Book Review

GIOVANNI’S ROOM by James Baldwin

Rating: 5 / 5 GIOVANNI'S ROOM by James Baldwin was the #ClassicsBuddyRead pick for June. While I had heard of the author, I had not read him before and this wasn't a book that I was familiar with, so I went in not knowing much. GIOVANNI'S ROOM follows David, a young man who has left… Continue reading GIOVANNI’S ROOM by James Baldwin

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ELYSIUM GIRLS by Kate Pentecost

Rating: 3.5 / 5 I picked up ELYSIUM GIRLS by Kate Pentecost purely because I needed a book with fire on the cover for a recent readathon, but timing is a funny thing and it turns out this one dovetailed nicely into my recent reading. It presents a wild twist on the Dust Bowl after… Continue reading ELYSIUM GIRLS by Kate Pentecost

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THE THORN BIRDS by Colleen McCullough

Rating: 4.5 / 5 THE THORN BIRDS by Colleen McCullough was the #ClassicsBuddyRead pick for April and May. This isn't one that I was at all familiar with when we added it to the list, so I went in only knowing that it was set in Australia. THE THORN BIRDS is a family saga about… Continue reading THE THORN BIRDS by Colleen McCullough

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THE GRAPES OF WRATH by John Steinbeck

Rating: 5 / 5 THE GRAPES OF WRATH by John Steinbeck is a classic that stuck with me when I originally read it in school. When a friend recently suggested picking it back up, I was on board! THE GRAPES OF WRATH follows the Joads, a family who must leave their Oklahoma farm during the… Continue reading THE GRAPES OF WRATH by John Steinbeck

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CHARLOTTE’S WEB by E.B. White

Rating: 4.5 / 5 For Middle Grade March, we decided to pick a classic children's book for the #classicsbuddyread that I help to host on Bookstagram. CHARLOTTE'S WEB by E.B. White is certainly one that I remember from my childhood, but reading it again there was a lot that I forgot. This classic story finds… Continue reading CHARLOTTE’S WEB by E.B. White

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THE COLOR PURPLE by Alice Walker

Rating: 4.5 / 5 THE COLOR PURPLE by Alice Walker was the February pick for the #classicsbuddyread that I help to host on Bookstagram. This is one that I read many years ago, but remembered very little about so I was happy for the chance to do the reread. THE COLOR PURPLE depicts the lives… Continue reading THE COLOR PURPLE by Alice Walker

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THE CALL OF THE WILD By Jack London

Rating: 3.5 / 5 THE CALL OF THE WILD by Jack London was the January pick for the #classicsbuddyread that I help to host on Bookstagram. Set in the Alaskan Klondike where survival is tough, we thought this one seemed appropriate to start off a new year after surviving 2020! THE CALL OF THE WILD… Continue reading THE CALL OF THE WILD By Jack London

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LONESOME DOVE by Larry McMurtry

Rating: 3.5 / 5 LONESOME DOVE by Larry McMurtry was the November/December pick for the #classicsbuddyread on Bookstagram. Westerns have never been my go to genre (and that isn't going to change), but I am glad that I gave this one a go! LONESOME DOVE begins in the little town of the same name in… Continue reading LONESOME DOVE by Larry McMurtry

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THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA by Gaston Leroux

Rating: 3 / 5 THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA by Gaston Leroux was the October pick for the #classicsbuddyread on Bookstagram. This was actually a reread for me, but I felt like I hadn't fully concentrated on the book the first time I read it for a reading challenge early last year, so I decided… Continue reading THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA by Gaston Leroux

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NORTH AND SOUTH by Elizabeth Gaskell

Rating: 4 / 5 NORTH AND SOUTH by Elizabeth Gaskell was the September pick for the #classicsbuddyread on Bookstagram. Elizabeth Gaskell was not a known author to me prior to this book being selected for the buddy read, so I went into it pretty blind. I knew this one tended to be a hit with… Continue reading NORTH AND SOUTH by Elizabeth Gaskell