This book tag has been making the rounds at BookTube and I have wanted to do it for a couple of weeks already but hadn’t yet come up with a final list of books that I want to read this year. But now I’m ready to write about it. The tag was originally created in 2017 by Ariel Bisset: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hHf0O4e2Z6A.
- Are there any books you started this year that you need to finish?
Yes, I want to finish the books I’m currently reading:
Rebecca West, Black Lamb and Grey Falcon
Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist
Ernest Cline, Ready Player One
I read a good chunk of West’s book last night and I’m on the last 300 pages. I’ll probably get another chunk done tonight, but it depends on how tired I will be. Somehow this month I’ve been rather tired at night and sometimes managed only a few pages. Very annoying. I’m wonder if it is still a lingering effect from the switch to wintertime in October. Or maybe it’s just a normal kind of fall sleepiness?
With Ready Player One I’m at the half-way mark and with Oliver Twist somewhere near the beginning.
- Do you have an autumnal book to transition into the end of the year?
I’m a bit late with this question as we are well into autumn by this point, never mind transitioning. But no, I don’t do seasonal reading, at least not intentionally.
- Is there a new release you’re still waiting for?
Well, not exactly waiting. Ready Player Two came out today, but I’m waiting until I’ve finished rereading One, before I start Two.
- What are three books you want to read before the end of the year?
There are more than three books that I want to read before the end of the year:
Toni Morrison, Home and God Help the Child
Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities and Selected Letters (edited by Jenny Hartley)
I definitively want to read these novels, to achieve my goal of reading all the novels from both these authors this year. It’s been quite challenging reading a book by these authors each month not because I didn’t like them – I liked both of their works a lot, in different ways – but because I felt constrained and couldn’t just pick up any book that struck my fancy as I just didn’t have the time. I don’t think I’ll be focusing again on two authors at once in one year, and I don’t want to fail when I’m almost done. So, these are at the top of my list, except maybe for Dickens’ Letters. I may not finish them this year – they are very interesting, but I could just finish them by-and-by in the next few months.
Thomas Mallon, A Book of One’s Own
I started this book and have read slightly less than half. It inspired me to read some memoirs. I also got a couple of writer’s diaries that I will read next year. I made a post for each chapter of this book that I read some weeks ago and I do want to finish this project.
Kenneth Good, Into the Heart: An Amazonian Love Story
I want to reread this autobiography because it fits in well with Redmond O’Hanlon’s In Trouble Again that I recently read. Afterwards, I want to read the autobiography of Kenneth Good’s son, David: The Way Around: Finding My Mother and Myself Among the Yanomami.
Don Kulick, A Death in the Rainforest: How a Language and a Way of Life Came to an End in Papua New Guinea
I’ve had this on my TBR almost all year and don’t really know why I haven’t read it yet.
Susanna Clarke, Piranesi
I’ve waited for this book to come out. Hope it’s as good as Johnathon Strange and Mr. Norrell.
James Boswell, The Life of Samuel Johnson
This one I want to read between Christmas and the New Year, when I will have tons of reading time.
Seems like an ambitious list, not sure if I’ll make it. But I’ll be in Bavaria with Mum and Curious Dog for most of December and I usually have lots of time to read there, as there are not as many distractions like watching films and doing other things with Partner. I’m not stressing it. I only need to finish Dickens’ and Morrison’s novels and the rest can be read in January. I’ll be on vacation from Christmas to January 15, not going anywhere, so lots of reading time. But I do want to try reading them by December 31.
- Is there a book you think could still shock you and become your favourite book of the year?
I haven’t really decided on my favourite book for the year. Probably it’s Morrison’s Beloved, but I do think that the Boswell might become if not the favourite, a favourite.
- Have you already started making reading plans for 2018?
Yes. This year my reading buddy and I read War and Peace, next year it will be The Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikibu (translated by Royall Taylor). We’ll spread it out from January to October and I’m really looking forward to it. I haven’t decided on my other goals but have a few ideas. But they still need to simmer a bit before I can finalize them.
Keep safe, world.