Welcome to my end of the year panic attack! Just kidding.. kind of. I actually just completed my Goodreads Challenge so I’m feeling pretty relaxed bookwise. However, we’re already in the middle of November and I have 1000 books I want to read before 2020. Yikes. To settle my mind (and get an overview of the chaos) I wanted to do this fun tag. I believe the tag originates from the brilliant Ariel Bissett (thank you girl) and I’m expecting both fun and horror. Let’s get into the End of the Year Book Tag 2019!
1. Are there any books you started this year that you need to finish?
I don’t often start books just to put them down but I do have 2 titles for this category. The first is Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon which I started in.. many months ago. It’s a huge book and time was definitely the issue here. Now that I have my 60 books of the year down, I can enjoy a few longer titles – especially within the holiday season. The second title is An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks which I just picked up. I should be able to finish this one soon as it’s pretty intriguing so no problemo there.
2. Do you have a winter book to transition into the end of the year?
Since I’m doing this tag a little bit late, I’m changing Bissett’s “autumnal book” to winter book. I have a few. First up is The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman. I’m late to this modern classic and I have heard that it’s best to read it as a kid. However, I’ve missed out long enough and I’m sure it’s a perfect adventure for those dark winter nights.
Second is Winter by Marissa Meyer, the 4th book in the Lunar Chronicles. I’m not sure exactly how wintery it actually is but it seems fitting for the season and I want to finish the series this year. The third and final book is Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling. All I want for Christmas is to be well into my Harry Potter re-read (books 4-7). It might not scream winter and snow but there are many epic Christmas scenes in these books and the atmosphere is fireplace-cozy perfection!
3. Is there a new release you’re still waiting for?
Actually, I don’t think so. The last releases I was looking forward to happened here in November. Easy one!
4. What are three books you want to read before the end of the year?
I would LOVE to read the whole Scythe trilogy before the end of the year but I think it’s kind of a long shot. I’m gonna go with Winter by Marissa Meyer from earlier since I would have completed the Lunar Chronicles this year then. The Vanishing Stair by Maureen Johnson since I just finished Truly Devious and loved it! And finally, Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson which I still haven’t gotten to yet. I’ve heard mixed things but it seems right up my alley and I really liked An Enchantment of Ravens.
5. Is there a book you think could still shock you and become your favourite book of the year?
I’ve read a lot of great books this year – some were truly amazing. I don’t believe there’s enough time left to find a book that can shake me up better than The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid or Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys – but I would love to be wrong!
You can check out my review of the books here:
6. Have you already started making reading plans for 2018?
Yes and no. I’ve made some loose reading plans for January since I know I have a few days off. I would also LOVE to start the new reading year in the best way so I’m debating which book should be my very first. Decisions, decisions. I also definitely know that I want to read The Hand on the Wall by Maureen Johnson ASAP. It’s due January 21st 2020 and is the finale to Truly Devious. I’m predicting that 2020 will be one hell of a year for us readers – I’m so excited (and I just can’t hide it).
Okay. Okay. This wasn’t actually as bad as I thought it was going to be. How are you doing with your reading – are you close to reaching your goal? If you have also done the End of the Year Book Tag be sure to leave a comment below with the link. I would love to see your status and know your final reading goals. See you next time!
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