Today I’m doing the End of Year Book Tag after being tagged by the amazing Ellie Mai Blogs.  Do check out her blog and also her answers to this tag! 😀  Now the end of the year 2020 is something I think most of us have been looking forward too!  This year has been a really weird one, lots of crazy stuff happening with the whole pandemic, our lives turned upside down but at the same time we’ve also had a lot of truths revealed, a couple of well known and friendly YouTubers I know of have had a tough time with their content being sort of stolen by companies and people they’ve been working with, and this was the year they finally got their accounts back and we finally learned the truth of what they’ve been going through, this along with other truths makes the year of 2020 feel a bit like the year of 2020 vision.  But whether you’ve had a good year or a bad one I hope everyone got something positive out of 2020 and are looking forward to the end of it, lol. 😀

In the bookish world I’ve never done an end of year tag or a mid-year book tag so I’m excited to do this one and see where I am with my reading.  I hope you’ll want to join in and if you do just remember to let me know where your answers are or comment below about your reading. 🙂

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

There is a historical fiction book I’m reading right now for a blog tour next week! 😮 But apart from that there aren’t any books that I need to finish, more books that I’d like to read so I don’t have such a backlog into the new year!  Having said that though I am expecting some Christmas picture books from one publisher to arrive this week or next so if they do I’ll have to rush to get them reviewed because what’s the point in a Christmas review right after Christmas? 😮 😂

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

I don’t really read according to seasons.  I read according to what I feel like next, so no I don’t have a specific autumnal read.  Although I do have a Halloweenny type book which I still have to read as soon as possible.  Does that count?

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

Not this year, I’m looking forward to a lot of books that are released next year though! 😀

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

-The Reckless Afterlife of Harriet Stoker by Lauren James because I’ve heard of this book all year and now I finally have a copy (yay!) I’m desperate to read it! 😀

-World Burn Down by Steve Cole and Oriol Vida because I loved the description of this and received it some time ago so want to finish before the end of the year.

-Zombierella by Joseph Coelho and Freya Hartas (the Halloweeny one I mentioned above) because it just looks so fun, and I love a fairy tale with a weird twist.

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

I think any book has the potential to be brilliant and shocking! 🙂  Having said that I’ve read a couple thrillers which have become favourites this year, The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes and The Cousins by Karen M. McManus.  They had a lot of twists and turns and are now my favourite books of this year, but I’ll never rule out that a book I pick up, even the historical fiction I’m currently reading, could have the potential to shock, amaze and become a new favourite! 🙂

Have you already started making reading plans for 2021?

I have made notes of books that are coming out and have already noted down their release dates (and even requested a couple from publishers – fingers crossed!)  I also have a couple more blog tours coming up in the early part of next year so yes, I am more planned than usual.  That and I plan to really boost my own reading challenge #Febookary much more this year with more blog posts and more engagement from everone (hopefully).  So yes, I sort of have plans for next year, something I never had in previous reading years! 😀

5 Books I want to read in 2021

-The End of Men by Christina Sweeney-Baird because it’s another book set in the short future (2025) where a virus seems to kill men.  After reading Afterland by Lauren Beukes which had a similar angle of a world where almost all men have died, I’m keen to read on and see what similarities or differences there could be.  Dystopia about crazy viruses during the pandemic?  I seem to enjoy it!  Am I weird? 😀 😛

-The Absolute Book by Elizabeth Knox.  I heard so much about this book and am so keen to read it, a fantasy with so many layers and the cover is just so so beautiful!

-The Dragon and Her Boy by Penny Chrimes. I loved Tiger Heart the author’s first book and this one I believe is a sort of sequel, featuring one of the characters from the original story although not the main character.  This story is about a Dragon hidden underneath a historical London, what’s not to love? 🙂

The Lock In by Phoebe Luckhurst.  This one is only on my radar because of doing a survey for Penguin Bookmarks.  The story is set in a location I know and the idea of housemates sharing a place which is in a less than perfect state thanks to a dodgy landlord already piqued my interest as I’ve had a similar experience in my past.  Plus a story of four people stuck in one room when things in the house go wrong, and there might be some complicated relationship issues, I just love books with situations like that!

Game Changer by Neal Shusterman because I love Neal Shusterman’s writing and this book seems to deal with changing realities and not knowing which world you’re in which I just love!  Whether it’s a sci-fi angle of multiple realities or just somebody going crazy inside their own mind I just love it when reality changes and people find themselves somewhere similar but not quite the same so I’m definitely excited for this one! 😀

What do you think of my answers and the books I mentioned?  What would you answers be?  Are you looking forward to the end of the year?  Let me know what you think in the comments below 🙂