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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 Widower’s Tale

By Julia Glass

Forced to become more interactive with his youngest daughter and his neighbors when he agrees to allow his long-deceased wife’s art studio be used as a childcare/school; seventy-year- old Percy Darling experiences an emotional renewal . He falls in love with a free-spirited 50ish artist who has adopted a toddler enrolled at the school. When […]

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The Homecoming of Samuel Lake

By Jenny Wingfield

Highly enjoyable book! Written so the reader will like the majority of the characters, especially Willadee, the wife of Samuel Lake and Swan, his daughter. And really dislike the abusive like wife/animal/child beater –Ras Ballenger and egotistical, Bernice. Final page — theme of book? “And that’s the way things have gone from that day until […]

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Lowcountry Summer

By Dorohea Benton Frank

I listened to this as audiobook. It is the sequel to “Plantation.” The reader was perfect in her southern accent—sometimes narrators can sound so fake when they try to speak with a southern accent, and it can be very distracting. It was an engaging story—plenty of laughter, tears and emotion. It would be what’s called […]

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By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie sets out to prove she can write a blunt novel about race. Ms. Adichie, like her main character Ifemelu, a Nigerian blogger on race in the U.S., seemingly can get away with it because theirs is a foreign perspective. They can write truth without seeming too angry or activist–or to the extent […]

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The Tenth Circle

By Jodi Picoult

The book started fast and furious. A la usual Jodi Picoult, it didn’t take long for me to get hooked. However, about 2/3 of the way through the book changed location and everything got weird and disjointed. The resolution was abrupt and forced. If she had continued the book in the same way she started, […]

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Yokozawa Takafumi no Baai Vol. 2

By Fujisaki Miyako & Nakamura Shungiku

Yokozawa is starting to accept that his relationship with Takano was never meant to be and now he has moved on to be with Kirishima. Yokozawa has become quite used to the routine of hanging out and almost living with Kirishima, but the happy story was soon to change into yet more unfolding drama. Not […]

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Sarah’s Key

By Tatiana de Ross

Until page 166, we shared two different narratives: • 3rd person omnipotent telling the story of Sarah, a victim of the Velodrome d’ Hiver roundup; • 1st person of a 45 year old American journalist who is married to a Frenchman, mother of preteen, experience trouble in her marriage, who has been assigned to write […]

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