Chinese Cinderella: The True Story of an Unwanted Daughter by Adeline Yen Mah

Given my love of memoir, I knew that I had to find one for Read Harder's first task, a YA nonfiction book. It took a while to find a memoir that was YA, but it was a worthwhile effort. Chinese Cinderella is about a little girl who pretty much lived out Cinderella's story with a... Continue Reading →

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 →

Anthem by Ayn Rand

I found this novella for Read Harder's task 17, a sci-fi/fantasy novella. I originally wanted to read the last of the Binti books for this one, since I read the first one for Read Harder last year (task 5, a book by an author of color about or set in space), but the last one... Continue Reading →

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 →

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