[Book Talk] End of the Year Book Tag!

So, before we know it 2018 is coming to a close! I’m just about ready to pull out my christmas pjs, Hallmark movies and my special gingernut recipe! Now seems like a great time to review my reading year, especially given that this was my fire year blogging and first full year tracking my reads on Goodreads! What better way to do that than a good old tag! I believe this tag was created on booktube by Ariel Bisset so no one tagged me but I thought it looked like fun and I wanted to do it.

1. Are there any books you started this year that you need to finish?

I’m not one for reading more than one book at a time, so I don’t really have many loose ends to tie up. I started Pride and Prejudice for the first time last week and I’d really like to make it the whole way through before the end of the year. I also started Lucy Worsley’s new Queen Victoria biography in August but honestly, I don’t think I’m even going to kid myself by saying I’ll get that done in 2018!

2. Do you have an autumnal book to transition into the end of the year?

Unless physically painful, soul-wrenching YA fantasy counts as autumnal, then no lol. Honestly, my reading schedule looks like this: fantasyfantasyfantasyfantasyfantasyCHRISTMAS. I’m going straight from The Dark Artifices to Christmas books!

3. Is there a new release you’re still waiting for?


4. What are three books you want to read before the end of the year?

  1. Royals by Rachel Hawkins. I actually bought this over the summer but I’ve saved it for the winter because it just sounds like the perfect cosy Christmas read!
  2. Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden. I loved The Bear and the Nightingale when I read it last November, and I bought the sequel when it was released by somehow it has stayed on my TBR for the whole of 2018… I have an ARC of The Winter of the Witch though which is to be released in January so I really need to get moving with it! The Winternight trilogy is the PERFECT cold winter’s night read though, so I’m excited!
  3. Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare. As I’ve already mentioned, one of my goals for the year has been to read ALL of Cassandra Clare’s books in time for the release of QOAAD. I only have Lord of Shadows to go and then I’m all caught up. I’m excited to actually get the chance to be part of the hype of a big series release, I’m always behind!

5. Is there a book you think could still shock you and become your favourite book of the year?

Hmmm, I don’t know about this. I’m expecting to be completely blown away by QOAAD, but tbh I have read so many incredible books this year! I started my bookstagram in Jan/Feb time and since then I’ve been catching up on all the incredible YA favourites that I missed whilst clearly living under a rock. ACOTAR, The Mortal Instruments, Gentleman’s Guide etc etc. I’d be incredibly surprised if anything beat that, The Mortal Instruments has this year become my favourite series of all time.

6. Have you already started making reading plans for 2019?

YES! I have so many goals! My goodreads goal for this year was 50 and I’ve long surpassed that so I’m definitely going to aim higher in 2019, either 75 or 100 depending on my final 2018 figure and how ambitious I’m feeling. I want to read more classics in 2019, I feel like I’ve barely read any and as a reader I want to experience more of the books that led to my modern favourites. I also want to try and read wider, get outside of YA and maybe try some formats I haven’t yet, such as graphic novels. This will be my first full year of blogging, baring in mind I spent a lot of 2018 with too small a following for publishers to consider me, so I have a long list of all the releases for 2019 that I want to try and target. I want to make 2019 my biggest reading year yet!

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