Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Review: I look forward to the day when this book has been added to American Literature classes all over the country. It beautifully captures so much of our history and the alternatives that life could have taken. Homegoing focuses on the African and slave experiences but I’m sure many Americans of all races can look back and see a dividing point when their families decided to … Continue reading Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

United: An Alienated Novel by Melissa Landers

Review:  United is the final book of the Alienated series by Melissa Landers. As a whole, the series has been fun, even though the love story is a bit nauseatingly adorable at times. It’s the world building that really makes the series worth reading. As you might remember from Alienated and Invaded, there is much more at stake than simply whether or not the two main characters or … Continue reading United: An Alienated Novel by Melissa Landers

Still Alice by Lisa Genova

Review: Still Alice is a great book. I’ve heard Alzheimer’s disease described before and had a grandmother who suffered from dementia in her 90’s, but sometimes there’s nothing quite like a novel to help me understand what something is like. Its the beauty of books and the concept of “living a thousand lives”, right? The story is told from the third person perspective but focuses … Continue reading Still Alice by Lisa Genova

The Breaking Light by Heather Hanson

Review: This is a fun little Romeo and Juliet story. I know, fun and Romeo and Juliet story don’t really belong in the same sentence, but trust me here. It’s pretty obvious from the description that I had read on Amazon that it was going to go this way too, but it’s not entirely predictable either. Hanson changes just enough to leave a little doubt … Continue reading The Breaking Light by Heather Hanson

The Floating Garden by Emma Ashmere

Review: The Floating Garden was a last minute find to replace my original Read Harder 2017 Task 21, book published by a micropress. I just wasn’t into the book I had originally chosen and life is too short to read books you’re not excited about, right? Looking for a late replacement, I just went over to Goodreads and just searched for something that was in … Continue reading The Floating Garden by Emma Ashmere

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Review: I remember all the praise this book was getting a few years ago but still didn’t expect to like it quite as much as I did. Usually, I need likable characters to like a book but I’m willing to call this a special exception. I didn’t really like anyone or anyone they were pretending to be. But I did like the concept that every … Continue reading Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

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