Hey everyone! I was having a bit of a reviewing slump, so I decided to do the End of the Year Book Tag by the lovely Ariel Bissett (in case you’re wondering: Yes, you should totally check out her channel). This tag does not so much reflect on the reading year of 2017 but rather focuses on the months leading up to the end of the year. And I can honestly say, I have rarely been so glad for a year to end, because 2017 has not been good to me. But more on that when I do a reflect-on-2017 post in December. Feel free to do this tag on your blog, vlog, or bookstagram – just remember to give credit to Ariel!
Are there any books you started this year that you need to finish?
I’m a reader who rarely drops books, so nope, that’s a negative. No unfinished books.
Do you have an autumnal book to transition into the end of the year?
I read An Enchantment of Ravens in October. Its autumnal setting and autumn prince aka swoony love interest made this the perfect read to transition into the end of the year. Unfortunately, the plot didn’t fully convince me, but I liked the characters and the world.
Is there a new release you’re still waiting for?
With regard to publications, I believe all my anticipated releases of 2017 have been published. They’re basically just waiting for me to empty my bank account. With regard to purchases, there are still a ton of books I need to get by any means possible, such as Dear Martin by Nic Stone and The City of Brass by S. A. Chakraborty.
What are three books you want to read before the end of the year?
Oh boy, where do I start. There are a lot of 2017 releases I’d love to read before the end of the year, but I really need to start slimming down my own-tbr shelf. Choosing from books I already own, I’d say I most want to get to The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden, One of Us Is Lying by Karen McManus, and perhaps also Want by Cindy Pon. However, these were obviously mood-based picks. It’s possible I’d make completely different choices tomorrow, and it’s also possible, if not probable, that I end up reading different books from the ones I had planned on reading. I am a complete and utter mood reader, and I cannot stick to a reading schedule for the life of me.
Is there a book that you think could still shock you and become your favourite book of 2017?
I definitely think The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller, which I own a physical copy of, would knock my socks off, but I know it’s going to make me cry a river, so I don’t necessarily want to pick it up when I’m as stressed as I am right now (and probably will be until Christmas). Hence, this one’s not going to make it on my 2017 read list. Buuut I’d say The Bear and the Nightingale has potential to make it on my favourites of 2017 list.
Have you already started making reading plans for 2018?
2017 has been a pretty disappointing year in terms of reading quality, not necessarily quantity, so I think I want to concentrate less on how much I read and more on what I read. I keep saving up a lot of books I know I will love simply because I’m too stressed and fear I might not be able to be fully invested in the story, and I think I need to get a grip and just pick up more books I already know I’ll love. I also want to focus more on adult literature because I feel like my lack of quality reading also had to do with YA books recycling their character arcs, plot devices, and romance tropes. So, I really hope 2018 will be a better reading year for me in terms of quality.