The End of the Year book tag was created by Ariel over at Ariel Bissett!

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

No? I don’t really tend to start books and then stop midway, so there aren’t any books that I’m in the middle of at the moment. (There are a lot of books that I’d like to start, though.)

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

Not really? I’m a mood reader, and my mood is a very fickle thing. I don’t typically tend to read books of a certain genre during specific seasons, so we’ll just have to see what I’m in the mood for, and also what I have the time/mental bandwidth for (since I have classes now ๐Ÿ˜”).

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

There are a bunch I’m vaguely interested in, depending on how positive the reviews for them are once they’re released, but there is one title that I am SO INCREDIBLY DESPERATE TO READ: A Marvellous Light by Freya Marske. I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am for this book, and the fact that I haven’t been able to get an ARC has been killing me. This novel sounds like it was written for me: Edwardian England, magic, romance!!!!! I can feel the 5-star potential in my bones.

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

SO MANY, but since uni has started back up again, I don’t know if I’ll actually be able to get to any of them before the end of the year. In an ideal world, though, some of the ones I’ve been wanting to read for a while are:

  • The Good People by Hannah Kent (atmospheric historical fiction, set in Ireland)
  • The Rules of Revelation by Lisa McInerney (Irish, music!)
  • Thin Places by Kerri Nรญ Dochartaigh (memoir, The Troubles, nature)
  • The Bridge of Beyond by Simone Schwarz-Bart (tr. by Barbara Bray) (multigenerational, historical fiction)
  • The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters (gothic, historical fiction [are we noticing a trend here?])
  • An I-Novel by Minae Mizumura (tr. by Juliet Winters Carpenter) (Japanese, formally experimental)
  • The Gods of Gotham by Lyndsay Faye (historical fiction, mystery)
  • What We Don’t Talk About When We Talk About Fat by Aubrey Gordon (nonfiction, social justice)
  • Things I Have Withheld by Kei Miller (essays about silences)
  • White Magic by Elissa Washuta (essays about cultural inheritance and love, among other things) (Hannah just read and love this!!)

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

I don’t think so? My favourite book of the year so far, The King of Infinite Space by Lyndsay Faye, has set the bar pretty high. But I definitely might stumble upon a 5-star read at some point before the year ends (at least I hope I do).

Have you already started making reading plans for 2022?

If by “reading plans” you mean making a list of a bunch of 2022 releases that I’m super excited about, then yes. I am constantly snooping on Edelweiss to find out about new publisher catalogues, so I’ve been amassing quite the list of 2022 book releases. Some current frontrunners include: Either/Or by Elif Batuman (NEW ELIF BATUMAN NOVEL!!! SEQUEL TO THE IDIOT!!!!), Our Wives Under the Sea by Julia Armfield (author of the gorgeous Salt Slow), and If an Egyptian Cannot Speak English by Noor Naga (set in Egypt, examining “the ethics of fetishizing the homeland and punishing the beloved”?!?!?!?!).

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  1. These questions are making me realize that other readers are far more organized in their reading than I am! I tend to choose what I’m going to read next either based on my mood in that moment or when it’s due at the library.

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    1. im definitely a mood reader too!! that why i listed so many books lol. i never know what im in the mood for, so i always have a big group of like 40 or 50 books in a shelf on goodreads that i can just browse them and see what’s speaking to me ๐Ÿ‘€

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