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 →

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 →

How I Discovered Poetry by Marilyn Nelson

The format and style of this memoir is a lot like Jacqueline Woodson"s brown girl dreaming. The particular setting and type of story is a little different but it's also a Civil Rights era memoir written by a WOC entirely in poetry. Given all those descriptors, one would think that they would be similar, but... Continue Reading →

The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

I'd heard the title before, but decided to read The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet for Read Harder's task 23. I have to admit that the title is intriguing but I hadn't considered it my kind of sci-fi before. Not that I can really categorize what my kind of sci-fi is, I just... Continue Reading →

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

Thank you to all those people on Goodreads that said this was a good option for Read Harder's task 13, a book by or about someone that identifies as neurodiverse. Stella, one of the two protagonists, is autistic and has some opinions about how her "labels" affect her relationships with people. She's one of my... Continue Reading →

Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel

I first heard of Alison Bechdel in combination with the Bechdel test a few years ago. I picked up her memoir for Read Harder's task 21, a comic by an LGBQIA creator. Bechdel's career started with the comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For, and she later wrote this memoir in comic form. I appreciate... Continue Reading →

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez

There are so many parts of this story that I really identified with. I'm that daughter that didn't want to stay home. I wasn't really one for college or general disobedience, but I was never going to live that close to my family or do things just because they were expected. More than that, it's... Continue Reading →

Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman

An obvious choice that took me far too long to come to for Read Harder this year. Orange is the New Black was a great pick for a book written in prison.

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