Stacking the Shelves (#37)

I can’t believe another month is already over! It’s so weird to think that we are already almost done with 2020. It feels like this year has been going on forever, but also moving super fast at the same time. I guess that’s what happens when we spend the majority of it at home. This was another month where I really felt like I hadn’t added very much to my TBR, mostly because the majority of the books I’m excited for next year have already been on my TBR for a while. I was very surprised to see that I’d somehow managed to add another 52 books to my list in November! The majority were books that caught my attention while browsing Goodreads, but there were also a handful of newer releases by authors I’ve already tried, so as soon as I saw they had something new, it went straight onto my list.

1) Call Me Mummy by Tina Baker

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This was a book that I found right at the beginning of the month while looking for upcoming thrillers for 2021. It is this author’s debut, about a woman known as Mummy, who sees a heavily pregnant woman named Kim while out shopping one day and notices that Kim is ignoring her 5-year-old daughter Tonya. Desperate for a child of her own and convinced that Kim doesn’t deserve to have children if she won’t pay attention to them, Mummy decides to take Tonya. The media is quick to demonize Kim for her behaviour, suggesting that she deserved to lose her children, and Mummy soon realizes that foul-mouthed Tonya is not the daughter she expected. This book is due out in February and has received some great reviews so far from people who have read it on NetGalley. I’m a little burnt out at the moment on thrillers that involve women obsessed with having children, but this one sounds very intriguing and I’m sure I’ll eventually give it a try.

2) The Push by Claire McGowan

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I added this one to my TBR because I recognized the author’s name. I have two more thrillers that she’s written on my TBR, both of which were added in 2019. This book is Claire McGowan’s most recent release which just came out in November, and surprisingly, it is another thriller that involves pregnancy and children. This one is about a detective named Alison Hegarty, herself struggling with infertility, who is called in to investigate a case of someone falling from the balcony of a house, where six couples from the same baby group had gathered. Alison is sure that the fall was not an accident, and soon finds that all of the couples at the party seem to have something to hide. Unlike the book above, the early reviews for this one have been extremely mixed, and many of them have mentioned a very unlikable cast of characters. I’m curious to try it for myself since I often find thriller characters unlikable and don’t necessarily see that as a problem. As with the book above, it may be a while before I pick this one up because I’m a little tired of the pregnancy theme, but I’m sure I’ll want to read it at some point!

3) When I Was Ten by Fiona Cummins

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I don’t specifically remember adding this one, but it was added on the same day as the previous two books so I assume it also came up while searching for upcoming thrillers. It is about two sisters, Sara and Shannon Carter, whose parents were both stabbed to death in 1997 in a case that became known as the infamous Hilltop Murders. One of the sisters spent years in a children’s secure unit for the crime, while the other was placed into the foster system and kept out of the limelight. On the anniversary of the trial, a documentary team has tracked one of them down to persuade her to speak about that night for the first time, and the sisters’ former best friend and neighbour, Brinley, is the journalist in charge of covering the story of this interview, which brings to light new evidence. Now that I’ve looked at the synopsis again, I am not surprised at all that I added this one to my TBR since it has so many of the thriller elements that I tend to love. I’m very excited to pick this one up whenever I can get a copy, since it is not due out until April.

4) Over the Woodward Wall by A. Deborah Baker

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I found this book because I saw it mentioned in a Youtube video, although I can’t remember whose it was! This book was mentioned alongside Middlegame and I was very confused at first, until I realized that A. Deborah Baker is yet another pseudonym for Seanan McGuire. Generally, I don’t understand why authors use pseudonyms when it’s already known that both names belong to the same person, but in this case it kind of makes sense since snippets of Over the Woodward Wall were in Middlegame so it makes sense to use the same author’s name that was mentioned in that book. This book is a middle grade fantasy about two exceptional children, Avery and Zib, who take an unplanned detour while going to school one morning, and soon find themselves climbing over a stone wall into a strange land. I’ve loved everything I read by Seanan McGuire so far, and especially loved Middlegame, so I’m very excited to try another book that involves this world.

5) Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry by Joya Goffney

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I’ve been starting to hear a lot about this book in the past couple of months, and it sounds so interesting! It first caught my attention because of the funny title. This book is about a girl named Quinn who loves to make lists, including a list of all her fears and all the boys she’d like to kiss. When her journal goes missing and an anonymous account posts one of her lists publicly on Instagram, Quinn soon finds herself being blackmailed — she must face seven of her greatest fears, or else the rest of her journal will go public. Quinn teams up with Carter Bennett, the last known person who had her journal, to try to track down the blackmailer before all her secrets will be revealed. The only thing that puts me off a bit is that this book is compared to Jenny Han’s To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, which I found skewed a bit too young for me, but it still sounds like it could be a fun read. This book is not out until next May, so I’m interested to see what more people think once it’s been released.

6) Lucy Clark Will Not Apologize by Margo Rabb

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To be honest, I have no memory of adding this one to my TBR either but it sounds like something I would like. It is about a 16-year-old girl named Lucy who was kicked out of boarding school, and sent to live with a cousin in New York for the rest of the semester. Her new job for now is to care for an elderly millionaire named Edith Fox and help her take care of her secret garden. Edith soon tells Lucy that she believes someone is trying to murder her, and enlists Lucy to help keep her safe. I think the main reason this book intrigued me, aside from the whole idea of whether the murder attempts are real or just in Edith’s mind, is that this book has been referred to as a modern day The Secret Garden. That has always been one of my favourite classics and a book I’ve reread so many times over the years, and I haven’t seen too many modernizations of it. This is another book that is not out until next May so there is not too much more known about it yet, but it’s definitely one I’ll be watching for.

