Book Reviews

rating: x/5 stars

Tips: Ctrl + F gives a search bar where you can search for authors or titles mentioned on this page! Also I started out marking books as f/f and m/m relationships, but then there were books with multiple lgbt characters (who knew! hah) or without labels/trans and some are just tagged lgbt.

Short stories

The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories by Ken Liu five stars

The Hidden Girl and Other Stories by Ken Liu four stars

The Cybernetic Tea Shop by Meredith Katz five stars

Comics/Graphic novels

Lore Olympus s1 by Racel Smythe five stars

Through the Woods by Emily Carrol five stars

When I Arrived at the Castle by Emily Carroll three stars

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina vol. 1 two stars

Paper Girls vol. 1 three stars

Paper Girls vol. 2 four stars

Emotions Explained with Buff Dudes by Andrew Tsyaston five stars

Quiet Girl in a Noisy World by Debbie Tung three stars

Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh five stars

There Is No Right Way to Meditate by Yumi Sakugawa four stars

Deadly Class by Rick Remender vol. 1-9 everything between five stars to one star

 I Think I Am In Friend-Love With You by Yumi Sakugawa i liked it

Fence vol. 1-3 by C. S. Pacat one star

Heartstopper by Alice Oseman five stars, m/m

Heartstopper vol. 2 by Alice Oseman three stars, m/m

Heartstopper vol. 3 by Alice Oseman three stars, m/m

Adulthood is a Myth by Sarah Andersen four stars

Big Mushy Happy Lump by Sarah Andersen two stars

Herding Cats by Sarah Andersen three stars


I Am Not a Serial Killer by Dan Wells four stars, morally-gray character

Wilder Girls by Rory Power five stars, f/f

Zero Sum Game (Cas Russell #1) by S. L. Huang five stars, anti-heroine

Null Set (Cas Russell #2) by S. L. Huang four stars, anti-heroine

Critical Point (Cas Russell #3) by S. L. Huang four stars, anti-heroine

They Never Learn by Layne Fargo four stars, f/f, dark academia

Contemporary fiction

The Maidens by Alex Michaelides two stars, crime

The Lessons by Naomi Alderman four stars, gay & bi mc’s, dark academia

A Separate Peace by John Knowles four stars

Running with Lions by Julian Winters four stars, m/m

Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuinston five stars, m/m, politics

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath four stars, classic

1984 by George Orwell DNF, classic

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro three stars

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green five stars and its own spoiler-filled review, f/f

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo five stars

Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami four stars

If We Were Villains by M. L. Rio three stars, dark academia

The Secret History by Donna Tartt five stars, dark academia

Historical fiction

The Unbinding of Mary Reade by Miriam McNamara three stars, pirates

Magical realism

Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore DNF

When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore DNF

Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin four stars, alternate historical fiction

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton four stars

The Price Guide to the Occult by Leslye Walton two stars

Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami four stars

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater three stars

Call Down the Hawk (dreamer #1) by Maggie Stiefvater four stars, m/m

High Fantasy

City of Strife by Claudie Arseneault four stars, so queer

The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson five stars

Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson four stars

Edgedancer by Brandon Sanderson four stars


Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett sapphic mc

The Secret Commonwealth by Philip Pullman one star

The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson four stars, morally-gray characters

Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir four stars, f/f, morally-gray characters

Winterkeep (Graceling #4) by Kristin Cashore four stars

Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo one star

The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller two stars

The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi dnf

Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller three stars, genderfluid mc

Ship of Smoke and Steel by Django two stars

The Midnight Lie by Marie Rutkoski four stars, f/f

Of Poseidon by Anna Banks four stars, mermaids

 To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo three stars, sirens & pirates

Circe by Madeline Miller four stars, greek mythology

Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova DNF, bi mc

Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim three stars

Once A Witch by Carolyn MacCullough two stars

An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson two stars

These Witches Don’t Burn by Isabel Sterling four stars (lgbt characters; lots of queer girls)

The Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan four stars (lgbt characters)

The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw three stars (witches, small-town)

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi four stars

Written in Red (The Others #1) by Anne Bishop four stars

The Cruel Prince (the folk of the air #1) by Holly Blackfour stars

The Wicked King (the folk of the air #2) by Holly Black three stars

The Queen of Nothing (the folk of the air #3) by Holly Black two stars

Wake of Vultures by Lila Bowen four stars

Fawkes by Nadine Brandes three stars

In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan four stars (sirens, m/m)

Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare three stars

Angelfall by Susan Ee three stars

More by T. M. Franklin one star

Good Omens by Terry Prachett and Neil Gaiman three stars

The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins four stars

Dread Nation by Justina Ireland three stars

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff two stars

Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller four stars

A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas two stars

Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass #5) by Sarah J Maas  three stars

The Rook by Daniel O’Malley three stars

Uprooted by Naomi Novik five stars

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik two stars

Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta (Lumatere chronicles #1) three stars

