Watching Elijah (Fall Short North #1) by Amy Spector: This short story was for the ‘Read a book that is set within 100 miles of your location’ task for Read Harder. It’s a simple story about moving past the terrible things that life throws at you and finding happiness on the other side. Set in my city, this short story was a breeze to read and engaging. I loved all the little details that screamed The Short North to me! I’d highly recommend this novella!
The House of the Spirits by Isabell Allende: Oh man, The House of the Spirits. I chose this as my ‘reread’ task for Read Harder because I remember loving this translated novel when I first read it in high school and then when I read it in the original Spanish in college. Well, I have to say that I’m not sure this holds up for me anymore. I know that my politics have changed and I’ve become even more strident with age and parenthood but the actions some of the main characters take I cannot support and the class issues are impossible to ignore. All in all, I’m a bit disappointed I reread this and the varnish of memory is gone. Island Beneath the Sea and Daughter of Fortune are Allende books I have read more recently and I’d recommend.
Labyrinth Lost (Brooklyn Brujas #1) by Zoraida Cordova: Alex is a bruja, the most powerful witch in a generation…and she hates magic. At her Deathday celebration, Alex performs a spell to rid herself of her power; which, of course does not go as planned. I really enjoyed this book and found it to be really inventive in the fantasy genre. There’s a bisexual love triangle that is smartly, and normally, handled.
Let The Words by Yona Wallach: My LAST Read Harder 2017 book! I am so glad to have finished this challenge for this year! However, I do regret leaving the genre I connect with the absolute least, poetry, to last. I really struggled with this free form collection of poetry, but as always, am glad for this genre which helped me stretch.
Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde: This was something I suggested for book club but I ended up missing it as I had the date wrong. What a bummer! I enjoyed reading this classic collection of feminist essays and value Lorde’s perspective on the intersection of race and gender in American society (and how it needs to be radically altered).