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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.

Angels Walking

By Karen Kingsbury

One of Kingsbury’s newest novels, the start to a new series, and it did not disappoint. I enjoyed this book more than I have much of her newer works and would definitely recommend the story to others. Brings up interesting ideas of the possibility of angels among us! Catalog link

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By Laurie Halse Anderson

As a teacher, we have our students read this book so I figured it was about time I took a look at it! Truthfully, I didn’t enjoy it as much as I’d hoped I would and found it difficult to get into. I might need to go back and read it again sometime. Not as […]

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Johnny Tremain

By Esther Forbes

I teach middle school and this is a novel we have had our students read in the past, so I wanted to read it myself. I found it a little dull in the middle, difficult to keep going, but once I got to the end it was so worth it. Johnny is a likable character […]

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My Antonia

By Willa Cather

The book was told from the perspective of a man named Jim Burden who told about his life on the prairie of Nebraska in the late 1800’s. His relationship with the title character, Antonia, was central to his story. Apparently, the author, Willa Cather, was nostalgic for her early prairie life and this was evident […]

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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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