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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.

Liar and Spy

By Rebecca Stead

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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By Sarah Andrews

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

By Ray Bradbury

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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Bad Chili

By Joe R Lansdale

This is the fourth Hap Collins and Leonard Pine mystery. Joe R Lansdale writes a sort of Texas sothern hick literature. Hap and Leonard are best friends, underemployed and unlucky at love. This installment is my favorite so far and includes a rabid squirrel and Leonard(black, gay kung fu expert) busting up a biker bar […]

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Murder With Peacocks

By Donna Andrews

I have been wanting to read Donna Andrews mysteries for a long time—she is prolific and has won a lot of awards. I found this first book in her Meg Langslow series a little silly for my taste. The dialog is fast and funny, and it made me laugh, but he characters were so ridiculous. […]

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Living Stories of the Cherokee

By collected and edited by Barbara R. Duncan

Living Stories of the Cherokee contains traditional and contemporary stories told by storytellers Davey Arch, Robert Bushyhead, Edna Chekelee, Marie Junaluska, Kathi Smith Littlejohn, and Freeman Owle. All the storytellers except Edna Chekelee were alive at the time this book was published (1998), and all are members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. This […]

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Shadow Music

By Julie Garwood

This is the 3rd installment in Garwood’s Highlands’ Lairds series and has been on my TBR list since late 2012. I love Julie Garwood’s characters, and this story does not disappoint. I also have the second installment, RANSOM, on my TBR list and am looking forward to enjoying that book as well. I love the […]

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Gone Girl

By Gillian Flynn

Nick and Amy are a young married couple with problems. Big problems. Sociopath type problems. Hilarity ensues. This is the second of Gillian Flynn’s books that I have read. She writes clear, fast-moving prose. This book was clever, but clever’s not enough to make a good book. It is impossible to write about the book’s […]

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