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To Be Read Challenge Book Reviews

This page contains an archive of book reviews submitted by participants of the To Be Read Challenge.

Little Heathens

By Mildred Armstrong Kalish

I enjoyed the author’s account of her time in the midwest during the Great Depression era. She certainly doesn’t sugar coat her experiences, but it’s evident that she found a silver lining in her circumstances. She comes from a generation that doesn’t feel entitled to things in life and is willing to work hard. I […]

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A Praying Life

By Paul E. Miller

Miller provides great insight and practical application to one’s prayer life. I was encouraged by his honesty in how he, too, struggles with prayer. I found his thoughts on praying like a child (i.e., just crying out to God and asking for the “little things” in life) to be very motivational to me in my […]

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The List

By Martin Fletcher

The author is NBC correspondent in Tel Aviv who has written a novel based on his parents’ lives in England following WWII. They were both Jewish refugees from Austria. In 1945, despite victory over Germany, rationing continues and housing is in short supply. Soldiers are returning home in need of jobs and flats. It’s easy […]

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The Great Pianists : from Mozart to the Present

By Harold C. Schonberg

What a fun and informative read about the history of piano playing from Mozart’s time to the mid-1980s (“the present” mentioned in the book’s subtitle). Schonberg writes in a humorous and easy-to-read manner, describing changes in piano construction, technique and interpretation over the centuries, as well as treating the reader to juicy gossip about the […]

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By Richard A. Swenson

I liked the concept of this book, but I wasn’t a big fan of the writing style. I know the author is an M.D., but he came across as a “Dr. Oz” to me — an MD that takes liberties in speaking about areas that he may not have data or research to back it […]

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The Knife of Never Letting Go

By Patrick Ness

This SciFi coming of age story follows Todd Hewitt, a boy about to become 13. The afternoon finds him like any other tween-about-to-be-a-teen, unhappy with where he is and desperate to be grown. Before nightfall he’s running away from everything he knows, the protection he didn’t know he needed, and more lies than he can […]

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Radio Shangra-La

By Lisa Napoli

An existential crisis leads Lisa Napoli to take a leave of absence from her job at Marketplace at NPR to travel to Bhutan to volunteer at a youth radio station. The king of Bhutan celebrates “Gross National Happiness” rather than GNP. An exploration of what determines happiness ensues. Non-fiction. Recommended. Find in Catalog

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Death Before Wicket

By Kerry Greenwood

Of the books that have been sitting on my reading table for six months (or longer), many have been sitting because they are Aggressively Good for Me: social action, mission studies, nurture for community, leadership, and spiritual growth. And then there’s Death Before Wicket. Death Before Wicket is a treat that I placed in my […]

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