The Other Americans by Laila Lalami

I picked up The Other Americans as one of my Read Harder books. It's for task three because the victim in this mystery is not a woman. I loved everything about this book because it is one of those fictions we have that tell us the truth. More than that, the writing is magnificent. The... Continue Reading →

Bookish Thoughts for St. Valentine's Day

Spoilers for the Shatter Me series, the Lunar Chronicles, the Kiss Quotient series, Persuasion, and Alexandria Ripley's Scarlett. I've never really been one of those people who celebrate St. Valentine's Day. I hate crowded restaurants. Forcing someone to buy me something to prove they love me on a specific day doesn't appeal to me. Flowers... Continue Reading →

The Bride Test by Helen Hoang

I'm pretty sure Helen Hoang is my favorite romance author of all time. Ok, I don't read a lot of romance or maybe any other romance, but when another one appeared on the Read Harder list this year, she's the first author I thought of. Even better, she actually had a book that fit the... Continue Reading →

The Deep by Rivers Solomon

I found The Deep when looking for a book for Read Harder 2020 Task 2, read a retelling of a classic of canon, fairytale, or myth by an author of color. I have a thing about mermaids. I have always loved them. The Little Mermaid was my favorite story when I was a kid and... Continue Reading →

A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray (Read Harder Task 7)

A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray I've never been one to do a reading challenge in order, and so this year's first Read Harder book is for task #7, read a historical fiction not set in WWII. A Great and Terrible Beauty is set in Victorian England, a YA novel with some magical... Continue Reading →

Restore Me and Defy Me by Tahereh Mafi

There are very few stories or characters that I've gone back to more than these. I don't know what it was about Juliette and Warner that drew me in so much. I remember being so annoyed by the shift in Juliette's attention back in Unravel Me. I loved the first trilogy but I tried not... Continue Reading →

Still I Miss You by Inês Pedrosa, translated by Andrea Rosenberg

As the title suggests, Still I Miss You is about two estranged people who have cared about each other. It had been one of my WIT Month reads last year that I never got a chance to share with everyone on account of my hiatus. More than a story about these two people or the... Continue Reading →

The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf by Ambelin Kwaymullinav

It took forever to settle on a book for the 2019 Read Harder task 8, an #ownvoices book set in Oceania. The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf is a dystopian set in Australia and I picked up the second book as soon as I finished the first. I was behind in the challenge, though and waited... Continue Reading →

Nursery Crimes by Ayelet Waldman

I have to admit, this was a ridiculous amount of fun. It hit a few little guilty pleasure nerves that made this mystery much more fun than normal. I have to admit, the genre is kind of growing on me over the last few years. It's this one along with The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow... Continue Reading →

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