Sunday, November 29, 2020

2020 End of the Year Book Tag

Hello from the Abyss known as the Year 2020!

I haven't written on this blog in so long that I don't know if I even remember how to blog properly. This has been such a year filled with awful things...the presidential race, the pandemic, plus the yearly entrances of anxiety and depression and all that low mental health bar stuff...that I wanted to take a minute to focus on something else and talk about books.

I wasn't tagged for this so feel free to grab questions from here for your own tag post (this tag was created by Ariel Bissett). 

Are there any books you started this year that you need to finish? / Do you have an autumnal book to help transition into the end of the year?


There are several! The norm for me this year is that if I didn't finish reading a book in 1 or 2 days, I didn't end up finishing it at all. I really want to finish reading Serpent & Dove, Rules for Being a Girl, and Steel Tide. Just because I hate taking things off my Goodreads "Currently Reading" list without finishing them, and these have been on there for a few solid months. 

I was enjoying Serpent & Dove pretty well but then lost my stride (and I feel like the main characters were a bit cliche and felt a little flat), don't think I picked up Rules for Being a Girl when I was in the right mood, and Steel Tide wasn't gripping me the same way that Seafire did which was disappointing and I got bored with it. (I'm also a terrible mood reader, and I don't even know what I'm in the mood for until I stumble onto the most random books.) 

For the second question, nope, I don't really have an autumnal book in mind at the moment. 

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

Mmmm I don't think so? I am really excited to sit down with my ARC of Rent a Boyfriend by Gloria Chao though. It was released just a couple weeks ago !! And it's about a college student who hires a fake boyfriend to meet her Taiwanese parents which c'mon sounds like the ideal cute/awkward/asian flavored story. I love reading about the east asian family dynamics in Gloria Chao's books too because she really nails what it's like to have Asian parents. 

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

Plus many, many more haha. Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia is a period thriller set in Mexico where a socialite has to save her newly wed cousin from something mysterious. It has hella autumn vibes and such a gorgeous cover. Dangerous Alliance by Jennieke Cohen is about a young Lady who's stepping out into society with only Jane Austen's books to guide her. The Vanishing Stair by Maureen Johnson is book 2 in a series about a scholarship student who goes to a boarding school with a spoopy past deep in the mountains that comes to haunt the present in the form of murder. The first book Truly Devious was AMAZING, and I can't wait to continue reading this series. 

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

I've heard great things about The Sound of Stars by Alechia Dow, and the synopsis sounds so good. Sci-fi road trip with books and music??? Lab-created being and human girl??? This has so much potential. 

Have you already started making reading plans for 2021?

Nope! 🤣 I'm working on living day by day at the moment, so I'm just trying to read 20 books for my Goodreads reading challenge. I may have a top 10 books I want to read in 2021 some time in the New Year though. Who knows. 

I hope the rest of the year is looking better for everyone. Take care of yourselves, drink water, rest, and don't beat yourselves up too much. ❤

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