7) Dark Roads by Chevy Stevens

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I’ve been meaning to read more of Chevy Stevens books for years now! I read Always Watching back in 2016 and really enjoyed it. I’ve had all of her other books on my TBR ever since, but somehow I keep putting them all off. Dark Roads is out next August, so I’m sure it will take me quite a while to get to it, but as soon as I saw it I knew I had to add it to my list. It is about a young woman named Hailey who decides to run away from a horrible living situation and disappear into the wilderness around the Cold Creek Highway, letting people believe she was the victim of a killer. A year later, another woman named Beth arrives to attend a memorial for all the people who have vanished along this highway, including her sister Amber who was murdered the previous year. Beth decides to take a job at the local diner where her sister worked and connect with the people who may have known her to figure out who might have been responsible for her death. I definitely need to start catching up on Chevy Stevens’s books!

8) Flowers of Darkness by Tatiana de Rosnay

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I added this one to my TBR because I recognize the author’s name from Sarah’s Key, although I’ve only seen the movie for that one and not read the book. This one is about an author named Clarissa Katsef who is struggling to write her next book, and is now living in a very modern, high-tech apartment in Paris. However, since she’s moved in, she has felt like she is being watched and wonders whether she really has reason to be afraid, or if her discomfort just stems from her second husband’s recent betrayal. While stuck inside during a heatwave, Clarissa enlists the help of her granddaughter to help her investigate the high-tech building and soon finds herself drawn back into the life of her first husband, who is still the one who knows her best. I’m most intrigued by the suspicions around the advanced technology in the apartment. I wouldn’t say this book is particularly high on my list right now, but it definitely intrigued me enough to add it to my TBR.

9) The Turnout by Megan Abbott

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Like Chevy Stevens, this is another author that I tried only once so far and keep meaning to pick up again. I do have one of Megan Abbott’s books on my list to read this year, so hopefully I will be able to get to it before the end of December. I was very surprised to see that she had a new book due out next year, since she is not really an author I actively watch for. This book is due out in June, and it is about Dara and Marie, two sisters who are both dancers who were homeschooled and trained by their mother. Decades later, they both run the Duran School of Dance, having inherited it after their parents both died in a tragic accident, along with Charlie, Dara’s husband who was also once their mother’s top student. When a suspicious accident occurs just before the school’s annual performance of The Nutcracker, the delicate balance the three of them have found to manage the school is quickly threatened. This book sounds so interesting and I’m very excited to try it! Megan Abbott is another author that I really need to catch up on.

10) The Other Girl by C.D. Major

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It’s no surprise that this book very quickly caught my attention given that I always tend to gravitate toward books with houses on the cover, for some reason. this one is set in New Zealand in 1942, and it is about a young woman named Edith who had been locked away in an asylum since she was only 5 years old. 15 years later, Edith survives a fire that destroys her ward, and is soon questioned by the police and a young doctor, Declan, who begins to doubt the reasons she had been kept in the asylum at all. He begins to question whether she is truly insane, or whether the stories that she told as a child might really be true. As Declan’s interest in Edith builds into an obsession with uncovering the truth, and time running out before Edith receives a new, potentially permanent treatment that may leave little left of her, Declan is at risk of losing everything to save her. This book kind of gives me The Silent Patient vibes, and it is definitely something I’m interested in trying. It just came out in September, although I hadn’t heard anything about it leading up to its release. I love books that focus around psychology and some of the issues with asylums and past treaments, so this one seems especially intriguing to me.

11) Such a Quiet Place by Megan Miranda

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I am determined to read at least one of Megan Miranda’s books before the end of this year! Not only was she on my priority authors to try list, but I also had a surprisingly hard time getting copies of the books I wanted, so now that I have them, I really want to get to them. This book is her upcoming release due out in July, so it will be quite a while before I can pick this one up specifically. It is about a quiet neighbourhood called Hollow’s Edge, which is shocked by the return of Ruby Fletcher, a woman who was implicated in the murder of Brandon and Fiona Truett. When her conviction is overturned over a year later, Ruby returns to the home where she grew up with Harper Nash, an older girl who always treated Ruby as her sister, and who is now terrified to let her back in, but also hesitant to turn her away since she knows Ruby has no where else to go. Within days of her return, suspicions spread and Harper begins to receive threatening notes, and realizes she must uncover what really happened that night before someone else becomes the next victim. This is exactly the kind of thriller I tend to love, and I’m so excited to try it!

12) Waiting For the Night Song by Julie Carrick Dalton

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I found this book, along with several others that I quickly added to my TBR, on a Buzzfeed list of highly anticipated mystery/thrillers for 2021. This one caught my attention because of the beautiful cover, and also because it was compared to Where the Crawdads Sing, which I enjoyed (although didn’t love quite as much as everyone else seems to). This book is about a woman named Cadie who has spent decades trying to cover up a secret. When an urgent message from her estranged friend Daniela brings her back to her her childhood home, the two of them are forced to face the secret that ended their friendship and the magical summer they’d had. Now an adult and confronted with the truth, Cadie is forced to decide what she is willing to sacrifice to protect the people and the forest she loves. I’m not particularly into books that have a heavy focus on nature, but the rest of the plot sounds very interesting and I’m definitely willing to give this one a try.

