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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.

American wife

I enjoyed the first half of this novel but after Alice and Charlie got married it got rather boring. Their marriage stressed me out. I didn’t like that Alice was still “in love” with Andrew. Charlie’s behavior was appalling. His sudden conversion to Christianity was hard to take – maybe because I am a follower […]

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City of Shadows

I’ve read all of Ariana Franklin’s books now. This book has been on my TBR list for a couple of years, but I didn’t want to read it because that would mean there would be no more books for me by Ariana Franklin. She is an amazing writer. She can plot a tale to make […]

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A Golden Voice

I still remember seeing the Youtube clip of Ted Williams in 2011. The homeless man with the golden voice. I remember praying for him and hoping that the opportunities coming his way would take him off the streets. I have been wanting to read this book because I have wanted to know what happened to […]

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The Fault in Our Stars

This is a touching story about the brilliance and engulfing power of first love. But there is a twist: the main characters, Hazel Lancaster, and Augustus Waters, meet at a teen support group for cancer. Hazel has outlasted her life expectancy due to a wonder drug, and Augustus had a leg amputated to prevent the […]

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Going Rogue

I enjoyed this book much more than I expected to. Learning about Palin’s life experiences helped me understand her values, approach to life, and personal style in a way media never could. It also increased my understanding of just how ugly American national politics are. You can’t even count on support from your own party. […]

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A Trouble of Fools

I used one of the tools on the library website’s “Find Materials” area to look for another mystery series that someone who likes Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Milhone books would enjoy. The computer recommended the series of novels by Carlotta Carlyle feature cab driver turned police officer turned private investigator Carlotta Carlyle. The computer did a […]

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Liar and Spy

This is Rebecca Stead’s third book for children. Like her earlier novels First Light and When You Reach Me, this one features kids making a difficult passage through the middle school years. And like her earlier books, this one is excellent and enjoyable to grownups. She’s not a flash in the pan. This third book […]

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Tensleep

This was a good mystery. It takes place in Wyoming, and the descriptions of this area were wonderful. There is a lot of technical information about oil drilling and geology—some of which was over my head, but it did not detract from the enjoyment of the book. I have been wanting to read a Sarah […]

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Farenheit 451

This one has been lurking on my TBR shelf for what seems like my entire adult reading life. Though I appreciated certain aspects of the book (primarily the dystopian setup), it didn’t seem as mature as the other work by Bradbury that I love. I’m glad I read it, as it continues to be a […]

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