
  • Uday Murkerji
  • Katie Rose Guest Pryal
  • and of course me! Sarah Jackson

You can download the review list from this page: 2016 Book Reviews

Fiction – Mystery/Adventure/Crime

  1. ***** “End of Watch” by Stephen King
  2. ***** “The Last Second Chance” by Jim Nesbitt
  3. ***** “The Dandelion Clock” by Sarah Key
  4. ***** “Dead Down East” by Carl Schmidt
  5. ****1/2 “The Cursed Canoe” by Frankie Bow
  6. **** “The Woman Who Walked in Sunshine” by Alexander McCall Smith
  7. ***1/2 “Bogman” by R. I. Oulfsen

Fiction – Chick Lit/Romance

  1. ****1/2 “Hollywood Lights” by Katie Rose Guest Pryal
  2. ****1/2 “Chasing Chaos” by Katie Rose Guest Pryal
  3. **** “Dangerous Obsessions” by Bob van Laerhoven
  4. ***1/2 “The Judgment” by D.J.Niko

Fiction – Sci Fi/Horror/Fantasy

  1. ***** “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” by Jack Finney
  2. ****1/2 “The Signalman – A Ghost Story” by Charles Dickens
  3. ****1/2 “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” by J.K.Rowling, John Tiffany & Jack Thorne
  4. **** “The Eye of the Sibyl and other classic stories” by Philip K. Dick
  5. **** “Bizarre of Bad Dreams” by Stephen King
  6. **** “Jen Air” by J Coutelier
  7. **** “Sol of the Coliseum” By Adam Gaylord
  8. **** “Rarity from the Hollow” by Robert Eggleton
  9. **** “Ignite” by Danielle Rogman
  10. ***1/2 “Wild Card Run” by Sara Stamey
  11. ***1/2 “Speculative Story Bites” By Sarena Ulibarri (Ed)
  12. ***1/2 “Fall of the Cities – Putting Down roots” by Vance Huxley
  13. ***1/2 “Elemental Kingdoms: Darkness Descends” by Peter Arvo & Lauren Arvo
  14. *** “The Shattered Stars – Breach of Contract” by Vance Huxley

Fiction – Literary Fiction/Other/Comedy

  1. ***** “Love, Life and Logic” by Uday Mukerji
  2. **** “The Resurrection of Frédéric Debreu” by Alex Marsh
  3. **** “Random Word Stories: Volume 1” by Eli Goldfarb
  4. ***1/2 “Fractured Angel” by Ken Williams

Fiction – Children

  1. ***** “Minkie Monster Saves Christmas” by Ceri Clark
  2. **** “An Unlikely Friendship” by Jasmine Fogwell

Non-Fiction – Memoirs/Biographies

  1. ***** “No Problem Mr Walt” by Walt Hackman
  2. **** “A Street Cat Named Bob” by James Bowen

 Non-Fiction – True Crime

  1. **** “All Fall Down” by Matthew Condon
  2. *** “Anita Cobby The Crime That Shocked The Nation” By Alan J. Whiticker
  3. *** “Derek Percy: Australian Psycho” by Alan Whiticker

Non-Fiction – Reference

  1. ***** “On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft” by Stephen King
  2. **** “Courtyard Kitchen” by Natalie Boog
  3. ****1/2 “Essential Horror Movies: Matinee Monsters to Cult Classics” by Michael Mallory
  4. ****1/2 “Hidden Histories – Herbs” by Kim Hurst
  5. ****1/2 “The Greatest Books You’ll Never Read: Unpublished masterpieces by the world’s greatest writers” by Professor Bernard Richards
  6. ****1/2 “Theory Of Irony: How Jesus Led to Moon Golf” by Erik Von Norden
  7. ****1/2 “Seven Flowers and How They Shaped Our World” by Jennifer Potter
  8. **** “1001 TV Series you must watch before you die” by Paul Condon and Steve Moffat
  9. **** “Trumped – Beyond Politically Correct ” by Peter Davidson
  10. **** “The Wisdom of Bees” by Erik Berrevoets
  11. **** “Australia’s best Garden Guides: Climbers and Creepers” by Allen Gilbert
  12. ***1/2 “John Hughes: A Life in Film” by Kirk Honeycutt
  13. *** “Whistler’s Mother” by NGV Press

 Non-Fiction – Self Help/Instructional/Reference

  1. ****1/2 “The Vintage Tea Party Book” by Angel Adoree
  2. **** “Return to Your Senses: Save yourself before technology kills you” by Ronald D Eastman II
  3. **** “The Two Week wait Challenge” by Lindsay Fischer
  4. **** “Anyone can get an A+: How to Beat Procrastination, Reduce Stress and Improve Your Grades” by Geetanjali Mukherjee
  5. **** “fearLESS: How to Conquer Your Fear, Stop Playing Small, and Start Living an Extraordinary Life You Love” by Nathalie Thompson

Non-Fiction – Travel Guides/Reference

  1. ***** “Top 10 Prague” (Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guide) by Theodore Schwinke
  2. ***** “Top 10 Berlin” (Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guide) by DK
  3. **** “Los Angeles: A Portrait of a City” by Jim Heimann
  4. ***1/2 “Vienna: Architecture & Art” by Tobias Kunz
  5. ***1/2 Marco Polo Spiral Guide – Perfect Days in Prague
  6. ***1/2 “New Zealand North Island” by Darroch Donald
  7. *** “Berlin” by CitiX

December Book Review Round Up

I hope that you are getting the opportunity to enjoy some holiday reading time. Here is my December review summary:

****1/2 “Hidden Histories – Herbs” by Kim Hurst

***** “The Butterfly Wind” by Sarah Key

****1/2 “The Signalman – A Ghost Story” by Charles Dickens

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This Month’s Book Tour – Uday Mukerji


Uday Mukerji is the author of the month. Check out the Book Tour page to find out more about him and his debut novel “Love, Life and Logic”. His book is due out on 29 November 2016.

Advance Praise for “Love, Life and Logic”

“… highly recommended for those seeking more than a casual romance story. Love, Life and Logic comes packed with thought-provoking mental and spiritual changes, in which the ultimate goal fluidly changes with better understanding.” – Midwest Book Review

“This is a very deep book that will make you think about your own life.” – Books and Movies: Reviews

“If you want a book to help you reflect on the bigger picture of life, this may be the book for you. I found this book to be an interesting read that looks at how the things in your life happen around you and how you make sense of it. The book is one for those who enjoy philosophical thinking.” – Valerie, Goodreads Reviewer

“This is a book for you if you like well-told, and thoughtful stories. If you like ruminating on important matters, you will find food for thought. Love, Life, and Logic is among my favourite five of 2016.” – Karen, Goodreads Reviewer