book list

Books with at Least One Paragraph Written About them on Omphaloskepsis (links to posts attached) Picture books and Graphic Novels/Comic have their own page:

KEY: ch= young children’s;  j = juvenile fiction; ya = young adult fiction; pb=picture book; il=w/ illustrations of notice; gn=graphic novel; “d”=diversity in lit.


8th Grade Super Zero by Olugbemisola  Rhuday-Perkovich (j, d)

43 Cemetery Road: Book One: Dying to Meet You by Kate Klise & M. Sarah Klise (j)

100 Cupboards by N.D. Wilson (j)


A Little Wanting Song by Cath Crowley (ya)

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness (ya)

A Red Herring without Mustard by Alan Bradley

A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz (j)

a thousand rooms of dream and fear by Atiq Rahimi (d)

About a Boy by Nick Hornby

After the Quake: stories by Haruki Murakami (d)

Airman by Eoin Colfer (ya)

Alvin Ho: Allergic to Camping, Hiking, and Other Natural Disasters by Lenore Look, illus. LeUyen Pham (j, il, d)

Alvin Ho: Allergic to Dead Bodies, Funerals, and Other Fatal Circumstances by Lenore Look (j, il, d)

Angelfish by Laurence Yep (j, d)

Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging : Confessions of Georgia Nicolson (book one) by Louise Rennison (ya)


Becoming Naomi Leon by Pam Munoz Ryan (j, d)

Belle Teal by Ann M. Martin (j)

Birds of a Lesser Paradise by Megan Mayhew Bergman

Birthmarked by Caragh M. O’Brien (ya)


Camille McPhee Fell Under the Bus by Kristen Tracy (j)

Charis: Journey to Pandora’s Jar by Nicole Walters (j, d)

Chime by Franny Billingsley (ya)

Cinder (Lunar Chronicles, 1) by Marissa Meyer (ya, d)

City of Lies (Book 2: The Keepers Trilogy) by Lian Tanner (j)

Clara Lee and the Apple Pie Dream by Jenny Han, illus Julia Kuo (j, il, d)

Crunch by Leslie Connor (j)


Dandelion Fire: 100 Cupboards (book2) by N.D. Wilson (j)

Darth Paper Strikes Back Origami Yoda bk 2) by Tom Angleberger (j, il)

Dillweed’s Revenge: A Deadly Dose of Magic by Florence Parry Heide, Illus. Carson Ellis (j, pb)

Divergent by Veronica Roth (ya)

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick

Don’t You Dare Read This, Mrs. Dunphrey by Margaret Peterson Haddix (j, ya)

Dracula by Bram Stoker

Dumpling Days by Grace Lin (j, il, d)


Edenborn by Nick Sagan

Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan (j, d)

Every Thing On It  by Shel Silverstein (ch, j, ya, nf, il, d)

Eye in the Sky by Philip K. Dick


Faeries of Dreamdark: Blackbringer by Laini Taylor, Illus Jim di Bartolo (j, il)

Dreamdark: Silksinger (book 2) by Laini Taylor, Illus Jim di Bartolo (j, il)

feathers by Jacqueline Woodson (j, d)

Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta (ya)

Fly by Night by Frances Hardinge [N’s review] (j)

Fly Trap  by Frances Hardinge (j)

Flying the Dragon by Natalie Dias Lorenzi (j, d)

Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman, illus. Skottie Young (j)


Girlchild by Tupelo Hassman

Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley (ya)

Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassins, book 1) by Robin LaFevers (ya)

Grounded by Kate Klise (j)

Gustav Gloom and The People Taker by Adam-Troy Castro (j)

Guys Read: #01 Funny Business ed. by Jon Scieszka (j, il)

Guys Read : #02 Thriller ed. by Jon Scieszka (j, il)


Half-Minute Horrors ed. Susan Rich (j, il, gn)

Half-Moon Investigations by Eoin Colfer (j)

Heart of a Samurai by Margi Preus (j, il, d)

High Fidelity by Nick Hornby

Hold Fast by Blue Balliett (mg, d)

Horns & Wrinkles by Joseph Helgerson (j)

Horton Halfpott by Tom Angleberger (j, il)

House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski

How Lamar’s Bad Prank Won a Bubba-Sized Trophy by Crystal Allen (j, ya, d)

How Tia Lola Came to (Visit) Stay (Book 1: Tia Lola Stories) by Julia Alvarez (J, d)

How Tia Lola Ended Up Starting Over (Book 4: Tia Lola Stories) by Julia Alvarez (J, d)

How Tia Lola Learned to Teach (Book 2: Tia Lola Stories) by Julia Alvarez (J, d)

How Tia Lola Saved the Summer (Book 3: Tia Lola Stories) by Julia Alvarez (j, d)

How to Steal a Dog by Barbara O’Connor (j)


