Are there any books you started this year you need to finish?
There are a couple of books that I have on the go actually like I’d like to finish, and for me it’ll be a toss-up between finishing those books and reading seasonal picks. The ones I’m yet to finish (and not because I don’t want to read them by any stretch) are Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell, which is my MOST anticipate book of the year next year, I’ve started but I’m trying so desperately trying to savour it. Another is Flights by Olga Tokarczuk. I started this a couple of weeks ago and only stopped reading because of a read-a-thon I was taking part in. Flights won the Man Booker International Prize in 2018 and from what I’ve read so far, I really think I’m going to love it.
Do you have an autumnal book to transition to the end of the year?
I don’t have any specific books that I read to transition to the year exactly but what really gets me into the mood for the end of the year is reading loads of non-fiction. For the last couple of years I’ve taken part in #NonficNovember and so non-fiction is something now that reminds me of cosying up at home, with a lovely cup of tea with the fairy lights on.
Is there a new release you’re still waiting for?
Honestly, this is the hardest question. As I am writing this is the coming up to the end of November and you’ll probably know that December is a pretty quiet month in the publishing industry – will all of the big releases coming in November in preparation for Christmas. There is one book however that I am looking forward to and that’s Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi. However, because I have the paperback of the first book, I’ll have to wait for the second to come out in paperback before I get myself a copy. Sadly I’ll have to wait until March!
What are three books you want to read before the end of the year?
Okay, so I actually have 6 answers for this one, but 4 are from the same series so that’s okay, right? The first is a buddy read that is going to happen in November (I’ll probably have started if not finished by the time this post goes live and that is the final book in the Scythe series by Neal Schusterman, The Toll. Adored the first two book and I’ve been eagerly awaiting this for some time. The next is Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chbosky. I loved The Perks of Being a Wallflower when I was a teenager and this lastest book from the author appeals to me right now because check this, it’s a horror! Yes, you heard correct, Chbosky’s second novel 10 years after his blockbuster, is a dark adult book! A complete 180 hey! I think I’ll be reading this one with the lovely Danielle. Finally over the two weeks I have off over Christmas and New Year, I’d like to snuggle up and read the illustrated editions of the first 4 Harry Potter books.
Is there a book that you think could still shock you and become your favourite?
I don’t really have ridged reading plans for the rest of the year, so I’m not sure how to answer this question and the ones I mentioned above are ones that I know I’m going to love. I did pick up a couple of books recently and maybe one of these will be a surprise and I’ll love it. Keep your eyes peeled for that haul post coming soon to see what those books will be.
Have you already made reading plans for 2020?
I think I’ve learned a lot this year about making reading plans – mainly that I’m not very good at keeping to them. So, my reading plans for 2020 are not to make any reading plans for 2020. I suppose I do have an overarching goal throughout the year and that’ll be to reduce my physical TBR. I probably have over 500 physical unread books now and ideally I’d like to reduce that by at least 100, either through reading or through unhauling. Of course I’d love to get it down to just double digits at some point, but I think that’s going to take a heck of a long time….
And there we have it folks, my End of Year Book Tag for 2019! Have you done this tag yet? If so, I’d love to see your answers so leave your links in the comments below!
Peace and pages