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 →

The Widows of Malabar Hill by Sujata Massey

Review:  This was a lot of fun! First of all, 1920's India is not exactly a time and place my reading has taken me to before, so there was a lot of new things to discover. It deals a bit with the way the religions interacted at the time and some of the progressive changes... Continue Reading →

Pavilion of Women by Pearl Buck

Review:  This is my first Pearl Buck novel, but certainly won't be my last. She is one of the Nobel laureates in literature and this title was irresistible. I had originally planned to read The Good Earth because it would also fit into this year's Read Harder challenge since it was a part Oprah's Book Club... Continue Reading →

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy

Review:  I have to admit that I didn't really get this one. I love Roy's style and enjoyed the book, but I'm not entirely certain I understood it. I think it would make a great book club book for discussion and perspectives because there is so much to digest here. Maybe it'll end up as... Continue Reading →

TTT: Top Ten Books Set in Another Country

A while back we did Top Ten Books Set Outside the US, but I won't be repeating any books from that list today! My reading has actually come a really long way since then and I had a lot of trouble deciding between doing fiction again or doing a post entirely on non-fiction in general... Continue Reading →

Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina by Michaela and Elaine DePrince

Review:  Okay, so I didn't even read the description before picking this one up. First of all, how could I resist that title? It just feels so freeing. It makes the song Defying Gravity play through my head and I just can't even. Then there's the cover. She looks just exactly the way the title makes... Continue Reading →

The Floating Garden by Emma Ashmere

Review: The Floating Garden was a last minute find to replace my original Read Harder 2017 Task 21, book published by a micropress. I just wasn't into the book I had originally chosen and life is too short to read books you're not excited about, right? Looking for a late replacement, I just went over... Continue Reading →

Prayers for the Stolen by Jennifer Clement

Review: I would love to see Prayers for the Stolen  turned into a movie. It's not typically Hollywood, but I'd love to see the landscapes and contrasts on the big screen and I love the story, especially the end. The story revolves around several issues in Mexico that are usually backdrops to the problem of the... Continue Reading →

Beijing Bastard: Into the Wilds of a Changing China by Val Wang

Review: I have to admit, I love the idea of finding yourself by going back to the place that your parents fled. While that may not have been the actual reason for Wang to go back to China, it certainly seemed to be what she got out of it. I listened to the audiobook, read... Continue Reading →

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