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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.

Bossypants

By Tina Fey

I really wanted to like this book, but reading it for more than 10 minutes at a time is like watching too many, say, Honest Trailer videos in a row on Youtube–what should be funny and engaging becomes just something to finish because you feel obligated to feel entertained. I really enjoyed certain parts of […]

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Back of Beyond

By CJ Box

Recovering alcoholic, Cody Hoyt lives up to his rogue cop reputation in this story that pits men and their children against villainous profit seekers and the untamed inhabitants of ttheunexplored portions of Yellowstone Park. Box tells his story by switching between two narrators. This technique slows the reader and helps create suspense. Chapters are between […]

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China Trade

By S. J. Rosen

My favorite type of mystery with one narrator telling chronological narrative. Other positives: Female detective, Lydia Chin with sidekick, Bill Smith. Interesting setting –New York, Chinatown. Personal, family or societal issues reviewed. Rosen’s first of eleven novels involving Chin and Smith establishes a cast of characters that the reader can empathize with and cheer their […]

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China Lake

By Meg Gardiner

Tense, quick pace story. Moments of humor—especially involving the China Lake Museum Questions raised about why we love the people we love. And how what loyalties/prejudices we bring to the table in life affects how we justify our actions China Lake takes its name from Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake because Evan Delaney’s brother […]

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Before Ever After

By Samatha Soto

Before Ever After is a lyrical story of a quest. Well- structured and thoughtful. How do you feel about immortality? —Desire? or Despise? How does one achieve immortality? What is true love? What happens to the ones who love the immortal ones? Soto explores these questions in her first novel through Max, a tour guide […]

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The Witches of Eastwick

By John Updike

This was a very different book for me — I’ve never read one quite like this before. John Updike’s writing is so beautiful and I loved reading his long, visually descriptive sentences and fell in love with his colorful use of language. The three main characters are modern-day witches and the book follows their widowhood, […]

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The Metamorphosis

By Franz Kafka

I will leave it to others to explain why this splendid little book is deemed important to literature. But if you are even a little interested in “The Metamorphosis,” I can urge you to hesitate no longer in its reading. As Jesse Eisenberg’s character in “The Squid and the Whale” said, “It is very Kafkaesque.” […]

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The Natural World of Winnie the Pooh

By Aalto, Kathryn

Interesting description of real area in Britain in which the Pooh stories were set. I read about three chapters, then looked at all the pictures. The academic analysis of the plants, hills, and trees got to be overwhelming, and started to demystify the charm of the stories for me. The pictures wer great, and they […]

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