TAG: The End of the Year Book Tag

Hello, friends! Although I’ve been tagged for a lot of tags especially fall-related tags, I am WAY behind doing them and we have already heard the reports of snow in other parts of the world!!!

So, instead of fruitlessly attempting to catch up on fall-related tags (but do let me know if you want me to do them!), I am going to do the End of the Year Book Tag that my lovely fellow blogger, Priyasha@BOOKS AND CO. tagged me the other day.
She is super cute and her blog is absolutely entertaining! If you haven’t already, which I am pretty skeptic, close this window, go check out her blog and then come back ๐Ÿ™‚

All right, without further ado, let’s dive into the questions ๐Ÿ™‚

1. Are there any books you started this year that you need to finish?
There are several books that I started this year and haven’t finished yet, but honestly, I am not that desperate or eager to finish those books within this year. Forcing myself will never work out for me; that might put me in a reading slump!

Here are the books I dabbled in this year but haven’t finished yet. But again, I have no intention of forcing myself to finish them ๐Ÿ˜›

2. Do you have an autumnal book to transition into the end of the year?
Not particularly. But I tend to be in a mood for reading books with autumnal covers.

3. Is there a new release youโ€™re still waiting for?

Nope.ย  The book I had been waiting for,ย ย Sweet Tea and Sympathy by Molly Harper, was delivered on my Kindle on November 21st. So at the moment, none that I can think of off the top of my head.

4. What are three books you want to read before the end of the year?
Now, this is a tough question; I basically want to read ALL THE BOOKS that I bought this year (otherwise, my TBR will be scary…), but I would say these are the books I think I need to finish reading by the end of the year.

Next month, I think I will be reading A LOT OF holiday reads with festive covers, so I excluded them from this list. These are the books I want to finish within this year and the two YA books will make it easier to achieve my goals, I think ๐Ÿ™‚

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

I know I haven’t talked that much about this book, but I would sayย Kane and Abel by Jeffrey Archer.ย The ending, especially the last sentence left me stunned, speechless. It literally broke my heart.
This is a grand story of two men born in different parts of the world and totally different circumstances – one to a wealthy family and the other motherless. There was nothing that links them together, they had no common ground, except for the fact that they share their birthday. And this book follows these two men over the span of 60 years as to how they rise from the ranks and eventually come to hate each other.

What shocked me about this book is how sad it is to avert your eyes from the truth, refusing to reconcile.
Reflecting how different their lives could have been if they had chosen to reach out for each other shocked me and made me sob after closing the book. The writing is magnificent, and the plot is methodically well-crafted. There was no dull moment. I loved this book.

In addition to this, it’s more like an honorable mention, but I would like to take a moment to appreciate our fellow blogger, Jay@ThisIsMyTruthNow debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter.ย  The fact that Jay is my amazing online friend as well as his book is so well-written (and made me bawl so hard) made this book really special to me ๐Ÿ™‚

6. Have you already started making reading plans for 2018?
I honestly have NO IDEA as to what my reading for the year 2018 would look like. But I think I would tackle the books that I bought in 2017 PLUS the books that I borrowed from Kindle Unlimited. I need to do something with my backlog of books!!!

I don’t know how many of you have already done or tagged for this one, I’m sorry if you have already been tagged for this.
I will tag:

Mischenko@ReadRantRock&Roll
Nel@Reactionary Tales
Annie@Zeologist
Darque Dreamer Reads
Naty@Naty’s Bookshelf
Steph@Lost:Purple Quil
Kristin@Kristin Kraves Books
Abbey@Three Cats and a Girl

As usual, no pressure! Feel free to skip it if you have done this already and if any of you is keen to participate, do play along!

That’s it! Thanks, Priyasha once again for tagging me. It’s been a lot of fun!
Thank you so much for reading as always, and I will see you in my next post ๐Ÿ˜€

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  1. I’ve just finished Jay’s Watching Glass Shatter and now I’m struggling to review it, because I’m here just… wow. So good!!

    Thank you for the tag!! Ugh I’m so behind on tags, no idea if I’ll be able to ever catch up. But it’s always so nice to get tagged โค

    Yes, there was snow last week in my city and then this week we had lots of sunshine and it was almost warm (??)

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    1. I know, right? When a book is super good and gives you so many feels and emotions, it’s incredibly hard to compress your thoughts down. I feel you!!
      Jay’s book is simply beautiful… It still haunts me and makes me wanna go back to reliving with the Glass family. Such an epic family saga!!

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      1. Yes!! I’m receiving the paperback next week and I look forward to re-reading it soon!! I love family dramas but this took it to a whole new level with mystery and heartbreak, and such unique characters… I’m impressed!!

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        1. Agreed!!! Plus, I want to gush about it here- what did you think of Olivia’s speech at Ben’s 70th birthday gathering?? I thought it was so emotional and fantastic!!! I remember texting to Jay while I was reading it gushing how much I was bawling lol

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          1. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time!! Like, oh my god, will she talk about Zach and Sarah? Will Jake be accepted? Will Olivia be able to accept all the changes in her family? Is Emma going to be okay? And where is Rowena?? Oh my god, in her place I think I would’ve broken!

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            1. There are definitely type of books that satisfy you no matter how many times you revisit it – and I am sure Jay’s book falls into that category. I am so glad that I picked up the physical copy – irrespective of the author is one of our fellow bloggers and an amazing friend, that book definitely worth keeping!

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  2. I am glad you finally did this tag. The year passed away sooooooooo soon.
    I hope you complete all your unfinished books soon ๐Ÿ“–
    Remember I will be tagging you again and again ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜

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    1. Yes, Sassy! Jay’s book gave me a lot of emotions! I know it’s awfully long, but you can read all my thoughts on his book; https://bookfiendsite.wordpress.com/2017/10/28/review-watching-glass-shatter-by-james-j-cudney/
      Let me tell you – the last 10% and somewhere around 70% of the book made me cry my eyes out. I kept sobbing and sobbing! It was a beautifully written,heart-breaking, haunting story. I hope you read it and love it as much as I did!

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  3. Great answers! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m still anxious and excited to read Jay’s book…the end of school and exams can’t come soon enough! I read Kane and Abel years ago, and you are right! The ending just broke my heart! Have you read the sequel, The Prodigal Daughter? I own it (and the 3rd in the trilogy Shall We Tell the President?) but I haven’t read either yet. I’m looking forward to Sweet Tea and Sympathy too! And I really hope you enjoy Sweetbitter…I so looked forward to it when it came out, but I could barely finish it. It’s one of the very, very few books that I have given a 2 Star ratings in a while. I definitely look forward to hearing what you think about it!!!

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    1. Oh wow, you gave that book only 2 stars??!? Yet, no worries, I will start the book with a clean mindset and see if I like it๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ“šโœจ Do take care of yourself and have a great weekend!!

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