Thank you, Noriko, for so kindly inviting me to do the End of the Year Book Tag and also reminding me that I will need to start writing 2018 on my papers very soon.
1. Are there any books you started this year that you need to finish?
I think that the only people who would answer no to this question are either 1. Non-readers 2. Extremely organized readers who were able to create and follow a brilliant plan that allowed them to leave no book unfinished at the end of the year 3. Readers who are lucky and happened to time it right. Which is a very roundabout way of saying, YES, there are definitely books that I have started this year that will be finished in 2018.
A big reason why is that I’m reading three unfluffy, non-fiction books right now. There’s SPQR– an interesting (AKA readable and not mind-numbingly boring) overview of Rome, Grant– a biography of Ulysses S. Grant by the same gentleman who wrote the book that inspired the Broadway show Hamilton and has the potential to convince me that Grant should also be my favorite US president along with Abraham Lincoln, and The Road Back to You– which is all about the Enneagram, a personality typing model that I want everyone in my life to figure out. It’s going to take a while to finish all three of those books.
2. Do you have an autumnal book to transition into the end of the year?
What? That’s a thing? It must be another one of those things super organized readers do.
3. Is there a new release you’re still waiting for?
The only ways I’m aware of all the new books that come out are from Goodreads and blogs, so usually when a book appears on my radar, it’s already out. Which is a roundabout way of saying, no, there isn’t. BUT, Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills came out on December 5, and it is on my to be read list. Emma Mills is also the author of First & Then, which I really liked, and This Adventure Ends, which I didn’t like as much, but I’m expecting to like her newest book. It involves a production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which bodes well because I really liked the only other book (The Total Tragedy of a Girl Named Hamlet) I’ve read involving that play. There’s also a mean girl, an “unexpected friendship,” and a boy with a dimpled smile.
4. What are three books you want to read before the end of the year?
I want to finish the three books I mentioned in question one, but it’s not happening.
5. Is there a book you think could still shock you and become your favourite book of the year?
Ooh, favorite book (singular) is a strong phrase. The Road Back to You and Grant will probably get on my favorite books (plural) of the year list, but probably not favorite book (singular). I don’t even know what book would get that special honor. Probably The Help or The Miracle of St. Anthony.
6. Have you already started making reading plans for 2018?
I have quite a few, but they’re not normal reading goals, like finish one hundred and one books or follow a reading challenge or branch out into a certain genre. Here are mine.
1. Read the whole Bible straight through 2. Do a book club on The Road Back to You with my parents.
I’m interested in what your book-related New Year’s Resolutions are. Unless it’s to avoid reading a single word the whole year- then I do not want to hear it. Otherwise, I want to know so I can maybe steal it. And do YOU have an autumnal transitional read?? Hm, maybe I should get one. But that means you would have to read it every single year. The only books I could reread so many times are To Kill a Mockingbird, Fish in a Tree, and The Boys in the Boat. (Those are my three favorite books of all time.) And probably Percy Jackson.