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Roots: The Saga of an American Family | Alex Haley
117 posts | 128 read | 2 reading | 87 to read
The author shares the saga of an African American family that extends from his ancestor Kunta Kinte, an African brought to mid-eighteenth-century America as a slave, to himself.
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This came up in my Instagram feed and it looks so interesting! See CNN‘s Instagram account: https://instagram.com/cnnorigseries?igshid=YmMyMTA2M2Y=

#ghana #readingafrica2022 @Librarybelle @BarbaraBB

JamieArc Interesting! Good to know as a proud lefty! 7mo
GingerAntics I‘m so grateful I live in a culture where it‘s acceptable to be a lefty. I spent the first 13.5 years of my life in a culture that didn‘t allow it, and by 14.5 I had unconsciously switched back to using my left hand… that‘s just how strong of a lefty I was. 7mo
Vansa Most kids who are left handed in India as well, are forced to switch. They end up not being too good with either hand! 7mo
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bookishbitch
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Mehso-so

Overall I'm glad I read it. There is some controversy surrounding the author but I'll let you Google that for yourselves. Parts of it were excellent. I really liked how he incorporated history outside of the characters lives as well. This was originally sold as non-fiction but I think it would be historical fiction at best. Because even if the events were true you can never know a characters internal thoughts. I will be digesting this for a while.

bookishbitch I do wish there was a choice between pick and so-so. It was better than so-so but not a pick for me. 7mo
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Roots won the April pick of the month (how could it not?) but it lost out to Penguin Lessons, which made me laugh and cry and made me want a penguin. #readingbracket @chasjjlee

I‘m looking forward to playing for the next four months

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Auntynanny
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Pickpick

I loved this book so much! I know there are some doubts as to its' authenticity, but the story is still amazing.

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Amiable
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Yay, Karen! I'm so happy that you chose this for your chunkster reads -- it's one of the best chunksters of all time! Well done.

#ChunksterChallenge2022
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squirrelbrain Congratulations! @texreader 🎉🎉🎉 8mo
Lcsmcat Congratulations @Texreader ! 🥂👏🏻👏🏻 8mo
slategreyskies Way to go, Karen!! Congrats!!!! 🙌✨ 8mo
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Alfoster Woohoo!👍👊 8mo
AmyG Hooray Karen! 🎉 8mo
Kelly326 Congrats! I read Roots last year and loved it! 8mo
Butterfinger Congratulations Karen. I'm not getting tagged. I remember writing my goals for Chernow's Grant. It is totally possible I dreamed it. I'm currently reading Ulysses. 8mo
Bookwormjillk Congratulations 🎉🍾🎊🎈 8mo
Texreader Thank you!! 8mo
CoverToCoverGirl Such a great book! Well done @Texreader 🎊👏🎉 (edited) 8mo
MaureenMc Woot! 🙌 8mo
GinaKButler @Texreader I loved this book so much! Congrats! 8mo
Megabooks Congratulations @Texreader !! 8mo
Amiable @Butterfinger Oops, so sorry —I have to manually tag the list each time, and I must have missed you at one point! I‘ll add you again. 8mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!! @texreader fabulous progress!!! 8mo
Mollyanna Woohoo! Congrats @Texreader Nicely done. I am sad to admit that I never read this though I loved the miniseries. Maybe this will be my chunkster for 2023. 8mo
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Pickpick

Our vicious history of slavery & the toll it took on our country is handled so beautifully and delicately in this brilliant genealogical story of Alex Haley‘s roots. Where he could have dwelt on the worst of slavery, Haley focused on family life. It made it more real, to really feel with these characters what slavery was like. I especially appreciated the postscripts to this edition telling how Haley uncovered his roots and how he wrote this ⬇️

