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
Morality for Beautiful Girls*                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

Biography and Autobiography

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

Science and Math

Last Chance to See                 Douglas Adams & Mark Carwardine
The Little Book of Black Holes        Steven Gruber & Frans Pretorious


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

Music, Sound, and Sensation            Fritz Winckel

Other Non-Fiction


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

↑ denotes a live performance

All’s Well That Ends Well*            William Shakespeare
As You Like It*                William Shakespeare
Assassins*↑                    Stephen Sondheim & John Weidman
Charlie’s Aunt*                Brandon Thomas
The Cocoanuts*                George S. Kaufman
Comedy of Errors*                William Shakespeare
Coriolanus*↑                    William Shakespeare
Every Good Boy Deserves Favour        Tom Stoppard (music by Andre Previn)
The Glass Menagerie            “Tennessee” Williams
Hamilton                    Lin-Manuel Miranda
Hamlet (Bakersfield College 2017)*        William Shakespeare
Hello, Dolly!*                    Michael Stewart & Jerry Herman
Henry IV (Parts 1 & 2 adapted)        William Shakespeare
If/Then                    Tom Kitt & Brian Yorkey
The Importance of Being Earnest*↑ (CSUB 2018)    Oscar Wilde
Julius Caesar*                    William Shakespeare
Little Shop of Horrors*↑            Howard Ashman & Alan Menken
Macbeth*                    William Shakespeare
The Merchant of Venice*            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
Three Sisters*                Anton Chekhov
Twelfth Night*                William Shakespeare
The Two Gentlemen of Verona*        William Shakespeare
The Woman in Black*                Stephen Malatratt
Young Frankenstein*                Mel Brooks & Thomas Meehan

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.