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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.

Walk to Beautiful

By Jimmy Wayne and Ken Abraham

I will preface this by saying I have been a huge fan of Jimmy Wayne since the first few notes of “Stay Gone.” However, I consider myself a pretty honest person and I would not lie in a review for anyone. I pre-ordered this book as soon as it was possible in April and have […]

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Beautiful Ruins

By Jess Walter

Based on another TBR reviewer, I pushed this one up on higher my TBR list, and I’m glad I did. I found this novel to be, well, just beautiful. It is also edgy, wise, observant, and chock full of fascinating trivia about the production of the movie Cleopatra. Set mostly in Italy, Seattle and Hollywood, […]

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The Bourne Supremacy

By Robert Ludlum

To say the film entitled The Bourne Supremacy is based loosely on this novel is the understatement of the century. Essentially the only similarities are that there are characters named Jason Bourne, Marie, and Alex Conklin, and a top secret government program called Treadstone that trained killers. However, once I got past that, I really […]

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The Stranger’s Child

By Alan Hollinghurst

British Society – upper class—bored generation. Wasted lifestyle. Too much drinking Hints of homosexulality or bisexuality. Poetry written by young man, published. Poetry more important that the man –Regarded of symbolism of the loss of humanity due to WWI Part of the book deals with a scholar writing about that man. Pg 377 –“The thing […]

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The Bone Collector

By Jeffery Deaver

The first Lincoln Rhyme—suspenseful. Lincoln and Ameilia Sachs save some of the victums but… Moral question about quality of life. Lincoln’s desire to commit suicide because at any moment he might lose any of the last bit of control he has VS the contribution he can make with his guidance and skill. Enough detail but […]

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Giovanni’s Room

By James Baldwin

A short, intense book from the 1950s. It is a novel set in Paris, following David, a young American who is very alienated from his emotions. While his girlfriend is away to Spain, he meets Giovanni and they fall in love. David doesn’t truly allow himself to feel this completely, a stark contrast to Giovanni, […]

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The Lost City of Z

By David Grann

I’m not a huge fan of non-fiction but this book moves along smoothly and has enough inherent adventure to hold my attention. The quest of Fawcett and so many others in searching for an ancient civilization in the Amazon was riveting, and I found the author’s conclusion satisfying. Find in Catalog

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Americanah

By Chimamande Ngozi Adichie

Americanah is an ambitious novel tackling race in the U.S., the experience of African immigrants in London, and the contemporary culture of materialism in Lagos. I appreciated the scope and honesty of this book. I admired the author’s ability to be forceful while gently softening her polemics, mainly expounded through the main character, Ifemelu’s, blog […]

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Where’d You Go, Bernadette

By Maria Semple

It’s very unusual that I manage to finish a novel in three days in the middle of a busy workweek. But like an addictive sitcom rented from Netflix, this novel is hard to put down. Also, truth be told, the addictiveness of this novel led to some dereliction of duty. This book is a completely […]

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Lucy Gayheart

By Willa Cather

One of Cather’s later novel — a short one. If you are a Cather fan I would describe this as a mix between “Song of the Lark” and “A Lost Lady.” Lucy is a girl full of spirit who goes to Chicago to study piano, and falls head over heels in love with a world-traveling […]

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