Book Reviews

Welcome to this corner of my blogging bookshelf! Here is a list, with links, to all the books I have reviewed. I have placed an (*) next to those that will redirect you to another site, whether it’s my Bookstagram account (@rebeccarvincent) or a review that I have written as a guest post. 

I don’t review all the books I read. I don’t review all the books I love or really, really like. On the flip side, I don’t review books I don’t finish – which means I didn’t like them enough to make it through. But, from time to time, one inspires a sharing and I write it up. I consider myself more of a “book recommender” than a pure “book reviewer.” All that really means is that I’d rather pass along books I really, really like than quibble about those I didn’t. Having said that, there are a few on here where give an “eh” response or go into a bit more detail about what didn’t work for me. 

Hope you find a new read here or some to add to your pile of books waiting to be read. These are alphabetical by author’s last name.

Interventions: A Life in War and Peace 
by Kofi Annan with Nader Mousavizadeh


A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
Cousin Bette by Honoré de Balzac
The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt
An Accidental Athlete by John “The Penguin” Bingham

Our Patchwork Nation by Dante Chinni and James Gimpel
Everyday Justice: The Global Impact of our Daily Choices by Julie Clawson
The Art of Character by David Corbett

50 Women Every Christian Should Know by Michelle DeRusha
Arranged Marriage
 by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
Champagne Baby by Laure Dugas

Waiting for Snow in Havana
by Carlos Eire
by Shusaku Endo

How To Read Literature Like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster

60  People Who Shaped the Church by Alton Gansky
The Rival Queens by Nancy Goldstone

Terrify No More
by Gary Haugen
Dorothy Day: The World Will Be Saved by Beauty by Kate Hennessy
Sisters In Law by Linda Hirshman
remembered rapture: the writer at work by bell hooks
Use Your Words: A Writing Guide for Mothers by Kate Hopper

The Hundred Story Home
by Kathy Izard

The Happy Marriage 
by Tahar Ben Jelloun
At Home in Exile by Russell Jeung
The Way of the Writer by Charles Johnson

Paradoxology: Why Christianity Was Never Meant to be Simple by Krish Kandiah*
Overplayed by David King and Margot Starbuck
The Book of Laughter and Forgetting by Milan Kundera

The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
Operating Instructions by Anne Lamott
Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith by Anne Lamott
The Girl with Seven Names: A North Korean Defector’s Story 
by Hyeonseo Lee
Pachinko by Min Jin Lee*
The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis

Born to Run
by Christopher McDougall

Born a Crime 
by Trevor Noah*

The Fishermen 
by Chigozie Obioma
The Woman Next Door by Yewande Omotoso
The Seven Deadly Virtues by Todd E. Outcalt*

Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton
Writing to Change the World by Mary Pipher
How To Read Literature Like a Writer by Francine Prose


Seven Brief Lessons on Physics by Carlo Rovelli
Eating Bull by Carrie Rubin

Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg
Only As Good As Your Word by Susan Shapiro
Counting Descent by Clint Smith

Small Things with Great Love by Margot Starbuck

Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien
We Are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas
A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole


Hillbilly Elegy 
by J.D. Vance

A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again by David Foster Wallace
Joe Turner’s Come and Gone by August Wilson
brown girl dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson


A Little Life 
by Hanya Yanagihara

The Attack on the Mill and Other Stories 
by Emile Zola