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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.

Goodnight June

By Sarah Jio

June Andersen is very successful professional, but her personal life leaves a lot to be desired. Unexpectedly, she is called to settle her great-aunt Ruby’s estate and determine the fate of Bluebird Books, the children’s bookstore Ruby founded in the 1940s. Amidst the store’s papers, June stumbles upon letters between her great-aunt and the late […]

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The Lacuna

By Barbara Kingsolver

Barbara Kingsolver is my favorite author. I’ve read most of her books and am collecting them. It was hard for me to get into this particular book (unlike her others), but once I was about half way through the book, I was hooked. It helped for me to read the interview with the author at […]

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The Murder of Roger Ackroyd

By Agatha Christie

I have always enjoyed Agatha Christie murder mysteries, particularly those with Hercule Poirot as the investigator. I’ve read almost all of them and found this book on my short list of those that are unread. As always, it was a page turner and this one had a hugely surprising ending — a well-kept secret until […]

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A Pirate Looks at Fifty

By Jimmy Buffett

Aside from the list of books* he ‘d take to a desert island, this book wasn’t that interesting to me and took me forever to finish. I’m not a “parrot head” and I don’t care for the sport of fishing. I certainly wouldn’t qualify as he says he does as having a $500/day fishing habit. […]

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By Karin Slaughter

Considered one of America’s outstanding crime writers, Karin Slaughter introduces Will Trent in Triptych. This nine (thus far) series fits the Thriller sub-genre. Structuring her book as a Triptych, Slaughter presents first the narrative of Micheal Ormand, second the story of John—a convicted sex offender recently released from jail. In the second she introduces Will […]

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Garnet Hill

By Denise Mina

Worth investing the time to read. Maureen O’Donnell wakes up one morning to discover her lover in her living room with his throat cut. Their relationship was at the breakup point. His mother is an MEP and head of an international commission. He was a psychologist. Maureen is an incest victim whose mother and sisters […]

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In Zanesville

By Jo Ann Beard

A memorial to young women in late 60’s and early 70’s from the prospective of a small town, “gifted” young woman. Friendship undergoing social pressure and self-determinaion. Another book to recommend to any Young Adult Readers. When social status depended on family position, church attendance, how well you did in school or how much money […]

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Blood, Bones, and Butter

By Gabrielle Hamilton

Hamilton’s writing is crisp and refreshing and her love and respect for the food she cooks is evident. The book is strongest when it is focused on Hamilton’s work with food. On the subjects of family and marriage, she is brittle, defensive, and cranky, and the book loses some of its grace. Find in catalog

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Sisterhood Everlasting

By Ann Brashares

Another simply fantastic read! Ann Brashares brings to life so much that is hard for us to speak into words and works through it in ways that even some therapists can’t do. :’) I recommend sitting down to read this book as there are quite a few jaw-dropping moments in this beautiful conclusion. If you […]

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