I Am Half-Sick of Shadows : A Flavia de Luce Novel (bk4) by Alan Bradley

I, Emma Freke by Elizabeth Atkinson (j)

ICO: Castle in the Mist by Miyuki Miyabe, trans. Alexander O. Smith (ya+, d)

Icebreaker by Lian Tanner (j+)

Illegal by Bettina Restrepo (ya, d)

Incarceron by Catherine Fisher (ya)

Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai (j, d)

Into the Volcano by Don Wood (j, gn)

Ivy + Bean: Book 9: Make the Rules by Annie Barrows, Illus Sophie Blackall (j)

Ivy + Bean: Book 8 : No News is Good News by Annie Barrows, Illus Sophie Blackall (j)

Ivy + Bean: Book 10: Take the Case by Annie Barrows, Illus Sophie Blackall (j)

Ivy + Bean: Book 7: What’s the Big Idea? by Annie Barrows, Illus Sophie Blackall (j)

Ivy and the Meanstalk by Dawn Lairamore (j)

Ivy’s Ever After by Dawn Lairamore (j)


Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta (though not just ya)


Kat, Incorrigible by Stephanie Burgis (j)

Kenny and the Dragon by Tony DiTerlizzi (j, il)

Knucklehead : Tall Tales & Mostly True Stories about Growing Up Scieszka  by Jon Scieszka (j, nf, il)


Leepike Ridge by N.D. Wilson (j)

Leon and the Spitting Image by Allen Kurzweil (j)

Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld (j)

Liesel & Po by Lauren Oliver (j)

Lost & Found: 3 by Shaun Tan (j, ya, ad, gn, d)

Lucky Breaks by Susan Patron (j, il)

Lucky for Good (Book 3: Lucky’s Hard Pan trilogy) by Susan Patron, Illus Erin McGuire (j, il)


Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson

Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork (ya, adult, d)

Mechanique: A Tale of the Circus Tresaulti by Genevieve Valentine (ya+)

Milo: Sticky Notes and Brain Freeze by Alan Silberberg (j)

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs (ya & up, il)

Miss You, Mina by Denene Millner (j, d)

Mister Creecher by Chris Priestley (ya)

Mo Wren, Lost and Found by Tricia Springstubb (j)

Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine (j)

More Than This by Patrick Ness (ya, d)

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien (j)

Museum of Thieves by Lian Tanner (j)

My Name is Mina by David Almond (j)


Ninth Ward by Jewell Parker Rhodes (j, d)

No Passengers Beyond this Point by Gennifer Choldenko (j)


Old Man’s War by John Scalzi

Olive’s Ocean by Kevin Henkes (j, ya)

One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia (j, d)

Open Mic: Riffs on Life Between Cultures in Ten Voices : short stories ed. Mitali Perkins (mg+, d)

Orleans by Sherri L. Smith (ya, d)


Path of Beasts (Keepers Trilogy, 3) by Lian Tanner (j, mg)

Penny Dreadful by Laurel Snyder (j)


Rainwater by Sandra Brown

Reckless by Cornelia Funke (j, ya)

Remarkable by Lizzie K. Foley (j)

Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell

Room by Emma Donoghue (and pt2)

Ruby Lu, Brave and True by Lenore Look (j, d)

Rules by Cynthia Lord (j)


Samedi the Deafness by Jesse Ball

Savvy by Ingrid Law (j)

Scat by Carl Hiaassen (j)

School of Fear by Gitty Daneshvari (j)

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman (ya+)

Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi (ya, d)

Shug by Jenny Han (j, d)

Silence Once Begun by Jesse Ball (d)

Skary Childrin and the Carousel of Sorrow by Katy Towell (j, il)

Skulduggery Pleasant (book 1) by Derek Landy (j)

Skulduggery Pleasant: Playing with Fire (Book2) by Derek Landy (j)

Skulduggery Pleasant: The Faceless Ones (book 3) by Derek Landy (j)

Slog’s Dad by David Almond & Dave McKean (as Illustrator) (gn, j, ya)

Snatched by Pete Hautman and Mary Logue (j)

Sorry by Gail Jones (d)

Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary by David Sedaris (il)

Starry River of the Sky by Grace Lin (j, d)

Stories: All-New Tales ed by Neil Gaiman & Al Sarrantonio : pt 1, pt 2

Swamplandia! by Karen Russell


Tales of Outer-Suburbia by Shaun Tan (pb, d)

Tales of Terror from the Black Ship by Chris Priestly, Illus David Roberts (j, il)

Tell-All by Chuck Palahniuk

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie (ya, il, d)

The Best of All Possible Worlds by Karen Lord (d)

The Birthday of the World and Other Short Stories by Ursula K. LeGuin

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (ya)

The Books of Elsewhere : The Shadows (vol. 1) by Jacqueline West (j)

The Books of Elsewhere : Spellbound (vol. 2) by Jacqueline West (j)

The Boy with the Cuckoo-Clock Heart by Mathias Malzieu; trans. Sarah Ardizzone

The Carpetmakers by Andreas Eschbach  and another post.

