Yes, it nearly is that time. Hopefully that thought fills you with as much joy as sadness but however this year has been, and however the future looks, and however you approach those things, there is surely one constant for those reading this.
And that’s books. So let us talk about books. So let us crack on. I don’t actually know who came up with these questions, but credit to them anyway.
Are there any books you started this year that you need to finish?
Ha. Hahaha. Oh me oh my uhm…
I suppose MA Carrick’s Mask of Mirrors is the first one to spring to mind, as I started that last year, although typing that leaves me thinking I should probably just DNF it. David Mogo Godhunter by Suyi Davis Okungbowa is another I started and am probably going to let slide to DNFdom.
Something I’ve started and do want to definitely finish is the Clark Ashton Smith collection Return of the Sorcerer as I need to do so for a retro review, but I’m struggling mightily with it. There’s a number of review requests I should at least advance to the ‘sorry’ stage, a friend’s beta request… there’s simply too many, which means a good number of them won’t be. I will be starting a number of other books in that time too. I guess the one other book I’d like to finish is a collection of Giorgios Seferis’ poetry.
Do you have an autumnal book to transition into the end of the year?
Surely it should be a wintry book to transition? It already is autumn, quite a way into it. In any case, not really. I’ve never really read according to the seasons or weather.
Is there a new release you’re still waiting for?
Nope. All my anticipated releases are in the next year.
What are three books you want to read before the end of the year?
I mainly plan to see the year out with re-reads and a lot of non-fictional, but there are three new to me reads tickling at my mind
Noriko Ogiwara is the only name left on my
10 11 to try from the start of the year so it’s a matter of personal pride to give one of her books a go.
The Jasmine Throne is one of the biggest Epic Fantasy releases around at the moment, so I feel obliged to give it a go particularly as chat’s been reminding me about it. This might wait until next year mind, as I can see January being my “catch up with Epic” month.
Finally, as I dig deeper into fantasy’s history and get determined to get somewhere with the Retro Reviews project, William Morris’ work is the one calling to me most next.
Is there a book you think could still shock you and become your favorite of the year?
That would be one hell of an achievement, as I’ve had one hell of a reading year, even if it nothing quite feels on the same level as the Traitor Baru Cormorant and Curse of Chalion choice I had last year (by tiny margins, but still). So it could happen. But I’m not expecting it. The Jasmine Throne (above) would have the best shot I think (maybe), as nothing I’m currently reading appears on track to do so.
Have you already started making reading plans for 2022?
Tentatively. As noted, I think I will catch up with Epic in January. The “at some point” transatlantic move will force me to get through physical copies of things I am unlikely to cart across. I shall probably read a Guy Gavriel Kay, as I have failed to do so this year (now there’d be a shot for favourite of the year), and I need to read Bardugo’s Rule of Wolves. I shall of course be reading Dee Evan’s Notorious
S.C.R. Sorcerer the moment I can. I would like to try broaden the reading range (oh, I should have put finish Consider Phlebas in the first question). Plus of course I will be setting up lists of new authors to try, although I couldn’t tell you who yet – suggestions are gratefully received. Maybe one fantasy one, one non-fantasy one?
That said, these are all less plans as much as materials with which to build plans.
Well, I think that’s it for now. Let me know your thoughts!