Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking: A Memoir of Food and Longing by Anya von Bremzen

I'm one of those people that will sit and talk anyone's ear off about food, especially my favorite restaurants over the years. I love the idea of food as a way to move through the story of one's life, and a way to move through the story of a country. I love the play on... 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 →

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 →

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 →

Please Don't Go Before I Get Better: Poems by Madisen Kuhn

That title. I am a sucker for a title like that. My favorite poems tend to be those that are a little raw by nature. They tend to break my heart a little. I've rarely been one for a happy poem. That title drew me right in to a collection I knew I'd enjoy. As... Continue Reading →

A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray (Read Harder Task 7)

A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray I've never been one to do a reading challenge in order, and so this year's first Read Harder book is for task #7, read a historical fiction not set in WWII. A Great and Terrible Beauty is set in Victorian England, a YA novel with some magical... 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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