Top 5 Wednesdays: No Thanks

I don’t know why I always have such a hard time with these kinds of more abstract prompts! As a twist on the American Thanksgiving this week, the prompt is meant to be about characters who find themselves in situations that they would not be thankful for. It’s almost like the kind of prompt that’s so broad that it becomes really difficult for me to conceptualize. My natural inclination is to pick characters from most YA fantasy books since many of them are involved in very difficult situations, or thrillers since those tend to involve something very scary or at least uncomfortable. I’m sure there are many situations in those kinds of books that the characters would not be thankful for. I also thought it might be challenging to come up with examples that weren’t too spoiler-y.

Top 5 Wednesday is a meme created by Gingerreadslainey on Youtube, and is now hosted by Sam at ThoughtsOnTomes. The official GoodReads group with the weekly topics can be found here.

1) Home Before Dark by Riley Sager – The main character, Maggie, spent several weeks in a home that was supposedly be haunted, although she does not believe that it was. Her father also wrote a best-selling book about their experiences. Realistically, she probably wouldn’t be thankful for her situation either way. If the ghosts were real, her time there would have been frightening. On the other hand, if they weren’t it would mean her father lied. Essentially, that is actually the situation we find the character in at the start of the book, and she definitely was not thankful for being put in that position.

2) Scythe by Neal Shusterman – This series is set in a world where there is no natural death or disease, so in order to control population size, some are chosen to become Scythes, responsible for “gleaning” people. The main characters, Citra and Rowan, are pitted against each other in a competition to become a Scythe, a role which neither of them really want. Only one can win the role, and as a consequence of the two of them apprenticing for the same Scythe, an additional condition is added: the winner would have to glean the loser as their first act as Scythe. Given that how much they care for each other, it’s a particularly difficult situation and definitely not one they are thankful for.

3) The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah – I feel like this is kind of an obvious choice, but it does fit. It is about a 13-year-old girl named Leni who moves with her parents up to Alaska, on the whim of her father, who is a Vietnam veteran struggling with PTSD because he thinks it would be better for them. Unfortunately for the family, the darkness and isolation of Alaskan winters take a toll on her father’s mental state, so although there were some parts of living in Alaska that Leni and her mother came to love, it was also a situation they would not have been thankful for when her father was at his worst. Leni’s father showed a lot of anger and paranoia toward society, and it would have been very difficult for her to live with, so likely a situation she was not thankful for.

4) An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena – This is another potentially obvious choice given the premise, but one that the characters definitely would not have been thankful about. The characters in this book are on trapped together after being snowed in at a hotel, and guests are being killed off one by one, leaving them all to figure out who among them could be the killer. I think the characters in this one would especially not be thankful for their circumstances because they went to the hotel in the first place to relax and unwind, or to have a romantic weekend away with their partner. Instead, they end up with their lives in danger and struggling to keep themselves safe while trying to uncover who is responsible. It’s definitely not the vacation they wanted or expected, and I’d imagine they would not be thankful for it at all.

5) The Marriage Pact by Michelle Richmond – I’d been meaning to read this book for so long, and I’m glad I finally picked it up early this year! This book is about a newlywed couple, Alice and Jake, who sign up to be a part of The Pact, a group devoted to maintaining healthy marriages with a very strict list of rules, but the further into it they get, the more they start to question its methods. It had such a fascinating premise and presumably was well-intentioned, but the rules and consequences were not what the couple expected when they signed up for it. Although The Pact seemed like a great idea in the beginning, the characters quickly realized it was much darker than they thought and it was definitely not something they were thankful to be a part of.

Top 10 Tuesday: Thankfulness Freebie (Books I Was Thankful to Get/Buy Recently)

This topic always catches me a little off-guard. I’m Canadian and our Thanksgiving is long past, and it’s also not really a holiday that my family celebrates. However, this time of year is still a great one for me because my birthday is right at the end of October, so I usually get books or gift cards to buy myself books. Shortly after my birthday, I ended up treating myself to quite a big book order from Indigo (without a gift card), and was surprised to receive a gift card not long after that! I already have a whole list of 2021 releases that I’d like to buy so it will definitely come in handy. For this week’s topic, I decided to focus on the books that I received or bought for myself recently. I’m very thankful to have these all, since they are high on my list to read next year!

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

1) The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab

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This book is one of my top priorities to pick up next year, and I was so thankful that my brother got it for me for my birthday! It was quite literally at the top of my wishlist, and I’m sure I’ll be picking it up very early in 2021. I’ve seen V.E. Schwab talking about this book for years so I was surprised to see it finally getting released this year, and I can’t wait to give it a try. This book is set in 1714 in France, and focuses on a young woman named Addie LaRue who is immortal, but cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets. After 300 years, she stumbles upon a man who seems to remember her. I’ve intentionally avoided looking at reviews or any kind of detailed comments about the book because I don’t want any spoilers, and I’m so excited to read it. The only thing I’ve heard so far is that it’s a bit slow and a bit dense, so I’ll definitely want to read it at a time where I can pay close attention to it. I guess if my area goes back into lockdown in the new year, that will end up being the ideal time.

