Hi all! I’m back, again. Trying to make my posting schedule a little bit more consistent, especially now that I’ve finished my Fall semester and am now just focusing on work, so I have a little bit more time to post, and also read! I hope you all are having a really great day today and I hope you’ve read some great books this weekend!
I’m super excited to be doing the “End of the Year Booktag” for 2020 today! This year has been a little bit chaotic being that it was supposed to be my last year of school (I pushed back graduation for my mental health and took a lighter load of classes) and the first year that I was working full-time. Add into all of this that we are in the middle of a pandemic, it really made for a stressful year. Suprirsingly, I did a lot of reading. It’s not TOTALLY over yet and I plan to do quite a bit of reading in the next 3 or so weeks. I plan to tell you about some of these goals in the following blog post!
I wasn’t tagged by anyone, but I saw that some were posting about this, so I wanted to do it anyway. I’m not going to tag anyone, but if you did want to do it, please do, as I would love to hear your thoughts and responses! 🙂
Are there any books you started this year that you need to finish?
The Anatomy of Story- John Truby
I started reading this in November of 2020 for Nanowrimo, and then when the month of November got a little bit crazy, I had to put it to the side. I still want to finish it, although I don’t think I’ll be able to do so until January or February. (Hopefully).
Do you have an autumnal (Spring) book to transition into the end of the year?
Legendborn- Tracy Deonn
So I know that it’s already getting into Winter, but I think Legendborn is that perfect transition book. Dark academia with magic and fantasy elements is something that is PERFECT for the autumn season. I’ve heard nothing but good things about this and I can’t wait to start it. I’ve got one or two books I need to read first, but it’s definitely very high on my TBR list. Have you read it? What did you think of it?
Is there a new release you’re still waiting for?
Cross-hairs- Catherine Hernandez
Okay, yes, this one just came out a few days ago (December 8th), but we are so close the end of the year that nothing else comes directly to mind. I am SURE that there is something I’m forgetting, but I’m going to go with this one for now.
This one feels right on the nose for our times as it is set in a near future where massive floods lead to homelessness and devastation. A regime is gaining power and forcing those who are “Other” into labor camps. We follow a queer Black performer as he and his allies rise against said oppressive regime. I’m always down to read about oppressive regimes being overthrown, make it diverse and it’s even better. What is a new release that you are looking forward to?
What are three books you want to read before the end of the year?
These Violent Delights- Chloe Gong
This is one of the next books I’m reading actually. This book is a Romeo and Juliet retelling, set in 1920s Shanghai, but with rival gangs? Sign me the hell up.
The cover is GORGEOUS and I have this on my shelves, just waiting to be read. I’ve also heard some GREAT reviews about this too, so I can’t wait to pick it up. Have you read it? What were your thoughts? Do you plan on reading this at any point?
Ship of Destiny- Robin Hobb
This is the third book in the Liveship Traders trilogy (and the sixth book in the Elderling Realms series) so I’m not going to go super in depth on this one. Briefly, it’s basically about these magical ships who come to life after three members of the same family die on it’s docks. I love these characters and can’t wait to see exactly where this one goes.
We Set the Dark On Fire- Tehlor Kay Meija
This one is basically a Latinx story set at the Medio School for Girls, which trains women for one of two roles: you will either run a husbands household or raise his children. We follow a character named Daniela Vargas, the schools top student. People don’t know her pedigree is a lie. Her parents forged identification papers so she can rise above her station. She just needs to make sure her truth stays hidden. On her graduation night, she seems to be in the clear, but nothing is going to prepare her for all the choices that she must make, especially when asked to spy for a resistance group, fighting to bring equality to Medio. This one is apparently also LBTQ+ so I’m really excited to read this one before the end of the year as well.
Is there a book you think could still shock you and become your favorite of the year? \
The First Sister- Linden A. Lewis
I am reading this now, and I’m already in love. If this books keeps going the way it’s going, I know for a fact that it’s going to become a favorite of the year. I’m already eyeing the second book in the series, The Second Rebel (that comes out in August of 2021 I believe). This is like, Handmaid’s Tale meets Star Trek?
It’s about a woman on board a ship, The First Sister, travelling along the soldiers of Earth and Mars- the same ones that own the rights to her body. She is asked to spy on the new captain- Saito Ren, by the Sisterhood. She finds that working for the war effort is so much harder when you are falling in love.
Our other character is Lito who climbed his way out of the slums of Venus to become an elite soldier, who was defeated on Cereus by none other than Saito Ren, which resulted in the disappearance of his teammate Hiro. When he finds out that Hiro is very much alive and is a traitor to the cause, Lito is sent out to kill them. He discovers recordings that Hiro made, Lito’s allegiances are tested.
The characters are all so diverse and we have quite a few queer characters for example. There’s a non-binary character and they are a sweet cinnamon roll that I love already, and I’m not even 100 pages in. I highly recommend this one already and I would not be surprised if it shot up to my favorite of the year.
Have you already started making reading plans for 2021?
Well. Yes and no? I have my reading journal bought and waiting to start planning, but I was going to wait until I had a little bit more time to start that. Soon enough I’m going to sit down and have a brain storming session for some posts I can make. I have so many books I’m excited for that are going to be released in 2021 (I’ll make a post about that soon enough, I assure you), so hopefully it’ll be a wonderful reading year!