I look forward to doing this tag every year! It is a good excuse to reflect on my reading so far this year and to make some adjusts before the year is over!
Are there any books you started this year that you need to finish?
I started Daughter of the Forest months ago and was adoring it and truly think it has the potential to be in my top ten books of the year, but I had to put it down for a readathon and then I just never picked it up again. I think I have been saving it? I have been telling myself that I am going to read it in November because it feels like a good book to read to transition from fall into winter. Does that make sense?
I am not far into The Jasad Heir, though I appreciated what I read so far! The problem was that I only had access to the audiobook and I think it is a book I need to immersion read to fully appreciate. There was a lot to keep track of and I was overwhelmed. I don’t have a physical copy yet but it is one I am looking out for!
I have Fear the Flames out from Kindle Unlimited and I LOVE it but the problem is I haven’t been reading on my Kindle much. I go through phases with my Kindle and right now I am just not in the mood for ebooks. I know I will fall back in love with it soon and I will be finishing Fear the Flames the minute that happens!
I got halfway through Miss Percy’s Travel Guide to Welsh Moors and Feral Dragons in August but I was just not in the mood for something so cozy at that time and I wanted to save it for when I was in that mood because I adored book one and want to give book two a fair shot.
Do you have an autumnal book to transition into the end of the year?
I just posted my Fall TBR, so all of those, but there are a few books I hope to read in November that feel like good transitional books. Like I said, Daughter of the Forest is at the top of my list, but One Dark Window and Spells for Forgetting are also books I would love to get to and they both look like perfect November reads to me for reasons I cannot explain. I also have Fairyloot editions for both of them and I would love to get to more of special editions!
Is there a new release you’re still waiting for?
I recently shared my most anticipated book releases for October, but there are still some books coming out in November and December that I am highly anticipating!
This Cursed Light is the sequel to This Vicious Grace, which was one of my favourite books of last year. I am hoping to reread book one before book two comes out- that is how much I love that book. The release date for This Cursed Light was pushed back, so the wait has been torture!
I finally caught up on Murderbot this year and I am so thrilled that System Collapse is another full length novel since Network Effect is my favourite book in the series. I can’t get enough of Murderbot and I don’t want to!
I read Blood Scion last year and it is one of the most brutal YA books I have ever read. The ending was shocking and I have been eagerly awaiting the release of the sequel, War Widow, ever since. That said, I am not sure I am ready for the heartbreak. Deborah Falaye definitely doesn’t hold back!
What are three books you want to read before the end of the year?
Obviously I want to read all of the books we have already discussed, but there are a few others I have my eye on.
Can you believe I have yet to read The Oleander Sword? The Jasmine Throne is a favourite of mine and I have put the sequel on so many TBRs throughout 2023 but just never picked it up. Again, it is one of those books I am saving for the perfect time which is so illogical!
Kaikeyi is a recent purchased and one that has been recommended to me many times for many reasons. I truly believe that it will be a favourite and it is calling to me from my shelves as we speak!
So many people adore Once Upon a Broken Heart and the one thing I keep hearing again and again is how fast paced it is. I think that will be perfect for the end of the year!
Is there a book you think could still shock you and become your favourite book of the year?
Of the books I have already talked about, I would honestly not be surprised if Daughter of the Forest, This Cursed Light, and Kaikeyi became my favourite book of the year. I think there are things about each of them that appeals to my specific reading taste.
The Scandalous Confessions of Lydia Bennet, Witch comes out in October and, in theory, it should end up being my favourite book of the year. My love for Pride and Prejudice knows no bounds and the same goes to witchy stories. You combine those two things together and you have created my ideal book. I also love that we are getting Lydia’s perspective in this book! There is definitely a chance for this to become my favourite book of the year depending on how it is executed.
Have you already started making reading plans for 2024?
I haven’t put too much thought in to my personal reading, but I have started to put together a list of 2024 releases that I want to share with you all throughout the year. There are already 115 books on that shelf, so click here if you want to check it out! The five books above are just a small sample of the books on that list but they are amongst the ones I am most excited to read!
A Letter to the Luminous Deep is said to be Emily Wilde but underwater. Yes, please!
S.A. Barnes wrote Dead Silence, which was a SciFi horror novel I really enjoyed, so I am excited they are continuing to write within in the genre and can’t wait to get my hands on Ghost Station.
Django Wexler wrote Ashes of the Sun, which is one of my favourite books of the year, so I will be excited about anything he writes at this point. How to Become the Dark Lord and Die Trying seems to be quirkier and more tongue and cheek than Ashes of the Sun, but I am in to that!
I don’t think I have to explain The Honey Witch to you- look at that cover!
A Witch’s Guide to Magical Innkeeping is by the same author as The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches, so I know a lot of us are excited for this one!