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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 Towers of Silence

By Paul Scott

This is my favorite book of the Raj Quartet (book 3 in the series) so far I think. It must be because I so enjoyed the character focused on in this book, Barbara Batchelor. Even though she’s rather stilted and a true worry wart, I enjoyed reading about her life though was saddened how some […]

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Things We Couldn’t Say

By Diet Eman

I picked up this book at the Holocaust Museum bookstore several years ago. It is the memoir of a Dutch resistance worker who is sometimes called “the other Corrie ten Boom.” In fact, Diet was imprisoned at the Scheveningen and Vught camps with Corrie and Betsy ten Boom. The ten Boom sisters were later transferred […]

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Flight Behavior

By Barbara Kingsolver

I know I am in good hands with Barbara Kingsolver. Although The Poisonwood Bible is still my favorite, this book did not disappoint. Millions of migrating monarch butterflies lose their way and end up wintering over on a Tennessee mountain. Dellarobia Turnbow, a disillusioned young farm wife, discovers them and soon scientists, tourists and the […]

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The Cuckoo’s Calling

By Roberth Galbraith

I completely enjoyed this mystery. All of the little story lines tie together nicely. Cormoran Strike is a likeable character because he is so completely flawed. I really liked Robin too. I immediately read the second book in this series and enjoyed it too. Catalog link

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This Is How You Lose Her

By Junot Diaz

I really loved this book, the first 1 I’ve read by this author. I normally don’t choose short stories, which is what this format seemed like, though the main character was always the same. It was a sad, very emotional and passionate telling of romances and how to mess them up–simply put. I loved the […]

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The Great Santini

By Pat Conroy

A great book about a mostly horrible man. I loved the entire family that Bull Meechum fought with and beat on, particularly Ben and Mary Anne. The writing was beautiful, and you could really get the different moods: the beauty of the SC coastal lowlands, the tightness and craziness of the Marine Corps, the craziness […]

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Going to Bend

By Diane Hammond

I loved this book, most all of the characters, and the weaving of their stories and encounters. It’s a book that I would love to read a sequel of, to check in on the characters. I find it interesting that the title of the book, is just the tiniest bit of the story, and you […]

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Transatlantic

By Colum McCann

This is a wonderful book, the writing so beautiful (as always from this author), yet the connection between the generations in this story is so tenuous. It seems light, like a feather, yet strong as generations are. I love the different places this book takes place, both in Canada, in NY, and in N. Ireland […]

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