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.