I couldn’t find out who began this tag once upon a time. I’ve just seen it pop up in several places in BlogLand and on BookTube, so here we go.
Are there any books you started this year that you need to finish?
I was enjoying the complexity of the Teixcalaan Empire in A Memory Called Empire, but I think I had a bunch of ARCs I needed to read and review and some library books to deal with, so I set it aside and haven’t gotten back to it. I need to finish it, as book two comes out sometime next year.
Mind of the Raven was interesting, if a bit dry now and then. Heinrich is an ornithologist describing raven behavior, so his language can get a bit scientific, but the subject matter (ravens) is so interesting that I’m not bothered by a bit of dryness now and then. But I had to take it back to the library and haven’t checked it back out yet.
Do you have an autumnal book to transition into the end of the year?
I know what is meant by ‘autumnal book’, but I tend to read them all year ’round, so I don’t have any particular ones to transition into winter or the end of the year or anything like that.
That being said, I tend to read The Lord of the Rings every year, and usually in the winter, so I have another reread coming up soon.
Is there a new release you’re still waiting for?
Nothing for the rest of the year (at least that I know of). I have a few ARCs on my NetGalley shelf, but none of them is due out until 2021. The earliest is Alison Weir’s Queens of the Crusades: England’s Medieval Queens, Book 2, which will be published in February.
What are three books you want to read before the end of the year?
Just taking looking at the stack waiting on my little gray shelf I see the following:
- Dissolution (Matthew Shardlake #1) by C.J Sansom
- Children of Ash and Elm: A History of The Vikings by Neil Price
- The Saga of King Hrolf Kraki by Anonymous, translated from the Icelandic by Jesse L. Byock
These are a few that I want to read still in November. I don’t know what else (aside from The Lord of the Rings) I will read before the end of the year.
Is there a book you think could still shock you and become your favorite book of the year?
What an odd question. ‘Is there a book you think could still shock you and become your favorite book of the year’?
As though I go into a book expecting to dislike it? With a notable exception, I don’t hate-read books. I don’t have time to sit down with a book I already know I’m not going to like. So when I pick up a new book, I go into it hoping that it will be a great book and will become a favorite.
So I would not find it shocking if a book I read in the last week of December would end up being a favorite.
I’ve heard that Dissolution is fantastic, so I hope it will be a great opening to the Matthew Shardlake series. I hope Children of Ash and Elm lives up to its beautiful cover design and turns out to be a phenomenal book of Viking history. The Lost Queen by Signe Pike is, so far, a beautifully written take on Arthurian tales, and I am enjoying it. I found a great deal on all four books of Sarah Kozloff’s Nine Realms Series, so I’m hoping that the first book, A Queen in Hiding, will be fantastic.
Why would I assume that any book that I approach might not end up being a favorite?
I am confused.
Have you already started making reading plans for 2021?
Ish. I know I want to read the entirety of the History of Middle-earth collection I bought earlier this year, and I want to get through a significant portion of the unread books I own (they look so good!), but aside from putting together a personal reading challenge on my StoryGraph account to account for all those unread books, I haven’t made any grand plans. I’ll think about it more in December.
Do any of you have any ideas?
So that’s all from me for now. If you find this little tag intriguing, feel free to go ahead and do it. No one tagged me, after all.