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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 Mapmaker’s Children

By Sarah McCoy

I was really looking forward to reading this historical fiction novel about the Civil War era and the underground railroad. I was a bit disappointed that McCoy didn’t delve deeper into some of the issues she touched upon. She really had the opportunity to expound upon a few serious subject matters, but I found the […]

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The Wright Brothers

By David McCullough

McCullough does a fantastic job bringing to life the story of the Wright Brothers. I enjoyed learning about the life before, and especially after, their time in Kitty Hawk. I listened to this audiobook, and McCullough read the book. I love it when authors narrate their own books. Find in catalog

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All the Light We Cannot See

By Anthony Doerr

I read this book shortly after finishing The Nightingale (Hannah), and it was so difficult not to say, “this just isn’t as good as ‘The Nightingale’”, as I read through the book. I didn’t empathize nor like many of the characters in the novel, and I thought the ending was lacking. Find in Catalog

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The Call of the Wild

By Jack London

Somehow I got through high school and college without ever reading this book. I was surprised to find that the book is about a dog (named Buck) who is forced by kidnapping to transition from a life of ease in California into the life of a sled dog in the Yukon. The story is told […]

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Men We Reaped

By Jesmyn Ward

This is one of the most conflicted, sobering and beautiful memoirs I have read. Jesmyn Ward chronicles the loss of her brother and four other black men she grew up with in Mississippi. Young men cut off in their prime by murder, suicide, overdose, a drunk driver and freak train accident. Yet in each case, […]

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Summer in the South

By Cathy Holton

I’d seen this book written up online and in magazines, so I expected great things from it. While it was a good read and I enjoyed it; I can’t say that I understood what all of the hype was about. Frankly, I was underwhelmed. However, it was still a decent read and I would recommend […]

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