Happy Friday book friends! It’s an early day for me. I’m going to be at work all day today. It’s been quite busy really, and we have to close an hour earlier than usual because of Covid measures. If only customers would actually take that into account…
Anyway, enough complaining. I thought I’d do the End of Year Book Tag again! I thought I did this tag last year as well, but apparently I did it all the way back in 2019. Looking back at my answers really makes me laugh. I said I wouldn’t read a lot in 2020 because of grad school, and I ended up reading way more than I normally did. Looking back on old posts like that can be so fun.
Anyway, this tag was created by Ariel Bissett on YouTube all the way back in 2017. Funnily enough, Ariel usually does this tag around September because that’s when we’re well and truly in the second half of the year. But I always saved this tag for December lol. Either way, let’s look at my answers, and if you want to participate, go ahead and tag yourself!
ARE THERE ANY BOOKS YOU STARTED THIS YEAR THAT YOU NEED TO FINISH?
Okay, so we’re starting with a callout. I started reading We Free the Stars a while ago, even got to over 100 pages, and then closed the book. No idea why, to be honest. I probably wasn’t in the mood even though it’s been ages since I read We Hunt the Flame and I reallyreally need to get on with it.
Another one I started but then discontinued was The Gutter Prayer. It was interesting, but I’m way over 100 pages in and I still can’t tell where the story is going. Some things happened but other than that it’s a mystery. I might pick it up again next year, because it’s not a particularly large book.
Let’s not talk about all the books on my e-reader that have been sitting at “currently reading” for months…
DO YOU HAVE AN AUTUMNAL BOOK TO TRANSITION TO THE END OF THE YEAR?
This question makes so much more sense now that I know this tag was created in the fall. So I’m going to change it up and answer whether I have any wintery books to transition to the end of the year, to which the answer is yes. I made a post about Wintery Books on my TBR that you can check out, but the ones I’m most curious about are Midnight in Everwood and the Winter Garden.
IS THERE A NEW RELEASE YOU’RE STILL WAITING FOR?
For a change, no. All the books I had been looking forward to this year have been published. They haven’t magically found their way onto my shelves yet, though. So rude.
Anyway, some books I was looking forward to this December were Cytonic by Brandon Sanderson and the Righteous by Renée Ahdieh. I probably won’t be able to squeeze either of them in anymore before the year ends, but oh well. There’s always next year!
WHAT ARE THREE BOOKS YOU WANT TO READ BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR?
Aside from the ones already on my TBR, I would want to read The Map of Stars (book 3 in the York series), An Echo of Things to Come, and possible Legacy of Light if the library has e-copies available. Still waiting for the paperback on that last one, but it won’t come out until next year. And considering I have absolutely zero patience, I will do my best to read it as soon as possible anyway.
Sneaky disclaimer: there is no way I’m going to finish what’s on my TBR and finish all the books I listed here, but I shall do my best.
IS THERE A BOOK THAT YOU THINK COULD STILL SHOCK YOU AND BECOME YOUR FAVORITE?
Hmm I might have to say An Echo of Things to Come. I read The Shadow of What was Lost a few months ago, and wasn’t totally blown away. It was fine enough that I want to pick up the sequel, but that’s all it was. Just fine. But it also seems like the type of series that gets better with each book, so even though I’m going into book 2 with not too high expectations, it could still surprise me.
HAVE YOU ALREADY MADE READING PLANS FOR 2020?
Uhh read more from my physical TBR (haha I say that every year and I never do it). For real though, I spent a lot of time rereading books this year, and while that was great, I also really want to read those unread books on my shelves at some point. There are also many 2021 releases I did not get to at all, so I might make it a goal to catch up on that next year. I’m fairly certain that goal is attainable now that I found out I can easily read 80 books in one year.
Speaking of how many book I can read, I do think I’m going to keep my reading goal at 50 books. That way I won’t feel pressured to complete a goal that doesn’t even mean anything, and I also don’t know what my life will look like. I now live at home and go to work a few days a week, but other than that my free time is filled with reading. That will for sure change when I get a different job and move out, which is also a goal for next year. So, lots of uncertainty, but we’ll see what happens!