A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

Review: It was great to revisit this classic! I reread it for the Read Harder 2017 task 9: Read a book you’ve read before. I had chosen this one because I remember it being the first book that I enjoyed reading on my own. It happened to be that it was required reading for school, which was the only reason I began it in the … Continue reading A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

A Small Revolution by Jimin Han

Review: This is a pleasant surprise. It’s a Kindle First book I got a few months ago, along with the audio upgrade, that had so much more to it than I expected. At it’s core the story is about four college girls who are held captive by a guy with a gun for reasons that blur between the personal and the political. But this isn’t about … Continue reading A Small Revolution by Jimin Han

Bloodchild and other Stories by Octavia E. Butler

Review: This is the first of Butler’s work that I’ve read, or listened to in this case. The narrator is Janina Edwards. I listened to it on the Prime Channel “Worlds Away: Sci-Fi Classics” and am so glad I saw it there. I decided to make this my Task 22 for Read Harder 2017, Read a collection of stories by a woman. I was going … Continue reading Bloodchild and other Stories by Octavia E. Butler

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

After having read the book, I really don’t like any of the descriptions for it from the book sites and so would rather include an excerpt on its inspiration from the Wikipedia page for the book: Nabokov adds that “the initial shiver of inspiration” for Lolita “was somehow prompted by a newspaper story about an ape in the Jardin des Plantes who, after months of … Continue reading Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

The Good Girl by Mary Kubica

Review: This was an interesting book that didn’t turn out to be at all what I expected. One night, Mia Dennett enters a bar to meet her on-again, off-again boyfriend. But when he doesn’t show, she unwisely leaves with an enigmatic stranger. At first Colin Thatcher seems like a safe one-night stand. But following Colin home will turn out to be the worst mistake of … Continue reading The Good Girl by Mary Kubica

Echo (Soul Seekers #2) by Alyson Noel

Review: I read and reviewed the first book of the Soul Seekers series here. I liked it enough to continue and look forward to the third book now that I’ve finished this one. There’s still so much Daire Santos has to learn about being the last Soul Seeker….and about herself. As her magical training becomes more intense, so does her relationship with Dace. But when … Continue reading Echo (Soul Seekers #2) by Alyson Noel

Just Listen by Sarah Dessen

Review: This was a much better book than I expected. The way it handled serious issues was careful and deliberate. Trigger warnings for rape and sexual assault. To find the truth you’ve got to be willing to hear it. When she’s modeling, Annabel is the picture of perfection. But her real life is far from perfect. Fortunately, she’s got Owen. He’s intense, music-obsessed, and dedicated … Continue reading Just Listen by Sarah Dessen

The Marvelous Misadventures of Ingrid Winter by J.S. Drangsholt, translated by Tara F. Chace

Review: This was a great palate cleaner after a series of intense nonfiction reads. It was light and fun and I really enjoyed diving into Ingrid’s unique flavor of crazy. Ingrid Winter is desperately trying to hold it all together. A neurotic Norwegian mother of three small children and an overworked literature professor with an overactive imagination, Ingrid feels like her life’s always on the … Continue reading The Marvelous Misadventures of Ingrid Winter by J.S. Drangsholt, translated by Tara F. Chace

The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

Review: Never have I read a book that so succinctly turns every trope on it’s head. I absolutely loved it! Every year, the people of the Protectorate leave a baby as an offering to the witch who lives in the forest. They hope this sacrifice will keep her from terrorizing their town. But the witch in the forest, Xan, is kind and gentle. She shares … Continue reading The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill