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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.

Slumdog Millionaire

By Vikas Swarup

I really enjoyed this book. I’ve never said this before about a book but I wish I had come up with the idea for it. So brilliant how everything tied together, and then 2 great plot twists at the end… Excellent! It was a little slow in a couple places but overall I really enjoyed […]

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The Moviegoer

By Walker Percy

Walker Percy has few rivals in his ability to capture the poignancy of those freeze frame moments in life that inspire the deepest of nostalgia. Percy’s backdrop is the beautiful American South, and his writing of it profoundly rattled my soul. The Moviegoer’s Binx Bolling seeks to create a reality comprising of these moments of […]

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Heaven Is For Real

By Todd Burpo

I admit, I avoided reading this book when it came out because I didn’t really believe it. I thought it was probably someone trying to cash in on a cute kid. After seeing the movie I became curious and wanted to hear the non-Hollywood version. I was not disappointed. Miraculously I had an entire evening […]

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Gone Girl

By Gillian Flynn

Gone Girl reads like watching a thriller whodunnit movie, or a particularly messed up episode of 48 hours. The thing is, if I wanted to see a film or watch a true crime show, I would do that. The writing, while fine, was nothing that gave me pause. As a side note, I probably would […]

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By Dorothea Benton Frank

This was the perfect summer read. The story pulls you in and keeps you interested. It makes you laugh and cry, both in good measure. There is a sequel to this novel, Lowcountry Summer, which I have had as an audiobook for more than a year. I am now inspired to listen to the next […]

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The Marriage App

By Friesen, Paul

I read this book with my husband, and we both really enjoyed the book. I thought it was a good high-level overview of Biblical marriage. There were great anecdotal stories as well as practical Biblical application. I didn’t find any of the information in the book new, but it was a fresh take on the […]

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In the Garden of Beasts

By Larson, Erik

This is the first book I read by Larson, and I really enjoyed it. I was caught up in this nonfiction work right from the beginning. I really enjoy learning about WWII history. I didn’t know anything about Ambassador Dodd, and I was really interested in learning about Germany through his eyes. Dodd was an […]

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The House at Riverton

By Kate Morton

An interesting upstairs/downstairs novel set before World War I and after. The storytelling is a little convoluted, but the tension between past and present drives the narrative along well enough. I wish that the main character had been developed a bit more fully – she’s awfully naive throughout most of the narrative, and while she […]

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By James L Rubart

I want sure what to expect from this novel. It has been compared to “The Shack”, which I enjoyed reading but I felt was pretty far out there. This story was more relatable than “The Shack” while still having elements of supernatural which gave the story mystery and suspense. Sometimes the “come to Jesus” themes […]

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Beautiful Ruins

By Jess Walter

Where to start? This is one of the best books I’ve ever read. If that’s not enough to make you consider bumping this book up to your reading list, let me go on. This book beautifully weaves in different generations, people and cultures while making you think about what makes us human and what “matters” […]

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