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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.

A Prayer for Owen Meany

By John Irving

I was intimidated by this book at first — the paperback version that I have is 617 pages long and the type is small. It didn’t take long for me to get hooked by the rich story line and detail that John Irving weaves together to culminate in a pretty satisfying ending to the mystery […]

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The Sins of Scripture: Exposing the Bible’s Texts of Hate to Reveal the God of Love

By John Shelby Spong

Spong investigates and discusses Biblical texts that have been and are used by many Christians to discriminate, oppress and even murder, distorting the truth of Christianity and the love of God. Spong surveys great conflicts in Western history through the lens of Biblical texts and highlights the history of the construction of the Bible. A […]

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Sorcerer of the North

By John Flanagan

Noooooooooo!!!!!!!! I know this is one book in a series; I didn’t know this would end on a cliffhanger! *inarticulate shouts of frustration* Clearly, I will be listening to the next book just as soon as I can get my grubby little hands on it 🙂 This is an excellent middle-grade adventure series, with enough […]

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City of Bones

By Cassandra Clare

You know how it goes, a relative recommends a book or gives you a book that you aren’t all that interested in… and it sits. That’s what happened in this case. My sister instigated this. I was even more reluctant when I found out it was first in a series. But, thanks to this challenge, […]

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The Dressmaker of Khair Khana

By Tzemach Lemmon, Gayle

A non-fiction tale of those who do not evacuate during occupation by the Taliban. The Taliban do not permit women to work, seek employment, or own a business. Of course, many fathers, husbands, brothers, and older sons have fled either for their lives or to seek employment out of the country. The women left behind […]

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I am Malala

By Malala Yousafza

It all began with a radio show on religion. Then bit by bit commands to adhere to religious law escalated until the Taliban were the de facto rulers of the listening area. Absolutely terrifying. A treat for the readers is that Malala grants us a look into the day to day life of school children. […]

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Towards Zero

By Agatha Christie

Despite a somewhat unusual structure, this is a typical Agatha Christie mystery–and I’m ok with that. The biggest drawback is actually what makes the structure so interesting: the big murder doesn’t occur until far into the book; before that, you see the pieces start to fall into place and get detailed pictures of the lives […]

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