2020 has been an interesting year for everyone it seems. It has also (thankfully) been another great year for books! I thought I would wrap up my blogging year with another book tag that I found over at Adventures Of A Bibliophile. It’s only six questions but I’m sure I can stretch them to seem like 20 :D. Thank you as always to everyone who supports my posts by liking, sharing and commenting. You have all made this year a success for my blog and you give me the fortitude to continue my blog into 2021. Let’s get to the tag and I hope you enjoy the post.
Are there any books you started this year that you need to finish?
Oh goodness yes. There are a few that come to mind but the main glaring, won’t leave me alone, get on with it! book of 2020 is The Priory Of The Orange Tree. I read the first few chapters and I was fairly ‘hmmm’, ‘errrm’ and ‘ummm’ during those pages but I have heard nothing but awesome things about the book in the community. I reckon I just wasn’t in the frame of mind at the time and now I’ve picked it up and put it down, my mind is avoiding it all together. I will read it! Soon!
Do you have an autumnal book to transition into the end of the year?
I wish I was organised enough to read according to a season or festivity but I am a blundering fool who will read horror at Christmas and dark, snowy thrillers in the middle of summer. I should make it a goal to have a particular read for each season every year. I really enjoyed Sherlock Holmes and the Christmas Demon, that actually made me feel really christmassy despite a dark foreboding narrative. I need more books like that. I feel autumny (real word?) when I’m wading almost knee deep through leaves on long walks through the countryside so that will have to do until I find the perfect book to replace that experience.
Is there a new release you’re still waiting for?
The these are the two I’m desperate for right now. I am so behind on both fantasy and science-fiction at the moment and both A Fool’s Hope and Gallow Glass promise to be epic. I’ve already heard A Fool’s Hope is brutal and fantastic. Mike Shackle is a really cool author who really lives and breaths his work. He sent me some awesome hand drawn artwork of my favourite characters from We Are The Dead. It shows he really cares about both his characters and his readers. Kudos. Simon Morden is the king of SF for me. His Petrovitch trilogy made me want to become a blogger and write about books! They both release in the next few weeks and I will probably devour them whole. I wish I could read two to five books a day, that would be really helpful.
What are three books you want to read before the end of the year?
Well this is kind of awkward. I added Deity to this post when I started it a few weeks ago and I am now about to finish it, so… mission complete. Matt Wesoloski’s Six Stories series is a genius concept that is so satisfying even five instalments in. Each story blending fascinating myth and legend with modern scandalous murder and mystery narratives. All divulged during Scott King’s Six Stories podcast where he returns to popular unsolved cases and looks at them with fresh eyes, gaining perspective on the truth through the guests he interviews. It is a great series of books that you can really lose yourself in. It honestly feels like reading actual news most the time, I have to remind myself that it’s fiction, that’s how convincing MW is.
I am gutted. I haven’t started RP2 yet but I am not hearing great things on the book vine. Soulless is probably the harshest I’ve seen thus far. I loved RP1, though I accept that other people who didn’t, and I have such huge expectations for the follow up. Wade Watts isn’t necessarily the kind of lead I enjoy but the world his story occupied, the potential of it, got to me much like Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory or the Matrix did. It plays on my love of imagination and creativity. I hope that Ernest Cline has at least captured that essence in this story. I will reserve judgement until the very last page.
Camino Island is probably one of my favourite books of all time because, other than Grisham being my go-to guy for legal thrills (that sounds weird doesn’t it…), it is a thriller about books! A great one at that. Grisham put all of his geeky bookishness into that novel and it was so awesome. Then I learn that there’s a sequel, I am over the moon. Though mainly just desperate to read Camino Winds now. I cannot afford the kindle or hardback version right now but the paperback is out in Jan 2021. I know this is meant to be ‘by the end of the year’ but I would if I could!
Is there a book you think could still shock you and become your favourite book of the year?
As with all things 2020, I have had a lot of shocks and surprises when it comes to books I have read this year. That said, I have my reading mapped out for the rest of the year but I don’t see many surprises there if I’m honest. I have The Island by Ben McPherson and Hall Of Smoke by H.M Long on my kindle for review and Gamish by Edward Ross and Ready Player Two on my bookshelf. They all sound incredibly but I am not really looking for any more shocking moments from 2020. I just want a nice quiet Christmas with my family and to welcome 2021 in with open arms.
Have you already started making reading plans for 2021?
I actually have been reading quite a few 2021 books already. I am currently reading The Survivors by Jane Harper which is already very intriguing. I thought a lot of JH’s debut The Dry and it’s going to be great getting back into her work. I also read a really cool end of the world, sci-fi survival novel called The Apocalypse Seven which was awesome. Some fantastic characters and influences. Just an all round decent read that kept me guessing and engaged the whole way through. I am getting a stack of 2021 fantasy and sci-fi books ready because I am falling behind on those genres hard and I miss them. So far 2021 is already looking good for some quality reading.
Thanks for coming by to check out my last book tag of the year. I told you I could make 6 questions feel like a lot more! I’m going to be glad to see the back of 2020 but I have had some fantastic reads this year so it’s not all bad. I am more excited about 2021 than I’ve ever been about a new year for many reasons but one of the big ones is books. I feel like next year is going to be a torrent of exciting books for me to read, especially now I have time and energy to focus on them. What book do you find yourself excited about next year? Thank you for checking out another book tag from ATIB and I hope everyone has an great Christmas and New Year.