10 YEARS IN 10 BOOKS … and a little hour 14 ramblings


So, I decided I needed a break. Thus, this blog post. I have been fairly absent from social media for this readathon so far, and I haven’t really participated in any challenges. Honestly, though, I really enjoy just reading this time. Starting off with Momo, wait actually, … Starting off with writing a warm-up post and really focusing on what Dewey’s readathon means to me, I recognized that it is all about the books and the book community. Thinking about how books are my friends made me nostalgic for my younger years when I would get so invested in fictionary worlds and would just lose myself in stories. I think this is when I must’ve (I was unaware of this myself until just a few moments ago) decided that I will honor Dewey by reading this time – quietly and by myself! In the past, I have tried to partake in many of the challenges, I would take tons of pictures during the day to post here on the blog later, and I would visit the various social media sites and leave comments and thoughts – this time I have to remind myself to do that! Hey, isn’t that the best though???? Each readathon is different and unique and we experience it anew every time?

Anyhow, I am all of a sudden rambling on 😉 … I do want to complete the 10 Books in 10 Years challenge though. I think this one really captures the spirit of this readathon for me.  I will briefly tell you why you should read this book (adding links to my Goodreads review if they exist).

So without further ado …

2007    Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows (JK Rowling)

If you’re human, you should read this series. If you don’t know how to read, you should have someone read it to you – your friend, your mom, a stranger. Make it happen. I am currently re-reading all the books and will of course be adding a longer review then (the first time around I only left notes in a notebook to myself).

2008    The Heretic’s Daughter (Kathleen Kent)

This was the toughest year for me to pick a book from. Come on 2008, where are all the amazing books? I guess I haven’t read that many from that particular time. I am going to ponder my choice for a bit, and don’t be surprised if I end up changing my answer. But for now, The Heretic’s Daughter it is. This book is about witches. I liked it. It’s sort of historical fiction.

2009    Leviathan (Scott Westerfeld)

Steampunk novels. I discovered them only this year. I chose this book for one of my Popsugar reading challenge categories and ended up loving the genre, and this particular book. Meanwhile, I’ve finished the trilogy and you should, too.

2010    The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake (Aimee Bender)

Another book I read this year. It’s lovely and weird and beautiful and full of odd things.

2011    A Monster Calls (Patrick Ness)

This, my friends, is on my all-time-favorite list. I recommend it to everyone. It wrecked me in the most beautiful way possible. I think about it constantly!

2012    The Martian (Andy Weir)

This book is funny and witty! It’s full of science, yet portrays the human condition incredibly well. Read it and laugh. And then think about it.

2013   Americanah (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie)

What a beautiful book. It’s fiction but reads like the author’s biography. To me, it hit so many high-points as an immigrant myself.

2014    The Sleeper and The Spindle (Neil Gaiman)

The illustrations alone are mesmerizing. Combing this with Gaiman’s genius to tell a tale full of the fantastic and the novel, yet so full of the familiar, and you have a winning combination. Another one of my all-time-favorites.

2015    Between The World and Me (Ta-Nehisi Coates)

If you know me, you know reading non-fiction doesn’t come easily to me. And this book was a struggle – both language and content were difficult for me. Yet, I highly value this experience. I am glad I struggled because the book embodies that. This man is a lot smarter than me. He is well-versed and highly educated. His words touched my heart. Because they were raw and honest!

2016    The One Hundred Nights of Hero (Isabel Greenberg)

This is one of those graphic novels that just oozes genius! I loved every minute I got to spend with the book. To this day, I sometimes just take it off my bookshelf to hold it for a bit and remember how I felt when I read this story for the first time (another all-time-favorite here, obvi).

2017    Norse Mythology (Neil Gaiman)

I like to imagine that this came about from Gaiman’s notes he gathered to write American Gods. How he managed to turn a history lesson in an amazing tale like Norse Mythology is beyond me. I bow to you, Neil Gaiman.


Well, there you have it. My humble recommendations. Have you read any of these books? What did you think? What else would you recommend?


Other stats:

Books completed: Momo and Gwendy’s Button Box

Current read: Sleeping Beauties

Current page count: 701

Coffee: only 1 large one! but also soda 😉

Snacks: burrito bowl for lunch, y’all …. otherwise I’ve been a pretty good girl … I am not much of a snacker during the day, but you just wait until the midnight hour …

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