Ah, 2020. What a disaster of a year. While the world was in chaos, I found some peace inside of books and read and read and then read some more. At the time of writing this, I’ve read almost 100 books more than I did in 2019. But hey, a lot has changed over these 12 months. At the start of the year I had no intention of becoming a book blogger. Writing bookish content scared me. It wasn’t my niche and I planned to avoid it at all costs. And well, look how that turned out. (I’m now primarily a book blogger, in case that isn’t clear!) So this is my first year taking part in the end of year book tag but it won’t be my last. Hopefully.
CREDIT: The End of the Year Book Tag was created by Ariel Bissett.
Are There Any Books You Started This Year That You Need To Finish?
I’ve been reading How to Pack for the End of the World by Michelle Falkoff which was kindly sent to me by the publishers for weeks now. Three weeks. So that’s currently top of my priority list. I’m hoping to have it finished tomorrow and then I can post my review up over the weekend.
Other than that, the only book I need to finish is I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara. I started it in the summer and… it was intense. True crime is something I enjoy if it’s not too dark. And this is definitely on the dark side. So I’m hoping to get it done but we’ll see.
Do You Have a Book Or Autumnal Book To Transition Into The End Of The Year?
Okay so we’re a long ways past the start of autumn now but I think the answer is no? I mean I love to dive straight into spooky season as soon as the weather changes. But nothing super specific.
Is There A New Release You’re Still Waiting For?
Yes – I’ve pre-ordered the Buffy the Vampire Slayer graphic novel, Chosen Ones. It’s due to be released on Christmas Eve? The premise sounds like it centres around the stories of other slayers which is really interesting. It sounds a lot like the Tales of the Slayer books which I haven’t read because I discovered this graphic novel at around the same time and it seemed like a better option for me personally.
What Are Three Books You Want To Read Before The End of the Year?
Okay so I’m not going to include festive reading choices in this. The three books I want to read most this month are:
- The Deep by Alma Katsu
- Death By Dumpling by Vivien Chien
- Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan
Is There A Book You Think Could Still Shock You & Become Your Favourite Book Of The Year?
I mean, never say never, right? But honestly, I don’t think so. There have been some incredible books this year and I’ve already written my preliminary top 10s so… It’s possible but there’s some stiff competition.
Have You Already Started Making Reading Plans For 2021?
Of course! I haven’t officially chosen my Goodreads reading challenge goal yet. But I think it’s going to be somewhere in the 100-150 range. At the start of 2020, I was only reading 1-3 books a month and I now average 3 books a week so that’s a huge jump. And how I read has changed a lot too. So I want to pick a goal that challenges me but is also realistic? I guess I need to think about it some more.
Other reading plans for 2021 include:
- Reading even more diverse books!
- Prioritising my physical copies before we move in the summer
- Reading more children’s books – I have a 3 year old son who loves reading but I’ve never found a natural way to talk about kid lit on my blog so that’s going to be something I’ll start doing in 2021!
- Take part in the 2021 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge and Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge
- Read more series!
- More book club reads
- Less signing up for readathons that I can’t commit to…
Phew! Well that’s that! Have you done the end of the year book tag? If so, let me know as I’d love to read your answers. And if you haven’t but want to, now’s a great time.
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