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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.

Foucault’s Pendulum

By Umberto Eco

Eco isn’t easy to read, but his stories are mesmerizing. This is a mystery based in the world of ideas, religion, philosophy, and occultism, starting with a joke among friends, and turning serious. Well worth the effort and time it takes to read it. Catalog link

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The Chardonnay Charade

By Ellen Crosby

Virginia wine country, the EPA, a Senate race, local elections, a budding alcoholic sister, miscommunication with her winemaker and the need to protect her beloved doctor are Lucie Montgomery’s concerns in this second volume of Crosby Virginia wine country mysteries. Applying Occam’s Razor is a standard procedure for detectives and therefore mystery writers and readers. […]

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Maisie Dobbs

By Jacqueline Winspear

Maisie Dobbs, the first book of a wonderful series of mysteries, establishes the historical and psychological basis for Masie’s behavior. The reader is introduced to an intellectual, motivated to succeed adolescent who by demonstrating her intellect and by accepting the help of her patrons becomes a compassionate detective in post World War I England. The […]

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Life’s a Bitch. So am I.

By R.E. Conary

This book is not for the “faint of heart.” Written in 1st person narrative, we learn a great deal about her life as a gay woman whose lover has left her. There are many references to her need to reduce her bust size. Very graphic details abound, particularly about attack she suffered when she finds […]

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Never Let Me Go

By Kazuo Ishiguro

This is a book I kept while cleaning out my mother’s house. A few pages in, I realized that I had seen the movie that was made of it. This is by the same author as Remains of the Day, but is very different. The three main characters are two girls and a boy who […]

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The Borrower

By Rebecca Makkai

Ian Drake is a gifted 10 year old who’s been labeled as “gay.” His helicopter parents have recently joined a church that deprograms homosexuals and his mother just shared a list of topics and books that she expects the Children’s Librarian, 26 year old Lucy Hulk to keep Ian from reading. Censorship and intolerance are […]

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The Burning

By Jane Casey

The Burning, Jane Casey’s first novel fits the Thriller subgenre of the Mystery. Maeve Kerrigan is nearing the end of her present relationship. She is working to improve her skills and position as a detective. The aim is to capture “the Burning Man.” The latest victim, Rebecca Harwath, maybe a “copy cat” victim. Deliberate examination […]

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Peaches for Father Francis

By Joanne Harris

The reason “you can’t go home again” is that the issues don’t change. If you are lucky, circumstances or people have. this third book of the Chocolat series, Vianne Rocher returns to Lansquenet. Among the changes she finds is that Father Reynaud is not-all-powerful and he wants her help. Joanne Harris’ language is lyrical. The […]

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