Book Riot Read Harder 2018

ReadHarderChallenge2018-768x994.jpgI like to consider myself fairly well-read, as snobbish and pretentious as that might sound. I read voraciously and my tastes are varied. There’s always room for improvement though, so I’ve decided to take part in Book Riot’s Read Harder challenge

There are 24 categories, so I will aim for two per month which I’ll review here. The official rules dictate that you can count one book for several categories, but I’m never one to take the easy option so I won’t be doing that.

  1. A book published posthumously
  2. A book of true crime
  3. A classic of genre fiction (i.e. mystery, sci fi/fantasy, romance)
  4. A comic written and drawn by the same person
  5. A book set in or about one of the five BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, or South Africa)
  6. A book about nature
  7. A western
  8. A comic written or drawn by a person of colour
  9. A book of colonial or postcolonial literature
  10. A romance novel by or about a person of colour
  11. A children’s classic published before 1980
  12. A celebrity memoir
  13. An Oprah Book Club selection
  14. A book of social science
  15. A one-sitting book
  16. The first book in a new-to-you YA or middle grade series
  17. A sci fi novel with a female protagonist by a female author
  18. A comic that isn’t published by Marvel, DC, or Image
  19. A book of genre fiction in translation
  20. A book with a cover you hate
  21. A mystery by a person of color or LGBTQ+ author
  22. An essay anthology
  23. A book with a female protagonist over the age of 60
  24. An assigned book you hated (or never finished)

If you’re taking part or if you have any recommendations for any of these categories please let me know!


Review: Its always the Husband by Michelle Martinez

About the book

516uLn119OL.jpgIt’s Always the Husband…unless it’s the best friend.

Kate, Aubrey and Jenny are inseparable at college – friends who promised they’d always be there for each other.

But twenty years later, their friendship is about to take a deadly turn.

Kate married the gorgeous party boy, Aubrey married up, and Jenny married the boy next door, but when one of the friends dies in shocking circumstances, will everyone assume that it’s always the husband? Or could it be the best friend?

I loved this book. I’m a huge fan of domestic thrillers and this new take on the genre really appealed to me. I’m pleased to say I wasn’t disappointed.  The narrative flits from the past -the three friends at college – to the present day, when something unthinkable happens and I found this really built the characters well for me. For me, the best thing about this book was the characters – each felt very real and authentic. Each has their faults and each made me want to scream at them as I was reading, but this only made for more compelling reading.

The twists and turns were gripping, but telling of the varying dynamics of female friendships was what really made this novel stand out for me.  I highly recommend this book.

Buy your copy here!