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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.

I am Malala

By Malala Yousafzai

I loved this book. I’ve always been curious about Malala and enjoyed reading more about her personal life and what drives her to speak out for the education of young girls. Malala’s cowriter, Christina Lamb, contributed some of the deeper historic information and Malala’s more typical teen perspective brought realism to the conflicts and difficulties […]

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Olive Kitteridge

By Elizabeth Strout

Some people won’t care for this book because the main character, Olive, has deep flaws. Others won’t like it because many of the stories involve middle-aged and older characters. For these reasons, I’m glad that I waited until I was in my 50s to read this Pulitzer Prize-winning collection of linked stories. The writing is […]

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Chocolat

By Joanne Harris

Thoughtful, compelling, sometimes mystical story about a woman discovering her strength(s) and empowering herself and others. Set in a small town, Lansquenet—sous-Tannes during the Easter season, Vianne is declared a witch and becomes a thorn in the local priest’s side. Her chocolat shop is directly across from Cure/Pere Reynard’s church and she opens it on […]

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The Places That Scare You

By Pema Chodron

This is the 2nd book I’ve read by Pema Chodron, and this one is also written in her very clear, very honest style. She has the ability to make clear analogies between ancient Buddhist precepts and current lifestyles and problems encountered. This is such a helpful book, explaining why we should stay in our moments […]

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Inventing the Victorians

By Matthew Sweet

If you have an interest in Victorian history, read this book. I mean it. Get it and read it. Matthew Sweet does a wonderful job of diving into the assumptions and mythology we have created around the Victorians. And tearing them apart. Since Mr. Sweet is a journalist by trade, he does a wonderful job […]

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Son

By Lois Lowry

I received this book when it first came out in 2012 as a Christmas gift. It had been given to me since I was excited to see a book connected to “The Giver” which I had read in middle school. When I went to the library years later (2015) to check out the audio book […]

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Fannie’s Last Supper

By Chris Kimball

Getting my head around a review for this book has been difficult. On the one hand there are several good things about this book: It is full of interesting tidbits about Boston in the Victorian Era, it is full of good, researched historical facts, it has tasty recipes included, and it stays fairly interesting despite […]

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Nancy Clancy: Soccer Mania

By Jane O'Connor

If you’re like me and you insist on reading every Fancy Nancy book ever written, you’ll be excited to hear that Jane O’Connor has just come out with her 6th chapter book of another adventure with Fancy Nancy. I’m not a big soccer fan so I’d been putting this book off for a while (hence […]

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The Art of Agfing — A doctor’s prescription for well being

By Sherwin Nuland

This is an interesting book that is not a really easy read, but is captivating in parts. Nuland, a surgeon, first extensively explores the aging experience physiologically. He then uses case studies and interviews of some famous and some not-so-famous people to illustrate essential aspects of aging well. Some of the keys to aging well […]

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