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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.

The Goldfinch

Donna Tartt’s brilliant novel, The Goldfinch, is a roller coaster account of Theo Decker’s attempts to restore himself from a series of missteps and mishaps precipitated by the sudden death of his mother in a terrorist attack on the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art. His touchstone, and the embodiment of the anxiety sparked from […]

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The Tricking of Freya

A treat, especially if you enjoy Norse mythology. The narrator, Freya, was named for a Norse goddess and has the complicated family to match — she travels to Canada each summer with her mother to visit her grandmother and charismatic aunt Birdie. Her late grandfather was a revered poet of the Icelandic diaspora — he […]

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I Am Not Sidney Poitier

Oooh, this book was GOOD. Funny, smart, enjoyable. It follows our hero, a boy whose first name is Not Sidney and last name is Poitier. When his mother dies, he goes to live with Ted Turner and Jane Fonda in Atlanta (hilarious), and we follow him on his gonzo adventures once he comes of age. […]

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If you are looking for a book that immerses you in a different world, this may appeal to you. It’s set in present day London, but imagines a slightly different past — one where a secret society of John Ruskin acolytes have long been helping the English government in spycraft. The protagonist of the novel […]

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French Women Don’t Get Fat

This was a fun and inspirational book. Ms. Guiliano came to the US as an exchange student from France and quickly put on 25 pounds. Losing the weight after returning home, she realized there was a cultural difference in the way the French approached food and drink. The French eat so many of the so-called […]

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Precious Blood

This was a good mystery, but it took place within a Catholic church, and there were many references to beliefs and rituals in the Catholic church that I did not understand. I like the main character, Gregor Demarkian, a retired FBI agent, and look forward to reading the next in the series. Not in catalog

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Act of Darkness

This was a good mystery—the third in the Gregor Demarkian series. It is reminiscent of Agatha Christie with the big house full of people and the use of poison. I was kept in suspense to the end. Jane Haddam’s mysteries are well written with good character development. I look forward to reading more in this […]

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Bertie Plays the Blues

I consider Alexander McCall Smith to be the equivalent of comfort food for the reader. He is so funny and writes so well, and I love all his characters—even the annoying ones! This book is from his 44 Scotland Street series, which follows all the folks who live in the different flats at 44 Scotland […]

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Sarah’s Key

I appreciate this author’s desire to write a novel about an historical event that is still kept under wraps in France. The “Sarah” part of the story was chilling and haunting. I found myself thinking “remember, this actually happened”. I was filled with hope that little Michel would’ve been miraculously saved from the cupboard so […]

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