End of the Year Book Tag! | 2o2o

So... I'm back? School work has been absolutely beating me to a pulp this semester, more so than any other has. I recently had the devastating revelation that I am NOT taking 24 credit hours like I thought I was... I've been taking 28. Things are beginning to make a lot more sense now...

Academic exhaustion aside, I am deeply sorry for my absence. I love writing on this platform and interacting with all of the lovely individuals who comment and send me messages. I miss you all! I will try to increase my posts to a more acceptable number, but I cannot promise any substantial improvements until December.

Rest assured, I absolutely will not put myself through another semester like this again. You can look forward to a true return come December and January.

Now that all of that is out of the way, let's talk book tags! This tag was ripped right from the binary of Karo's blog, who in turn stole it from Kristin Kraves Books.

2020 is FINALLY making its pitiful way out. Though nothing can simply change when that ball drops, it feels like a great place to make some changes and goals inward. Personal successes and growth can go far in improving the crappy position I currently find myself in.

And without further ado, I give to you The End of the Year Book Tag!

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

Do I ever! Remember how excited I was about To Sleep in a Sea of Stars coming out in September? For some DUMB reason, I still haven't read that dang book! I absolutely want to. I'm extremely excited about the book... but I have some stupid mental block keeping me from it! I have read the first chapter, and enjoyed it. However, I have not picked it up again since. What is wrong with me? May Christopher Paolini himself rain down dragon's fire on my poor soul.

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

I suppose Son of a Witch by Gregory Maguire fits this criteria, though it's not at all spooky. However, a book about a "witch's" son is about as close to autumnal I am reading at the moment. Son of a Witch is the sequel to Wicked, both of which I've been buddy reading with Karo.

To be quite honest, the second half of Wicked was a drag. Far more than I recall it being from the first time I read it about 7 years ago. I was dreading picking up Son of a Witch, but so far it proves to be picking up the pace. I am hoping to enjoy this one, and perhaps I will even pick up the last two books in the series! This all hinges on my enjoyment of Son of a Witch, of course.

I've pretty much transitioned into a comic book hay day as we make our way out of Autumn. I'm not sure what sparked it, but I have little desire to read novels. Unfortunately, none of the comics I've picked up are particularly autumnal.

I have absolutely failed this question...

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

If you've been here for any amount of time, you'll know that I don't really keep up with new releases. I'm predominantly a back-list reader.

However, I am EXTREMELY excited to get my hands on my preorder of The Part About the Dragon Was (Mostly) True by Sean Gibson. I have been extremely fortunate to have received an early e-copy of this masterpiece for review. It is easily one of my favorite reads of the year, and I am extremely happy to get my hands on a physical copy to display on my shelves! This lovely number comes out on December 15th, so you still have plenty of time to preorder! If you'd like to learn more, my full review is linked above!

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

  1. Vincent Price: A Daughter's Biography by Victoria Price (I'm enjoying this read immensely, but this bad boy is DENSE!)

  2. The Curse of Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold

  3. The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells (I've been slogging through this short book for far too long now)

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

Not to keep repeating myself, but I desperately hope that To Sleep in a Sea of Stars does this for me. If it doesn't, I'll just reread the Inheritance Cycle for the millionth time.

Have you already started making reading plans for 2021?

Yes! I have two main objectives in 2021.

I want to read more diversely first and foremost. This is fairly self-explanatory. My reading needs to be expanded quite a bit. I can't even give a particular direction I need to go with this, because I'm lacking diversity in just about every way possible.

Second, I want to start picking up more nonfiction. I have a particular fondness for nonfiction that is narrated by the author. I want to experience more than two or three nonfiction books a year.

Though this isn't strictly a goal, I feel it is worth mentioning. I am finding that I simply do not enjoy YA as much as I once did. I'd like to spend 2021 giving the YA novels on my shelves a solid try before booting them out to make room for books I'm more excited about. At the same time, I will be trying to get a better grasp on what my taste in adult literature is. This may lead to more low ratings and DNF's than I am used to.

Thank you for visiting! What are your goals as the year comes to an end?