the books

Here’s a list of all the books I’ve reviewed so far (alphabetical by author)

2,000 to 10,000 by Rachel Aaron (4 stars)

The Emotion Thesaurus by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi (5 stars)

Showing and Telling by Laurie Alberts (2 stars)

The Author Blog by Anne R. Allen (5 stars!)

Medieval Underpants and Other Blunders by Susanne Alleyn (4 stars)

Never Say You Can’t Survive by Charlie Jane Anders (3 stars)

Tell Your Time by Amy Lynn Andrews (5 stars)

105 Ways to Beat Writer’s Block by Justin Arnold (4 stars)

A Writer’s Time by Kenneth Atchity (2 stars)

Make Your Writing Bloom by Shonell Bacon (4 stars)

Missed Periods and Other Grammar Scares by Jenny Baranick (4 stars)

Twitter for Authors by Beth Barany (2 stars)

Write that Book Already! by Sam Barry and Kathi Kamen Goldmark (1 star)

No Plot? No Problem! by Chris Baty (4 stars)

The Art of Subtext by Charles Baxter (2 stars)

The Art of War for Writers by James Scott Bell (4 stars)

How to Write Dazzling Dialogue by James Scott Bell (3 stars)

How to Write Pulp Fiction by James Scott Bell (4 stars)

The Last Fifty Pages by James Scott Bell (4 stars)

Plot and Structure by James Scott Bell (4 stars)

Voice: The Secret Power of Great Writing by James Scott Bell (3 stars)

Writing Fiction for All You’re Worth by James Scott Bell (5 stars)

Write Your Novel from the Middle by James Scott Bell (5 stars)

Can You Make the Title Bigga? By Jessica Bell (1 star)

The Artful Edit by Susan Bell (4 stars)

Contagious by Jonah Berger (4 stars)

Powerful Premise by William Bernhardt (3 stars)

The 38 Most Common Fiction Writing Mistakes by Jack M. Bickham (3 stars)

Setting by Jack M. Bickham (5 stars)

The Secrets of Character by Matt Bird (5 stars)

The Secrets of Story by Matt Bird (5 stars)

The Anatomy of a Best Seller by Sacha Black (5 stars)

The Anatomy of Prose by Sacha Black (4 stars)

13 Steps to Evil by Sacha Black (5 stars)

The Liar’s Companion by Lawrence Block (5 stars)

Spider, Spin Me a Web by Lawrence Block (4 stars)

Write for Your Life by Lawrence Block (4 stars)

A Writer Prepares by Lawrence Block (4 stars)

Writing the Novel from Plot to Print by Lawrence Block (4 stars)

Writing the Novel from Plot to Print to Pixel by Lawrence Block (5 stars!)

Story Logic and the Craft of Fiction by Catherine Brady (2 stars)

Eighteen Minutes by Peter Bregman (4 stars)

Save the Cat Writes a Novel by Jessica Brody (5 stars!)

Story Physics by Larry Brooks (1 star)

Self-Editing for Fiction Writers by Renni Browne and Dave King (4 stars)

How to Avoid Making Art by Julia Cameron (4 stars)

The Right to Write by Julia Cameron (4 stars)

How to Win Friends and Influence People in the Digital Age by Dale Carnegie and Brent Cole (4 stars)

Discover Your Brand by Emlyn Chand (4 stars)

The Pomodoro Technique by Francesco Cirillo (2 stars)

Eight Weeks to a Complete Novel by Becky Clark (2 stars)

Help for Writers by Roy Peter Clark  (4 stars)

Immediate Fiction by Jerry Cleaver (2 stars)

Secrets to Ebook Publishing Success by Mark Coker (3 stars )

Getting Into Character by Brandilyn Collins (3 stars)

Wired for Story by Lisa Cron (3 stars)

Trough of Hell by H.R. D’Costa (4 stars)

Story Climax by H.R. D’Costa (5 stars!)

Story Stakes by H.R. D’Costa (4 stars)

How to Develop Story Tension by Amy Deardon (4 stars)

Plot by Ansen Dibell (5 stars!)

47 Mind Hacks for Writers by Karen Dimmick and Steve Dimmick (2 stars)

Yoga for the Brain by Dawn DiPrince and Cheryl Miller Thurston (5 stars)

A Novel in a Year by Louise Doughty (2 stars)

The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg (5 stars)

Smarter Faster Better by Charles Duhigg (2 stars)

On Cussing by Katherine Dunn (4 stars)

Emotional Structure: Creating the Story Beneath the Plot by Peter Dunne (4 stars)

Finding Your Voice by Les Edgerton (5 stars)

Hooked by Les Edgerton (4 stars)

The Editor’s Eye by Stacy Ennis (3 stars)

Million Dollar Outlines by David Farland (4 stars)

From Page to Stage by Betsy Graziani Fasbinder (4 stars)

