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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.

Essays on Music

By Keller, Hans, 1919-1985

Hans Keller, a native Austrian who emigrated to the UK in the 1930s, was one of the most stimulating writers on music of his day. His writing drew on his experience as a string player, composer, teacher, analyst and critic, and also reflected a deep interest in psychoanalysis. His style of writing could be described […]

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Every Bitter Thing is Sweet

By Sara Hagerty

I really struggled connecting with the author of the book. Then I realized that I just didn’t care for her “poetic” style; reminded me a bit of Ann Voskamp, which I didn’t care for. Putting the style of the book aside, I thought the content was really good. She shares about incredibly deep and personal […]

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By Cheryl Strayed

I didn’t know a lot about this book on the outset of reading it. I knew it was about a young woman who decided to hike the Pacific Crest Trail after the death of her mother in order to “find herself”. I was taken a little off-guard at how Strayed was unashamed at most of […]

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By William Shakespeare

I began reading this book to mark off another “classic” that I haven’t read. I found this to be a very typical Shakespeare — tragic, murderous, and people with highly questionable morals. Not to say I didn’t enjoy it, but it wasn’t a favorite. Find in Catalog

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By James L. Rubart

Overall, I really enjoyed this book! Oftentimes, Christian fiction lets me down a bit, but Rubart did a wonderful job developing his characters and providing an interesting, thought provoking story. I was most intrigued by the development of Micah and the voice in the room. Find in Catalog

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Redeeming Love

By Francine Rivers

Beautiful and captivating fictional rendition of the Biblical story of Hosea. Rivers paints quite a picture of God’s love for His people and the way he pursues them and loves them in spite of their sin and their turning from Him. Find in Catalog

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By Jacqueline Yallop

A convent is closing down in France and Sister Bernard is placed in an assisted living facility at age 93. Intermittent flashbacks to the 1940s in occupied France depict Sr. Bernard’s relationship with a German soldier. Although it’s not explicitly stated, we get the idea that Sr. Bernard is developmentally delayed, perhaps Down’s Syndrome. She […]

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