I have got a busy few weeks coming up – presentation, DC trip, a video to film and edit, 2 essays due, New York trip, 2 final projects, 3 books left for class to read and at least one more paper or project that the teacher hasn’t even mentioned yet. That’s not to mention the added stress of getting ready to fly back home.
All of this is to say that I’m starting to feel a little stressed. To take away some of that stress I’ve decided to combine catching up on podcast episodes with scheduling some posts to help future me out.
We’re kicking things off with one of my favourite posts of the year – The End of the Year book tag! This is my fourth year in a row doing this tag so you should definitely check out previous years. I think it’s always fun to take a look back and look forward as we come to the end of the year.
Are there any books you started this year that you need to finish?
There are two books that I picked up this year that I put down for a break but have ultimately decided to DNF for good.
I started reading It Happened One Summer by Tessa Bailey over the summer and put it down because the main character was infuriating – 28 acting like an 8 year old. It just didn’t work for me and I couldn’t forsee myself coming to enjoy it so I ended up putting it down and I think I’ve given up completely.
The other book was one I’m super bummed about but I just wasn’t enjoying Some Girls Do by Jennifer Dugan. Despite enjoying her previous novel I couldn’t get into this book. It wasn’t moving fast enough for me and I wasn’t totally enthralled by the characters to keep me reading.
If memory serves, these are the only two books I’ve picked up, read a decent chunk of, but haven’t finished and sadly don’t plan to.
Do you have an autumnal book to transition into the end of the year?
This time of year is usually when I plan to get through the books I’ve been putting off over the last ten months. My November TBR is entirely dedicated to that. I randomly started reading Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger and wouldn’t be surprised if I dive into the sequel so you can see how well those plans are going.
My December TBR, however, is going to be all about festive holiday books. Sure I should be prioritising other things but I think I’m going to be so drained come the end of the year so I’m actually really looking forward to my Christmas reads.
Is there a new release you’re still waiting for?
Yesss! I’m really looking forward to Never Ever Getting Back Together by Sophie Gonzales which comes out early December.
I 100% will not have time to read it before the end of the year but I’m planning a whole reading-week or something in January where I specifically read F/F romance’s I didn’t get to – also on this list is She Gets The Girls by Rachel Lippincott and I Kissed Shara Wheeler by Casey McQuiston.
I’m kind of addicted to Sophie Gonzales’ writing style after reading just two of her books so I’m making her books a priority in 2023.
What are 3 books you want to read before the end of the year?
I mean I already went over this in my November TBR. We’re 10 days into the month as I’m writing this tag and I’ve read 0 of them. *pats myself on the back* Maybe if I repeat it I’ll feel even more guilty and will definitely pick them up.
Is there a book you think could still shock you and become your favourite book of the year?
Hmmm. I mean I have a very strong feeling I’m going to love the previous three books I just mentioned so when I do end up loving those it’s not exactly going to shock me.
I’m going to go with my current read – Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger. Over the last year or two I’ve been hearing about this middle grade series as more and more books have been released.
Because of this it’s been in the back of my mind but when I saw the other day that the first book was available through Kindle Unlimited I gave it a shot and I’m loving it so much!
Have you already started making reading plans for 2023?
Pft, of course. I’ve got a list of 2023 releases I’m looking forward to, I’ve got a list of series I need to continue on with and also some I’m hoping to start. I’ve even got a list of authors who I want to read more from in 2023 and don’t even get me started on the “out of my comfort zone” books I want to read in an attempt to try new stuff.
I had just as much fun with this tag as I do every other year. I’d love to know how things are going in your reading life at this time of the year. What books are you trying to squeeze in super quick? Have you started making 2023 reading plans yet? Let me know!