I did this tag last year as well (here), and early November is generally a smarter time to do this than right before December, so here I am.
1. Are there any books you started this year that you need to finish?
Not really? There are a few books I’ve DNFed that I might return to in the future, but nothing I started and want to finish. That rarely happens.
2. Do you have an autumnal book to transition into the end of the year?
I had! It’s already been autumn for more than a month by now, but back then, Missing, Presumed Dead by Emma Berquist was perfect for this. Fast-paced, thrilling, eerie – the perfect way to start fall. I can’t believe just how underrated this little queer ghost book is.
3. Is there a new release you’re still waiting for?
All the books I’ve been really anticipating (as in, the ones I included in most-anticipated lists) are already out by now, but a book I’m waiting for that isn’t out yet is The Deep by Rivers Solomon, a novella about an underwater society born from the descendants of enslaved African women. I’m also really anticipating Reverie by Ryan La Sala, out in December, but I own an ARC of that one.
4. What are three books you want to read before the end of the year?
Apart from the ones I talked about on my TBR yesterday? I don’t want to put too many obligations on myself, but it would be nice to manage to get to:
- Amnesty by Lara Elena Donnelly: third and final book in a series I deeply love; it’s good to not let too much time pass between a book and its sequel, so I’d like to finish this series this year. I’m not sure I’ll make it because time, where is it.
- A Kingdom for a Stage by Heidi Heilig: another sequel in a really under-the-radar series that really should be noticed by more people. I just want some more mixed media fantasy in my life, and the first book was really important to me last year.
- Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo: I’d love to finish my reread of The Grisha Trilogy before next year. I know the sequel of King of Scars probably won’t be here in early 2020 (or we would have seen at least a title reveal by now?) but I want to get to King of Scars before it releases.
5. Is there a book you think could still shock you and become your favourite book of the year?
Oh, that would be difficult.
Not “nearly impossible”, as it was in the last two years, in which my “favorite book” position was taken by Ninefox Gambit (in 2017) and then by Revenant Gun (2018) and there’s just no competing with my favorite series of all time, but still, it’s not easy. I also think you might already guess which is my favorite book of the year so far (am I obvious about which it is or not?), and then you know why it’s not easy.
Anyway. Books that could, if not become the favorite, at least make it to my “favorites of the year” list? I’m kind of hoping that at least one of the three non-ARC books I mentioned in yesterday’s post will make it (so: Middlegame, Gideon the Ninth, House of Sundering Flames) but I’m hesitant. Another one that calls to me is The Winged Histories by Sofia Samatar, it sounds like the kind of complex and beautifully written (if heavy) fantasy I can love and it comes highly recommended. We’ll see.
6. Have you already started making reading plans for 2020?
Kind of. I’m trying to organize my rereads (the ones for sequels) a bit more, but apart from that, I’m trying to go into 2020 with as little plans as I possibly can. That makes reading more fun.
Do you think you already know which book is your favorite of the year?