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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.


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

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

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

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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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

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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The Goldfinch

Donna Tartt’s brilliant novel, The Goldfinch, is a roller coaster account of Theo Decker’s attempts to restore himself from a series of missteps and mishaps precipitated by the sudden death of his mother in a terrorist attack on the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art. His touchstone, and the embodiment of the anxiety sparked from […]

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The Tricking of Freya

A treat, especially if you enjoy Norse mythology. The narrator, Freya, was named for a Norse goddess and has the complicated family to match — she travels to Canada each summer with her mother to visit her grandmother and charismatic aunt Birdie. Her late grandfather was a revered poet of the Icelandic diaspora — he […]

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I Am Not Sidney Poitier

Oooh, this book was GOOD. Funny, smart, enjoyable. It follows our hero, a boy whose first name is Not Sidney and last name is Poitier. When his mother dies, he goes to live with Ted Turner and Jane Fonda in Atlanta (hilarious), and we follow him on his gonzo adventures once he comes of age. […]

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