Texreader Novel—particularly his voyage to recreate Kunte Kinte‘s trip across the ocean. There is no doubt in my mind why this won the Pulitzer Prize & why it is essential reading. It‘s just so beautifully written especially about Gambia. We learn so so much about the lives of Africans and I just loved diving so deeply into that history. (edited) 8mo
Texreader I do laugh at the fact that it‘s the longest book I‘ve read for #readingafrica2022 for one of Africa‘s smallest countries: #Gambia @Librarybelle @barbarabb Completed #chunksterchallenge2022 @Amiable and another #awesomeapril #readathon goal. @Andrew65 (edited) 8mo
BarbaraBB Wonderful review! 8mo
Tove_Reads This was one of the first adult books I read as a child 🙂 8mo
Librarybelle I definitely need to read this one 8mo
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Finished!! I‘ve completed my #chunksterchallenge2022 in “only” 4 months and one of my #awesomeapril #readathon goals. Review to come for #readingafrica2022 #Ghana. @Amiable @Andrew65 @Librarybelle @BarbaraBB

Cinfhen Congrats 🎉 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 8mo
Roary47 Woooo hoo! 8mo
Amiable Hooray!!! How many pages was this? I have an old mass market paperback edition that‘s 888 pages, but the print is tiny. Which one do you have? (edited) 8mo
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MaureenMc 👏👏👏 8mo
Texreader @Amiable 888 pages as well. Fortunately the print was fine 8mo
Andrew65 Brilliant 👏👏👏 8mo
CoverToCoverGirl Well done! 👏👏 8mo
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I‘m about 100 pages from the end of the tagged book so I‘ve got some hot chocolate and time to read tonight. One of my #awesomeapril #readathon goals is to finish this one this weekend. So I‘m trying hard to make it. #chunksterchallenge #readingafrica2022 #Gambia

Alora Enjoy!!! 8mo
BarbaraBB Can‘t wait for your review! Enjoy! 8mo
CoverToCoverGirl Such a good and important book! 8mo
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peaknit This book made such an impact on me, so important. 8mo
Tamra I recall seeing bits of the film as a child - it was quite the miniseries event at the time. (edited) 8mo
Texreader @Tamra Same here! As I‘ve been reading it I recall snippets. I was pretty young, maybe 8 or 10 but some things were unforgettable 8mo
Amiable Loved this book when I first read it. May be time for a reread. 8mo
Andrew65 A good book choice! 8mo
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DGRachel
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I bought this for #Gambia for #ReadingAfrica2022. I think I‘m going to have to alternate between print and audio if I want to get through it. #chunkster #bookmail

Texreader It‘s an excellent book for #Gambia. Such a large part of the book shares minute details about it 8mo
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#20in4 #readathon update: I‘m at page 501 of 888, chapter 78 of 119. #readingafrica2022 #Gambia @Andrew65 @Librarybelle @BarbaraBB

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I just reached the halfway page, 444, in the tagged book for the #chunksterchallenge2022. Kunta Kinte‘s first child has just been born. @Amiable

#readingafrica2022 #Gambia @Librarybelle @BarbaraBB

Amiable Such a good book! 9mo
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#sharreadReadathon wrap-up In loving memory RIP

Slave Kunte Kinte has just been released from having all four limbs staked for five days in a shack at his new “home,” following an unsuccessful attempt to escape.

I‘m so impressed with the depth of the story of his life in Africa. Almost a full quarter of the book is devoted to it.

#readingafrica2022 #Gambia @Librarybelle @BarbaraBB

#chunksterchallenge2022 @Amiable

Librarybelle I do plan to read this someday 9mo
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Texreader
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Reading update 5 for the #sharreadreadathon:

Knuta Kinte has been given clothes to wear and he is listening to the auction outside although he doesn‘t understand the words. He misses his family so much and he‘s heartbroken knowing how sad they must be at his being captured. #Gambia #readingafrica2022 #chunksterchallenge2022

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bookishbitch
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My newest audio book choice. I've been wanting to read this for years. Since I only listen in the car, and this is 30 hours, I anticipate this is going to be a long adventure. I'm already loving the writing and the narration though so it bodes well.

