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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 Silver Chair

By CS Lewis

This book reminded me of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe–almost rivaling it as my favorite of the Narnia series. It features Eustace and Jill in the land of Narnia. It has all the wonderful features of Narnia and includes more scenes with Aslan than other books in the series, which is something that […]

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Where the Sidewalk Ends

By Shel Silverstein

Is it even possible not to like this poetry anthology? It makes me laugh and think and wish I were young again. It’s a quick read for an adult, but I like to read a few of the short poems before going to sleep in order to end the day on a high note. It’s […]

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Slave to Sensation

By Nalini Singh

This book landed on my TBR list because somewhere on a blog I saw the author quoted as saying this was a paranormal romance that even people who didn’t like paranormal romance would enjoy. Having finally read it, I can agree. I’ve never found the usual themes or settings of paranormal romance compelling, but this […]

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Stranger in a Strange Land

By Robert A. Heinlein

The last book I reviewed for this Challenge reminded me that good fiction communicates truth better than any non-fiction. Heinlein’s classic sci fi novel Stranger in a Strange Land let me know that good fiction (sci fi or otherwise) allows us to grok the world better than any non-fiction. This tale of a human born […]

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All The Light We Cannot See

By Anthony Doerr

I read this book fairly soon after reading “The Nightingale” by Kristin Hannah, so I was a little burnt out on WWII at the time. It took me MANY tries to get into “All The Light…” I ended up listening to the first half on audio book, but then that loan expired, and I had […]

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Lunch at the Piccadilly

By Clyde Edgerton

Overall, I enjoyed this book. I love Clyde Edgerton’s writing and humor. and have enjoyed his other books. Perhaps because of the subject matter — dealing with clients in a nursing home, and his own Aunt Lil’s aging, I was more than a little uncomfortable at times and did a little skimming during some sections, […]

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Neither Here nor There: Travels in Europe

By Bill Bryson

Bryson retraces the steps of a European journey he took in the early 1970s, visiting Scandinavia, Paris, Belgium, Germany, Amsterdam, Italy, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Austria, Yugoslavia, Sofia, and Istanbul. Bryson is snarkily humorous as usual, sometimes very tastelessly so, and sometimes with a very forced feel to his attempts at humor. Overall I enjoyed reading about […]

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