Friday, 27 November 2020

The End of the Year Book Tag | 2020

I've seen this tag floating around a lot of blogs now that we're nearing the end of the year and I thought it would be a great way to see what books I still need to read in the little time we have left in 2020. God, I can't believe how fast and yet how slow this year has gone, it's pretty bizarre to say the least! This tag has been going for a while so I'm not sure who actually created it but I personally saw it over on The Book Dutchesses so definitely check out their post.  

Are there any books you started this year that you need to finish?

I don't really tend to start books and then not finish them. If I'm not enjoying a book and I don't think I'll finish it, I'll DNF it. I'm not really one of those people that can put a book down for a week or even more and then pick it back up again, I'd probably end up forgetting what happened in the section that I had read. There is one book that I started but couldn't get into but have every intention of starting again and that's Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden. I couldn't really get into when I started it earlier this year but I still really want to read it but I'm not sure if that will be this year.  
 

Do you have an autumnal book to transition into the end of the year? 

  

 

I am a bit of a seasonal reader but not completely, if you know what I mean, there are certain types of book and genres that I kind of feel more drawn to though. Because the weather's getting colder and it's darker outside, I tend to be more inclined to pick up thrillers, books with darker themes and books with wintery settings although I still like to have a mix of genre's so I'm not just reading the same type of story after story. Some books I read last year around this time were Beartown by Frederik Backman, Gothic Tales by Elizabeth Gaskell, Northern Lights by Philip Pullman and Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend.      

Is there a new release you’re still waiting for?

 

There are actually a handful of books being released towards the end of November and December that I'm anticipating but it's unlikely that I'll get to them this year with my TBR already out of control. I've been trying not to go crazy on Goodreads and add every new release I like the sound of but these three have me pretty excited. They are This is Not a Ghost Story by Andrea Portes, Coming Up For Air by Nicole Tyndall and The Good Girls by Claire Eliza Bartlett.    

What are three books you want to read before the end of the year?

 

My December TBR is already pretty much planned out because I have a current obsession with Notion and making elaborate TBR lists on there! I also have a few readathons that I want to participate in so I've been thinking of books that could fit into some of those prompts. I'd have to say that the three books that I'm most excited to get to are The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab, A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens and Sky Song by Abi Elphinstone.

Is there a book you think could still shock you and become your favourite book of the year?

I wasn't actually planning on reading The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue this year but I just found that it's the group book for the Reindeer Readathon and I happened to have just ordered it so I decided, what the heck, I'll read it in December instead! With so much hype around it, I am worried that my expectations are too high but this book sounds right up my street and I'm very very excited to read it.  Who knows, it definitely could become my favourite read of the year!  

Have you already started making reading plans for 2021?

I actually have but tentatively! There are a few books that have come in/are coming in Owlcrate boxes that I'm really excited for, they always choose such great releases but it's just finding the time to squeeze them in that's the problem. I also have some library ebooks and a couple of e-arcs that I still need to get to in order to bring my ratio back up. I decided this year that I wasn't going to request anything else on Netgalley until I'd submitted reviews for all of the books still on my shelf which is around 10 at the minute and my ratio is still only around the 56% mark. Hopefully, 2021 will be a great reading year and a great year in general after the disaster 2020 has been!
 
I don't have anyone to tag but if you want to to give this tag a go, please do! And definitely link me it in the comments so I can check out your answers! Happy Reading!   
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