kbibliophilific I read this in JR High school. Loved. Still own my copy ! 10mo
bookishbitch @kbibliophilific I am impressed! It is chunker! 10mo
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TheKidUpstairs
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#OnThisDay in 1977, the tv adaptation of Alex Haley's epic tale Roots debuted, introducing new audiences to the saga of Kunta Kinte and his descendents. Roots would go on to win 9 Emmys, a Golden Globe, and a Peabody; the finale episode still stands as the 2nd most viewed finale in tv history (Name #1 - No googling!). Fitting that the man who encouraged us to "take a look, in a book" would find his break out role in an adaptation. #HistoryGetsLIT

Suzze I think #1 was MASH. I watched them both. I‘m old. 10mo
wanderinglynn I believe that MASH is no. 1. 10mo
marleed I found a hardback copy of Roots at the Friends of the Library bookstore on Saturday. $3.20 - what a fun find! 10mo
TheKidUpstairs @marleed great find! What timing! 10mo
TheKidUpstairs @wanderinglynn @Suzze yes! Interesting that the top spots have been held for so long. I think it says a lot about the changing ways we watch TV. From the VCR to PVR to streaming, the collective experience of everyone gathering to watch the same thing at the same time had been relegated to sporting events only! 10mo
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Librarybelle ❤️❤️❤️ 11mo
WorldsOkayestStepMom One of my favorite books! 11mo
BarbaraBB Good luck! We‘ll be following along! 11mo
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GinaKButler One of my favorite books last year. I‘ve recommended it to SO many people! I hope you love it, too! 11mo
Amiable Loved this book! 11mo
CoverToCoverGirl Happy Reading! Such an amazing read. 🙂 11mo
Texreader @Librarybelle @WorldsOkayestStepMom @BarbaraBB @GinaKButler @Amiable @CoverToCoverGirl Thanks for all the encouraging words. I‘ve wanted to read it for a long time. In fact when I borrowed it from my mom @Doll8455 she‘s the one who said it was perfect for #readingafrica2022. 11mo
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I‘ve picked my #chunksterchallenge for 2022 thanks to Mom lending me her copy and her highest recommendation. @Amiable Fortunately it also works for #readingafrica2022 @Librarybelle @BarbaraBB

marleed Did your mom leave a sticky note recommendation!? I love her stickies! 11mo
BarbaraBB That really is a chunkster! 11mo
Librarybelle I haven‘t read this yet, but it‘s on my to read list. I‘ve seen the miniseries and want to read Haley‘s words. 11mo
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Amiable Oh, this book is so good! I read it in high school and it kickstarted my lifetime obsession with genealogy research. 11mo
DrexEdit I have this book in my #readingafrica2022 list also. I hope I get the chance to finish it. I have never read it even though I remember watching the series when it originally aired, but before streaming it VCRs when the tv told you when you would be watching a show. Madness! 😊 11mo
CoverToCoverGirl I very recently read this, so glad I did! It‘s SO well written and a gripping read. The book is so much more than the televised version. My mom deemed me to young to watch it when it originally aired @DrexEdit , I can still remember how unhappy that decision made me all those years ago. (edited) 11mo
Texreader @marleed Sadly no post it from Mom. 11mo
Texreader @Amiable I‘ve been into genealogy my whole life, too! Well that‘s great incentive to read this book! 11mo
Texreader @DrexEdit @CoverToCoverGirl My mom let me watch when it originally aired. I was 9. I remember it was good, and it probably helped develop strongly held beliefs being such a young age. But there are a few images Seared into my mind. Other than I remember very little. 11mo
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Michellesibs
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Pickpick

This is the story of the author and his journey in tracing back his family history.
We meet Kunta Kinte in the 17th century somewhere along the Gambia River. He's just a boy, we follow him through his teen years, manhood training, we see him grow and mature throughout his rains until the day he steps into the forest to make a drum for his younger brother and is snatched by the toubob slave traders and from here to story begins.

