Don’t worry, you still have almost two months left in the year – I know time is weird in 2020, so I felt like I had to make that clarification. BUT it is almost over, and I am very ready to put this year behind me and start fresh, even if it’s just mentally.
Anyway, this tag is all about your reading plans for the end of the year. Basically, what I’m hoping the end of this year will look like, reading-wise. Since all my plans this year completely fell to the wayside, this might be kind of an interesting post. I am very behind on my Goodreads goal, so maybe this’ll get me to catch up. Hopefully.
Are there any books you started this year that you need to finish?
Oh no. Question one, and I’m already regretting my life choices. Because my “currently reading” shelf on Goodreads has six books on it at the moment. So, here we go.
The first book I really want to finish is Leadership: In Turbulent Times by Doris Kearns Goodwin. I started this back in January. When life was simpler and reading was more fun. And then I put it down because it was making me angry to read about great presidents while the Cheeto was president. I did really enjoy what I’d read of it so far, so I’m hoping to finish it soon (now that we have hope).
Next up is Burial Rites by Hannah Kent. Honesty, I was really liking this one! I only put it down because it was a book club read and that got put on hold in March. I have learned to not read book club books until right before we meet. But now that’s looking like it won’t happen, so I’m just going to finish this one.
Then there is The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel. Honestly, no idea why I put this one down. I need to finish it.
Also in the “reading about great presidents in 2020 makes me mad” category, we have: Grant by Ron Chernow. I had to pause on this one because I was getting angry, and couldn’t help but wishing I could throw this giant tome and a certain someone’s face the entire time I was reading it. But it should be safe to read about presidents again. I think.
Then we have my annual Stephen King Halloween read this year: The Stand. Which I knew was about a pandemic (and was probably a bad idea to read in 2020). But also, it’s weirdly similar to the political climate in the US right now. I am very much enjoying it though, the only reason I put it down is because election week melted my brain and I’ve barely read anything. I will finish this very soon, though!
Finally, White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo. I started this as part of my Nonfiction November reading, and am finding it very educational. I might have finished this by the time you read this, so hopefully I can get going on the rest of these books.
Do you have an autumnal book to transition into the end of the year?
Does Stephen King count? Because I read at leas one of his books every October/November. But what actually gets me in the mood for the end of the year are classics, and I have a few on my list that I would like to get to this year (but are definitely not all going to happen). The two I will most likely be picking up are Frenchman’s Creek by Daphne du Maurier and I am a Cat by Natsume Sōseke. It just depends whether I’m in the mood for dark romance or… a book narrated by a cat.
Is there a new release you’re still waiting for?
The one book I preordered and am still waiting on is A Promised Land by Barack Obama. I was a little worried about whether or not I’d be in the mood for it after Election Day, but now I think it’ll be a really nice reminder of what we’re about to get back.
Also, I’m pretty excited about Ernest Cline’s Ready Player Two.
What are three books you want to read before the end of the year?
Apart from everything mentioned above, I would really like to read The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V. E. Schwab, which I genuinely cannot believe I haven’t read yet. I’ve been waiting for this book for years and got it the day it came out, and it’s just been sitting there. No idea what’s wrong with me, but this has to happen very soon.
I would also like to read The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander. It’s been on my list for a while, and it just got bumped way up because Bill Gates said it was a must-read. And, if you don’t already know, one weird thing about me is that I read pretty much anything Bill Gates recommends. Because I genuinely end up loving pretty much every single one of them.
And last, but not least, has to be Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi. Again, another book I was very excited about, immediately got a copy of, and then didn’t read. Really not sure why. But I know I’ll love it because Homegoing is one of my favorite books ever.
Is there a book you think could still shock you and become your favorite book of the year?
Honestly, I haven’t had the best reading year. I’ve read some great books, but I’ve also read a lot of not great books. I’m expecting to love Addie LaRue and Transcendent Kingdom – they both have a decent shot at becoming my favorite of the year. But a possible wildcard might be I am a Cat. Honestly, I’ve read a few pages and it’s really cute and I think I might just love it. But it’s honestly going to be hard for anything to beat Kindred, How to Stop Time, or Memoirs of a Geisha.
Have you already started making reading plans for 2021?
The answer to this question is: kind of. This year has really not gone according to plan. So I kind of want to approach reading differently next year. I’m not exactly sure what that’ll look like yet, but I feel like making some sort of plan works for me. I just have way too many books on my TBR and I’ll end up spending half the year deciding what to read next if I don’t organize it somehow.
I’m sure a lot of bloggers have already done this tag, but I saw it over on BooksandLala, so go check out that video if you’re interested. But this was fun. It made me super anxious about the fact that I’m way behind on my reading and have several very large books that I want to get off my “currently reading” list before January. Send help.
Really, though, I hope you enjoyed this post! I’d love to hear your answers to these questions, so leave them in the comments! Or, if you do this tag, link back to this post, so I can go check it out!