2) Nevernight & Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff

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I had literally been trying to find copies of these books all year, after deciding to make these one of my priority series to pick up in 2020. I managed to find the third book on Book Outlet, and hoped the other two would come up there in hardcover there too, but they never did. They were also ridiculously expensive (at $35-$40 each new and hardcover), so I’d been waiting around for them to go on sale. Lucky for me, my mother decided to buy them both for me for my birthday. I guess the irony is that I’m not sure I’ll be able to read the series before the end of the year now, since there are still many other books I need to finish for my reading challenges, and these are not for my highest priority challenges, but at least now I have them ready for whenever I do want to pick them up! If I don’t end up reading them this year, they will be a top priority for 2021 too.

3) One By One by Ruth Ware

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This was another gift from my mother, which was a great choice since it’s another book I was excited to fit into my reading challenges for next year. I’ve read two of Ruth Ware’s books so far, and have one or two on my list to pick up before the new year too. This one is her most recent release about a group of coworkers who get snowed in together at a mountain chalet while on a company mindfulness retreat that is hit by an avalanche. This fits so many of the tropes I tend to love — office politics, characters who are trapped together, and a locked door mystery. None of Ruth Ware’s books have been 5 stars for me yet (although I suspect The Turn of the Key might be the first), but I really enjoy her writing and tend to love the premises she picks for her mystery-thrillers. I was very happy to get this one as a gift. It reminds me a bit of An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena, which I read earlier this year and also dealt with people snowed in together, and I’m hoping to enjoy this one as much.

4) Invisible Girl by Lisa Jewell

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Lisa Jewell was one of the first authors added to my priority list to try this year, and I’ve loved the two books that I’ve read so far! This book was an easy addition to my wishlist, and I was so excited that my brother bought it for me. This book just came out last month, and it is about a man named Owen whose life is falling apart after he is suspended from his teaching job due to allegations of sexual misconduct. While searching for advice online, he comes across incel forums, where he meets Bryn. Across the street from Owen lives Roan, a psychologist with a family, who has a bad feeling about their neighbour, and whose daughter believes Owen once followed her home. At the same time, one of Roan’s patients, Saffyre, who has developed an obsession with him has disappeared, and it seems that Owen was the last person to see her alive. I always find the synopses for Lisa Jewell’s books a little confusing, but if it’s anything like the two books of hers that I’ve read so far, I’m bound to love this one too!

5) The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson

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This is another book that I’d been waiting all year to get, especially since it was a big reason that I’d added Peter Swanson to my priority authors list. It was another case where the hardcover version was ridiculously expensive so I was waiting for it to drop in price a bit first. I’d actually been about to cave in and buy the paperback version from Book Outlet instead, but then my brother got the hardcover version for me too as another birthday present! I was so excited to see it in the bag and can’t wait to finally be able to read it. It’s another one that I’m really hoping to be able to squeeze in before the end of the year, even though it’s not for one of my highest priority challenges. Given that I’ve been waiting all year for the book, I may end up picking it up very soon anyway, but I’m also strongly considering putting it off for an upcoming 2021 reading challenge prompt that asks for a book that I think I’d rate 5 stars. This book was among my 5-star predictions this year, so it would definitely fit the criteria.

6) When No One isWatching by Alyssa Cole

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I’ve had this book on my TBR since June, but it’s only really in the past couple of months that I very strongly decided I wanted to try it, especially after hearing so many vloggers talking about it. I put it on my birthday wishlist since it was a book that I wanted to try but didn’t know if I wanted to buy for myself, and it ended up being one of the gifts that my mom picked. This book is a thriller about a young woman named Sydney who lives in a Brooklyn neighbourhood that seems to be constantly changing. She channels her frustrations into organizing a walking tour to highlight the history of the area, and soon connects with her neighbour Theo, who agrees to help her. As they dive into the history of the neighbourhood, Sydney and Theo soon begin to suspect that attempts to “revitalize” the community may have a darker side to it. This sounds like the kind of thriller that is right up my alley, and I’m looking forward to trying it.

7) Loveless by Alice Oseman

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This was one of several books that I bought for myself, and I was thankful to see it back in stock. I can’t remember if I’d forgotten to add it to my cart or purposely decided to wait with my previous order, but by the time I decided I really wanted to buy it, the book was out of stock at both Indigo and Amazon. I wasn’t sure whether it would come back in stock since Alice Oseman is a British author, and books by many British authors can be a little more challenging to get here somehow. This book was one of my most anticipated of the year, and it is about a girl named Georgia, who has never had a relationship or even a crush, and she worries that something might be wrong with her. When she moves to university, she is determined to find love and begins to wonder why it is so much harder for her than it seems to be for everyone else. As soon as I saw this book back in stock, I grabbed it immediately and I’m hoping to get to it in the next week or two!

8) Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson

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This book was also on my birthday wishlist, but I knew that if I didn’t get it as a gift, I would end up immediately buying it for myself anyway. Tiffany D. Jackson is one of my all-time favourite YA authors, and this was one of my most anticipated releases this year, even though I’m saving it for my 2021 reading challenges. This book is about a young aspiring singer named Enchanted, who catches the attention of Korey Fields, a legendary R&B artist who she believes will be her chance to break into the music industry. When Korey is found dead and Enchanted wakes up with blood on her hands and no memory of what happened the previous night, she quickly becomes a suspect. I have absolutely loved every one of Tiffany D. Jackson’s books so far, and I’m always on the lookout for her next release. I’m hoping I’ll love this one just as much as all the others so far.