Cortg Congrats! I've been wanting to read this for years. I even own a copy, just havne't started it 😏 1y
bookaholic1 Such a great book 1y
WorldsOkayestStepMom I loved this book so much!! 1y
Michellesibs @Cortg You are in for a real treat, I really loved every page. Its a massive journey and difficult to read in places but as @bookaholic1 and @WorldsOkayestStepMom says its a great book! ♥️ 1y
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lynneamch
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Honoring Alex Haley on his birthday today. Pics are from his farm in Clinton, TN when my bookclub was meeting there in person. Looking forward to getting back sometime soon. The farm is the current home of the Langston Hughes Library and the Children's Defense Fund. The Clinton 12 were the first students to desegregate a state-sponsored school in the American South in 1956. So much history still to be recognized and taught.

MicheleinPhilly What an amazing spot for your book club meeting! 1y
DrexEdit Very cool! I will always remember watching Roots as a kid. I don‘t think I‘ve ever read the book though! 1y
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LibraryCin
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Mehso-so

I liked it. It‘s also very long. I think that it‘s hard to sustain “really good” in a book over 800+ pages! (And keep in mind, I‘m generally a tough rater, anyway.) I admire that this was a groundbreaking book at the time it was published, and it reached a wider audience with the tv mini-series. I only watched the movie as an adult (I was a kid when it would have originally aired on tv). Cont in comments...

LibraryCin There was a longer section in Africa than I‘d expected. I wasn‘t crazy about the cockfighting (though, obviously it happened – and sadly, still does). Overall, though, good book. I‘m glad I finally read it. 1y
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A pink stack with some of my favourites 💖💖.

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Finished this two days ago. There are no words to describe it. I totally ❤❤❤ it.

Nute I remember this same exact feeling when I read this book many years ago!🙂 13mo
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lynneamch
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@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks says, "Share a positive post, tag her, tag friends." Here's a pic I took at the Alex Haley Farm in Clinton, Tennessee when the book club was still meeting there in person. We still meet on Zoom. Our leader is the librarian at the Langston Hughes Library, which is on the farm, & is home to the Children's Defense Fund. @eeclayton @fictionaddictbooks @Amiable @GinaKButler @CoverToCoverGirl @Kelly326 #ThinkPositiveBePositive

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love it! Thank you for sharing! We need these signs everywhere! 2y
Amiable Thanks for the tag! This was a great book, too. 🙂 2y
CoverToCoverGirl More of this everywhere please! 🙂 2y
eeclayton Thanks for the tag! Love the sign ☺️ 1y
GinaKButler This sign is great! 😍 1y
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eeclayton
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Pickpick

It's a very powerful book, and for several days I've been thinking about what to write in my review. I think I'll just say that "Gone with the Wind" will never be the same after this.

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Is this how you repay my goodness--with badness?” cried the boy. “Of course,” said the crocodile out of the corner of his mouth. “That is the way of the world.

Alex Haley, Roots

I made these to fulfill a client's order over the weekend. It was time well spent. Please follow me on instagram @fabrizia_bakes. Thank you.

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Amiable
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Yay, Gina! Keep that chunkster momentum going!

@ginakbutler
#chunksterchallenge2021

Lcsmcat 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 @GinaKButler ! Congratulations! 2y
Bookwormjillk 🤩 Wow 2y
Mollyanna Woohoo! @GinaKButler Nicely done. 🥳🥳🥳 2y
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CoverToCoverGirl 👏🏻👏🏻 Congratulations, well done! It was such a good book! Are you still intending to start reading Helter Skelter in June? 2y
GinaKButler @CoverToCoverGirl Thanks! Yes to Helter Skelter...I just ordered it! You? 2y
Amiable @GinaKButler @CoverToCoverGirl Ooh, “Helter Skelter” is another fabulous read! You‘ll be sucked right into that one. I‘m also looking forward to “Lonesome Dove” for Q4, right? 2y
Megabooks Congratulations @GinaKButler !! 🥳 2y
GinaKButler @Amiable It‘s already on my bookshelf waiting for Q4!! 2y
GinaKButler @Megabooks Thanks!! 🤗 2y
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GinaKButler
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Pickpick

This book is a treasure. We are so fortunate that Haley heard his family oral history and that he shared it with readers. This will go down as one of my favorite books of all time.

