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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.

Salvage the Bones

By Jesmyn Ward

A riveting wander through the life of a family in Louisiana beginning ten days before Hurricane Katrina strikes. It has all the elements of a great read: mysterious setting, strong and complex characters, passion, love between a boy and his dog, and impending doom as life moves forward. I would love to read a follow-up […]

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The Secret Life of Bees

By Sue Monk Kidd

Loved this book! I started it many years ago and then watched the movie. I was convinced that I liked the movie better, but that’s not typically the case, so I wanted to give the book another try. Boy was I wrong — the book is so much better. I’m a beekeeper, so I enjoyed […]

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Twelve Tribes of Hattie

By Ayana Mathis

This was a good book. A great introduction to all of Hattie’s children and her interactions or lack thereof with them. I think that I would be great if the author could develop each of the characters into their own little short stories and have the children interacting more at these different points in their […]

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Go Set a Watchman

By Harper Lee

I was not expecting this book to be similar to that of To Kill a Mocking Bird, but what I did expect was to enjoy a book set in the same time period as the former as well a book to provide a little more plot to what was written in To Kill a Mocking […]

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Invention of Wings

By Sue Monk Kidd

I like the development of Handful but the Grimke sisters seemed to wain for me. It was just a simple formation of the Grimke sisters ultimately starting the feminist movement out of the abolitionist movement. I was expecting the lives of the Grimke sisters and the slaves be more intertwined within the story but each […]

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Someone Knows My Name

By Lawrence Hill

I had to put this book down a few times only because it was so emotionally gripping. Aminata was a well developed character. Reading her life made me feel like I was a part of the journey, even with most parts of it being very gut-wrenching and heart-breaking. Highly recommended read. Find in catalog

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Adulthood Rites

By Octavia Butler

This is the second book of the series. This book expands the world from the aliens sending the humans back earth to live without their reproductive rights. Chaos develops as the humans start to steal the hybrid children that have human-like features in hopes of having something that there were once used to. This book […]

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