And just like that we have finally made it to the end of 2021. With 2022 on the horizon, literally a few days away, I figured what better time than to sit down and complete The End of the Year Book Tag created by Ariel Bissett. While answering a few of these questions I did realize that next year I need to complete this tag around October or November instead of three days before the new year begins. That said let’s dive into these questions.
Are there any books you started this year that you need to finish?
Negative, ghost rider! I have an extreme aversion to not finishing the books I begin to read. If I start it, I need to finish it. That said there was one book I did DNF this year, just one, which was Turtles All the Way Down by John Green. It was painful to DNF the book, but it was more painful to continue reading it. I do think that John Green is an amazing writer and creative; however, YA is just not my preferred genre to read.
Do you have an autumnal book to transition into the end of the year?
This is such an interesting question and if I would have answered it in September or November my answer would have been The Little Friend by Donna Tartt or Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery; however, with being at the end of the year and transitioning to the NEW YEAR I would have to say The Hound of Baskerville by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. I really wanted to finish reading the Sherlock Holmes collection by Doyle this year but that didn’t happen so that’s also a huge goal of mine for 2022.
Is there a new release you’re still waiting for?
Again, with being only a few days away from the new year I can’t say that there is a new release that I’m waiting for in 2021. There are a few new releases in 2022 that I’m excited for such as The Winners by Fredrik Backman it’s the third book in the Beartown series and To Paradise by Hanya Yanagihara.
What are three books you want to read before the end of the year?
If I had time, I would love to read Albatross by Terry Fallis, A Place For Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza or Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland by Patrick Radden Keefe.
Is there a book you think could still shock you and become your favourite book of the year?
The book that shocked me and blew my mind was Dawn by Selahattin Demirtaş. I recently mentioned it in My Favorite Books of 2020 article. In total this collection contains twelve short stories all of which navigate through the lives of ordinary people living in a war-torn landscape.
What also adds to the allure of this collection is the author himself. A Kurdish politician of the Peoples’ Democratic Party who after running for the Turkish Presidency and losing was arrested and has been detained since 2016. This book was written while he’s been incarcerated.
I will warn however, this book does deal with strong themes; however, after reading it, it makes me understand the privilege I have being an American.
Have you already started making reading plans for next year?
I’ve totally started making reading plans for next year! Including certain themes for articles on this blog. It’s already made me realize that this next year is going to be slightly challenging with working in certain constructs yet being a total mood reader. To give you all a little tease, a recent purchase of mine has been the Anne of Green Gables series. I had such a splendid time in Prince Edward Island. Another collection of stories that I’ll be reading are in itself global stories, as in they take place in other countries yet also focus on the perspective of being an immigrant here in the United States.