It is my May #doublespin
It‘s also my Q2 #chunksterchallenge2021
@TheAromaofBooks @Amiable

CoverToCoverGirl It was So good. I‘m very happy that I finally got to it! (edited) 2y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2y
Amiable Yay! I‘m so glad you loved it ! 2y
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Amiable
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She's crushed not one -- but TWO -- chunksters this year! Way to go, CJ! Spread the chunkster love! 👍 👍

@covertocovergirl
#ChunksterChallenge2021

erzascarletbookgasm Two and it‘s not even half the year! Congrats 👏🎉 2y
rockpools Congratulations CJ! 2y
rockpools Your Chunkster Challenge posts are almost making me want to give it a go. Do you take newbies any time, or is this a year-long thing? What do you count as a chunkster? Thank you! 2y
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OrangeMooseReads Woopwoop!! 2y
GinaKButler Woo-hoo!! Congrats on another chunkster! 2y
Amiable @rockpools Absolutely! My goal with the challenge is to encourage people to pick up that giant book that seems intimidating -- and start reading it! Because the hardest part of completing a chunkster is just starting it. A chunkster for me is about 1,000 + pages. Most of us have tackled books that are 800 pages or more, but something else might call to you as a “chunkster.“ If you are motivated to start reading one now, then PLEASE join us! 🙂 (edited) 2y
Amiable @rockpools I wanted to encourage people to tackle at least one chunkster for the sense of accomplishment -- but several people have climbed aboard the Chunkster Challenge Train and kept going for more! So if you read one or 10 chunksters this year, we're happy to have you along for the ride. :) (edited) 2y
Lcsmcat 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 @CoverToCoverGirl 2y
Ash.on.the.line Congrats!! 2y
rockpools @Amiable Thank you so much! I‘ll have a think about what I want to read (first) and hopefully join you at the start of June. I have Genji and 1Q84 on my shelves, and I‘ve been planning to re-read Middlemarch for the best part of 20 years (I was less of a chunksterphobe back then!) 2y
Amiable @rockpools Good choices! I read “Middlemarch” as my chunkster a few years ago. I pick one every year that‘s approximately 1,000 pgs and start it on Jan. 1. I aim for 100 pages per week (or 15 pgs per day) and finish sometime in March. I‘ve been doing my own chunkster challenges for more than 10 years. It‘s fun! And I‘ve managed to get through a lot of books I thought I‘d never read. (edited) 2y
CoverToCoverGirl Thank you! @amiable @erzascarletbookgasm @rockpools @OrangeMooseReads @GinaKButler @Lcsmcat @Ash.on.the.line I‘ve been inspired by all of you to finally get to those books I‘ve been meaning to get to for years. Roots definitely deserved the Pulitzer Prize. #Challenge2021 (edited) 2y
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fictionaddictbooks
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This is me right now ....
Picture credit : @paperplanesundays (Instagram)

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Kelly326
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My May #bookspinbingo list. Looking forward to another month.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2y
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fictionaddictbooks
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I've been stuck at home recuperating for some days now due to a Road Traffic Accident I was involved in. One day when I was bored out of my mind (all the books in the world could not cure my boredom) I made these. You can follow me on instagram @fabrizia_bakes.😉

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fictionaddictbooks
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Which stage are you at? I'm at 4😄😄😄

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GinaKButler
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Just finished Chapter 50, so it seems like a good time to check in with the #chunksterchallenge2021
Still on track to finish this by the end of May...
Today‘s reading was particularly rough. Haley is a gifted writer and I‘m so glad that I got the gentle nudge to pick this one up...it is outstanding so far.
@Amiable

CoverToCoverGirl Still haven‘t started yet... other books keep getting in my way.🙄🙂 2y
Amiable Excellent! 2y
GinaKButler @CoverToCoverGirl Just crack it open. That‘s the hardest part! I‘m starting Helter Skelter after this one (per your rec)! 2y
Bakingbookworm One of my top three books of all time. 2y
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GinaKButler
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Even though April started on Thursday, I think it‘s a bit easier to check in with the #chunksterchallenge2021 on Mondays. I‘m working on an average of 15 pages a day...so I‘m through Chapter 16. The writing is so rich! @Amiable

