Saturday, June 30, 2018

Book Riot's 2018 Read Harder Challenge - June Update: The Hidden Blade & A Conspiracy in Belgravia


It's already the end of June - meaning 12 of the 24 tasks for Book Riot's 2018 Read Harder Challenge are complete!  The tasks I completed required me to read a romance novel by or about a person of color and a mystery by a person of color or LGBTQ+ author.  For the tasks, I selected The Hidden Blade (The Heart of Blade Duology #1) by Sherry Thomas and A Conspiracy in Belgravia (Lady Sherlock #2) by Sherry Thomas respectively.  Read on to see my mini reviews and what's next for July:



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I wouldn't exactly say that historical romance is my go to genre, but The Hidden Blade by Sherry Thomas really surprised me. As it turns out, it was exactly up my alley - think Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon meets Downton Abbey. I particularly enjoyed getting to know her cast of characters as they face the challenges coming to them. Both Ying-ying and Leighton are equally fascinating and are equally well-developed as they each feel like they could walk right off of the page. The diversity in this historical fiction novel is quite refreshing and the settings are all vibrant. I will need to read book two of The Heart of Blade Duology, My Beautiful Enemy.

I read this novel from June 5 - 8, 2018 and my review is also on Goodreads.



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Sherry Thomas is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors - I've particularly enjoyed the first novel in her Heart of Blade Duology and her take on Sherlock Holmes is easily one of my all time favorites. As a huge fan of the classic character, I found myself pleasantly surprised by A Study in Scarlet Women and I was so excited to try the sequel to the Lady Sherlock series, A Conspiracy in Belgravia. Luckily for me the sequel was just a brilliant as book one and I absolutely thoroughly enjoyed being back in Charlotte's world and with all of these characters again. Long story short but if you love this iconic detective you need to dive into the Lady Sherlock series by Sherry Thomas. I can't wait for the release of book three, The Hollow of Fear.


I listened to this audiobook from June 18 - 23, 2018 and my review is also on Goodreads.


Next Up For July:

An essay anthology 


My choice: Supernatural and Philosophy: Metaphysics and Monsters... For Idjits edited by Galen A. Foreman - I've other books in the Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture series and they've all been fascinating, so of course as soon as I realized they tackled one of my favorite tv show's I knew I needed it in my life!

A book of social science


My choice: Smoke Gets In Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty - If you've ever watched Doughty's Ask A Mortician channel on YouTube, then you'll know why I've been meaning to try her first book.

6 comments:

  1. I'm so curious about Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, I'm looking forward to your review!

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    1. I have highly hopes for it.

      Thanks for coming over, Tammy!

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  2. More and more I'm convinced I need to read Sherry Thomas, like, now. Not only do the books sound amazing but her covers are awesome!

    I'm really curious to see your review for the Supernatural and philosophy book. I read a Lost and Philosophy book years and years ago but I didn't enjoy it much (because I was too young to really understand and appreciate a lot of it... I should go back and try to read it again, actually).

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    1. I bet you would like her stuff, Sam!

      I've read several books in the series when I was in college - the school's library had quite a few of them. I had no clue there was a Supernatural themed one until recently! :)

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  3. Oooh! I keep hearing great things about that Sherry Thomas book! I definitely need to check it out!

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    1. Happy reading, Erica - both are great!

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