The Emerald City Book Review Gem is awarded to my favorite books of the year in various genres and categories. Click on each title to be taken to my original review.

2018 Gems

2018 Releases –
Fiction: Circe
Nonfiction:  A Primer for Poets and Readers of Poetry

Other books read in 2018 –

Historical Fiction: The Blood of the Martyrs
Multiple Time Periods: The Maze at Windermere
Books everyone should read: I Don’t Want to Talk About It
Science and Nature: Animals in Translation
Reread: The Earthsea books
Fantasy (among other genres): Jane, Unlimited
Fiction in Translation: Les Miserables
Children’s: It’s Like This, Cat, The Ghost of Thomas Kempe
Activism: The Art of Waging Peace
Spirituality: The Kingdom Within
Book Design: Uncle Silas
Classics: Invisible Man



2017 Gems

2017 Releases:
Fiction: The Bear and the Nightingale
Children’s: Bronze and Sunflower
Nonfiction: May Cause Love

Other books read in 2017 –

Historical: Troy Chimneys, Scaramouche, Golden Hill
Fantasy: The Forgotten Beasts of Eld
Spirituality: Old and New Mysteries, The Book of Joy
Mystery: The Julian Kestrel mysteries
Romantic comedy: The Lark
Book everyone should read: Dark Money
Suspense: My Cousin Rachel
Fiction in Translation: Season of Migration to the North
Poetry (also in translation): Seasons of the Soul
Literary: The Gilded Chalet
Contemporary Fiction: Americanah
Classics: Excellent Women, East of Eden
Biography and Memoir: My Life in France; Manderley Forever; Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life


2016 Gems

2016 releases:
Adult fictionThe Summer Guest
Children’s fictionThe Evil Wizard Smallbone
NonfictionThe House by the Lake

Other books read in 2016 –

Books everyone should read: Just Mercy; Being Mortal
Children’s/YA: Johnny Tremain; The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing
Fantasy: Wyrd Sisters
Memoir: My Family and Other Animals; Unearthed; Carry On
Historical: A Man of Genius
Classics: The Makioka Sisters
Graphics: The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage
New-to-me author: Frances Hardinge
Rediscovered author: Betty MacDonald
Small Press: Hidden View (Green Writers Press)


2015 Gems

2015 Releases: FictionGirl Waits with Gun / NonfictionThe Fellowship

Other books read in 2015 –

Historical fiction: New – The Wild Girl / Classic: Shadows on the Rock
Translated fiction: The True Deceiver
Fantasy: The Golem and the Jinni
New-to-me Author: Margery Sharp
Memoir/Nature: H Is for Hawk; The Shepherd’s Life
Nonfiction: Is that a Fish in Your Ear?
Children’s/YA: El Deafo; Krabat and the Sorcerer’s Mill; Seacrow Island; The Hired Girl
Rereads: Tam Lin
Series: The Wolves Chronicles


2014 Gems

2014 Releases: Fiction:Hild   Nonfiction: In the Kingdom of Ice
Other books read in 2014 –
Fiction: My Brother Michael
Classic Fiction: Barchester Towers and The Brandons
Historical Fiction: The White Witch
Fantasy: The Islands of Chaldea
Children’s: All-of-a-Kind Family
YA: A Solitary Blue
Memoir/Biography: Strings Attached and My Life in Middlemarch
Nonfiction: The Age of Wonder
Rereads: Witch Week

2 responses to “ECBR Gems

  1. I started reading The Age of Wonder in December and plan to finish it this month. I see why you made it one of your gems of 2014. It will surely be on my ten best list for 2015.

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