End of Year Book Tag – 2018

I spotted this Book Tag on Madam Writer’s Blog and they apparently spotted it on Lucy and a Cup Full of Tea (Blogception! I love it.) So I decided to give it a go as I should probably start thinking about what I have left to read and start preparing for next year…


lots of open books

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

The first one that springs to mind is Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero. On the surface it sounded perfect for me, but unfortunately it doesn’t grab me when I read it. I want to make one more attempt at it though because Scooby Doo meets Cthulhu mythology is too good an idea to give up on, plus if I don’t like something I want to know why and then write a review!

But there’s so much out there to read it’s a shame to waste that time on something you’re not enjoying.


autumn book

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

I don’t have an annual one, but I do keep a look out and choose books to read over the Christmas/New Year period, examples of books of Christmas past are: Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol (you could see that one coming) and NOS4A2 by Joe Hill.

This year I picked up the anthology Hark! The Herald Angels Scream and I’m looking forward to reading that in December.

hark the angels


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

I am beyond excited to hear that some of the currently out-of-print horror books that were featured in Grady Hendrix’s Paperbacks from Hell are scheduled to be reprinted in 2019. There is an stack of delicious horror books about to be added to my shelves and I am 100% here for it.

paperbacks

There are a couple of YA Fantasy I am looking forward to as well, including The Wicked King by Holly Black (the second in The Folk of the Air series) and Slayer by Kiersten White – a story set in the Buffyverse (I love Buffy and I love Kiersten White so it’s an exciting mix)

I am also excited for Tana French’s The Wytch Elm, as she can be such a dark and gritty writer.


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

I keep hearing great things about The Siren and The Spectre by Jonathan Janz, so I must check that out as soon as possible. the siren

I’ve also picked up a few books from the library (I saw a few, I always The last.PNGmax out my library card) which includes The Changeling by Victor LaVelle.

If I am not including Hark! The Herald Angels Scream anthology then I would love to squeeze in The Last by Hanna Jameson – an apocalyptic whodunit? Sign me up.


 

open book

5. Is there a book that you think could still shock you and become your FAVORITE???

I am currently reading Bad Apple by Zoje Stage (also known as Baby Teeth) and except for the fact it’s put me off having kids for life, it’s completely gripping and I am wondering if it’ll be a late entry to my top ten books of the year. Time will tell.


6. Have you already made reading plans for 2019?

I haven’t actually – I don’t normally plan what I’m going to read, usually I tend to buy and borrow books so that I always have a selection ready for when I finish my current read. It’s like having your own mini-library you can browse to see what takes your fancy.

corridor of books and lightsBut since starting this blog I’ve tried to get myself more organised. I have planned out the rest of November and all of December (hence why I was able to answer the above questions) but whether I stick to that or not I don’t know!

If it goes well and I find I am getting more out of my reading, then perhaps over the Christmas period I will plan out my books for January and February.four coloured booksActually I’m due to travel to Australia in February so I should probably plan what books I’m taking there – I’m going to need a lot just to get me through the flight.


Feel free to throw suggestions my way – especially for the new year and that extremely long flight!

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