End of the Year Book Tag | 2022
Hello, and welcome to the End of the Year Book Tag! This is a tag created on YouTube by Ariel Bissett, and I thought this year and hopefully in future years I could adapt it for the blog and use it to organize my life, share some books I've loved, and in general celebrate reading!
Let's dive on in!
Are there any books you started this year that you still need to finish?
Yes, there are! The big answer to this question is The Woman They Could Not Silence by Kate Moore, a nonfiction I started in June between semesters and didn't get the chance to finish before diving back into kidlit in July. It's the true story of a woman who was institutionalized in the 1800s because her husband realized she had a mind of her own — and her battles to free herself. It's chilling, to be honest, but a fascinating story of strength and tenacity.
Another book I started and want to finish is The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan. Does it need much explanation? It's the first book in The Trials of Apollo series, the third PJO world series!
Do you have an autumnal book to transition into the end of the year?
Honestly...no? I'm not really reading according to the seasons this year but according to what I need to finish up for school and then I'll be trying to binge all the books I can get to in a month during the down time.
Is there a new release you're still waiting for?
Because this comes out before Nov. 29, I can say that YES, there is!
I'm anxiously awaiting Sophie Gonzales' new release, Never Ever Getting Back Together, a spin on the Bachelor that's queer (it's a sapphic romance!) and LOOK at that cover, it looks so truly delightful!
Never Ever Getting Back Together comes out on Nov. 29, so pre-order your copy now!
I'm also eagerly anticipating Adiba Jaigirdar's historical fiction heist tale set on the Titanic, A Million to One, which is out Dec. 13, and promises (again) sapphic romance, intrigue, and a fight for survival on a literal sinking ship.
What are three books you want to read before the end of the year?
Obviously, the first book has gotta be Bloodmarked because, well, I've been waiting for this sequel to Legendborn for over two years. I'm currently re-reading the first book and it's just as delicious as I remembered, and as soon as I finish it I'm diving headfirst into this one!
I'd also love to read a holiday book this year — I've had 10 Blind Dates on my Christmas TBR for like three years in a row and just haven't gotten to it yet, so let's definitely put that one on the list!
Finally, I'd love to be able to All My Rage, Sabaa Tahir's contemporary YA that won the National Book Award this year. I've been rereading her fantasy series The Ember Quartet (I'm halfway through!) and I think it'd be nice to keep reading her work but maybe take a break from the violence and read this award-winning contemporary selection instead to close out the year!
Is there a book you think could still shock you and become your favourite book of the year?
This would shock me not even a little bit, but I definitely think Bloodmarked could be my top book of the year.
Have you already started making reading plans for 2023?
In 2023, I'll be doing two thesis semesters for school — first my critical thesis in winter/spring, then my creative thesis in summer/fall. As such, I'll likely be reading a lot of queer, contemporary YAs that speak to the work I'm doing for school. I'd like to spend my in-between months reading adult nonfiction and literary fiction, especially all the Book of the Month selects I haven't read in the years I've been subscribed to that service. So while I know the type of books I'll be reading, I don't have the exact titles in mind yet! Open to suggestions if you've got any!
And that's all for the End of the Year book tag! Let me know what you thought :)