I live for tags, especially for those that call me out on my weak reading habits! Which is why I’m doing the “end-of-the-year” book tag right now. Also because Avery (@RedRocketPanda) tagged me and I love their posts. (I’m also low-key wishing for it to be Christmas already and then be over with 2018 — finally!)
are there any books you started this year that you need to finish?
Funny that you should ask! I just finished a book I had started during the summer last weekend. But I still have some books that I should finish before 2018 is us. I should totally finish Save the Date by Morgan Matson.
I love her other books but when I picked this one up I just couldn’t get into the story fully… I really liked the idea of the plot and the big-family theme, but the romance? I’m not a big fan of it. Plus, for some reason, I can’t imagine what any of the characters look like or their surroundings. When I try getting into it, it feels like running against a brick wall!
The saddest part was I was super excited to read it when it came out… I guess you’ll find out in my 2018 wrap-up whether I finished it or not…
do you have an autumnal book to transition into the end of the year?
Ali Smith’s Autumn has been on my shelf ever since I bought it. Her writing style has always been a bit hard for me to fully grasp at first, so I’ve been putting it off. However, I always love her books! As soon as I’m done reading the one I’m currently in the middle off, I’ll pick up this book of hers.
And hey, I might even start the sequel — Winter — before the year is over! Please, cross your fingers for me…
is there a new release you’re still waiting for?
I don’t pay too much attention about new releases, so I have no clue! But I do have my eye on some ARCs that will be published at the beginning of the year. So, keep your eyes peeled for those reviews!
Watersnakes by Tony Sandoval is an ARC I have just requested that was actually already released on November 20. It’s a graphic novel with g o r g e o u s illustrations about ghosts, girls, and wars. Sounds great to me!
what are three books you want to read before the end of the year?
This is such a hard question to answer! Now that I have done most of my required readings, I can only dream of all the possibilities that are open to me. Should I read non-fiction or fantasy? Romance or crime? Ahhhh!
I’m terrible at setting TBRs, but I think I’ll be good and stick to this one. Before the year is up, I want to read Book Love by Debbie Tung (a comic book about loving books? sign me up); A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi (I must read more of her beautiful prose!); and Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney (after the semester is done, I need all the gossip and drama in my life I can get).
is there a book you think could still shock you and become your favorite book of the year?
Absolutely, why not! I haven’t even thought of what my favorite book of the year is. I’ve been so lucky to pick up great books in 2018, so it’ll be hard to pick a favorite. But my tastes change a lot and I’m still on the prowl for even more amazing books!
Is there a book you recommend me? One that I cannot miss out on?
have you started making plans for 2019?
First of all, how the hell is it almost 2019?! I’m always planning ahead of time, so I’ve got a few books under my eye to read in 2019.
The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss is one that I neeeeeed read. I loved the first one so much and I’m super pumped to pick it up. But I think this bad boy will have to wait until the summer, because it will take me a lifetime to read a 1.200-page book during the semester…
Wild Swans by Jung Chang is another book I really want to read. It’s my grandmother’s favorite and I recently learned it’s actually a non-fiction book (a genre I adore!) Plus, I always eat up generation stories, especially when its focus is women.
Isabel Allende’s The House of Spirits is also one I desperately need to read. I’ve never read an Allende book I didn’t love, and I’m sure this masterpiece won’t let me down.
I’ll also definitely read One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez. I’m so tempted to going out and buying it ever since I read the first sentence! But I think I’ll wait for the new year to roll around and gift it to myself…
Lastly!!! I really want to read more biographies — in particular of the Founding Fathers! They’re such intriguing characters and a central part of my degree. I need to find out more about them on my own. And since I’ll be going to the United States over the summer, it only makes sense to read them! If you know a particularly good biography, let me know!
And that’s it from me! I’m tagging Rennie (@whatsnonfiction), Marie (@drizzleandhurricanebooks), Arvenig (@arvenig.it), and Tasya (@theliteraryhuntress)! This was such a fun tag for me to put together — I love you all have fun doing it too! If I didn’t tag you, I’d still love to read your answers! ❄️