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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 Homecoming of Samuel Lake

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

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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Americanah

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

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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Sarah’s Key

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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The Audacity of Hope

Well, better late than never, and well worth taking the time to read this well-known book by Obama, published in 2006. One of the most interesting aspects for me came about precisely because I read it so long after it was written — pondering Obama’s views of 8 years ago in light of his subsequent […]

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