Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Review: I had seen the previews for the movie based on Before I Fall a while back, which is what prompted me to read this. I’m a fan of time loop movies and such ever since Groundhog’s Day so long ago. I even love the Supernatural episode “Mystery Spot” where one character dies over and over again in ever more creative ways. Not that this one … Continue reading Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

X: A Novel by Ilyasah Shabazz

Review: I’ll go ahead and admit up front that I am not all that familiar with Malcolm X. I know who he is and that he was a Civil Rights activist and he was portrayed by Denzel Washington in the 1992 movie named after him but that’s about it. I didn’t even know that his birth last name had been Little or that he was … Continue reading X: A Novel by Ilyasah Shabazz

A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

Review: I had been looking for an audiobook to replace Ana Castillo’s So Far From God as my task 19 for Read Harder. I still plan on reading Castillo, but I had more books to read to wrap up my challenges than time to read coming up. I replaced two books with audiobooks and hope to be able to get everything in. This is my new pick for … Continue reading A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

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 US citizen who happens to be on Mexico for a … Continue reading Prayers for the Stolen by Jennifer Clement

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

Review:  When Dimple Met Rishi is a fun little love story. Dimple and Rishi are both adorable characters and I immediately fell in love with both of them. Rishi is the kind of guy who is cares about what’s important to the girl he’s interested in and though he may seem like a doormat in reference to most of her wishes, he is absolutely not a … Continue reading When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Review: I can’t even begin to express how much I was creeped out by this book. Fortunately, I probably don’t have to. I’d had it on my TBR for a while because everyone was raving about it but the cover screamed Puritans and I really couldn’t stand either The Scarlet Letter or The Crucible, so I didn’t see myself liking this one a bunch. But Read Harder came … Continue reading The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab

Review:  After finishing the first book in the Shades of Magic, A Darker Shade of Magic, I jumped right into this one. As mentioned before, I loved the characters and this one not only introduced a few new ones, but let us see some more of my favorite second tier characters. *Some spoilers for the first book, and maybe a small one for this book* Kell and … Continue reading A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

Review:  I probably wouldn’t have picked up A Darker Shade of Magic if not for it’s sequel. I didn’t read them out of order and it’s be safe to expect the review for A Gathering of Shadows to come out next week, but it was this second title that grasped my attention. I’m not a big fantasy fan and tend to avoid books with magic in them but … Continue reading A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel by Sara Farizan

Review:   Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel is one of those rare YA books that is delightfully high school. The story is told from the first person POV of Leila so all the other characters only develop as far as her relationship with them does. And there is some development for most of the characters. What makes it delightfully high school is the … Continue reading Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel by Sara Farizan

The Girl in the Road by Monica Byrne

Review:  This was a really weird story set in the near future. I liked it, but it was really weird. The protagonist, Meena, is a woman on the run and quite disturbed. It’s told in the first person with time jumps between Meena and another woman who predates her, Miriama. The narrative seems confusing at first, but the women are still mentally working through some … Continue reading The Girl in the Road by Monica Byrne