Year End Book Tag

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Today I’m doing the Year End Book Tag. This has become a fun way to wrap up the year, and look to the next.

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

I’ve  for the most part finished the books I have started, or DNF’d them. November had a few of those DNF’s. November Wrap up coming next week. Stay tuned. I am going to try to progress in some series I’ve started, like the Codex Alera series by Jim Butcher, and I’m hoping to read the third book, Cursor’s Fury, this month. I do also have the Actions and Goals story structure book, which has been in progress for a couple of months now. 🙈 I also have just remembered I have an audiobook started on Spotify, more on that in my answer to the next question.

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

I do have an audiobook I’ve started on Spotify, that is a Robinhood retelling, and somehow in my brain Robinhood goes with Autumn. The book is a self-published book by A.P. Bestwick, called A Forest of Vanity and Valour. This is a nice short 5 hour book, I’m currently about one hour into.

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

Yes, and it is a book still being written, it’s book 6 of the King’s Dark Tidings. Kel Kade finished the third book in her trilogy for Tor, and I haven’t checked that release date but should so I can reread the first two books before the third is released. I’m also not that worried because I’m not as in love with this trilogy as I am for her KDT series.

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

Lol. There are way more than three I would love to get to before the end of the year. I would love to finish or get caught up with series I’ve started and many more I want to start. If I’m to keep it to three though, I’ll keep it to Cursor’s Fury by Jim Butcher, book 4 in the light novels for SAO, and Of Blood and Fire by Ryan Cahill.

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

I’m hoping Of Blood and Fire may do this actually. There are some others if I can get to them, may also surprise me. One of those is The Risen Shard by DK Holmberg. There is also one I was dumb enough to put on my holiday wish list, which is Two Twisted Crowns by Rachel Gillig, which is the sequel to One Dark Window I listened to in October and was gobsmacked at how engrossed I became in the story.

Have you already started making reading plans for 2024?

🧐 Maybe. I’m trying to solidify a reading tracker system that works for me and figure out what stats I want to know without making reading feel too much like a job. So I’ve been playing with tracking apps, and excel, and google sheets to see what I may want to use, figure out what I like and what I don’t. More on this ah, exercise, in a later video, maybe including a review of some of the apps.

Those are my answers to the Year End Book Tag. What are you looking forward to in 2024?