The End of the Year Book Tag

End of Year Book Tag 2019

The End of the Year Book Tag

I can’t believe we’re nearly in December, but here we are. And it’s time to do The End of Year Book Tag – questions courtesy of Ariel Bissett.

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

Yes! Catch-22 by Joseph Heller. I started reading this after watching the HBO series directed by George Clooney – which I loved! If you enjoy dark humour and adaptations then you need to watch this series. I started to read the book whilst watching it and I stormed through the first 200 pages but then lost momentum. It is a long-ass book, and the ultimate satire with the weirdest chronological structure in a book I’ve ever read. But I am determined to finish this book before the end of the year! Because it is exceptionally clever.

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

Not particularly. I read books when I fancy them, rather than planning to read ahead. I’m also not big on marking the changing of seasons with books, except Christmas when there’s nothing like reading The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore to get you excited for Christmas day. I think, transitionally, my book of choice this year is So Lucky by Dawn O’Porter. It’s recently come out and I loved The Cows in 2017 so I’m going to read her next adult book for the changing of the season.

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

Yes, I must get The Starless Sea by Erin Morgernsterm. I adored The Night Circus when I read it at university. Never has a book captured my imagination as that novel. I could taste every food she descreibed, hear the sounds of the circus and even though the story didn’t make too much sense to me it didn’t matter, the experience of reading it was magical. And it’s been 10 years since it was released! The Starless Sea came out on the 5th November and I really need to get it and devour it as soon as possible.

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

Well, I’ve already mentioned Catch-22 but that is definitely one of them. I would quite like to read Expectation by Anna Hope before the end of the year as it’s been on my mind for months. Also, I would quite like to read Adults by Emma Unsworth, but I’m not sure if I’ll get to the latter this year. I’ll try.

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

It would be lovely and I think a book recently shocked me to become my favourite book of the year so I doubt it will happen again. I got Me by Elton John via Audible as a palate cleanser between Non-Fiction and Fiction, as an autobiography, and I loved every second of listening to it. Taron Egerton narrated and the writing was incredibly strong, honest and raw. The best kind of writing for an autobiography. A fantastic look into the life of Elton John, into mental health, drug/alcohol abuse and the music scene from 1970s until now. Fabulous. 

Have you already started making reading plans for 2019?

Not yet. I’m going to revisit my bookish resolutions for 2019 soon and then from there plan my resolutions for 2020. It’s been a great reading year so I’m looking forward to what 2020 will bring, particularly since there are so many incredible books coming out next year that I can’t wait to read! 

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Love Ellie x

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