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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.

Sarah’s Key

By Tatiana de Ross

Until page 166, we shared two different narratives: • 3rd person omnipotent telling the story of Sarah, a victim of the Velodrome d’ Hiver roundup; • 1st person of a 45 year old American journalist who is married to a Frenchman, mother of preteen, experience trouble in her marriage, who has been assigned to write […]

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The Audacity of Hope

By Barack Obama

Well, better late than never, and well worth taking the time to read this well-known book by Obama, published in 2006. One of the most interesting aspects for me came about precisely because I read it so long after it was written — pondering Obama’s views of 8 years ago in light of his subsequent […]

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By Nancy Jensen

Sisters — Nancy Jensen Incest, murder by faking a suicide by hanging, desertion, despair, anger, forced marriage, homosexuality, pride, suburban wife slaving for her husband, Vietnam War, estrangement, death—SECRETS. I should have expected this dismal story from the cover art—two broken tea cups. Any redeeming reason to read this book—Theme – share information, tell the […]

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Sworn to Silence

By Linda Castillo

Swore to Silence Linda Castillo Subtitle—A Thriller And it was –Thriller in the mystery genre which often deals with obscene, gruesome crimes. One when the reader becomes involved in the solving of the crime, experience tension, fear and an adrenaline high. Thriller in that Castillo creates characters that we actually care about. Thriller that we […]

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The Heart of a Killer

By Jaci Burton

The Heart of a Killer Jacie Burton Labeled a romance suspense (published by Mira by Harlequin) this story tells of brutal murder(s), secret lives, and obsessive love. Lots of violence. A reunion of the people involved in never -reported crime coincides with a copy-cat murder. Tough but beautiful men, emotionally damaged heroine, graphic sex, too […]

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Falling Together

By Marisa de los Santos

Falling Together by Marisa de los Santos Six years ago Cat, Will and Pen left college and never touched bases with each other. Typical for college kid except these three were more than casual acquaintances – they were a self created family. The lack of contact has majorly affected Pen (Penelope) as she’d dealt with […]

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My Sister’s Stalker

By Nancy Springer

Finally, a teen novel that packs excitement with only the slightest amount of characters! While it was a short read it with a rocky start it got straight to the plot and grabbed you onto the story line, wrapping up with subtle realism. Not in the library catalog.

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How Reading Changed My Life

By Anna Quindlen

Anna Quindlen is prolific and wonderful writer as well as a voracious reader. This is a delightful little book, and has given me some good ideas for future reading. One feature of the book that I will continue to use is her lists of books to read in the back. She has a list for […]

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The Giver

By Lois Lowry

With the YA dystopia craze at an all time high, I wanted to take it all the way back to one of the originals. I was rather unimpressed with Divergent and Hunger Games was pretty good. I had heard great things about The Giver and I”ll be darned if it didn’t disappoint. A very quick […]

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