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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.

Flight Behavior

By Barbara Kingsolver

I know I am in good hands with Barbara Kingsolver. Although The Poisonwood Bible is still my favorite, this book did not disappoint. Millions of migrating monarch butterflies lose their way and end up wintering over on a Tennessee mountain. Dellarobia Turnbow, a disillusioned young farm wife, discovers them and soon scientists, tourists and the […]

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The Cuckoo’s Calling

By Roberth Galbraith

I completely enjoyed this mystery. All of the little story lines tie together nicely. Cormoran Strike is a likeable character because he is so completely flawed. I really liked Robin too. I immediately read the second book in this series and enjoyed it too. Catalog link

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This Is How You Lose Her

By Junot Diaz

I really loved this book, the first 1 I’ve read by this author. I normally don’t choose short stories, which is what this format seemed like, though the main character was always the same. It was a sad, very emotional and passionate telling of romances and how to mess them up–simply put. I loved the […]

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The Great Santini

By Pat Conroy

A great book about a mostly horrible man. I loved the entire family that Bull Meechum fought with and beat on, particularly Ben and Mary Anne. The writing was beautiful, and you could really get the different moods: the beauty of the SC coastal lowlands, the tightness and craziness of the Marine Corps, the craziness […]

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Going to Bend

By Diane Hammond

I loved this book, most all of the characters, and the weaving of their stories and encounters. It’s a book that I would love to read a sequel of, to check in on the characters. I find it interesting that the title of the book, is just the tiniest bit of the story, and you […]

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By Colum McCann

This is a wonderful book, the writing so beautiful (as always from this author), yet the connection between the generations in this story is so tenuous. It seems light, like a feather, yet strong as generations are. I love the different places this book takes place, both in Canada, in NY, and in N. Ireland […]

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By Charles J Shields

This is a book that I kept from my mother’s estate. I wish I knew if she had read it and, if so, what she thought. The subtitle is “A Portrait of Harper Lee,” but it’s less a portrait than a painting with a detailed background and the main subject sketched in. The author admits […]

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By Ann Patchett

This is the fourth book I’ve read by Ann Patchett and although it is good, it is not her best work. The author herself describes it as Joe Kennedy meets the Brothers Karamazov. Bernard Doyle is former mayor of Boston, a widower, and proud of his Irish heritage. He loves politics and hopes that one […]

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Lost Horizon

By John Milton

This was a fabulous book and quite different from what I imagined. While Shangri-La seemed so wonderful, there was also a bit of the Stepford Wife syndrome when dealing with the humans there. I loved reading all of this, included learning that the modern term “slacker” is not so modern. The twist at the very […]

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