The Case of the Cryptic Crinoline: An Enola Holmes Mystery by Nancy Springer (j)

The Chronicles of Harris Burdick by Chris Van Allsburg (and company) (j)

The Clockwork Three by Mathew J. Kirby (j)

 The Color of Earth; The Color of Water; and The Color of Heaven by Kim Dong Hwa (gn, d)

The Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami (d)

The Curfew by Jesse Ball

The Danger Box by Blue Balliett (j, il)

The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches (Flavia de Luce #6) by Alan Bradley

The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly (j)

The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen (j)

The Family Fang by Kevin Wilson

The Firefly Letters by Margarita Engle (j, d)

The Friday Society by Adrienne Kress (ya, d)

The Gashlycrumb Tinies by Edward Gorey

The Giant Slayer by Iain Lawrence (j)

The Girl who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Cathrynne M. Valente, illus Ana Juan (j, il)

The Girl who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There by Cathrynne M. Valente, illus Ana Juan (j, il)

The Great Wall of Lucy Wu by Wendy Wan-Long Shang (j, d)

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

the higher power of lucky by Susan Patron (j, il)

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (and others) by Douglas Adams (j+)

The Humming Room by Ellen Potter (j)

The Invisible Tower by Nils Johnson-Shelton (j)

The Jump-off Creek by Molly Gloss

The Kneebone Boy by Ellen Potter (j)

The Ladies of Grace Adieu and Other Stories by Susanna Clarke

The Last Summer of the Death Warriors by Francisco X. Stork (ya, d)

The League of Beastly Dreadfuls by Holly Grant (j+)

The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven by Sherman Alexie (d)

The Lost Children by Carolyn Cohagan (j)

The Lost Conspiracy by Frances Hardinge (j, d)

The Lost Hero: Heroes of Olympus, book1 by Rick Riordan (j)

The Magic Half by Annie Barrows (j)

The Magic Mirror by Zetta Elliott (j, d)

The Magician’s Elephant by Kate DiCamillo (j)

The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy & Other Stories by Tim Burton (il)

The Midwife’s Apprentice by Karen Cushman (ya)

The Mysterious Mister Spines: Wings (book1) by Jason Lethcoe (j. il)

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

The Nine Lives of Alexander Baddenfield by John Bemelmans Marciano w/ illus. Sophie Blackall (j)

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate (j)

The Ordinary Princess by M.M. Kaye (j)

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky (ya)

The Red Pyramid: Book 1 of the Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan (j, d)

The Red Umbrella by Christina Diaz Gonzalez (j, ya, d)

The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff (ya)

The Remarkable True Story of Lucy and Snowcap by H.M. Bouwman (illus. Nicoletta Ceccoli) (j, d)

The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson (j, ya)

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

The Sisters Grimm: The Everafter War (book 7) by Michael Buckley (j)

The Search for Wondla by Tony DiTerlizzi (j, il)

The Secret of the Fortune Wookiee (Origami Yoda book3) by Tom Angleberger (j, il)

The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester

The Strange Case of Origami Yoda (book1) by Tom Angleberger (j, il)

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie: A Flavia de Luce Mystery (book1) by Alan Bradley

The Surprise Attack of Jabba the Puppett: An Origami Yoda Book by Tom Angleberger (j)

The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin (j+)

The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (d)

The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex (j, il, d)

The Way through Doors by Jesse Ball

The Weed that Strings the Hangman’s Bag: A Flavia de Luce Mystery (book2) by Alan Bradley

The Wide-Awake Princess by E.D. Baker (j)

The Wild Things by Dave Eggers

Theodosia and the Last Pharaoh (book 4) by R.L. LaFevers (j, il)

Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos (book1) by R.L. LaFevers (j, il)

Theodosia and the Staff of Osiris (book2) by R.L. LaFevers (j, il)

Thirteenth Child: Frontier Magic (book1)by Patricia Wrede (j)

Tinkers by Paul Harding

Touch Blue by Cynthia Lord (j)


Uglies by Scott Westerfield (ya)

Un Lun Dun by China Mieville (j, d)


Vessel by Sarah Beth Durst (ya, d)

VIRALS by Kathy Reichs (ya)


Well Witched (aka Verdigris Deep) by Frances Hardinge (j)

What Happened on Fox Street by Tricia Springstubb (j)

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead (j)

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin (j, il, d)

Wildwood by Colin Meloy w/ illustrations by Carson Ellis (j, il)

Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick (j, gn, pb)

Woolvs in the Sitee by Margaret Wild & Anne Spudvilas (j, ya, gn, pb)

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte


You are Not a Stranger Here by Adam Haslett


Zora and Me by Victoria Bond & T.R. Simon (j, d)


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