It’s time for another tag! And this one seems especially appropriate as it’s the End of the Year Book Tag. I know we have a few weeks yet til 2021, but I’m already in planning mode for the new year. As 2020 winds down, I like to try and wrap a lot of my reading up so I can start the next year fresh. This tag will help me see what books I need to prioritize in the next few weeks!
I want to thank the incredible Danni @ _ForBooksSake for tagging me! Her blog is awesome, as is her taste in thrillers, so y’all should definitely check her out! I’m not sure who originated this tag, but if I find out, I will make sure to let you know.
Alright, let’s get to the tag!
#1. Are there any books you started this year that you need to finish?
Even though I’m scared, I’m determined to finish The Dragon Republic by R.F. Kuang! I’m only a chapter in, but I’m already so nervous, lol. I’m excited to continue Rin’s story and, at the same time, I know it’s gonna hurt me. Either way, though, I really want to finish this before going into 2021.
Also, this is a library loan and it’s due back soon 😬
#2. Do you have an autumnal book to transition into the end of the year?
Probably should have answered this more towards the beginning of autumn… whoops!
Well, that being said, the first book that popped into my head was Small Spaces by Katherine Arden. This book practically screams fall and might even make you scream a little. It’s a middle grade horror that even gave this hardened horror-lover some minor chills. Scarecrows are creepy, y’all. It’s also a short read, so it seems like a book I wouldn’t mind re-read around fall every year.
#3. Is there a new release you’re still waiting for?
Hmm… no, I don’t think so. All the December releases I was looking forward to are already out, thankfully! The next new release I’m excited for won’t be out until the new year.
#4. What are three books you want to read before the end of the year?
- The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton
- Winterling by Sarah Prineas
- Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia
Funnily enough, all three of these books are ones I’m reading for book clubs. At least that makes it more likely that I’ll actually finish them before 2021!
#5. Is there a book you think could still shock you and become your favourite book of the year?
It’s gonna take a lot to knock Raybearer from the number one spot (spoiler alert for my top ten, I guess 😂) but I think Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia is going to be a strong (ha!) contender! I’m absolutely loving this book so far. It’s so interesting and fun and I just want to hug Tristan so much! I love how Kwame has shaped his main character and I’m also eager to continue when I pick the book up. I need to know what’s going to happen next!
#6. Have you already started making reading plans for 2021?
Most definitely! I have three year-long challenges that I’m already planning to tackle:
- Goodreads Reading Challenge: Of course! I do this one every year, though I’ve only recently been managing to actually hit my goals. I smashed my goal of 60 this year, so I’m bumping it up to 75 books for 2021.
- Popsugar Reading Challenge: Though I didn’t complete the challenge this year, I’m determined to have another go in 2021! I’ve already written down all the prompts in my reading journal and I’m excited!
- Book Riot Read Harder Challenge: I totally bombed on this one in 2020, omg 😅 I’m still excited to give this one another run and I have the prompts jotted down, as well!
Other than that, I am planning on putting myself on another book buying ban (it’s gotten out of control, y’all) and focusing on reading books I already own. Because I really need to bring down the amount of books I own yet haven’t read.
#7. 5 Books I want to read in 2021
Hahahahaha, just five? Alright, let’s see…
- The sequel to Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko! Don’t even know a title, just know it’s supposed to be out in 2021!
- Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas
- Across the Green Grass Fields by Seanan McGuire
- Witches Steeped in Gold by Ciannon Smart
- Little Thieves by Margaret Owen
As for tags, I feel like pretty much everyone has probably already done this one at this point in the year 😂 If you haven’t done this one and feel like giving it a go, consider yourself tagged! If you do end up doing, please drop a link so I can see your answers 💕
And, as always, happy reading!