The book’s hook is the fire that broke out in the library in 1986. Interwoven is the story of Harry Peak, the only ever suspect in the case. Harry Peak really isn’t a sympathetic character (to me, at least)
And lo! The penultimate Read Harder book: number 13 – a book by or about someone that identifies as neurodiverse.
How to describe these memoirs? They are alternatively absolutely hilarious and mind numbingly dull. She is obviously incredibly privileged and it comes across in really funny ways throughout the memoirs.
The plot revolves Keiko, who lives in Tokyo and works at a convenient store. I don’t want to label her as not neurotypical (as she doesn’t herself) but she clearly doesn’t fit the traditional role of a woman in that society.
I don’t think I know enough about poetry to have sensible opinions. But I was drawn to this collection for the Read Harder challenge because of the association with women and fandom in general. The collection defines the term, which is slight different than the context I know it from: “Coined by Paula Smith in …
Like the two previous novels, the author takes elements of fantasy and mixes them in with the real word. In this case it’s Mayan gods alive in Mexico during the jazz age.
So I picked this novella up for the Read Harder challenge, which was a book of romance by an author of colour. Romance is really not my bag, so it was dreading this category a little bit. I searched the Good Reads Read Harder recommendations and decided on The Perilous Life of Jade Yeo by Zen Cho
So this is another one of the Read Harder challenge, this time reading a book about mythology or folklore. As A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes is a retelling of the fall of Troy but from a women’s perspective, I felt it fit the bill
It’s at some distant point in the future, where ‘The Reckoning’ happened (which vaguely sounds like some catastrophic climate change and something else. It was a bit like Trail of Lightening in that it used (presumably) mythology from the Palyku people of the Pilbara region of Western Australia.
For the uninitiated, Usagi is a ronin and travels throughout the land, often helping out those in need or just generally getting into trouble. It’s based on the Edo Period in Japan but all the characters are different animals (with most natives of Japan itself).