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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 Great American Frontier: A Story of Western Pioneering

By Thomas D. Clark, editor

This compilation of primary sources chronicling the experience of 19th-century pioneering and settlement of the western United States is pretty dry reading at times. The contributions by Samuel Clemens are a highlight. Dry as it may be in places, it covers the full pioneering experience and gives the reader a good sense of what pioneers […]

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Three Cups of Tea

By Greg Mortenson

I really enjoyed reading this book. I loved learning more about Pakistan. The book managed to present a case for fighting terrorism by educating the people of Afghanistan and Pakistan without having too much of a liberal agenda. I also really appreciated that Mortenson placed emphasis on not westernizing the students in his schools, but […]

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Sent

By Hilary Alan

I was surprised that this book turned out to be less of a “how to know if God is calling you to move overseas” manual and more of a collection of vignettes about the author’s time didn’t living in Southeast Asia. I really loved hearing her perspective on that culture and I was touched by […]

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The Autobiography of Malcolm X

By Malcolm X, Alex Haley

An unforgettable book. If you’ve never read it, or have not read it for many years, you should pick it up. You can’t say that you really know American history if you haven’t read this book. Always straightforward and intelligent, Malcolm X tells his life and constantly gives the social context for what he has […]

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Mrs. Darcy and the Blue-Eyed Stranger

By Lee Smith

This is a beautiful collection of short stories by Lee Smith, who lives up the road in Hillsborough. Every story speaks to some human truth and offers lessons to learn. Her authentic southern writing is also downright funny at times. She manages to successfully combine humor and emotionally difficult situations and lessons. Don’t miss this […]

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Real Sex

By Lauren F. Winner

An honest and refreshing explanation of why the whole idea of chastity is so important to those who follow Jesus. Winner draws on personal experience, sound research, and biblical examples of why chastity is important to God, why it should be important to Christians, and how to practically go about pursuing a chaste lifestyle, both […]

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Walk to Beautiful

By Jimmy Wayne and Ken Abraham

I will preface this by saying I have been a huge fan of Jimmy Wayne since the first few notes of “Stay Gone.” However, I consider myself a pretty honest person and I would not lie in a review for anyone. I pre-ordered this book as soon as it was possible in April and have […]

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Beautiful Ruins

By Jess Walter

Based on another TBR reviewer, I pushed this one up on higher my TBR list, and I’m glad I did. I found this novel to be, well, just beautiful. It is also edgy, wise, observant, and chock full of fascinating trivia about the production of the movie Cleopatra. Set mostly in Italy, Seattle and Hollywood, […]

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