Challenge Progress

I’m new to this challenge thing. I’ve no idea whether it will really change my reading habits or not at this point, but I do hope it brings me new options.

So far, I’ve read the following for Read Your Own Books 2009:
1. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd; I found this to be a lovely, simple story about the spiritual awakening of the heroine — of growing up. It didn’t take itself too seriously. Definitely character-driven, with the hot South as an atmosphere, vividly described.
2. Killdeer Mountain by Dee Brown; historical fiction from 1866 with flashbacks to the Civil War, this puzzler set in the early Dakota Territories is a character soup with plot twists aplenty. The ending wasn’t a neat as I desired, but was ultimately satisfactory.
3. Goodnight, Sweet Prince by David Dickinson; historical mystery from the 1890’s concerning the British royal family and a nobleman acting as detective. First in a series and quite enjoyable with some suspension of belief inevitable, of course.
The latter also qualifies for the 2009 Suspense & Thriller Challenge, either under murder mystery or possibly private detective mystery. Woohoo!

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  1. Thanks for the book reviews. I read The Secret Life of Bees a few years ago, and I really liked it. I thought the movie was really good too – which is a rare thing, for me to like both the book and the movie.

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