How to Market a Book by Ricardo Fayet (4 stars)

Pep Talks for Writers by Grant Faulkner (5 stars)

Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing by Mignon Fogarty (5 stars)

Lifelong Writing Habit by Chris Fox (5 stars)

How to Write a Damn Good Novel by James N. Frey (4 stars)

How to Write a Damn Good Novel II by James N. Frey (3 stars)

Talk Like Ted by Carmine Gallo (3 stars)

Let’s Get Digital by David Gaughran (4 stars)

Let’s get Visible by David Gaughran (4 stars)

Show, Don’t Tell by Sandra Gerth (5 stars)

The Dip by Seth Godin (4 stars)

The Write Balance by Bonni Goldberg (4 stars)

Hit Lit by James W. Hall (4 stars)

The Word-Loss Diet by Rayne Hall (3 stars)

Writing Fight Scenes by Rayne Hall (4 stars)

Writing Vivid Dialogue by Rayne Hall (5 stars)

Understanding Show, Don’t Tell by Janice Hardy (4 stars)

Selling Your Story in 60 Seconds by Michael Hauge (4 stars)

Gotta Read It! By Libbie Hawker (3 stars)

Take Off Your Pants by Libbie Hawker (2 stars)

Action by Ian Thomas Healy (4 stars)

Switch by Chip Heath and Dan Heath (5 stars)

Practical Emotional Structure by Jodi Henley (1 star)

Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World by Michael Hyatt (4 stars)

Writing for Emotional Impact by Karl Iglesias (5 stars)

Fifty Shades of Grey: Inner Goddess (a Journal) by E.L. James (1 star)

Story Trumps Structure by Steven James (2 stars)

Write Your Book in a Flash by Dan Janal (3 stars)

Writing Killer Cover Copy by Elena Johnson (4 stars)

Write Great Fiction–Dialogue by Gloria Kempton (3 stars)

The Courage to Write by Ralph Keyes (4 stars)

The 5 Day Novel by Scott King (2 stars)

On Writing by Stephen King (4 stars)

The Order of Things by Barbara Ann Kipfer (2 stars)

Show Your Work by Austin Kleon (2 stars)

Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon (see review for rating)

Beginnings, Middles, and Ends by Nancy Kress (4 stars)

Dynamic Characters by Nancy Kress (5 stars)

5 Editors Tackle the 12 Fatal Flaws of Fiction Writing by C.S. Lakin and others (5 stars)

Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott (4 stars)

101 Things I Learned in Film School by Neil Landau and Matthew Frederick (4 stars)

The Introvert Advantage by Marti Olsen Laney (5 stars!)

Steering the Craft by Ursula K. Le Guin (3 stars)

The Secret Lives of Writers edited by Diane Lee (2 stars)

Elmore Leonard’s 10 Rules of Writing by Elmore Leonard (2 stars)

Write Better, Faster by Monica Leonelle (3 stars)

The Forest for the Trees by Betsy Lerner (4 stars)

How I Sold 1 Million ebooks in 5 Months by John Locke (1 star)

The Fiction Writer’s Handbook by Shelly Lowenkopf (3 stars)

Cash Flow for Creators by Michael W. Lucas (5 stars)

The First Five Pages by Noah Lukeman (1 star)

A Writer’s Space by Eric Maisel (1 star)

Intuitive Editing by Tiffany Yates Martin (3 stars)

Spilling Ink by Anne Mazer and Ellen Potter (5 stars)

Because Internet by Gretchen McCulloch (4 stars)

Writing the Fiction Synopsis by Pam McCutcheon (4 stars)

Resilience by Mark McGuinness (2 stars)

The Little Book of Self-Editing for Writers by Bridget McKenna (4 stars)

Level Up by Rochelle Melander (2 stars)

What We See When We Read by Peter Mendelsund (2 stars)

I Can’t Believe You Asked That by Phillip J. Milano (4 stars)

Novel Blogging by Liberty Montano (1 star)

The Storymatic by Brian Mooney (5 stars)

Writing With Jenna Moreci (YouTube channel) (4 stars)

Lessons from a Lifetime of Writing by David Morrell (4 stars)

Nail Your Novel by Roz Morris (4 stars)

This Year You Write Your Novel by Walter Mosley (3 stars)

Break Writer’s Block Now by Jerrold Mundis (4 stars)

How to be an Artist by JoAnnah Nagler (5 stars)

77 Reasons Why Your Book Was Rejected by Mike Nappa (1 star)

Rivet Your Readers with Deep Point of View by Jill Elizabeth Nelson (4 stars)

Deep Work by Cal Newport (4 stars)

Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport (5 stars)

Editomat (software) by Noumena Corporation (5 stars)

Fiction First Aid by Raymond Obstfeld (4 stars)

Ten Minute Author by Kevin Partner (4 stars)

