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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 Union Street Bakery

By Mary Ellen Taylor

This was an easy read which I enjoyed for the most past. Daisy’s mother left her at the Union Street Bakery in Alexandria, VA when she was 3 years old and never came back. She was adopted by the owners of the bakery and raised as one of their 3 daughters, but was left with […]

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The Orphan Train

By Christina Baker Kline

This book appears on so many book club lists that I needed to see what it was about. It toggles between the story of a 1930s orphan and a modern-day foster child. Years ago, Children’s Aid Societies put orphans on a trains and attempted to place them in mid-western farm communities. The children were seen […]

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The Secret History

By Donna Tartt

This is an outstanding read. It’s not, as I sometimes describe literary fiction, about people and feelings. But neither is it about actions. To begin class, the classics professor says, “Are you ready to leave the phenomenal world, to enter into the sublime?” While things most definitely happen in this story, the heart of the […]

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The Spellman Files

By Lisa Lutz

The Spellmans are a family of private detectives who wiretap, tail, photograph and blackmail each other as an alternative to more conventional ways of showing love. I usually like my mysteries to be light and cozy, so right from the start I didn’t appreciate the black humor or the bad language. The novel is supposed […]

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Morning Coffee with James

By Renae Brumbaugh

This is a United Methodist Women reading program book from the category of Spiritual Growth. It was a fast read. Each section began with versus from the book of James, and the author wrote pertinent words of wisdom related to the text. Thoughtful messages even for people who are neither early morning risers or caffeine […]

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Ransom River

By Meg Gardiner

Ransom River A good solid Stand-alone mystery. Heroine comes home feeling defeated. By the end of the book, she’s rediscovered herself and empowered herself. Writing is solid and there are plenty of plot turns. Find in Catalog

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To Kill a Mockingbird

By Harper Lee

I read “Mockingbird” with the knowledge that I was probably one of the few people older than 40 who had yet to do so. And interestingly, it coincided with everyone’s paying attention to the novel again because of the announcement of the publication of the companion volume “Go Set a Watchman.” I can’t say, though, […]

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