In case the million other posts like this one didn’t clue you in, we have reached the end of 2021. Give yourself a pat on the back. We might be a little worse for wear, but we survived. Gold stars all around. Because I am yet again attempting to blog every day this month, it is inevitable that I throw in a few book tags. And here is the first one.

I found this over on my friend Kat’s blog – Life and Other Disasters – from last year. And it seemed kind of fun (and easy), so I thought it would be a nice first tag of December. And also remind me about all the books I still need to finish before 2022.

Are there any books you started this year that you need to finish?

I am very proud of myself because last month, I focused on finishing up a lot of the books that I’d put on hold earlier in the year. Or last year. Basically, all the books I’d put down in the middle and never picked back up. And I actually finished almost all of them! Including the book I’d started all the way back in December of 2019.

But I do have one book left. I started The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson back in May and got busy with other reading I had to do and just never finished it. I was really enjoying it, so I am definitely planning on finishing it before the end of the year. Hopefully even this week.

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

The end of the year always makes me feel like reading classics or mystery novels. But I think the book that I always feel like picking up when the weather turns cooler is The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. The atmosphere is just so incredible and autumn-appropriate. I didn’t reread it this year, but if I manage to finish all the other books on my list, this might be a fun one to finish out 2021. Because I definitely need some fun books.

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

There aren’t really any book releases this month that I’m super excited about. The only book that is releasing before the end of the year that I’m interested in reading is Call Us What We Carry by Amanda Gorman. We all know Amanda from that incredible poem she read at the inauguration earlier this year. And I don’t read much poetry, but I’m definitely interested in this one.

What are three books you want to read before the end of the year?

There are more than three, because I am working on finishing up my last reading experiment post of the year and also my 2021 reading list – I have A Promised Land and The Emperor of All Maladies because I definitely procrastinated on the big nonfiction books. But the three I think I’m more excited about reading before the end of the year are:

The Sentence by Louise Erdrich, which is about a bookstore that is temporarily home to the ghost of it’s most annoying customer. The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett, partly because it sounds really good and partly because I feel like I’m one of three people who as not read this book yet. And The Empress of Salt and Fortune by Nghi Vo, which I basically decided to read after seeing the words “feminist high fantasy” in the synopsis. Keep your fingers crossed I actually get around to reading all three (in addition to everything else I have to finish).

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

Looking at what I’m planning to read this month, I honestly don’t think so. I don’t want to give anything away just yet, but I think it’s going to be very hard to beat the book that’s currently in my top spot. However, the two that might have a slim chance are probably The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett or The Sentence by Louise Erdrich.

Like I said, kind of a long shot, but it’ll be interesting to see what I think of those. One is super popular, and the other is the kind of weird book that I always love (and that’s probably going to make up half of my favorites this year). So I don’t know. Possible, but not likely.

Have you already started making reading plans for 2022?

Do you know me? Yes, of course I have. But I’m honestly having a harder time coming up with my 2022 reading plans than I have in years past. I’m not sure if I just don’t know what sounds good anymore or if I’m putting pressure on myself to make my 2022 reading list amazing, but I have kind of no idea what my reading plans for the year are at this point. But I’ve definitely been thinking about it a lot.

That’s it for this tag! Sorry this was a little short, I have some fun things planned for later this month. I hope you still enjoyed reading it! What book(s) do you plan on getting to before the end of the year?

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