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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.

Murder List

Another book in Julie Garwood’s Buchanan series involving a woman who attends a self-help seminar. She and her friends are hoping to expose the self-help guru as a fraud. As part of the exercise, participants are told to write a list of people they would like to see dead, whereupon the lists are then burned. […]

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On Folly Beach

I fell in love with Karen White’s books when I read THE TIME BETWEEN. I have since added many of her books to my TBR list, including ON FOLLY BEACH. The protagonist in the story moves from Indiana to Charleston, SC, where she becomes the new owner of Folly’s Finds, a local bookstore. The story […]

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Almost Dead

I have had this book on my TBR list ever since finishing Jackson’s previous book in this series, IF SHE ONLY KNEW. ALMOST DEAD follows Cissy Cahill, now grown from the teenager we met in the previous novel, as she learns her mother has escaped from prison. Very well written and a very surprising twist […]

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Killjoy

I have always loved Julie Garwood’s historical romance novels. Last year I picked up one of her contemporary romances in the Buchanan-Renard series. I enjoyed the book so much I added the remaining books in this series to my To Be Read list. Killjoy is the third book in the series and true to Garwood […]

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Murder with Peacocks

This mystery/satire/cosy features Meg Langslow, a metal sculpturess who travels to her hometown in Virginia to plan and execute three weddings for her family and friends. Her family is eccentric and things do not go as planned. There is murder and mayhem follows. Find in catalog

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Classified as murder

This is the second book in the Cat in the Stacks series. It features a librarian named Charlie Harris and his 33 pound Maine Coon cat named Diesel who walks on a leash and accompanies him everywhere.. They reside in Athena, Mississippi and the cosy is filled with humor and murder and rare books. Find […]

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The Invention of Wings

Set in the first half of the 19th century, this book takes place primarily in Charleston, SC. Kidd describes some of the roots of the abolitionist and early women’s suffrage movements by blending real historical figures and fictional characters. The main characters are the slaveholding Grimké family and a fictional character named Handful Hettie. The […]

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Stoner

Originally published in 1965, this short novel was reissued in 2006 by the NY Review of Books (Classic Series). It is just a simple story of a William Stoner’s life….start to finish. He was born in the late 1800s and destined to be a hardscrabble farmer. He fell in love with English Literature and it […]

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First Light

Peter lives in New York with his mom and dad. Thea lives in Greeland under stranger circumstances. First Light is the story of how they are related, how they meet, and why their meeting changes the world. This is a children’s novel appropriate for readers beyond grade 4, but like this author’s other work is […]

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