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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 Perfumed Sleeve

By Laura Joh Rowland

This is one in a series of mystery novels set in 17th century Japan. The main character is Sano Ichiro, who is the chief investigator for the shogun. He is tasked with investigating the murder of one of the shogun’s advisers while being observed by representatives of 2 competing factions. I no virtually nothing about […]

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A Darker Place

By Laurie R. King

I started reading Laurie R. King when I came across her Mary Russell series. This is a completely different kind of story, centered around a religious studies professor who also occasionally work undercover for the FBI. Anne Waverly infiltrates an “alternative religious community,” what many people would call a cult, to determine if the children […]

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Shades of Milk and Honey

By Mary Robinette Kowal

Oh wow. Oh wow oh wow oh wow! I already had an author crush on Mary Robinette Kowal. Now I understand that I need to read all of her writing, and possibly find some way to marry her brain. Outstanding writing, beautiful characterization, and just wonderful to read. I’ll return this copy to the library […]

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The Day of the Scorpion

By Paul Scott

I actually enjoyed this book in the quartet more than The Jewel in the Crown, maybe because I already knew some of the characters. It is a continuation a few years after the main event/crime that happens in The Jewel in the Crown, and I am learning more about what it may have been like […]

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The Invisible Man

By Ralph Ellison

This is a landmark work of black literature, telling the story of the invisible black man who misunderstands and is misled time and again by white would-be supporters and misguided black men. It is a troubling book, not least because so much of it is still true today. A must-read for everyone. Catalog link

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A Prayer for Owen Meany

By John Irving

I was intimidated by this book at first — the paperback version that I have is 617 pages long and the type is small. It didn’t take long for me to get hooked by the rich story line and detail that John Irving weaves together to culminate in a pretty satisfying ending to the mystery […]

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The Sins of Scripture: Exposing the Bible’s Texts of Hate to Reveal the God of Love

By John Shelby Spong

Spong investigates and discusses Biblical texts that have been and are used by many Christians to discriminate, oppress and even murder, distorting the truth of Christianity and the love of God. Spong surveys great conflicts in Western history through the lens of Biblical texts and highlights the history of the construction of the Bible. A […]

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Sorcerer of the North

By John Flanagan

Noooooooooo!!!!!!!! I know this is one book in a series; I didn’t know this would end on a cliffhanger! *inarticulate shouts of frustration* Clearly, I will be listening to the next book just as soon as I can get my grubby little hands on it 🙂 This is an excellent middle-grade adventure series, with enough […]

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