Happy Tuesday, bookworms! It’s been a minute since I’ve done a tag, so I thought I’d tackle the End of the Year book tag, originally created by Ariel Bisset on BookTube. So before December gets underway and then disappears before our eyes, let’s get into the questions.
Are there any books you started this year that you need to finish?
There are no books that I’m actively reading that I need to finish, but there are a couple that I started that I could potentially pick up to finish this year. I tried reading The Bear and The Nightingale a couple of months ago and it just wasn’t doing it for me. But it’s so seasonally appropriate that I might try again.
The other is one that I barely started but want to continue: The Demon-Haunted World by Carl Sagan, which tackles pseudoscience and how real science should help lead the way. This book is quite the backlist find, but given *certain* world leaders still don’t believe climate science and believe other crazy things, I think it will still be highly relevant.
Do you have an autumnal book to transition to the end of the year?
After picking up Autumn by Ali Smith at a fall book sale a month ago, I’ve been eyeing that as my transition book. But really, as a South-to-Northeast transplant, it already feels very winter to me, so perhaps The Bear and the Nightingale would work instead.
Is there a new release you’re still waiting for?
So this book has come out already but something is holding up the damn audiobook! Ugh! Wundersmith by Jessica Townsend is the sequel to Nevermoor, which I read and loved earlier this year. Wundersmith is a 5-star prediction for me so I really hope I’ll get access to the audiobook soon!
What are three books you want to read before the end of the year?
Along that same vein, I want to get to some of my other 5-star prediction books so I can do another round of that tag/meme. The books that are most likely are The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle and A Very Large Expanse of Sea. I want to get to Rebecca as well, but with that being a modern classic, it might take me longer to get to.
Is there a book that could still shock you and become your favorite book of the year?
Wundersmith good easily be a new favorite, though I don’t know if it would be best of the year. I’ve read a lot of great books this year, so looking at my holds list, I’m not quite sure if any of them will be up to snuff.
Have you already started making reading plans for 2019?
I sure am. I’m still finalizing my reading goals, but broadly I want to read less. I know I know, crazy. But I’m easily on track to read more than 200 books this year, which is a weird accomplishment. But it didn’t allow me as much freedom in my media choices. I was either at work, sleeping or listening to books. Not much else. [I’m SO behind on my shows and podcasts you guys!] Plus, taking more time between books should let me review more critically as well as give me more time to choose more diverse books rather than fantasy after white male fantasy.