Book Review Index by Title and Genre

My categories are somewhat arbitrary, I’m afraid, but I think they do the job. The distinction between classics and modern literary fiction is particularly fine, and I have just gone with my gut. I may break down the larger categories if necessary later.

* denotes a title I read or saw live with my kids

Classic Fiction

Around the World in 80 Days*            Jules Verne
The Gilded Age                    Mark Twain and Charles Dudley Warner
Journey to the Center of the Earth*            Jules Verne
King Solomon’s Mines*                H. Rider Haggard
Martin Chuzzlewit                    Charles Dickens               
The Picture of Dorian Gray                Oscar Wilde

Modern Literary Fiction


Genre Fiction, Science Fiction, and Mysteries

Blue Shoes and Happiness*                Alexander McCall Smith
The Full Cupboard of Life*                Alexander McCall Smith
The Kalahari Typing School for Men*            Alexander McCall Smith

Children and Young Adult Fiction

Flora and Ulysses*                    Kate DiCamillo
The Girl who Circumnavigated Fairyland*        Catherynne Valente
Lord and Lady Bunny: Almost Royalty*                 Polly Horvath
The Tale of Despereaux*                Kate DiCamillo
A Year Down Yonder*                    Richard Peck

Biography and Autobiography

Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey    Lady Fiona, Countess of Carnarvon

Science

Last Chance to See                 Douglas Adams & Mark Carwardine

History

Divine Vintage                 Joel Butler & Randall Heskett
Turn Right at Machu Picchu              Mark Adams

Philosophy, Religion, & Politics
Nudge                        Cass Sunstein and Richard Thaler

Music and the Arts


Other Non-Fiction


Poetry

50 Years and Other Poems            James Weldon Johnson       
Beowulf*                    Traditional, Seamus Heaney, translator
   
Drama

↑ denotes a live performance

All’s Well That Ends Well*            William Shakespeare
As You Like It*                William Shakespeare
Charlie’s Aunt*                Brandon Thomas
The Cocoanuts*                George S. Kaufman
Comedy of Errors*                William Shakespeare
The Glass Menagerie            “Tennessee” Williams
If/Then                    Tom Kitt & Brian Yorkey
Julius Caesar*                    William Shakespeare
Macbeth*                    William Shakespeare
The Merchant of Venice*            William Shakespeare
Much Ado About Nothing*↑            William Shakespeare
The Odd Couple*                Neil Simon
Of Mice and Men                John Steinbeck
Othello*                    William Shakespeare
Pericles, Prince of Tyre*            William Shakespeare
Pippin*↑                    Stephen Schwartz & Roger Hirson
Pre-Shakespearean Drama (Part 1)         Joseph Adams, ed.
Pre-Shakespearean Drama (Part 2)         Joseph Adams, ed.
Ragtime*                    Terrence McNally, Stephen Flaherty, & Lynn Ahrens
Richard II (Old Globe San Diego)*    William Shakespeare
The Servant of Two Masters*↑           Carlo Goldoni
The Taming of the Shrew*            William Shakespeare   
The 39 Steps                    Patrick Barlow
Twelfth Night*                William Shakespeare

1 comment:

  1. I was noticing that in your section of books for children and young adults you don't include anything by Elizabeth Enright. So far I've only read four of her books for children - the Melendy family series - but they were really fun. I think my favorite is "The Four-Story Mistake". (Just that title bodes well in my humble opinion.) Anyway, you might check out her books at the library and see if some of your younger ones enjoy them. :-) Two of her other books won Newbery Medals.

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