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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 Job

By Janet Evanovich

An FBI agent teams up with a criminal to catch a brutal murderer. Fast-paced, international travel with quirky details of places, particularly in Portugal and London. A light read, ages 15+. I’d read it again on vacation. Not enough substance to mention around a water cooler at work. Find it in Catalog

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The Job

By Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg

A good vacation read, lightweight with some interesting details of places in Portugal, with tension building to find a creepy international drug lord. My favorite part is the times when the main character kicks butt!! Nice change from lucky but self-deprecating Stephanie Plum. It would be nice to have her be smarter than men for […]

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By Elie Wiesel

Such a profound, moving book! The author writes about his experiences as a young Jew living in Hungary in 1941 during the rise of Hitler in Germany. His memoir starts with the gradual realization that his life and the lives of his family and friends will be changing. The book leads the reader through the […]

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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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