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Book Riot's 2021 Read Harder Challenge - August Update: Future Home of the Living God & Forget Me Not

Happy Saturday everyone!  I hope everyone's been staying healthy and happy.  I can't believe it's almost September.  Anyway, that means that I've now completed 16 tasks of Book Riot's 2021 Read Harder Challenge.  The tasks I completed this month required me to read a genre novel by an Indigenous, First Nations, or Native American author and a children's book that centers on a disabled character but not their disability.  I selected Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich and Forget Me Not by Ellie Terry.  Read on to see my mini reviews and what's coming up for October:

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Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich is a dsytopian novel with a lot of potential.  Louise Erdrich is an incredibly talented author and while I appreciated this, it didn't quite pull me in as much as her other novels I've read.  I suppose I was looking forward to a little more in terms of the dystopian element, but I did like the idea of the de-evolution.  If you liked The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood, you may enjoy this as well.  I'm glad I listened to this on audiobook because Louise Erdrich has a great voice for narrating her own work.

My review is also on Goodreads.

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Forget Me Not by Ellie Terry is a must read Middle Grade novel about a 12 year old girl with Tourette syndrome as she's trying to accept herself, figure out her new school, and potentially make some new friends who will accept her for who she is.  I'm pretty sure this is the first book I've ever read that features TS, but it handles it in such a thoughtful manner.  I listened to the audiobook and the production was absolutely outstanding.  It's a quick listen because as it turns out the novel is in verse.  It goes fast, and it's well worth the time.  I didn't particularly have any expectations one way or the other, but this one really blew me away.

My review is also on Goodreads.

Next Up For September:

Read a fat-positive romance

My choice: Spoiler Alert (Spoiler Alert #1) by Olivia Dade - I hasn't heard of this before now, but it sounds like a lot of cute fun.  And, that's coming from someone who isn't a romance reader.

Read a book about a non-Western world leader

My choice: The Woman Who Would Be King by Kara Cooney - I've actually been looking forward to reading this for ages.  It sounds fascinating.

Have you read either of these books?  Are you taking part in Book Riot's Read Harder Challenge this year?  As always, thanks for visiting my blog and perhaps even commenting down below!


  1. The Woman Who Would Be King sounds amazing!!!! I love anything to do with Ancient Egypt!!!


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