Read Harder – January Progress

The first month of Read Harder is over! Both Sophia and myself are a quarter of the way through, and even my husband didn’t do to shabbily with two books. We even managed to knock out one of the tasks across the board! ~ #17 – Non-superhero graphic novel < 3 years old.

All three of us also are “in progress” for #18 – Movie adaptation. Sophia is the only one who’s actually finished it, but my husband and I have both watched movies (Life of Pi and The Martian, respectively), and now need to read the books. I know it’s a bit backward, but it just happened to work out that way.

Emma: Of the six books I read in January, two stood out to me:
Gold Fame Citrus wasn’t what I was expecting, but it was an interesting read. It was rough and brittle and spare; less about the overall devastation caused by the drought, and more about how it affected the people who live in it (you know me and my love of psychological character studies). Aspects of Luz’s character reminded me of Ana from Hausfrau – the selfishness and wallowing in a situation neither woman wanted to take control of. It’s not a book for everyone, but beautiful nonetheless.
Velvet: Before the Living End was awesome! What if Miss Moneypenny was more than just a secretary? You’d get Velvet. Framed for a murder, embroiled in a conspiracy, she goes up against the spy agency she’s worked at for over 20 years in an attempt to unravel what happened.

Sophia: The two most notable reads for me this month were The Haunting of Hill House and Furiously Happy.  I’ve recently started reading more horror, which honestly as a genre always intimidated me (I’m a wimp), but this Shirley Jackson classic was perfect.  It hit all the right spooky and psychological notes without gratuitous gore.  And Furiously Happy was just an experience from start to finish.  Jenny Lawson had me crying laughing and sometimes just crying.

Without further ado:

Me 6/24
My Husband 2/24
Sophia 7/24

#1 – Horror book

anna dressed in blood slade house

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
Slade House by David Mitchell

#2 – Nonfiction science book


A is for Arsenic: The Poisons of Agatha Christie by Kathryn Harkup

#4 – Read aloud to someone else

tiny hamster

Tiny Hamster is a Giant Monster by Joel Jensen and Joseph Matsushima (picture book)

#5 – Middle grade novel


The Boundless by Kenneth Oppel

#7 – Dystopian / post-apocalyptic

gold fame citrus exheroes

Gold Fame Citrus by Claire Vaye Watkins
Ex-Heroes by Peter Clines

#9 – Audie award winner

not father's son

Not My Father’s Son: A Memoir by Alan Cumming

#11 – A book < 100 pages


We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

#17 – Non-superhero graphic novel < 3 years old

velvet 1 letter 44 3 get jiro 2

Velvet: Before the Living End by Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting
Letter 44 Volume 3: Dark Matter by Charles Soule and Dan Jackson
Get Jiro: Blood and Sushi by Anthony Bourdain and Joel Rose

#18 – Movie adaptation

haunting hill house

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

#19 – Nonfiction feminism or feminist-themed

hunger modern girl

Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl by Carrie Brownstein

#24 – Author or main character has mental illness

furiously happy

Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson

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