9) All the Bad Apples by Moira Fowley-Doyle

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I almost waited to buy this one for completely petty reasons. I’m not a huge fan of the cover art (shown here) and strongly preferred the pink, illustrated version that I believe is for the paperback edition. The hardcover is the only version that was available to me and I tend to prefer hardcovers in general, so I decided to get it. This was another book that was very high on my list to read this year, but I’m not 100% sure I’ll be able to squeeze it in. This book is about a girl named Deena, whose older sister Mandy has disappeared and is presumed dead. When letters from Mandy begin to arrive claiming that the family’s troubled history is the result of a curse handed down through the generations, Deena sets out to find her and help her find the roots of the curse. I recently read Spellbook of the Lost and Found by this author as well which I liked, but didn’t love quite as much as I’d expected. This one seems a bit more up my alley, and I’m excited to give it a try.

10) The Last Guest House by Megan Miranda

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I had just about given up on finding a hardcover copy of this book! It had been on Book Outlet earlier in the year but I chose not to buy it at the time since it was the only book I really wanted and didn’t think it was worth paying the shipping cost. I’d also assumed that I’d easily be able to get a hardcover copy from Indigo or Amazon. Fast forward a few weeks, and the book had been out of stock everywhere. It wasn’t until right at the end of September where I happened to see the hardcover version back in stock on Book Outlet, with just a few copies! It was completely by chance that I was on the site at the right moment, and immediately decided to grab it! I was so thankful to finally find the version that I wanted, even though I haven’t picked it up yet. The book is about a friendship between a local and a summer visitor in a small town in Maine. When the visitor, Sadie, is found dead and her death is ruled a suicide, her friend Avery is sure that others blame her and is intent on clearing her own name before the idea spreads. I’m a bit annoyed that I haven’t picked it up yet given how much effort went into finding a copy, but I’m hoping to get to it very soon!

The Anti-TBR Tag

I don’t normally do several tags close together, but I was in the mood for this one for two main reasons. The first, and most important, is that I saw Jesse the Reader’s video for this tag earlier this week, and it looked like fun. The second, and completely petty, reason is because I’m already in a bad mood today after attempting to order in dinner turned into a 2.5 hour long ordeal. Long story short, not long after placing my order, the entire app went down and I had no way of checking my order status or even cancelling it. There was no communication from them either to let anyone know what was going on. After eventually calling the restaurant to answer and making something else, we got notified that our food was on its way and it did show up (a full 2.5 hours after placing the order), but it was super frustrating not to know what was going on! It put me in a bad mood, so I thought it might be a good time to try a more negative kind of tag.

The Anti-TBR Tag was created by Nicole & Her Books, although as mentioned above, I heard about it because of Jesse’s video. It is a tag that is all about the books you never plan to read. To be fair, I never want to say never when it comes to books since there is always a slim chance I’ll change my mind or pick it up because of a reading challenge, but there are some books that really do not interest me much at all.

1) A popular book EVERYONE loves that you have no interest in reading?

This is a surprisingly tough question since I often end up reading popular books that I’ve been avoiding, but for now, I think I’d probably say anything by Brandon Sanderson. I wouldn’t quite say I have no interest because I’d vaguely like to give his books a chance, but none have intrigued me strongly enough to actually commit to picking them up.

2) A classic book (or author) you don’t have an interest in reading?

I’m sure I’ve mentioned this one before, but I really have very little interest in reading The Lord of the Rings. In theory, it should be the kind of series that I would love, but I didn’t particularly care for The Hobbit either of the two times I read it, and I didn’t love the movies either. I was never interested in watching them in the first place, but my school kept taking us to see them so I saw them all, and didn’t particularly care at the time. Maybe I’d like them more if I watched them again now.

3) A problematic author whose books you have no interest in reading?

Sometimes it feels like it’s getting more and more difficult to find authors who are not problematic in some way. In general, I’m usually able to separate the book from the author, depending on the circumstances. I fully believe that readers should have enough critical thinking skills to recognize when a book or character is being problematic and understand that it is wrong. I think the two that I have the least interest in reading are Orson Scott Card and Sherman Alexie. I have no interest in Ender’s Game at all, and I’ve read Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian and didn’t particularly care for it, so I was already not that interested in reading anything else by the time I saw there had been allegations made.

4) An author you have read a couple of books from and have decided their books are not for you?

This is a strangely tough question since most of the authors that I didn’t really care for are authors that I tried only once. It’s probably a weird choice, but I think I’d have to pick Laura Ingalls Wilder. I tried the first two books in the Little House series and found them both pretty boring. Granted, I’m reading them as an adult so it’s possible I might have liked them better when I was younger, but I don’t think I would have considering I purposely did not bother to pick them up when I was in the right age group. Other than that, I guess I’d have to say Stephanie Meyer, but I’m mildly open to trying something outside of the Twilight universe.

5) A genre you have no interest in OR a genre you tried to get into and couldn’t?

This goes hand-in-hand with my answer above, but I have no interest whatsoever in westerns. I’ve had them come up as reading challenge prompts a couple of times, and have yet to find any that interest me enough to really be motivated to pick them up. This is where I usually end up going for the Little House books just to get the prompt over with as quickly as possible, since I literally can’t find anything else to try even though there are tons of westerns out there.

