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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 Bully

By Paul Langan

This is one of the earlier books of the series and just like the rest it was sure not to disappoint. The book constantly refers to Gary Paulsen’s story Hatchet and continues to bring to like of a certain lesson that doing nothing will get you no where. It was great to visit simply realistic […]

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Mankiller: A Chief and Her People

By Wilma Mankiller and Michael Wallis

Mankiller, the first woman principal chief of the Cherokee Nation, gives us both a riveting autobiography and an insightful history of the Cherokee, up to the time of publication. Geographically there is a focus on Oklahoma, where Mankiller was born and lived the latter part of her life until her death in April 2010. Originally […]

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Sycamore Row

By John Grisham

It’s been over 20 years since “A Time to Kill” was released. In this “sequel” John Grisham picks up the story of Jake Brigance three years after the trial concludes. Jake and his family are living in rental housing (having engaged in a long battle against the insurance company for a settlement) and barely scraping […]

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The First Phone Call From Heaven

By Mitch Albom

I’ll admit that the only reason I had this on my list is because I so adored Tuesdays With Morrie and I was intrigued by the premise. I was pleasantly surprised. I’m not a particularly religious person and I really hate prothelisizing. However, the author never hit you over the head with religion. It struck […]

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A Broom of One’s Own

By Nancy Peacock

There was a review of this book in the Durham paper in 2008, and I bought the book then. That’s how long this book has been on my shelf! Ms. Peacock lives in Chatham County, and during her early days as a writer she cleaned houses to make ends meet. This book is about those […]

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Dewey

By Vicki Myron with Bret Witter

This is about a small kitten that was put in the after-hours book return slot in Spencer, Iowa. He became very famous all over the world and lived out his life of 18 years at the library. He was named Dewey Readmore Books, and was quite an ambassador for Spencer and their library. This book […]

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The Joy of Less

By Francine Jay

I loved this book. In my quest to de-clutter and simplify my life, I found Francine Jay to be a real inspiration. She is similar to Susan Pinsky in her philosophy for getting rid of everything that you don’t use or enjoy. So many organizing books are about finding ways to store all your stuff […]

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Slow Gardening

By Felder Rushing

This was a fun book to read. Felder Rushing is down to earth, informative, and very funny. He believes in doing what you enjoy in the garden, and he particularly likes plants that do not need to be coddled. He makes me want to get out in my own garden and get to work.   […]

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