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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.


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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Alice in Wonderland

By Lewis Carroll

I really wanted to love this book. I started it once when I was very young and the illustrations and visual language caught my imagination. Perhaps I really should have finished it then and not tried to catch up with it later in life. As an adult and grandmother, I was caught by Alice’s willingness […]

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Thief of Glory

By Sigmund Brouwer

I enjoy reading WWII fiction but realized most of the of the books I read were set in Europe, so I looked for some set in the Pacific theatre. Thief of Glory is about Dutch and American citizens interned in a Japanese prison camp in the Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia). Ten-year-old Jeremiah Prins’ father […]

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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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