The End of the Year Book Tag

This is an idea I saw over at Imyril’s There’s Room For One More – credited originally as Ariel Bissett‘s End of The Year tag – and given that I’m desperately in needs of way to procrastinate the day away in a way I don’t feel bad about myself, I decided to do it.

Is there a book that you started that you still need to finish by the end of the year?

Ha. Hahaha. Hahaohgods.

Need is a strong word but I’d like to make a dent in my ARCs – Barker’s Call of the Bone Ships, Stephens’ The Stone Knife, and Hawke’s Hollow Empire top that list. I’d like to finish Abraham’s A Shadow in Summer. It’d be nice to backtrack and finish up Shannon’s The Priory of the Orange Tree, Crowley’s Aegypt, Harrison’s Viriconium… I’d also like to get back on the Redwall readthrough train (currently stalling on The Bellmaker) and continue with my early fantasy project (I finished Jirel of Joiry but what next). Normally I’m pretty firm on the idea that you stop reading books when they stop being fun, but I’ve had a lot of unfinished books this year, and it’d be nice to show some signs of completionism.

I also need to finish editing my own manuscript and send that bastard out again.

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

The idea that people pick books for seasonal moods was completely unknown to me until I read Imyril’s post. So no. Besides, it’s winter now. Autumn’s been and gone.

That said – if I were to have a seasonal book – it’d be the book equivalent of Death in Paradise so I can pretend briefly I’m not in said bloody season. I’m writing this at 16:30 and it’s dark out. Why would I want a book to remind me of this?

Is there a release you are still waiting for? 

Much as I try to catch up, I am a reader most attached to a period that’s been and gone, and the release calendar isn’t of much interest to me. That said, I do have a pre-order for the excellent De Bodard’s Fireheart Tiger, which I believe is out early next year?

Name three books you want to read by the end of the year

*waves hand at first paragraph*

That said, beyond that, I’d like to try Michael Chabon’s work. I’m thinking of picking up Poul Anderson’s The Broken Sword, of which I have an unread copy of lying around. And I think Bujold’s Penric and Desdemona novellas would be very relevant to my interests.

Is there a book that can still shock you and become your favourite of the year?

I will be stunned, and probably unable to function for a week, if I find a book as good as The Traitor Baru Cormorant before the end of the year. Or before the end of next year too for that matter.

Have you already started making reading plans for 2021?

I am to reading plans as Malcolm Tucker is to swear jars.

8 thoughts on “The End of the Year Book Tag

  1. I think the seasonal read thing makes more sense in other genres (contemporary / romance leap to mind). While I guess I could contort my fantasy reads around it, it really doesn’t make much sense for SF (although Prometheus is a Christmas movie, and that’s the end of it. Although I realise I’m in a minority of people who actually choose to watch Prometheus 😂).

    The Traitor Baru Cormorant is one of the best books I’ve read in the past decade, so I’m with you on that score. 18 months on, I’ve loved many other books but I’ve not read one as impressive.

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    1. Prometheus?

      And yes. The Traitor changed my mind on what the genre could be. The Curse of Chalion has come very close to being as good – in some ways better – but just not as impressive.

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  2. Winter only starts in December 21st 😛

    And your ARCs are part of my “paperbacks out in 2021” list of books to buy! Except Barker’s, I think that’s out already, but I need to get book 1 of that one as well.

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    1. I know winter when I see it and I’m seeing it out of my window right now!

      The mentioned ARCs all out now, but I’m not sure which are in paperback and which aren’t.

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  3. Ah! I see you have made the jump to WordPress. I must have missed the memo; I was wondering why things were so quiet on your Blogger page 😛

    I might give the same response to the first question. I’ve reached my goal of number of books read in 2020 but there are dozens of books I would love to finish before the new year, if I knew there was any chance of doing so. Prioritizing ARCs sounds like the responsible thing to do. I hope I can embrace your attitude towards reading plans next year. I am debating doing away with them altogether…

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    1. It was a very quiet jump!

      I’m really not sure what reading plans have to add to the world, but then I know not everyone is as chaotic as me. I can however shock you by saying I’ve barely touched my ARCs since writing this…

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      1. Gasp! Shocked indeed… It has been my experience that what would be the responsible choice is rarely the book I want to read, so never mind the responsible choice anyway.

        Actually that ties in to the comments about reading plans. Previously I have found reading goals help remind me of all the types of books out there I would like to read and enjoy, but I generally read whatever I want anyway so I don’t think they make as much a difference as I imagine… On a more serious note, though, I found setting certain specific goals highlighted whether I really was reading, for example, as many works by Indigenous authors as I thought I was.

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