Yearly wrap-up season is one of my favorite times of the year in the book blogging community. This time of the year allows us to reflect on what we’ve read this year—and what we still have yet to read! The End of Year Book Tag is such a nice blend of the two. This tag was created by Ariel of Ariel Bissett.
Are there any books you started this year that you need to finish?
I’m currently not in the middle of any books that I’m worried about not being able to finish by the end of the year. I always attempt to not start a book in the previous year and continue it in the new year(aka starting a book in 2019 then finishing it 2020). It’s definitely a weird reading quirk of mine that happens to never work out— I remember one year I finished Lola and the Boy Next Door on New Year’s Eve only to start Isla and the Happily Ever After about two hours before the ball dropped!
Do you have a book or an autumnal book to transition into the end of the year?
We are basically past autumn where I live- we had snow in the forecast last week- so I’m looking for books that will bring me into winter. I’ve read a few atmospheric reads in October and November that have done so, like Shea Ernshaw’s Winterwood, but I think Josie Silver’s One Day in December will do the trick.
Is there a new release you’re still waiting for?
It just came out yesterday, but Holly Black’s The Queen of Nothing! I’m hoping this one will be waiting for me from the library holds list when I come home for Thanksgiving break later this week.
What are three books you want to read before the end of the year?
I discussed my top five must-reads for the remaining of 2019, which included Christina Lauren’s The Unhoneymooners, but some books not on that list I’d also like to get to are Jennifer E. Smith’s The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight and Jennifer Lynn Barnes’ Little White Lies.
Is there a book you think could still shock you and become your favorite book of the year?
It’ll be no surprise if Neal Schusterman’s The Toll becomes a favorite of 2019 for me. However, given how many amazing reads I’ve read this year (get ready for an extra-long favorites post) I think it could be a shock if it becomes the favorite.
Have you already started making reading plans for 2020?
I think I’m going to have decent bit of 2019 goals carry over into 2020, especially when it comes to series. For example, I still haven’t gotten into Sabaa Tahir’s An Ember in the Ashes, and I don’t know if I’ll be able to start my Marie Lu’s Legend reread before the end of 2019. In light of graduating in May, I really have no idea what my reading time in 2020 is going to look like, so I still have to decide how many books I may challenge myself to read.
I’ve challenged myself to read at least 70 books for the past two years, and while I’ve read well past that, I may set a lower challenge number. There are of course a number of books that I must read as soon as they come out. I’m so happy that Sarah J. Maas’ Crescent City/House of Earth and Blood (has anyone decided what we’re calling it yet??) comes out around my spring break.
Are there any reading goals you need to finish by the end of the year? Have you started your 2020 planning yet? What books are you hoping to read by the end of the year? Share in the comments!