Happy Friday, everyone!
As has become tradition on this blog, I’m doing The End of the Year Book Tag way later than it’s meant to be done 😁 It just doesn’t feel like the end of the year until it’s December and properly cold outside. There needs to be snow! And a Christmassy atmosphere!
Anyway, this tag was created by Ariel Bissett over on YouTube – who, by the way, is currently doing this new video series about fixing up her old house that I’m
very slighly obsessed with 🤩 – and it has become a staple way for the bookish community to reflect on end-of-the-year reading plans. So obviously, I need to do it as well!
Nope, my decision to do a tag today has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that I left writing a blogpost for today until the very last minute because my time was otherwise occupied with important duties, like sleeping. And reading. And cleaning! I did do a bit of cleaning! 😇 And it also has nothing to do with the fact that I have so many thoughts on Rhythm of War that there was no possible way I’d be able to get that review done in time. Like, WTF, M.???? I SPOKE UP FOR YOU, YOU UNFEELING, TRAITOROUS PIECE OF GARBAGE!!! HOW DARE YOU!!! 🤬
Before I digress too much, though, let’s get started!
Are there any books you started this year that you need to finish?
I’m currently in the middle of two – The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune and Interference by Sue Burke.
I actually wasn’t planning on reading The House in the Cerulean Sea at all, but then, when I was searching Scribd for a new taking-walks-in-the-snowy-woods audiobook, this one kept popping up and had exactly the right length, not too long and not too short. It should be enough to keep me occupied for a week or two at least, now that I have my lovely secluded woods back 🥰 And so far, I’m really liking it! Linus Baker is such a relatable protagonist and the whimsical writing style reminds me of reading Eva Ibbotson’s books as a kid.
Look, I did also try listening to audiobooks while going on walks in the woods near my apartment in the city, but guys – I kept meeting people there! It was so crowded, and even though I had headphones on, I just felt so watched! It was seriously creepy! Do you know how judgmentally dog-walking grannies are capable of staring at you? And how many casual acquaintances apparently lie in wait in the forest, waiting to seize their small talk opportunities? I just couldn’t concentrate on anything I was listening to, so it’s really nice to be back in my old, empty woods again. And now that there’s snow, they’re even prettier! 🥰
Interference, on the other hand, I’ve been meaning to read for years. The first book in the series, Semiosis, was one of my favorite reads of 2019, is one of the weirdest science fiction stories I’ve ever come across, and made me kind of obsessed with a certain alien bamboo plant, who, I’m thrilled to say, is back in this one!! Even though I haven’t really made it far enough into the book to be able to say whether it is as epic as the previous installment, I’m definitely enjoying myself, and I can’t wait to see how this story ends.
Do you have an autumnal book to transition into the end of the year?
I know we’re kind of past the autumnal stage already – shoutout to me for always doing this tag so late – but I actually do for a change! I mean, Mexican Gothic is supposed to be pretty spooky, right? I’d say that counts as having autumnal October vibes.
Still, there’s no way I’m waiting until next Fall to read this. My parents gave it to me now – Together with the entire Liveship Traders trilogy, which I am possibly even more excited about!! – so I’m reading it in December. I need to diminish that birthday book haul before Christmas, after all 😉
Is there a new release you’re still waiting for?
Doors of Stone by Patrick Rothfuss. Maybe if I keep asking for it, it will happen eventually? 🥺
What are three books you want to read before the end of the year?
Apart from the ones I’ve already mentioned, you mean? Because even though there are only a few weeks left in the year, the list of books I want to get to is seemingly endless! However, I do really want to read
1. Ship of Magic by Robin Hobb, because I’m a) obsessed with her books and b) now in possession of a copy, thanks to my parents,
2. The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin because I absolutely loved The Fifth Season, the first book in the Broken Earth trilogy. Which is why I then borrowed a copy of the sequel from my sister. And never read it because my thesis and The Stormlight Archive got in the way…
3. The Lost Future of Pepperharrow by Natasha Pulley because the first book in the series, The Watchmaker of Filigree Street, has one of the most unique plots I’ve read in a while. And the characters! You just can’t not love them.
Is there a book you think could still shock you and become your favorite of the year?
No. The Betrayals and Words of Radiance were so good that I don’t think anything is capable of toppling them out of their shared number one spot.
But… that being said, I think the book that has the highest chance of coming close would be Susanna Clarke’s Piranesi. I have yet to see a bad review of this book, and it’s supposed to be really weird, atmospheric, and character-driven? It sounds absolutely perfect!
Have you already started making reading plans for 2022?
Not really. I don’t make reading plans, I just grab whatever I think sounds interesting at the given moment 😂
That being said, though, I would like to read Brandon Sanderson’s Elantris next year, because apart from all the novellas, it’s the only Cosmere book I haven’t read yet. And I need to understand everything!!! In a similar vein, I think rereading Warbreaker would not be a bad idea, because I’ve realized that I’ve forgotten a whole bunch of details that are probably kind of important…
I would also like to read Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in Russian next year. I tried this year, but didn’t get very far, so I really need to give it another chance now that my language skills have hopefully improved somewhat!
Apart from that, my plan is, like always, to have no plan. I’ll simply read whatever I’m in the mood for.
And that was it for today! Since I highly suspect that almost everybody did this tag in a more timely fashion than me and since most people do it without being tagged anyway, I won’t be tagging anyone either, but if you feel like giving the questions a go, don’t let me stop you! I would love to hear about your end of the year reading plans! 😊
Anyway, let me know down below what you think of the books that are still on my TBR, and whether there are any that you think I should prioritize! How many of these have you read? And which book do you think still has a chance of becoming your 2021 favorite? I would love to know!