Hi bookish friends! Happy Monday. It’s currently 1:36 a.m., and I’m wide awake, thanks to going to bed around 7:30 p.m. last night. I genuinely love my job, so waking up early to get started on work happens from time to time. Today’s blog post, a book tag created by Ariel Bissett, was written in October; however, because I was working on catching up with that MEGA TEN PAGE blog post last week, I decided to hold off on posting. Last December, I completed this booktag; however, I realized that it might be best to do it in October or November this year. That way, I have more time to complete it instead of a few weeks.
The End of the Year Booktag was created by Ariel Bissett.
Are there any books you started this year that you need to finish?
Negative, ghostwriter! I’m not one to start reading a novel and put it down. I don’t believe I DNF’d a book the entire year!
Do you have an autumnal book to transition into the end of the year?
Earlier this year, I found a copy of Death in Her Hands by Ottessa Moshfegh, and it’s been calling my name to read. So far, I’ve read Eileen, My Year of Rest and Relaxation, and Lapvona, so it may be time to give this one a read. I also want to spend the remainder of the year reading the Sherlock Holmes collection. I have two or three books out of the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle collection.
Is there a new release you’re still waiting for?
A new release that I’ve been waiting for is Ethan Joella’s A Quiet Life. The first line of the book’s summary reads, “Set in a close Pennsylvania suburb in the grip of winter, A Quiet Life follows three people grappling with loss and finding tender wisdom in their grief. Last year I read Joella’s novel, A Little Hope, and completely fell in love with his prose and writing structure. I found the fiction immersive and relatable, especially following Greg Tyler’s portion of the story. He has an aggressive form of cancer and receives a bone marrow transplant. Joella even got how anticlimactic the actual bone marrow transplant was.
What are three books you want to read before the end of the year?
I want to read three books before the end of the year: A Quiet Life by Ethan Joella, The Winners by Fredrik Backman, and Death in Her Hands by Ottessa Mosfegh.
P.S. Earlier this month, I read Death in Her Hands by Ottessa Mosfeg. However, that review will be posted later this month in my November wrap-up.
Is there a book you think you could still shock you and become your favourite book of the year?
I’m currently reading, The IT Girl by Ruth Ware and oddly enough, I’m shocked by how much I’m enjoying it so far. It’s got a hint of dark academia, one of my favorite genres to read, but I wasn’t expecting to like it as much as I am.
Have you already started making reading plans for next year?
Reading plans? No. But reading goals, yes! This year I chose to make reading 50 books my Goodreads Read Goal; however, next year, I may scale it back and focus on reading more classics such as The Moonstone by Wilke Collins or The Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio. Last Christmas, my sister bought me The Hardy Boys Collection, so I want to focus on reading those novels as I did for the Anne of Green Gables.