The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead: “In Whitehead’s ingenious conception, the Underground Railroad is no mere metaphor – engineers and conductors operate a secret network of tracks and tunnels beneath the Southern soil” (via). I found parts of this book incredibly heavy and hard to read – but it is absolutely vital reading. I love historical fiction and this novel is brilliantly conceived and flawlessly delivered.
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien: We were reading this aloud but our little dude stopped being able to listen and eat at bedtime a few months ago. We were only 30 or so pages from finishing so I knocked it out myself.
The $100 Start Up by Chris Guillebeau: This was my first book on tape from library and I could not have picked a duller one. This is billed as having been “distilled into one easy-to-use guide, are the most valuable lessons from those who’ve learned how to turn what they do into a gateway to self-fulfillment. It’s all about finding the intersection between your “expertise” – even if you don’t consider it such — and what other people will pay for” (via). I found it incredibly repetitive and would not recommend it.
*Six of Crows by Leila Bardugo: I cannot summarize this book quickly…and neither can Goodreads! Ha! This book was recommended to me by several smart booking loving women and I was eager for it come off the waiting list from the library. The hype is WORTH IT. Bardugo has successfully built an incredible world of magic, mayhem and many tender souls I fell in love with. If you enjoy fantasy, you’ve probably already heard of this one. But, if you haven’t – READ IT.
*The Color Purple by Alice Walker: This satisfied three categories for me, a book that is frequently banned in your country, a classic by an author of color and a story where all the point of view characters are characters of color. I’d still really like to read Black Boy this year as I feel like that is part of my ‘classics education’ that is still missing. I did not read the Color Purple in high school because I was in a different track so I’m really grateful for the Read Harder challenge to push me to pick up this book. “Taking place mostly in rural Georgia, the story focuses on the life of women of color in the southern United States in the 1930s, addressing numerous issues including their exceedingly low position in American social culture” (via). While not a comfortable story to read, it is an incredibly important one. There’s a reason Walker is required reading.
*denotes Read Harder 2017 entry