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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.

Persephone the Phony

By Joan Holub

This book is really good for reminding you to be true to yourself. Don’t worry so much about what others think about the parts of yourself that make you different. Persephone reminds us that what makes us different makes us beautiful, and those who truly love us will love us despite our differences. Find in […]

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A Rule Against Murder

By Louise Penny

I’m trying to catch up on the Chief Inspector Gamache series, and this is number 4 in the series. I’ve been told that it’s essential to read them in order due to rich character development. It’s summertime in sunny Canada, which means it’s a sweltering 80 °F, and there’s murder afoot at a remote resort […]

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Show Dog

By Josh Dean

This is a perfect nonfiction book for people who love dogs and dog shows! The author followed the development of a show dog, Jack, (a purebred Australian Shepherd) from family pet to competing at the Westminster Kennel Club Show. The author did lots of research on the history of the sport, and utilizes humor liberally […]

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Of Mice and Men

By John Steinbeck

One of the classics — a short book that I read in one night. Even though it’s short, I read it carefully to note the symbolism. The protagonists, George and Lennie, are drifters who join a work crew to pick grain. George is protective of Lennie who is mentally challenged. They have encounters with the […]

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

By J.K. Rowling, read by Jim Dale

Never hurt anyone to spend time in the company of Mr. Rubeus Hagrid, that’s certain. I won’t admit to living in a dungeon with mountain trolls—I did see the movies—but I had held off reading the books, probably because I resist jumping on anything that is ultra-popular. Yet I had also been told how thoroughly […]

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One Hundred Years of Solitude

By Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

I’m at a loss for how to talk about this book. Further confusing matters, my audiobook player insists there were 34 parts to the novel when there were only 17 – so I realize how close I was to the end. This book is beautiful and strange. I loved listening to it but I have […]

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By Lisa Unger

This book is ostensibly a thriller, though it is probably the slowest thriller I’ve ever read. The island setting is intriguing, but there’s both too much and not enough going on to propel the reader through the book. Find in Catalog

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I am Malala

By Malala Yousafzai

I loved this book. I’ve always been curious about Malala and enjoyed reading more about her personal life and what drives her to speak out for the education of young girls. Malala’s cowriter, Christina Lamb, contributed some of the deeper historic information and Malala’s more typical teen perspective brought realism to the conflicts and difficulties […]

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