6) A book you have bought but will never read (this can be a book you have unhauled/returned to the library unread)

I assume this means a book I’ve bought and have no intention of reading, not just books that I haven’t read *yet* since that would be a very different answer. I don’t think I bought this, but I have a copy of The Da Vinci Code that I’ve been holding onto even though I’ve literally never been interested in trying it. I think I got it free at some point after it was discarded by the library where my mom worked and held onto it on the off-chance I’d care enough to try it, but it’s been years and that hasn’t happened. I’ve actually just recently decided that I might as well unhaul it by now.

7) A series you have no interest in reading OR a series you started and have DNF’d

I have a couple of series I started and never continued, but that was more that I forgot to pick up the next book, and not an intentional DNF. I think a series that I truly have no interest in reading is Anna and the French Kiss and its companion novels. I had no interest in it when it first came out and have probably long outgrown it by now, and I also know enough about the story/characters to know that I’d probably find them irritating.

8) A new release you have no interest in reading

I guess I’ll go with the fairly obvious answer here, and pick Midnight Sun. Again, it’s a “never say never” kind of situation, because every so often, I’m tempted to revisit Twilight and see if it really was as bad as I thought or if I was influenced by the negative hype. Midnight Sun just seems unnecessary to me, since it’s the exact same story just from a different perspective, and especially unnecessary since Stephanie Meyer already put out some kind of gender-swapped version a few years back too.

Top 5 Wednesdays: Latin Lit (Coming in 2021)

I did a 7 On Sunday post a couple of months ago featuring some Latinx books that were on my TBR, and I wish I’d kept my notes of the names of some of the other books! I remember being surprised last time to realize how many books by Latinx authors I had on my TBR already. It is not something that I specifically look for. I decided to go in a bit of a different direction with this week’s prompt, and focus on upcoming books by Latinx authors that I’m looking forward to trying.

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1) Infinity Reaper by Adam Silvera (March 2)

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Infinity Son was one of my most anticipated books this year, but it seems unlikely at this point that I’ll be able to read it before the end of December! I was still very excited to see the next book in the series was due out in March, although I’ve purposely avoided looking at the synopsis in too much detail in case of any spoilers. From what I do know, the series is about two brothers, Emil and Brighton, who live in a world that contains celestials with a variety of powers, including the vigilante group known as the Spell Walkers whose goal is to protect everyone from the specters who steal their powers. Brighton has always wanted to be a part of the fight, while Emil wishes the cycle of violence would just stop. I’ve seen quite mixed reviews for the first book so far, but I’m still very excited to try it. I’m most likely going to put it off until next year so I can read both of these together, although the third book won’t be out until 2022!

2) The Mirror Season by Anna-Marie McLemore (March 16)

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I expect this will be a book that I’ll be mentioning a lot in the next couple of months, since it’s very high on my list to pick up next year, especially since I am currently reading and loving Dark & Deepest Red. This book is their newest release due out early next year, and it focuses on two teenagers who both discover that they were sexually assaulted the same party, and they begin to develop a friendship as they work through what happened. After the party, Graciela loses her ability to make enchanted pan dulce and begins to find strange shards of mirrored glass. Lock has no memory of what happened that night or how the glass is affecting him, so Ciela decides to help him while keeping the truth about that night a secret to ensure both of their survival. I’d been a bit nervous to pick up any more books by this author since magical realism doesn’t always work for me, but I love Anna-Marie McLemore’s writing style and I’m very interested to give this one a try.

3) Lost in the Never Woods by Aiden Thomas (March 23)

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This is the upcoming new book by the author of Cemetery Boys, a book that I’ve been hearing about non-stop for months now! This one is a Peter Pan retelling, set in a town called Astoria five years after Wendy and her brothers went missing in the woods. She returned safely, but her brothers were never seen again. When more of the town’s children begin to disappear, questions arise about Wendy’s brothers and while attempting to flee, she almost runs over a boy lying in the road. The boy, Peter, claims that other children will meet the same fate as her brothers if Wendy doesn’t do something, but in order to rescue the children, she must finally confront what’s been waiting for her in the woods. To be honest, I knew absolutely nothing about this book until just now, even though it has apparently been on my TBR since April 2019. I suspect I’d added it in the first place on author name alone, even though I still haven’t read Cemetery Boys either. Now that I’ve seen the synopsis though, it’s even more intriguing!

4) The Mary Shelley Club by Goldy Moldavsky (April 13)

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I didn’t realize that this book was by an Latinx author until I looked up a list of upcoming Latinx releases for 2021, and I discovered that this author is Peruvian. I think I added this one to my TBR originally after looking for more YA thrillers, but the title also drew me in since I love Frankenstein. This book is about a girl named Rachel Chavez who is excited for a fresh start at her new prep school, but struggles to fit in since she is one of the scholarship kids. Things get even worse when she gets caught up in a prank that goes wrong, but she is surprised when this prank brings the attention of the Mary Shelley Club, a group of students whose goal is to come up with the scariest prank possible to elicit real fear. As the competition escalates and the club itself begins to be targeted, Rachel must find out who is behind it all, even if that means confronting the past she’s been trying to avoid. I love books that focus on dark academia and secret societies/clubs, and it sounds like this one might be up that alley. YA thrillers are always a bit hit-or-miss for me, but I’m definitely willing to try this.

