Dewey’s Readathon: 10 Years, 10 Books

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It’s Dewey’s 10 year anniversary!! As such, there’s a readathon long challenge to recommend 1 book that was published during each year of the readathon. I’ve worked on this list throughout the day & I’m excited to share it with you!

2007

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The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz

I don’t love mysteries–but I love this series! The characters are so off beat and funny & wonderful. Izabel, the main character, is a bit of a mess–but a lovable one. Her family runs a private investigations firm–and frequently use their skills on each other. This family is so great. Please read!

2008

Solitude of Prime Numbers

The Solitude of Prime Numbers by Paolo Giordano

I don’t remember this book very well–but here’s my Goodreads review from 2011:

I really enjoyed this book. The prose is beautiful. Haunting, even. It’s a beautiful story of missed opportunity, of two outcasts both profoundly damaged by traumatic childhood experiences. They find each other in high school, and kind of bump together, not quite uniting. I really felt for both characters, even though I could not always understand their pain, but could understand their decisions. Interesting read. In some ways, it reminded me of One Day, but was much darker and more realistic than that. Highly recommend.

2009

The Thing Around Your Neck

The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

This is a collection of stories by the author of Purple Hibiscus and Americanah. I don’t always love short stories, but I really enjoyed these. They were a thought provoking collection in a hauntingly beautiful voice (according to my Goodreads review).

2010

The Memory of Love

The Memory of Love by Aminatta Forna

This is a beautiful story set in Sierra Leone after a civil war. It follows several characters with intertwining and layered stories. Each character, whether present or not, has his or her own strong personality and qualities that add to the stories. I enjoyed teasing out the connections between the stories, and the complexity almost makes me want to reread. Enjoyable in a depressing kind of way. I remember it being beautifully written.

2011

Hundred Thousand Kingdoms

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N. K. Jemisin

I just recently started this series. I absolutely adored this book. It’s a dark, political fantasy with a compelling heroine and a very interesting love story. Following human kingdoms as well as fallen gods, it’s a beautiful novel.

2012

Age of Miracles

The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker

A novel about what happens in suburbia when the Earth’s rotation begins to slow. This causes all kinds of environmental problems for humanity, but also provides the backdrop for Julia’s coming of age story as she deals not only with the apocalypse, but her family, high school, and falling in love for the first time. It was so well written. I loved it!

2013

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Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan

This YA novel follows Harry and Craig, two 17 year old boys who decide to break the Guinness Book of World Records for longest kiss by kissing each other on the lawn of their high school. The book follows them, but also follows other boys who are gay throughout their city. The narration is done by a Greek chorus of gay men who came before and were lost to AIDS. It’s a great novel. I read it in one sitting.

2014

Citizen

Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine

I don’t read a lot of poetry. This book is a collection of prose poetry, some feeling like essays. The topic is race in America. It was weighty and thought-provoking and there was so much to consider between each story and each word. It’s a book to revisit and reconsider multiple times, and a necessary read for everyone given our current climate.

2015

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The Rules of Ever After by Killian B. Brewer

I loved this book. It was just very FUN.  It’s an LGBTQIA retelling of The Princess and the Pea, with flavors of other fairy tales thrown in. It was so GOOD! It follows several princes and princesses in a realm divided into five or so kingdoms, but focuses mainly on Prince Phillip and Prince Daniel, who both have problems going on. Daniel is trying to find the cure for the curse of insomnia he got from his birthday fairy, and Phillip is out to save his kingdom from his evil sorceress stepmother. Along the way, they accrue new friends, adventures, and start to believe it might be okay to bend the rules of happily ever after in order to end up with one that actually makes them happy. I laughed a lot and it was so very clever.

2016

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The Summer that Melted Everything by Tiffany McDaniel

Another necessary, yet difficult read. It follows a young black boy who shows up in a small town in Ohio, claiming to be the devil. Sal, supposedly the devil, befriends Fielding, the main character and narrator. Fielding’s family takes Sal in, but not everyone in the town is happy about it. Strange things start happening, town politics and social connections are uprooted, and the town will be changed forever. Very well written–very tragic.

2017

History Is All You Left Me

History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

I’ve read so many good books this year. However, this one has really stuck with me. It follows Griffin, whose first love and ex-boyfriend Theo has just drowned while at college. While grieving, Griffin is forced to contend with feelings about how he felt about Theo still and his hope that they would eventually reunite. He’s also forced to deal with Jackson, Theo’s boyfriend on the day he died. It was a heartbreaking read, but I loved every second of it.

There are so many other books I could’ve recommended. Do you love any of these? Want to read any? Let me know in the comments!

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8 thoughts on “Dewey’s Readathon: 10 Years, 10 Books

  1. Cool list! I’ve read Citizen and The Age of Miracles and they were both great, although very different! I think I should try Spellman Files, it’s been recommended to me before and it seems like a fun series!

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  2. The only book on this list I’ve read is The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms — and I love it. In fact, I love everything NK Jemisin has ever written. She’s one of the few auto-buy authors on my list!

    I also have a ton of these on my TBR. Rules of Ever After, The Summer That Melted Everything, History Is All You Left Me, and The Thing Around Your Neck are all on my TBR. Out of those books, which would you recommend I read first?

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    1. I love The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms–the sequel was also awesome. I’m waiting for the third one to come in at the library, then I’ll probably move on to The Fifth Season trilogy.

      All of those books on your TBR are so good & so very different from one another. I’m a huge mood reader, so it’d be hard to recommend just one for you. Rules of Ever After is a super quick and super fun read. It’s interpretation of fairy tales is really fun and it just made my heart happy. The Summer that Melted Everything is a really solid read, but a really tough one to stomach at times. History is All You Left Me is likewise a very solid read–very poignant and sad, and I still have all the feels months after reading it. I cried a lot while reading it. The Thing Around Your Neck is a good collection of short stories. So..I guess my really long answer is that it depends on what you’re in the mood to read. 🙂

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      1. Hahaha. I think that’s a reasonable reply! I’ve been reading a lot of heavy literature lately, so Rules of Ever After will probably float its way to the top. That said, all the others sound great! There’s nothing like a book which will really tug on your heartstrings every now and then.

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      2. Yes, books that make you miserable and sad often also make you think and experience things through the characters. I don’t feel like books need to always be happy. That being said, I hope you enjoy Rules of Ever After and I can’t wait to see what you think!

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