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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.

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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No Safe Place

By JoAnn Ross

I read a fair amount of romantic suspense, and while I can’t say for certain this is the worst one I’ve read, it certainly wasn’t good. In fact, if this wasn’t one of my TBR books, I probably wouldn’t have finished it. The story is about a Chicago police detective who teams up with an […]

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The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms

By N. K. Jemisin

My favorite author recommended this book highly, but I couldn’t get into it. I prefer very traditional storytelling structure (especially something fairy-tale like, as in Neil Gaiman’s Stardust) but this was experimental–narrated out of sequence, with omissions and digressions and flashbacks. I could never get a good sense of what was going on, or who […]

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Blackout

By Connie Willis

This is a public service announcement! Please read this before starting [book:Blackout|6506307]. This book is not actually book one in a duology, it’s the first half of a single book that was published in two volumes. Have [book:All Clear|7519231] on hand before you start this. No, really, have both before you start. Blackout doesn’t wrap […]

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Cracker

By Cynthia Kadohata

Large print and detailed descriptions made this book a true pleasure to read! My teen daughter read it when I first brought it home and we enjoyed many of the same parts. The ending, in particular, was very satisfying. Recommended for anyone who has every wanted, loved, or owned a dog. It provides a slightly […]

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Field of Thirteen

By Dick Francis

A collection of short stories by this compelling author adds depth and nuance to his larger body of work. The variety of characters and events is standard Francis, and I was pleased to find a female main character in one. One small reservation keeps this from being among his best works: I wish the author […]

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Casting The Net

By Pam Rhodes

Casting The Net is the second book of The Dunbridge Chronicles. (Book 1; Fisher of Men is available at the library). Shy but earnest Neil Fisher has settled in for his second year as curate of St. Stephen’s, in the small town of Dunbridge. This year promises to be no quieter than the first. There […]

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