Struggling with my perceived dichotomies

I know the world is not as simple as black and white but sometimes I find myself between two extremes that I want to be at and it can be rather infuriating. This blog is about books and balance and all my life's interests in this strange amalgamation and some of my life is driving... Continue Reading →

Chinese Cinderella: The True Story of an Unwanted Daughter by Adeline Yen Mah

Given my love of memoir, I knew that I had to find one for Read Harder's first task, a YA nonfiction book. It took a while to find a memoir that was YA, but it was a worthwhile effort. Chinese Cinderella is about a little girl who pretty much lived out Cinderella's story with a... Continue Reading →

Listen, Slowly by Thanhha Lai

Books like this are the entire reason I love the Read Harder Challenge. I picked this one up for task 20, a middle grade book that doesn't take place in the US or UK. This book takes place in Viet Nam. It's about a 12 year old Vietnamese American girl who goes back to Viet... Continue Reading →

Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, translation and commentary by Sri Swami Satchinanda

I am fully convinced that I must read the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali once a year for the rest of my life. I started out understanding quite a bit but was completely lost by the time I reached samadhi. COMPLETELY. Still, this is a book of practice and not meant to be understood on a... Continue Reading →

The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women by Kate Moore

The Radium Girls is the one of those chilling true stories that have the power to haunt us in more ways than one. Personally, I never feel terribly certain that I'm safe when it comes to occupational health and safety. I don't know if it's growing up around too many stories of people not getting... Continue Reading →

March International Days

This is by far the biggest month of International Days according to the UN. Unfortunately, I don't actually have books for all of them. Nevertheless, let's check them out. 1 March Zero Discrimination Day  [UNAIDS] Here are my Top Ten books about discrimination: I Am Malala - discrimination against girls in gaining their educationDevotion and... Continue Reading →

Anthem by Ayn Rand

I found this novella for Read Harder's task 17, a sci-fi/fantasy novella. I originally wanted to read the last of the Binti books for this one, since I read the first one for Read Harder last year (task 5, a book by an author of color about or set in space), but the last one... Continue Reading →

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 →

Broad Band: The Untold Story of the Women Who Made the Internet by Claire L. Evans

As with When Women Ruled the World, I love it when books bring to light the unsung women who were always there, making history right alongside men. Too many stories leave us out, forgetting our contributions or demoting their importance to the overall goal. We may never know all the women that history has forgotten... Continue Reading →

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