End of the Year Book Tag

I love reading, and this year I had a goal to prioritise reading this year, and I wanted to read 100 books in 2019. Now that we are in the final months of the year, I have to admit that I’m pretty behind on this goal, and I’m hoping that ‘naming and shaming’ myself on here will help me to get my act together. This tag is an oldie but a goodie, and its a great way for me to reflect and push myself to read more.

Total Reading Count:

So far this year, I have read 66 out of 100 books, which according to Goodreads is 15 books behind schedule. Its been a tough year for reading for me, as I had a huge reading slump earlier this year, which I am blaming on trying to read Tolstoy’s War and Peace. I am still hoping to catch up, and for the rest of the year I’m going to be focusing on books I’m excited to read, so it will probably be very fantasy and YA heavy, with some dashes of true crime.

Are there any books or series that you want to finish

There are so many books I want to finish this year, because I been starting books and not finishing them, and there are a couple of series that I am every excited to finish.

  • The New Tsar: The Rise and Reign of Vladimir Putin by Stephen Miller- This is a really interesting biography of the Russian Oligarch, but it is very dry and I’m struggling to finish it.
  • The Diviners Series by Libba Bray- I have spoken about how much I love this series before, and I love the diverse characters, fun story lines and creepy themes. I just started before the Devil breaks you, which so far is really good. This whole series has made me so happy, and I hope it continues.
  • Stalking Jack the Ripper Series by Kerry Maniscalco- This series is a real guilty pleasure for me, and on audiobook (which is how I am consuming it) its a great piece of content to consume while I’m cleaning or walking around the city. I loved the first two books, but the third book was very disappointing and frustrating for me, because it followed all the YA tropes I hate. So I am very anxious about the next one, and I think it will make and break the series for me.Have you read it? Let me know what you think in the comments

Do you have a spooky book to transition to the end of the year?

I am a big fan of Halloween, but apart from the existential fear of climate change- theres nothing really ‘spooky’ about Sydney weather in October, so I will probably continue reading The Diviners for a spooky vibe, and then I think I will re-read Harry Potter which has that feel good childhood nostalgia that I really crave at this time of year. I also want to start Brandon Sanderson’s book Way of Kings its a giant book but all the glowing reviews have convinced me.

My giant Brandon Sanderson stack and my goofy grin (sorry about my hair, I had been on a run)

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

I am quite excited for the second instalment of the Children of Blood and Bone Series, because I enjoyed the first one, but in general my goal this year is to finish the books I already own, not buy new ones, so I haven’t been watching out for new releases. The one exception to this rule was Margaret Atwood’s The Testaments which I was reading for my book club, and I devoured in three days, it was amazing and has kicked off a huge feminist book binge.

My most aesthetic book collection

Three books I want to read by the end of the year:

I want to read so many books before the end of the year, but if I had to narrow it down, it would be:

  • Way of Kings by Branden Sanderson
  • Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
  • The Nightingale by Kristen Hannah
  • The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz

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

I hope so, I’m hoping the Outlander Series will shock me and become the best books I have read this year. But I have also really enjoyed the shades of Magic series by VE Schwab.
I have also enjoyed Educated by Tara Westover
Winternight Series by Katherine Ardern

Have you started making plans for 2020?

Yes I have! I’m hoping that I will be able to incorporate a lot more book content on my blog, because I feel like its something I gloss over a lot. This year has been so overwhelming for me that I have fallen well behind on my 100 book goal, and even if I only make 70 books I will still be happy with that. Next year I’m hoping to write more reviews and create better book content for my blog.

Have you been reading this year? Let me know the highlight in the comments

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