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

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

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

The Lake by Banana Yoshimoto, translated by Michael Emmerich

Review: The Lake was much more enjoyable than I thought it would be. I didn’t really know what to expect. As usual, I read the description when I first chose to put the book on my TBR and didn’t bother looking at it again when I sat down to read it. What’s the point, I already knew I was interested. I have to say that … Continue reading The Lake by Banana Yoshimoto, translated by Michael Emmerich

Sultana’s Dream by Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain, translated by Roushan Jahan

Review:  Sultana’s Dream is actually a short story and not a whole book, which I didn’t realize until it came to an abrupt end. It’s about a woman’s dream of an utopian society of women who took over the running of their from the men after they suffered a massive military defeat. The story of how the women came to power is my favorite part of … Continue reading Sultana’s Dream by Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain, translated by Roushan Jahan

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