Amiable It really is a great book, isn‘t it ? 2y
marleed Ow wow. I‘m proud of you! I would love to read this, but chunksters frighten me! 2y
GinaKButler @marleed Join in! 15 pages a day, and I‘ll finish it in 2 months. I have another book and an audiobook going as well! 2y
GinaKButler @Amiable I‘m already really enjoying it!! 2y
CoverToCoverGirl I love how you have your segments all planned out. I haven‘t started yet. 2y
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Reagan
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So I got to choose the books for my daughter and she got to pick mine. Seriously, Roots? She picked anything on the shelf that looked like it had a lot of pages 😕 #bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks

Hestapleton She is EVIL. 😂😈 2y
Tattooedteacher This cracks me up. That little devil. 2y
Hooked_on_books Ok yes, that‘s slightly evil, but the good news is, it‘s so good! I listened to the audio and it didn‘t feel nearly as long as it is. Really immersive. 2y
TheAromaofBooks haha I love it!! Good luck!! 2y
CoverToCoverGirl Roots is on my list too! Lol. The Taster is very good. 2y
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GinaKButler
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All set to start the Q2 #chunksterchallenge2021 tomorrow with Roots. I‘m planning on reading 2 chapters a day, so I should finish by the end of May. Looking forward to buddy-reading this with @CoverToCoverGirl and @Kelly326 !

@Amiable

Kelly326 I have my copy all ready to go! 2y
Amiable This is such a great book! I read it as a teenager and it inspired a passion for genealogy research that continues to this day. 2y
CoverToCoverGirl I‘m ready to jump in! 2y
CoverToCoverGirl @Amiable I also am passionate about genealogy, I‘m not sure why I‘ve not read this book yet. 2y
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Vansa
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#ShowSomeLove Day 3 :Fave book by a black author-couldnt pick one from these 3!Roots was the first book I read by a black author and I found it extremely moving and powerful.Homegoing works as a great companion piece to Roots.
@TheKidUpstairs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks It‘s hard to choose one!!! 2y
TheKidUpstairs I just read Half of a Yellow Sun last year and I absolutely loved it. Well written, intriguing characters, and I learned so much history that I was previously unaware of. 2y
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eeclayton
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My first #BookSpin list ever 😎 Some of these have been sitting on my shelves forever, others are fresh purchases. I'm excited to take part in this challenge in January!
@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Glad to have you along!! 2y
eeclayton @TheAromaofBooks Thank you 😊 2y
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rachaich
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Interesting chronicle of one man's ancestors. I found the first part, about Kunta, the most interesting. I found I wasn't as keen as his family extended.
However, such a harrowing yet readable book. #blackhistorymonth

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rachaich
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Heavy going.
Love the way it's written. It flows very well.

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rachaich
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Reading this for #octoberblackhistorymonth
Shocked I've not read it before.
It's rather a chunkster!😁😁😁

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Vansa
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I read Roots when I was 13, and it left an indelible impression on my mind.Really glad I read this book before reading Gone with the wind.
1. Can't even dream about that right now! Maybe London, in...3 years!
2. I discovered a spectacular author in Shawn Levy, can't wait to read all his books!
#ThankfulThursday @Cosmos_Moon

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Hooked_on_books
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This multi-generational family saga is the real deal. It starts in Africa with Kunta Kinte, detailing his early life, until he is stolen by slave traders and forcibly brought to Virginia in despicable conditions. His story and those of his descendants are then told. The final chapters read more like the most incredible author‘s note. It‘s tremendous. Do not be put off by its length. Plus, the reader, Avery Brooks, has the most incredible voice.

violabrain I read this a couple years back and I agree with your assessment completely! Great book! 2y
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Am I intimidated by a 30 hour audiobook? No way! I‘m going in. 📚📚📚🎧

ozma.of.oz You can do it! 👍🏻👍🏻 2y
crhealey It‘s so good! I‘m sure it‘s worth it! 2y
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