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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.

Slip of the Knife

By Denise Mina

This is the third and final installment of the Paddy Meehan series set in Glasgow …Paddy is a journalist whose career we have read about for the past ten years in this trilogy. Paddy’s old friend Terry, a war correspondent, is executed and Paddy gets involved in the investigation. We are suspecting it involves the […]

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Destoyer Angel

By Nevada Barr

In the seventeenth Anna Pigeon mystery, Anna’ friends are abducted while on a camping vacation and it is Anna who must rescue them in the Iron Range in upstate Minnesota. She faces four kidnappers inexperienced in the wilderness and she calls upon her vast skills as a Ranger for the US Park Services to track […]

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The Year of Living Biblically: One Man’s Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible

By AJ Jacobs

AJ Jacobs, an agnostic sort of Jew (he calls himself “Jewish in the same way the Olive Garden is an Italian restaurant), decides to follow the Bible and all it’s laws for one year. The resulting memoir is a funny and thought-provoking path through religion. Jacobs follows all the laws, not just the common ones, […]

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The Scarlet Thread

By Francine Rivers

I didn’t care for the modern-day characters very much, but I enjoyed the journal part from Mary Katherine’s journey on the Oregon Trail. I liked the ending. Most people think an adulterous affair is a death sentence for a marriage but Good can even redeem that and give people the ability to live and forgive […]

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Gender Blender

By Blake Nelson

It’s a book that deals with two tweens that swap places and as weird as some aspects may be it was an nice interesting read. The book is meant for more of a middle school age where as it goes into reference to somethings in today’s terminology seem outdated as well. Find in Catalog

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Sarah’s Key

By Tatiana de Rosnay

This moving tale is set in Paris during WWII and the present day. A journalist gets an assignment to write about the 60th anniversary of the Vel’ d’Hiv Roundup. She is American-born and knew nothing about what happened in July 1942 in Paris. French police (on orders of the Gestapo) arrest thousands of foreign-born Jews […]

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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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