As I’m typing this, the weather is quite gloomy and I’m listening to Frozen: The Broadway Musical, so yes, we’ve quite moved on from autumn to winter for me. I haven’t been blogging for about a month and a half, mainly because my mental health hasn’t been at its best to say the least, then I got laptop troubles, but I’m finally ready to get back into it, as I’ve missed blogging a lot.
I thought that I’d take it easy coming back, so that’s why I decided to do The End of the Year Book Tag, which was created by Ariel Bissett. I keep seeing this tag everywhere, so I thought it would be fun to do it as well. Without further ado, let’s get into it!
Are there any books you started this year that you need to finish?
Sadly… Yes. I’m terrible at reading my non-fiction books consistently, so I have two on the back burner at the moment. 🙈 I’m still reading The Novel of the Century: The Extraordinary Adventure of Les Misérables by David Bellos, as well as Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley by Charlotte Gordon (extraordinary is the key word here apparently). I haven’t read either of them in a few weeks, but I want to finish at least one of them before the end of the year, so we’ll see how it goes!
Do you have an autumnal book to transition into the end of the year?
I’d say The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield! I adored this gothic novel so much when I read it at the beginning of the year and it starts in November, so it’s perfect for the season! Moreover, it has spooky elements and bad winter weather, which makes it a perfect book to read next to a fire while it’s really cold outside.
Is there a new release you’re still waiting for?
I can’t wait to get my hands on The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black, though I only have two days left to wait for it to be released! 😱 I loved the first two books in this trilogy so much, so I can’t wait to go back to Elfhame, to see Jude and Cardan again and to know how their story will end.
What are three books you want to read before the end of the year?
I’m in a huge fantasy mood at the moment and really want to catch up on some series, so that’s what I’m planning to do during the last few weeks of the year. I’m planning to get The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon, the third book in her Bone Season series, when I’ll travel to London next month, because it’s set there and I want to start it then. Moreover, it’s time I catch up on the series as the next book in it will be released in 2020! I also really want to get to Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff, because I loved Nevernight and I so want to continue this trilogy. Last but not least, I’m currently reading The Ship of Magic by Robin Hobb and want to read the whole trilogy while I’m at it, so I’m planning on getting to The Mad Ship as well.
Is there a book you think could still shock you and become your favourite of the year?
Well, my favourite book of the year has been The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon since March and the only other book I gave five stars to in 2019 was The Thirteenth Tale, so I highly doubt any book will do better than Priory before the end of the year. That being said, I finally started Robin Hobb’s Liveship Traders trilogy last week and I’m adoring it so much! Her Farseer trilogy got me out of my fantasy slump around the same time last year, so the Liveship Traders trilogy might end up being my favourite series I’ve read this year (I mean, talking ships, magic, pirates and somehow a family saga? I am so in!), but that’s about it!
Have you already started making reading plans for 2020?
My reading plans for 2020 are to be as relaxed about reading as I can, I don’t want to pressure myself with what and how much I read, so for the third year in a row, I’ll set my Goodreads reading goal at one book and we’ll see how the year goes!
What about you? What are your reading plans for the rest of the year and do you have reading plans for 2020?