So Many Books to Finish – So Little Time! πŸ‘€ End of the Year Book Tag

Hello there!

I’m amazed by how quickly the months are flashing by. I had a gazillion fall blog ideas, but somehow the autumn just flashed by and we are already a good chunk into November! The whole year has rolled past in the same way for me, and I’m sure that my grand reading plans are not going quite as I hoped. Today I’m doing the End of the Year Book Tag (created by a booktuber, Ariel Bissett), and maybe I can still get myself together before the end of the year 😁

Let’s go!

✨End of the Year Booktag✨

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

I’m currently reading about eight books at the same time just because I’m really indecisive and impatient — all those amazing books in my shelves? I want to read the at this moment, right now! This mindset leads to a lot of unfinished books piling on my nightstand, and lots of books I still need to finish by the end of the year πŸ˜…

Although I take a FOREVER to finish a book while juggling multiple current reads, I can usually go through fiction pretty quickly. Nonfiction I tend to drag around with me for a long time — reading nonfiction requires me to have a bit more brain power (which I usually have none of after a day of PhDing), which means that I continue reading nonfictions much less often than fiction. I have two nonfictions that have been hanging out in my currently reading shelf for some time which I would love to finish this year:

Cover of The Emperor of All Maladies
Cover of The Universe in Zero Words

The Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee.

This is a nonfiction about the history of cancer and why it is so difficult to treat. This is a thicc one with more than 500 pages, but the writing flows off the page and the text has been very accessible so far. I’m enjoying it and I’m about 70 pages in.

The Universe in Zero Words: The Story of Mathematics by Dana Mackenzie.

For real – this is a book about mathematics, and I’m as surprised as you are that I’m reading this πŸ˜† But there’s a good reason! The book dives into the history of mathematics and where it all began, building up to more difficult theorems and explaining the historical context of them. Just think about — how could anyone just randomly come up with an equation on how to count the circumference of a circle? Or how to multiply numbers? I find this all really intriguing, and The Universe in Zero Words has done a great job in feeding my curiosity. I’m currently about 200 pages in, but I have been losing a lot of steam in reading this as the mathematics have become more and more difficult and less accessible.

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

Cover of Threadneedle
Cover of The Atlas Six

I have been reading a couple different autumnal books lately. I rarely read horror, but White Smoke by Tiffany D. Jackson caught my eye after everyone seemed to be raving about it. I’m currently a bit over halfway, and although I’m not fully immersed in the story, it has been an exciting read.

I’m also buddy reading Threadneedle by Cari Thomas with the amazing Stephen from Stephen Writes (make sure to check his blog, all of his reviews are always spot on!). It has a bit of a mysterious, spooky vibe as well perfect for dark November nights.

Other than that, I don’t have specific plans to pick up other autumnal reads, but I’m slightly intrigued by The Atlas Six by Olivie Blake which has been receiving rave reviews. I wasn’t convinced until Eva at Read While it Rains (check her amazing book blog here, and beautiful bookstagram over here) mentioned that she gave the book 5-stars πŸ‘€ Maaaybe I’ll fall in love with it too?

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

YEEES! A couple of my most anticipated new releases of 2022 have yet to arrive in my hands. These include The Dragon’s Promise by Elizabeth Lim which is a sequel to my favourite book of 2021, Six Crimson Cranes. The book came out already in August, but I preordered the amazing Fairyloot exclusive edition which won’t arrive before the end of November. Completely worth it though!! Look how pretty it is!!

Picture of the Fairyloot promotional graphic for The Dragon's Promise. The book has a pastel cover and beautifully sprayed edges

Another book that I’m HIGHLY anticipating is Heart of the Sun Warrior by Sue Lynn Tan. I read the first book in the series, Daughter of the Moon Goddess, together with Stephen at Stephen Writes and we both ended up loving it! I can’t wait to buddyread this second instalment too. Again, I went with the Fairyloot exclusive edition which is just all around gorgeous. The book comes out on November 10th but I don’t expect to get my hands on the exclusive copy before close to the end of the year.

Picture of the Fairyloot promotional graphic for Heart of the Sun Warrior. The book has a colourful cover and beautifully sprayed edges

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

Oh there are so many, how I can just pick three 😱 I want to finish my current reads for sure, but I also want to make a bit more a dent on my 2022 reading challenge. Some of the books on that list of 5-star predictions are calling to me more than others, and I would really like to read The Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty (the sequel to City of Brass). I loved City of Brass, but I have been saving the sequel for some unfathomable reason. I would also like to pick up The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson and start a new epic fantasy series. Finally, I predicted that I would give 5-stars to Notes from the Burning Age by Claire North, and I’m very intrigued to see if that prediction holds true.

cover of The Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty
Cover of The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
The cover of Notes from the Burning Age by Claire North

Is there a book you think could still shock you and become your favourite book of the year?

I think many of the books I’m planning for the rest of the year could turn out to be my favourite books of the year – although that wouldn’t be very surprising as my TBR consists largely of my 5-star predictions. I tend to mood-read a lot though, and it would be really exciting if one of the books I pick up randomly from my bookshelf ends up being my favourite book of the year!

Have you already started making reading plans for next year?

Definitely! I love making lists and plans although my reading rarely follows any pre-set TBRs. Regardless, I love doing reading challenges and annual TBRs, and so I’ll do some for 2023 as well. I would love to do some bigger challenges to get myself to read certain types of books every month, such as classics, nonfiction, tomes, or a genre that I have neglected like scifi or romance. It would also be really nice to set out monthly reading and blogging challenges for myself at the beginning of the year, something along the lines of ‘get a random book from the library and write a diary-blog post on reading it’. Overall, I want to incorporate a lot more book blogging in 2023 πŸ₯°

That was the End of the Year Book Tag! I’m excited for the reads to come and whether the end of the year holds any new favourites. What are your responses for these questions? Let me know below, or consider yourself tagged and go do the tag yourself. Link back to this post so that I can see your responses!

Hope you are having the most magical late fall! I’m already starting to get to the Christmas mood πŸŽ…

Thank you so much for reading!

-Pauliina
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