Letters of a Woman Homesteader by Elinore Pruitt Stewart

Stars: 3 of 5 Letters of a Woman Homesteader is my Read Harder 2019 pick for Task 1. I had thought about Jane Austen's Lady Susan, which is also an epistolary, but I liked the idea of a true story better. Also, I loved that someone compiled Stewart's letters into this collection that serves as a kind of memoir of … Continue reading Letters of a Woman Homesteader by Elinore Pruitt Stewart

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In My Shoes: A Memoir by Tamara Mellon

Stars: 4 of 5 In My Shoes is my business book for Read Harder 2019's task 17. I wasn't sure if it had to be a book about how to run a business, but this one does that too. This is Mellon's memoir of her time at Jimmy Choo. I had no idea what all went into … Continue reading In My Shoes: A Memoir by Tamara Mellon

Great by Sara Benincasa

Stars: 3 out of 5 Spoilers ahead for anyone not familiar with the original story of The Great Gatsby. Great is my final book for Read Harder 2018! It's a stand-in for the The Great Gatsby which I totally hated in school for two reasons. First of all, despite that Read Harder made task 24 … Continue reading Great by Sara Benincasa

Women Who Run with the Wolves Myths & Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype by Clarissa Pinkola Estés

Review: I really need to get better about reading the synopses of books before I pick them up. Then again, I'd probably miss out on so many great books that I just love the titles of. This is my last Read Harder book of the year, for task 20, a book with a cover you … Continue reading Women Who Run with the Wolves Myths & Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype by Clarissa Pinkola Estés

Animosity Volume 1: The Wake

Review: I picked up Animosity for Read Harder this year. It's my comic that isn't published by Marvel, DC, or Image, task 18. I know it seems impossible to find sometimes, but there are quite a few good ones. I have them separated in the comics tab by label too, just in case anyone is … Continue reading Animosity Volume 1: The Wake

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

Review: I don't know if I mentioned it before, but I do love Jane Austen. It's probably obvious, given the general topic of this blog, but still. I had been one of those people for years who took for granted how revolutionary she was and thought of her not as a predecessor to women writers … Continue reading Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

Like a Mule Bringing Ice Cream to the Sun by Sarah Ladipo Manyika

Review: I admit that I don't quite get the title but I do totally love Morayo. This is one of the books I chose for Read Harder 2018, task 23, a book with a female protagonist over the age of 60. I chose two books for it because they were both smaller books. Like  a Mule … Continue reading Like a Mule Bringing Ice Cream to the Sun by Sarah Ladipo Manyika

The Birdwoman’s Palate by Laksmi Pamuntjak, translated by Tiffany Tsao

Review: This was supposed to be one of my WIT books this year, but my August fell apart and I was grateful to have worked far enough ahead of the Bible posts to get anything posted last month. Despite the timing not working out, though, I am so glad I read this book. Not only … Continue reading The Birdwoman’s Palate by Laksmi Pamuntjak, translated by Tiffany Tsao

The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race

Review:  I tried listening to this on audiobook first but kept feeling like I was missing things. I am so glad I stopped and went back to print. This collection of essays and poems has so much to say and I'm glad to have finally read it. I'm also glad to have given time to … Continue reading The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race

The Queue by Basma Abdel Aziz

Review:  I'll be honest, I didn't entirely understand the ending of this book, but didn't diminish its value to me at all. Sometimes, I just don't get where certain stories are coming from. They happen to be outside of my ability to relate while being incredibly intriguing. The thing about the Queue is that is … Continue reading The Queue by Basma Abdel Aziz