5) Meet Cute Diary by Emery Lee (May 4)

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I’ve been following Emery Lee on Twitter for a while now, so I’m excited for her first book to finally come out next year, especially since I’ve seen it compared to Becky Albertalli, who is one of my favourite YA authors. This book is about a boy named Noah Ramirez, who runs a popular blog called The Meet Cute Diary, collecting stories of happily ever afters from trans contributors. When someone discovers that his blog is all stories that Noah made up himself and threatens to expose him, Noah scrambles to convince everyone that the stories are true. He soon meets Drew, who agrees to fake-date him to save the blog, and Noah quickly realizes that dating in real life is not the same as the stories he’s written. The list of tropes that Emery Lee herself listed for this book on Goodreads (in the review section) is enough to make me really want to pick this one up!

Top 10 Tuesdays: Characters I’d Name a Pet After

This is another of those prompts that I feel like I don’t have the creativity for! It doesn’t really help that I’ve never had any pets other than goldfish, and I gave them very generic names. I think four out of the five goldfish I had (not all at once, I’d replace it each time it died) were named Lightning, and I can’t even remember what the last one was called. Even my stuffed animals got very generic names — I have a brown dog, for example, that I very creatively called Brownie, and a stuffed rabbit called Bunny. I would like to have a dog at some point in the future, but I’m also very grossed out by the idea of picking up after one so I don’t know if it would actually happen. I’m also pretty sure I’m allergic to cats. I’ve never been tested, but I’ve had reactions to other people’s cats, so I doubt I’d be getting one. It was really hard for me to think of book characters that I’d want to name a pet after!

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1) Merlin from The Once and Future King by T.H. White (this is the one name I’ve always wanted for a dog)

2) Maverick from The Hate U Give by Angie Carter (also for a dog)

3) Grimshaw from Now Entering Addamsville by Francesca Zappia (definitely a cat)

4) Nova from the Renegades series by Marissa Meyer (either cat or dog)

5) Finnick from the Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins (either cat or dog, but somehow leaning toward cat)

6) Luna from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling (either cat or dog, but leaning toward dog)

7) Gansey from the Raven Cycle series by Maggie Stiefvater (probably a cat)

8) Sparrow from Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor (for some reason I’m thinking cat, but definitely not a bird)

9) Pepper from Tweet Cute by Emma Lord (for a black-and-white dog or cat, maybe a Dalmatian)

10) Athena and Artemis from Slayer by Kiersten White (if I had a pair of dogs or cats)

Recent Reads #9

As expected, toward Halloween I started to pick up a lot more books that would fit a spooky theme, although I have to say I was a little disappointed that I didn’t get to nearly half the books that I wanted to read in October! I have no idea why my reading felt so slow that month. I ended up making myself a bit of an “extended Halloween” TBR, where I read several of the books that I’d been intentionally saving for October during the first week or so of November instead, so at least I still read many of them in the end. October was also the month where I was back to work full-time in person for the first time all year, after doing shortened days through the summer. Given the way case counts are currently going, I would not be surprised at all if we end up closing down again in the next couple of months. I guess the plus-side of that would be a little extra reading time again, but I’d much rather be going to work! Toward the end of October, I ended up reading quite a few Halloween-ish books that focused on very similar storylines, making it easy to group them together for a Recent Reads!

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One of the main “themes” that I found myself reaching for in October were ghost stories, where it was a little ambiguous whether there was a real haunting or if it was all in the characters’ head. As someone who studied psychology, I find that kind of story concept fascinating. The first book I read, or more accurately, listened to, along these lines was The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson. Full disclosure: This book has never really been on my radar, mostly because I assumed it would be too scary for me. However, I’d loved We Have Always Lived in the Castle, and I wanted a Halloween-themed audiobook to listen to while I was doing some work at home, so this one seemed like a good choice. For those who aren’t so familiar with the story, it is about a woman named Eleanor who is invited to stay at Hill House as part of a group assisting with an investigation to prove whether it is haunted. I liked the book overall but was surprised to find it a lot less scary than I expected, although I did love the way many of the unusual things happening in the house were described. I especially enjoyed the ending and how the book in general left such ambiguity about what was really happening. I’m not sure if it was just because it was an audiobook, and I generally tend to be less engaged with those, or if it’s because it’s an older book, but I didn’t feel very strongly connected to it. I enjoyed it while I was listening and I’m glad I gave it a chance, but I’m not sure it will be particularly memorable for me.

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The next book I picked up that was along these lines was Paul Tremblay’s A Head Full of Ghosts, which has been on my TBR for a very long time! This one is about a young woman named Merry, who grew up in a household with an older sister, Marjorie, who seemed to be displaying signs of schizophrenia. When the doctors are unable to help her, Merry’s parents turn to a priest who recommends an exorcism, and the family also agrees to take part in a reality show to document their experience. I found the entire premise of the book so fascinating and I loved the way it played on the uncertainty of whether Marjorie was due to demonic possession or mental illness. Marjorie’s behaviour was genuinely so creepy although there were a couple of moments that I also found disgusting and hard to read (which apparently were a reference to The Exorcist, which I never read or watched). I thought it was so interesting to see Merry’s perspective of the events as a child, and how she processed her sister’s behaviour, and loved the twists toward the end although some of them were not the most believable. I really enjoyed this one too, although again, it was not quite as much as I had expected given how long I’d been waiting to try it.

