The End of the Year Book Tag 2017

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.

2 Comments

  1. I’m still waiting for my hands to throw money in the air and grab a copy of The City of Brass too haha! I’ve heard some really good things about it and the plot itself sounds fantastic.

    I totally understand what you mean with YA this year. It’s generally my go-to genre but I’ve really been noticing a LOT of recycling and a lack of originality which is disappointing. I have a personal TBR stack of books just waiting for me and I think I need to pull back on reading for reviews/the blog and get back to reading for pleasure. This year I became so concerned with posting lots of reviews that I didn’t always take the time to make sure I was reading books I knew I’d enjoy instead of grabbing whatever new hits were lining the shelves (one thing I’ve realized since I started my blog is that just because a big name publisher with a great advertising budget says a book is the best thing of the year doesn’t mean it actually is).

    Best of luck for your reading in 2018! ❤

    • nina

      November 26, 2017 at 4:10 PM

      Thank you for commenting, Angela! I agree with everything you just said. I think one reason my average rating was lower this year – besides the YA plot recycling – is that we opened our blog’s NetGalley account, which means I’ve been reading a lot of new releases instead of focusing on books my trusted friends and fellow reviewers recommended. The urge to review as many new hits and making your blog as up-to-date as possible can really take a toll on your reading, absolutely. There were so many anticipated releases that let me down this year, but The City of Brass sounds like it’ll be right up my alley, so I really hope it keeps the promises that wonderful premise makes!

      I hope you can re-focus more on the books you know you’ll enjoy next year, as will I, and wish you the best of luck for your reading in 2018 as well! ❤︎

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