Touch of Power by Maria V. Snyder three stars

Storm Glass by Maria V. Snyder two stars

Ilusions of Fate by Kiersten White three stars

A Mage’s Power by Casey Wolfe four stars (m/m)

Urban Fantasy

Borderline by Mishell Baker three stars, bi mc, mental illness & disability

Jade City by Fonda Lee three stars

Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs three stars

Halfway to the Grave by Jeanie Frost three stars

Science Fiction

Scythe by Neal Shusterman didn’t like it at all (more dystopia)

The One’s Who Walk Away From Omelas by Ursula K. Guin five stars

The Legion Series by Brandon Sanderson five, four and two stars and
a short review of the first Legion book

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch  four stars

Legion by Brandon Sanderson five stars

Head On by John Scalzi three stars

Space Opera by Catherynne M. Valente  four stars


Night Sky with Exit Wounds by Ocean Vuong four stars, lgbt

Felicity by Mary Oliver four stars, lgbt

Soft Science by Franny Choi two stars, lgbt

Soft Magic by Upile Chisala two stars

Whiskey Words & a Shovel by r h Sin two stars

She Used to Be on a Milk Carton by Kailey Tedesco one star

Counting Descent by Clint Smith five stars

Bright Dead Things by Ada Limon

Monument by Natasha Trethewey two stars

Glass Moon by Megan Pollak two stars

The Year of the Femme by Cassie Donish

Lord of the Butterflies by Andrea Gibson five stars

The Universe of Us by Lang Leav three stars

The Future by Neil Hilborn four stars

Leave This Song Behind three stars

Alt som ikke har blitt tjoret fast, Eirin Gundersen

Mary Oliver’s New and Selected Poems Vol. 2 four stars

A Thousand Mornings by Mary Oliver five stars

Upstream by Mary Oliver four stars

Mary Oliver’s New and Selected Poems vol. 1 four stars

Crush by Richard Siken three stars

the sun and her flowers by rupi kaur three stars

graffiti by savannah brown four stars

Young adult contemporary

The Selection (#1-3) by Kiera Cass like overall three stars

When We Collided by Emery Lord four stars, bipolar disorder

The Foxhole Court by Nora Sakavic four stars, lgbtq: demisexual mc, gay characters

The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson two stars, mental illness

Uninvited by Sophie Jordan four stars (dystopian)

Unleashed by Sophie Jordan three stars (dystopian)

Solitaire by Alice Oseman two stars

The Truth About Keeping Secrets by Savannah Brown four stars (f/f)

Girl Mans Up by M-E Girard three stars (lgbt characters)

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo  four stars (culture)

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness four stars

I Was Born for This by Alice Oseman four stars (lgbt characters)

Radio Silence by Alice Oseman five stars (lgbt characters)

The Benefits of Being an Octopus by Ann Braden four stars

Sadie by Courtney Summers  three stars

Airborn by Kenneth Oppel three stars

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green five stars

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli five stars (m/m)

Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson five stars

The Vanishing Stair (Truly Devious #2) by Maureen Johnson four stars

The Hand on the Wall (Truly Devious #3) by Maureen Johnson four stars

The Art of Escaping by Erin Callahan  four stars

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin two stars

See How They Run by Ally Carter two stars

All Fall Down by Ally Carter three stars

Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour four stars, f/f

The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Sáenz fours stars, m/m

Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson three stars

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness three stars

The Diviners by Libba Bray two stars

A Time to Dance by Padma Venkatraman four stars

We Are Okay by Nina LaCour four stars (f/f)

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas five stars

We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson four stars (m/m)

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee four stars (m/m)

Fairytale retellings / mythology

Silver in the Wood (Greenhollow Duology #1) by Emily Tesh two stars, m/m

Valkyrie Rising by Ingrid Paulson three stars, norse mythology

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman four stars

The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo four stars

Ash by Malinda Lo two stars, f/f

The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest by Melanie Dickerson one star

Just romance

Vicious by L. J. Shen


It’s All Too Much by Peter Walsh three stars

The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg four stars

10 Steps to Earning Awesome Grades (While Studying Less) by Thomas Frank five stars

What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami four stars

Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer two stars

The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo five stars


Women in Science by Rachel Ignotofsky five stars (illustrations)

Six Easy Pieces by Richard Feynman four stars

The Grand Design by Stephen Hawking five stars

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari three stars

Seven Brief Lessons on Physics by Carlo Rovelli three stars


An Unquiet Mind by Kay Redfield Jamison five stars, bipolar disorder

A Woman in the Polar Night by Christiane Ritter five stars, travel to Arctic

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi five stars

My Fight / Your Fight by Ronda Rousey  four stars

Secrets for the Mad by dodie four stars

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah five stars


The More or Less Definitive Guide to Self-Care: from A to Z by Anna Borges four stars