Anyway, tangent over, it's time to get to the point of this post. I've seen a lot of people doing this "End of the Year" tag on BookTube and I thought it was a really nice way to reflect on the year thus far and launch into the end of the year.
So, without further delay, let's get on to the tag.
1. Are there any books you started this year you need to finish?
The real question is are there any books I've started this year that I have finished. I have such an issue with starting a book, getting slightly bored or excited by another, and stopping midway through with the intention to return. However, often, I never actually return to the book in a timely fashion. So, yes, there have been quite a few partly-read books this year (in fact, I just had to clear out my currently-reading section on Goodreads so it wasn't as horribly shameful).
My so-far unfinished books of 2017 include:
Vicious by V.E. Schwab (166/368 pages)
The Marvels by Brian Selznick (392/665 pages)
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy (147/964 pages)
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz (228/359 pages)
The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker (93/486 pages)
I'm really hoping to finish at least two of these by the end of the year (especially The Golem and the Jinni and The Marvels).
2. Do you have a winter book to transition to the end of the year?
I do not have one picked out yet, but I do hope to pick up one of my Christmas themed books sometime soon to set the mood for the month(: I'm thinking either Let it Snow by John Green or a Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.
3. Is there a new release you're still waiting for?
Nope, since I'm on a book-buying ban and trying to avoid starting new series at the moment (so that I can finish off the ones I've already started) I honestly have no idea what books are coming out this month.
4. What are three books you want to read before the end of the year?
1. Stand-Off by Andrew Smith: This is the sequel to Winger, which I'm currently re-reading, that I initially read three years ago and loved. Because I loved Winger so much, I'm really hoping that Stand-Off has the same earth-shattering effect over me.
2. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (illustrated version) by J.K. Rowling: I've been staring at the beautiful illustrations on the cover for ages and I would really love to get the full experience (you know, beyond just the cover). Plus, Christmas time is always perfect for a Harry Potter re-read. (:
3. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman: I've been thoroughly craving something really really different. And, I think this book, which is a high sci-fi told through emails, security camera reports, etc will be more than sufficient to satisfy my craving.
5. Is there a book that you think could still shock you and become your FAVORITE???
As you know from my response to the first question, I've already started The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker. However, the reason I haven't finished it yet is because it started off a little slower than I would like, especially at a time in my life where I am extremely busy and can't read as often as I would like. However, I believe that if I commit myself to finishing it, it has a great chance to become one of my new favorites. The book is an adult urban-fantasy novel based in New York City around the turn of the twentieth century. In addition, it contains elements of ancient African and Middle-Eastern history. Further, it has the qualities of a magical fable. From its shared historical fiction and fantastical elements in combination with its fairy-tale like qualities and intricate writing, it has a definite shot at a place among my favorite books.
6. Have you already made reading plans for 2018?
Besides continuing my book buying ban so that I can work on my massive TBR pile, I don't have any set reading plans for next year. I do hope to set a reading goal for each month so that I can dedicate myself to reading a little more than I have in 2016, but have no idea which books I will be tackling first.
Hope you enjoyed the short tag(: Let me know if you've read any of the books I mentioned & what books you're hoping to read by the end of the year!