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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.

One Coffee With

By Margaret Maron

The mystery was good, which counts for a lot to me. The characterizations were generally good; the secondary characters more so than the main character. While the plot very much stands alone, the main character herself has more questions than answers. This was very clearly written as the first book in a series with an […]

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The Jewel in the Crown

By Paul Scott

I saw this on PBS maybe 20 or so years ago, so am just now beginning the quartet. It was good to remember the story line, and while the writing definitely speaks of the time the book was written, it is a wonderful. fluidly told story. Taking place around the beginning of WWII, it is […]

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The Last Lecture

By Randy Pausch

This book should be on everyone’s bookshelf, or better, on their nightstand. It is written by a professor at Carnegie Mellon University who is dying of pancreatic cancer. It is a short book with conveniently divided “chapters” dealing with his life, his childhood dreams and how he went about achieving them, and the prospect of […]

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Abbey’s Road

By Edward Abbey

What can I say — it’s Edward Abbey. Everyone should read Edward Abbey! These essays are ostensibly about travel for the most part, primarily in the southwestern United States, but really, everything Abbey writes is about life. I don’t agree with all of Abbey’s views, but he writes beautifully, he is always completely forthright, and […]

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The Pesthouse

By Jim Crace

I expected this book to be depressing, as it seemed to be a post apocalyptic world it was written about. However, the writing is so beautiful because it is about a journey in a different time, a journey to another physical place, but a journey also to a lifetime love. I especially loved that it […]

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The Red Pyramid

By Rick Riordon

The perfect combination of funny and educational, just like Riordon’s previous series. Took a few chapters to get into it, but once I was into it, I just HAD to finish it, as soon as possible. I started the 2nd book in the series as soon as I was able. 🙂 Find in catalog

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Lean In

By Sheryl Sandberg

I’m a bit late in reading this modern classic for the working woman. I identified with many of the inequities Sandberg identified, e.g. certain traits such as decisiveness are admired in men but considered unattractive in women, and that lack of self-confidence holds many women back. Has the workplace improved — yes; but there is […]

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The Other Daughter

By Lisa Gardner

I generally enjoy Lisa Gardner’s books, and this is no exception. This book is the story of a young woman who was adopted after being abandoned at a hospital at 9 years old. The family who adopted her lost a daughter to a serial killer. 20 years later all of the family members start getting […]

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