I, Rigoberta Menchú: An Indian Woman in Guatemala by Rigoberta Menchú, translated by Ann Wright

Review:  I, Rigoberta Menchu is listed as a “testimonial biography”, biography, and a memoir. Elisabeth Burgos-Debray, who wrote it down for her, calls it a narrative. Menchu narrated her story for Burgos and it is written in the first person. I had read another narrative by an activist when I was writing my old blog, it was The Narrative of Sojourner Truth. Since it’s consistently listed as … Continue reading I, Rigoberta Menchú: An Indian Woman in Guatemala by Rigoberta Menchú, translated by Ann Wright

Femme Friday: Translated Poets

Translation is never easy but I have a feeling that translating poetry is even more difficult than normal. There is the cadence of the poem and all the hidden meanings behind word usage to consider. I don’t envy a translator in general, but it must take a special kind of professional to throw themselves into the poetry of another language and try to come out … Continue reading Femme Friday: Translated Poets

Swimming to Antarctica: Tales of Long Distance Swimmer by Lynne Cox

Review: I had no idea this was even possible! I picked up the book as my Read Harder 2017 Task 1: Read a book about sports. Swimming is my favorite sport to participate in, mostly because I’m so introverted that I love the solitary nature of it. It’s also one of the few exercises that you can do right and not feel pain for days … Continue reading Swimming to Antarctica: Tales of Long Distance Swimmer by Lynne Cox

The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts by Maxine Hong Kingston

Review: In the world of memoirs, this one was a little difficult for me to rate. I was confused for a decent portion of it, not sure whether this was fiction or nonfiction at times. I had chosen it as part of the Read Harder Challenge for this year, task 17: read a classic by a woman of color. I suppose I could have counted Kindred … Continue reading The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts by Maxine Hong Kingston

Zodiac by Romina Russell

Review: I’ll be honest, I was with this book for about the first three quarters of it. And then it lost me. Actually, I was really enjoying it, despite the typical YA love triangle and a nobody who becomes the last hope of civilization. It’s YA, I get it. (Disclaimer: I LOVE young adult books, but there are those who happen to be coming of … Continue reading Zodiac by Romina Russell

The Archived by Victoria Schwab

Review: This is an entertaining YA fantasy. I put it on my Read Harder 2017 list for task 15: Read a YA or middle grade novel by an author who identifies as LGBTQ+. To discover author’s that fit into this category, I took advice from the Goodreads group on the Read Harder challenge which has Schwab mentioned as an author who is LGBTQ+.  I’ve been wanting to … Continue reading The Archived by Victoria Schwab

This Child Will Be Great: Memoir of a Remarkable Life by Africa’s First Woman President by Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Review: President Sirleaf is one of the Nobel Prize winning women that I challenged myself to read last October. I had first heard her name in the memoir of one of her co-winners, Leymah Gbowee, that I had reviewed here for the blog I had before this one. Because of that, I was a little familiar with the civil wars that tore Liberia apart for … Continue reading This Child Will Be Great: Memoir of a Remarkable Life by Africa’s First Woman President by Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

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

Dear Zari: The Secret Lives of the Women of Afghanistan by Zarghuna Kargar

Review:  Kargar shares some fascination and mostly heartbreaking stories that she had collected while producing The Afghan Women’s Hour on BBC for five years. I’d had this book on my to read list for a while and even put it on both my Litsy A to Z (Letter D) and Read Harder (Task 24: Read a book wherein all point of view characters all people of … Continue reading Dear Zari: The Secret Lives of the Women of Afghanistan by Zarghuna Kargar

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