The End of Year Book Tag was created by the lovely and enthusiastic BookTuber Airel Bissett, who has such an amazing presence of character on Youtube when it comes to books and discussing her likes and dislikes. You should definitely check out her original video found for it here. I found it by way of Destiny @ Howling Libraries and Brianna The Book Worm and thought I would do it this year myself.
Are there any books you started this year that you need to finish?
I have been listening to the the original Broadway cast of Hamilton the Musical non-stop for the last week and a half, because I’ve needed a huge break from all of the Christmas music that I’ve been hearing since August and because it is absolutely AH-MAZING! I can’t tell you how badly I would absolutely LOVE to see this show live.
I also started reading The Black Coats by Colleen Oakes as well as The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo that I need to finish reading too. They are both so, so good and I’ve been blown away by what I have been able to read of them so far. I would definitely recommend them, if you are looking for books that tackle current and relevant social issues in a way that resonates with you on a more personal and tangible level.
Do you have an autumnal book to transition into the end of the year?
Not really, but I know that every year around this time I really enjoy reading books that put me in warm and cozy mood and that means reading or re-reading books like Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares and My True Love Gave To Me: Ten Holiday Stories. What I really need to do is catch up with and finish reading The Red Queen series by Victoria Aveyard. I feel like that is a fantastic series to read while we’re transitioning into the end of the year. It’s got such a winter-esque type vibe to it, plus kickass characters and phenomenal world-building.
Is there a new release you’re still waiting for?
For me, I feel like there is always a new release that I’m still waiting for in terms of books, because there’s just SO MANY great stories that are dying to be told and I feel like I don’t have enough time to read them all. I can’t wait for The Guilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi to come out next month, because it looks likes it’s going to be a gorgeous compelling read and I’m getting dark and dangerous thrilling vibes from it. I love anything that has to do with Paris and since this one is set in Paris and it is historical fiction as well, that’s an even bigger plus in my book. I would probably go so far as to say that this is definitely one of my top three anticipated books for the new year for sure.
The Red Scrolls of Magic by Cassandra Clare. Okay, so yeah, ya’ll don’t give me any ish for this, but I had to include it because it’s MAGNUS BANE AND ALEC LIGHTWOOD. If it hadn’t been for that, I wouldn’t. But, I can’t not. Magnus is super shiny and all types of amazingly awesome, so yep it’s going on the list of books I’m looking forward to in the new year. I know, I know she’s going to milk this for all that she can, but like I said if it hadn’t been for Magnus and Alec, I might not have. So, I’m calling this my “gimme”.
Sherwood. Because, I will read anything by the amazingly gifted and truly talented Megan Spooner. C’,mon, how could you not want to add this amazing feelsy-feeling historical retelling of Robin Hood to your bookshelve, you know it would look so pretty. Can’t wait, must have this now please!
What are three books you want to read before the end of the year?
I would really really like to finish reading Hamilton: The Revolution for sure, because I’ve really been enjoying reading it at my leisure, while listening to the soundtrack on repeat. It’s just been a lot of fun. But as far as what I’m normally drawn to and read on a regular basis, I would love to end the year by finishing up with The Black Coats and The Poet X, definitely. And, if I have time, I would like to finish Under the Lights the second book in The Field Party series by Abbi Glines.
I am such a slacker, but this has been a much harder and chaotic semester than I expected it to be, and with getting that second part-time job and the volunteer work that I’ve been doing made it even more of a difficult task. I really am going to make more of an effort to change that within the coming new year for sure.
Is there a book you think could still shock you and become your favorite book of the year?
Honestly, I don’t think so, because I’m already head over feet in love with Hamilton: The Revolution because of the many many feels both it and then listening to the musical on repeat have given me. But, as far as normal reads, I have honestly loved pretty much all of the books that I’ve gotten to read so far this year, give or take the odd one out. I think that one of the books that really surprised me the most this year and what really kicked me out of reading slump hard was, Broken Things by Lauren Oliver. I felt like it was such a fantastic book that was cleverly written and definitely held my intrigue right from the beginning all the way through. I just didn’t want to put it down, for fear I might miss out on something else. So, I would definitely recommend it if you are a fan of mystery novels that will leave you feeling all the feels.
Have you already started making reading plans for 2018?
In terms of what I want to read and how I’m going to make keeping up with my blog a lot easier for me, yes definitely I have. But, I will talk about that in another post, where I talk about my New Year’s Resolutions and up-coming goals for the blog going into the New Year.
I’m not really tagging anyone to do this, but I did want to ping Destiny @ Howling Libraries since she is where I found this tag to begin with. She’s a fantastic blogger and I really enjoy her content, so if you aren’t following her already go check her out. She’s amazing and really sweet.