I saw this post on Imyril and Aquavenatus’s blogs and couldn’t help joining in too, especially since it’s like a book tag (btw, for a similar book tag, there’s the 10-Year Challenge Book Tag). But apparently this is a meme that began on BookTok and was carried over here by Caitlin at Realms of My Mind. Basically, you list your favorite books of the past 10 years. So, here are mine:
I learned of this one from Mogsy and Tammy and was happy for it because despite how gruesome and uncomfortable it sometimes got, it was a great read that had me hooked the entire time. It’s a historical thriller based on the life of a real person — a female serial killer in the late 1800s. The story is slow-paced, character-focused, and told from the perspective of the serial killer, but is very gripping and intriguing. I highly recommend it.
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I’ve been battling a blogging slump since the beginning of this year and it recently became worse, so my posting hasn’t been consistent lately, and I’m behind on many reviews. Actually, the comics I’m discussing in this post were read way earlier this year, in March and April. So, due to those factors, my thoughts on them might not be as detailed as usual.
Mirka Andolfo’s Mercy: The Fair Lady, the Frost, and the Fiend by Mirka Andolfo (illus.), transl. from the Italian by Arancia Studio
The story is set in a small town in Washington state during the Klondike Gold Rush of the late 19th century. The Swanson family controls the town and seems to run everything, even the brothels. In the prologue, the Swansons seem to have found a portal in one of the gold mines through which monsters can enter. These monsters can take on human form, and some of them are already in the world — a group of Native Americans hunt them.
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Life is busy, so again I am late in starting a readathon. Actually, I was considering not doing it, or putting it off for later in the year, but I’ve been looking forward to this and am eager to get started. So despite being busy and behind in blogging, blog hopping, and reviewing, I’ll participate in the Magical Readathon. However, although the readathon is for a month, I’m considering extending it for myself since, due to my current schedule, I won’t be able to do much in a month (or maybe I’ll have to start next month… I don’t know).
Quick Facts About the Readathon
The Magical Readathon is a two-part month-long readathon created and hosted by G, a booktuber. It was once based on the Harry Potter books, but G has redesigned it to be based on a world of her own imagining called Aeldia, where there’s a prestigious magic school called Orilium Academy.
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Almost three months have passed since I last did a book haul. Since then, I’ve bought a bunch of books from a variety of places, including indie bookshops, Book Depository, and Book Outlet, which I “rediscovered” since it’s been a while since I made a purchase there. But if you’re looking for a place to buy a bunch of books all at once that are in great condition and for a cheap price, check out Book Outlet.
Anyway, here’s what I got.
I was so surprised when I saw Never the Wind listed as one of the best books of 2022 so far over on the Quaint Book Nook. I’ve been on the lookout for whatever Dimitri novel would drop next but didn’t know this one had been published. So immediately after reading the review of it on the Quaint Book Nook, I placed an order. I also ordered Dimitri’s debut English novel, The Book of Hidden Things, which is a favorite of mine, but I’d read a library copy. Dimitri is an Italian author. I think he translates his books himself.
Since I already own The Goblin Emperor (a favorite) and The Witness for the Dead, I thought I may as well get these other two by Katherine Addison — The Grief of Stones and The Angel of the Crows. One of these days, I’ll read through them all. I certainly would like to return to the world and characters from The Goblin Emperor.
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