The Relaxed Author by Joanna Penn and Mark Leslie Lefebvre (4 stars)

Successful Self-Publishing by Joanna Penn (4 stars)

The Secret Life of Pronouns by James W. Pennebaker (5 stars)

Writing in Flow by Susan K. Perry (4 stars)

Sense of Style by Steven Pinker (1 star)

Secrets of Successful Writers by Darell Pitt (2 stars)

Do the Work by Steven Pressfield (1 star)

Nobody Wants to Read Your Sh*t by Steven Pressfield (2 stars)

Write Naked by Jennifer Probst (5 stars)

From Idea to Story in 90 Seconds by Ken Rand (2 stars)

The 10% Solution by Ken Rand (2 stars)

The Weekend Novelist by Robert J. Ray (3 stars)

The Weekend Novelist Rewrites the Novel by Robert J. Ray (2 stars)

The 7 Secrets of the Prolific by Hillary Rettig (2 stars)

Word Work by Bruce Holland Rogers (5 stars!)

Building a Promotional Package by Michael K. Rose (4 stars)

A Writer’s Guide to Persistence by Jordan Rosenfeld (5 stars!)

Description and Setting by Ron Rozelle (5 stars)

Closing the Deal on Your Terms by Kristine Kathryn Rusch (5 stars)

Creating Your Author Brand by Kristine Kathryn Rusch (5 stars)

Creative Cursing by Sarah Royal and Jillian Panarese (3 stars)

Better than Before by Gretchen Rubin (5 stars)

The Author’s Marketing Handbook by Claire Ryan (5 stars)

Writing with Emotion, Tension, and Conflict by Cheryl St. John (5 stars)

Craft in the Real World by Matthew Salesses (5 stars)

How to Write Black Characters by the editors at Salt and Sage Books (5 stars)

Firefly Magic by Lauren Sapala (4 stars)

My Story Can Beat Up Your Story by Jeffrey Alan Schechter (4 stars)

Book in a Month by Victoria Lynn Schmidt (3 stars)

Hollywood vs. the Author by Stephen Jay Schwartz (4 stars)

Habit Stacking by S.J. Scott (2 stars)

Chapter after Chapter by Heather Sellers (4 stars)

Page After Page by Heather Sellers (4 stars)

The Writer’s Roadmap by Leigh Shulman (4 stars)

You’ve Got a Book in You by Elizabeth Sims (4 stars)

Hook Your Readers by Tamar Sloan (2 stars)

Blake’s Blogs by Blake Snyder (2 stars)

Save the Cat! by Blake Snyder (5 stars!)

Save the Cat Strikes Back by Blake Snyder (5 stars!)

Writing Without Rules by Jeff Somers (1 star)

Living Write by Kelly L. Stone (3 stars)

Time to Write by Kelly L. Stone (3 stars)

Unmarketing by Scott Strattan (2 stars)

The Procrastination Equation by Piers Steel (4 stars)

Techniques of the Selling Writer by Dwight V. Swain (4 stars)

Mistakes Were Made (But Not By Me) by Carol Tavris and Elliot Aronson (4 stars)

Yours to Tell by Steve Rasnic Tem and Melanie Tem (4 stars)

Eat that Frog! By Brian Tracy (5 stars)

The Anatomy of Story by John Truby (2 stars)

Dialogue by Lewis Turco (1 star)

What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast by Laura Vanderkam (4 stars)

Writing with the Master by Tony Vanderwarker (1 star)

Cut to the Chase, edited by Linda Venis (5 stars)

The Writer’s Journey by Christopher Vogler (4 stars)

Author in Progress edited by Therese Walsh (4 stars)

The Story Equation by Susan May Warren (2 stars)

Creating Character Arcs by K.M. Weiland (5 stars!)

Conquering Writer’s Block and Summoning Inspiration by K.M. Weiland (4 stars)

5 Secrets of Story Structure by K.M. Weiland (see review for rating)

Outlining Your Novel: Map Your Way to Success by K.M. Weiland (5 stars)

Outlining Your Novel Workbook by K.M. Weiland (4 stars)

Beyond Heaving Bosoms by Sarah Wendell and Candy Tan (5 stars)

Novel Shortcuts by Laura Whitcomb (3 stars)

First Draft in 30 Days by Karen Wiesner (2 stars)

Smart Self-Publishing: Becoming an Indie Author by Zoe Winters (4 stars)

The Complete Handbook of Novel Writing edited by Writer’s Digest (4 stars)

Description by Monica Wood (4 stars)

Rock your Query by Cathy Yardley (4 stars)

Take Joy by Jane Yolen (4 stars)

Into the Woods by John Yorke  (content warning!) (1 star)

Author Your Life by Lara Zielin (4 stars)

Ink Stains edited by Lara Zielin (4 stars)