Tuesday, November 15, 2022

The End Of The Year Book Tag

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It's not the end of the year yet, but we're getting close, which means it's time to do The End Of The Year Book Tag. Hopefully these six questions will help me (and you) organize our reading lives before the year is over. It's time to get our butts in gear and smash our reading goals, people!

If you want to answer these questions on your blog, go for it. Consider yourself tagged. You still have a few weeks before the year is really over!

🎉  The End Of The Year Book Tag  🥳

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

My two stupidly huge history books. How is it possible for books to be interesting and boring at the same time? I'm learning stuff, which I appreciate, but the writing style in these dusty tomes is unbearable. I can only read a chapter or two before I get bored and zone out.

The Life Of Elizabeth I by Alison Weir is exactly what it says on the cover. It's a biography of Queen Elizabeth, who ruled England in the late 1500s.

A People's History Of The United States by Howard Zinn is an upside-down look at US history. Instead of focusing on presidents and business leaders (like history classes in schools do), it tells the story of working-class people.

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

Not really. If I can finish my stupidly huge history books, I'd like to read these. They look autumnal, right?

October Sky (AKA Rocket Boys) by Homer Hickam is a memoir about the author's childhood in rural West Virginia and how he discovered his passion for rocket science.

Raising The Dead: The Men Who Created Frankenstein by Andy Dougan has an infuriating title because Frankenstein was created by a woman, but let's overlook that. It's about scientists in the 1800s who were obsessed with bringing dead people back to life.

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

I don't even have a TV! It's all books!

Nope. I'm on a book-buying ban and have been since August. No new releases for me. I'm not even paying attention to which books are coming out. I'm going to read (and then donate) my own dang books until my book storage crisis is resolved.

Three books you want to read before the year ends?

Project Hail Mary and Cloud Cuckoo Land were gifts from my dad. He liked them, but they're giant books, so they've been sitting on my shelf for a year. Have Dog, Will Travel is very short and looks fun. It's also been sitting on my shelf for way too long.

Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir is about a guy who wakes up on a spaceship. His crewmates are dead. He's alone and has no idea what he's supposed to do next.

Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr is confusing. I'm not actually sure what it's about. It sounds like three interconnected stories that take place in the past, present, and future.

Have Dog, Will Travel: A Poet's Journey by Stephen Kuusisto is a memoir. The author is a blind poet whose life was completely transformed when he got his first guide dog.

Is there a book that could shock you and become your favorite of the year?

Sure. Any of the books on my shelf could become a favorite. That's the whole reason they're on the shelf! I think Cloud Cuckoo Land has the biggest chance of success. I've read two of the author's other books and loved them both.

Have you started making reading plans for next year?

Kind of. My plan is to read my own books and not buy any new ones. I need to get my stack of unread books off the floor and onto a shelf. No sane human wants floor books!

Do you want to answer these questions? I tag you!


  1. I try to read from my own shelves often (and for the most part am successful) but I still have a hard time ignoring new releases. They call to me!

  2. I always say I will read my shelves, and I am getting better, but I will never be your level. You do a great job reading your shelves and I love that you plan to donate/get rid of your books once you read them.

  3. Fun tag. I have not made any plans for next year yet. I've heard Project Hail Mary is very good, I hope you enjoy it.

  4. Wow, looks like you're doing really well with the book buying ban and reading the books from your shelves. Good luck with all your end of year goals!

  5. I like Alison Weir's books, both fiction and nonfiction, but yeah, they are giants. Books like that I tend to read in pieces between other books.

  6. Good questions and I have a lot of books on my tar pile... I set a Goodreads goal of 48 books and have already exceeded it. I need to read more fiction (and want to read more poetry) but non-fiction continues to be my thing---so much to learn. However, I should read Doerr's new book, thanks for reminding me.

  7. I really enjoyed Project Hail Mary a lot and felt that even though it was long, it was a quick read. I look forward to hearing what you think of it.

  8. Project Hail Mary is VERY worth it, if you can make the time! I loooved it, and like others have said, it was pretty quick for me too! So I too would like to read my existing books instead of having piles around everywhere. But the real question is, WILL I?! I already have 63 2023 review books, so the answer is a pretty unequivocal "nope", since you know I won't be able to fully resist buying, either. Ugh, such a fail!

  9. I loved Project Hail Mary. One of my favorite books of the year last year.

  10. Another vote for Proj Hail Mary - so surprising good and this is from a reader that doesn't really enjoy too much science-y stuff getting in the way of a story. There's plenty of science, BUT, the story - delightful! As for the questions, I have started planning for next year a little bit. Trying to think about what my reading goals might be and still keep them in the doable range. At the top of the goals list is to read more books I own, for sure! Thanks for the visit.
    Terrie @ Bookshelf Journeys