Illustrated Harry Potter 1-4

For the first time in his young life, I've been able to really read with my son. It took a while to get him to the place where he wasn't dreading the experience and I tend to give up after a chapter or two if he does, but then lockdown.... I'm kidding, it wasn't lockdown... Continue Reading →

I found Freshwater for Read Harder, task 11. This is a debut novel by a queer author that was recommended by Book Riot. It was just the right book for the way I was feeling too. I had taken a bit of time off to get over the end of the Shatter Me series and... Continue Reading →

Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian

I originally thought this was going to be an interesting retelling of Cinderella, which excited me a lot after Cinder became my all time favorite retelling collection, but this is actually so much better than a retelling. The book is more fantasy than I normally read, but I had been more intrigued whenever I read... 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 →

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 →

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 Price of Paradise by Susana López Rubio, translated by Achy Obejas

This is not normally my kind of romance and even though I wasn't head over heels about it, I did enjoy this book. The Price of Paradise takes place in that long gone time in Cuba before Castro. Though it's often romanticized, I appreciate that this story brings back the memory of how thick the... Continue Reading →

Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan

A beautiful story of losing everything and figuring out what's important.

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