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 →

When Women Ruled the World: Six Queens of Egypt by Kara Cooney

I love books like this, books that remind us of the powerful women who came before us, successful or not, and broke down glass ceilings before the term was ever invented. They remind us that the problems we face today with women and power aren't new or nearly as nuanced as people want to believe.... 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 →

February Observances and Holidays

Continuing with the thought process in January that these observances and holidays are around for a reason and there is a lot of good information about them, here are the February dates! Click here to go the full list. 4 February World Cancer Day¬†[WHO] While most of us know the word cancer, there's also quite... 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 →

Tomorrow Will Be Different: Love, Loss, and the Fight for Trans Equality by Sarah McBride

I love this title too. It's the "different". We can't always guarantee that the work we do and the strides we make will end up making things better, but your struggle will be different from mine and maybe we'll end up in a place where our identities don't heap specific struggles on us. I like... Continue Reading →

Life in a Jar: The Irena Sendler Project by Jack Mayer

I had heard of Irena Sendler and her amazing work prior to picking up this book, but somewhere in the middle I realized that it was still only because of the events in this book that I had heard of her at all. Prior to Life in a Jar, which started out as a high... Continue Reading →

Books for International Days

Books mentioned for January International and US observances I know, I know, I said I was throwing out the schedule and I am. But also, have you ever looked at the list of International Days at the UN website? Click here to go the full list and check out all the days. For now, let's... Continue Reading →

Read Harder and 2019

Read Harder 2019 Goodreads Shelf I was looking for options for the 2020 Read Harder challenge and realized that I never did mention that I finished the 2019 challenge. I didn't get a chance to review all the books that I read for it because of the hiatus. I thought about maybe extending some over... Continue Reading →

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