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The last, and most exciting, book that I read that fit this theme was Home Before Dark by Riley Sager! This was a book I’d been dying to read all year but purposely wanted to pick up very close to Halloween, except it was hard to get it for an affordable price so I didn’t think I’d get it in time. Luckily for me, Amazon had it on sale toward the beginning of October, and I was so excited to get it in time. Along the same lines as the two books above, this one focuses on a woman named Maggie who spent a few weeks in a house with her family before the three of them fled from it at night. Her father went on to publish a bestselling book about their experiences claiming that the house was haunted, although Maggie has never believed it. Upon her father’s death, Maggie inherits the house and sets out to discover the truth while she renovates it to put it back up for sale. I loved the way the author alternated between Maggie’s investigations in the present and chapters directly from her father’s book, and it was especially interesting to see the points where the two stories overlapped. I thought it was a great choice to use the chapters from the book to show what happened in the past without having to rely on flashbacks from Maggie herself, especially since she was not supposed to have any memory of what happened. I loved how the author built such a creepy atmosphere throughout both sides of the story, and was surprised by how much I loved the scary elements and how they were explained by both characters. I also really enjoyed all the twists, especially the fast-paced ending and the ultimate explanations offered for what really happened. This was easily one of my favourite books of the year.

Top 5 Wednesdays: Non-Fiction November (Nonfiction Books on my TBR)

I’ll just throw it out there right away — I’m not really a fan of nonfiction. Despite the huge variety of subgenres available, it’s not something that interests me very much. I find the majority of nonfiction so slow and dry to read, so it really takes a lot for me to motivate myself to decide to pick one up. That’s not to say there aren’t great nonfiction books out there, because there definitely are, but given that I have a limited amount of time to read, I prefer to pick up fiction and read for entertainment. When I do read nonfiction, it is usually something to do with psychology, education or autism/developmental disabilities, or possibly a book about specific animals. Or, I like books that involve analysis of popular books, TV shows, movies, etc. such as essay collections with commentary about Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Harry Potter, or The Simpsons from the perspectives of psychology, philosophy, etc. I have only a few nonfiction books on my TBR, but these are all books that I do plan to read at some point.

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1) Solutions and Other Problems by Allie Brosh

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I feel like I’m cheating a bit by including this one, but it is technically tagged as nonfiction. I was so excited to see that this book was finally coming out, and even more excited to get a copy so quickly! This book, as well as its precursor Hyperbole and a Half, immediately disprove what I said above about finding nonfiction dry. These books are a collection of autobiographical, illustrated essays about Allie Brosh’s life, and I find her writing so funny! I haven’t read this one yet, but it is very high on my list to pick up next year. Her books capture the exact kind of observational humour that I love from comedians like Ellen DeGeneres or Michael McIntyre, but also tend to touch on some very deep topics, such as depression. This is one nonfiction book that I can actively say that I’m looking forward to reading, and expect to love!

2) Disfigured: On Fairy Tales, Disability and Making Space by Amanda Leduc

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I first heard about this book because of Kayla at BooksAndLala, who has strongly recommended it several times this year. It is a nonfiction book that is right up my alley, since it combines two of my favourite topics to read about: disability and analysis of books/movies. This book is about the ways fairy tales shape people’s views of disability and how people with disabilities are represented in these stories. I’m very curious to try this one and see the perspective it takes on representation and disability awareness. As I’m sure I’ve mentioned before, I work for a day program for adults with autism and/or developmental disabilities, so these kinds of topics are very interesting to me. I also took a couple of courses about children’s literature and fairy tales when I was in university and college, and those were two of my favourite and most interesting classes. Adding on top of that the fact that Kayla so highly recommended it, this book was an immediate addition to my TBR, which is a rarity for nonfiction!

3) Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men by Caroline Criado Perez

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I’m not necessarily the most interested in reading about feminism, but this one caught my attention because it had to do with statistics. As a psychology major when I was in university, I took quite a few courses that had to do with statistics, data collection, and how data is interpreted. This book is about the gender gap in a variety of fields, documenting multiple examples of the ways research tends to focus primarily on men with the idea that the world is generally structured or designed with men in mind. From what I’ve gathered, although I have not read the book itself yet, the author is putting forward the idea that treating men as the default has many day-to-day consequences for women, ranging from minor problems to more serious concerns, including differences in medical care. In theory, I’m interested in reading this one because I’m curious to see what kind of statistics the author has, but it also feels like the kind of nonfiction I’d likely find dry. I’ve heard great things about it though, so it might be worth a try anyway.

4) Bad Feminist and Not That Bad by Roxane Gay

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These are not technically on my TBR yet, but I’ve been considering adding them both. I have heard so many great things about Roxane Gay’s writing in the past couple of years that I almost feel like I need to try these at some point. To be honest, I don’t know very much about what exactly Bad Feminist is about, although I’ve noticed quite a few reviews mention that it involves a lot of commentary about pop culture. It seems that the book is about Roxane Gay’s views that feminism as a movement is flawed, and her attempts to navigate her own views about it. Not That Bad is a collection of essays from multiple contributors about rape culture and experiences of sexism and harassment. I think of the two books, Not That Bad interests me a little more, but I also think it will be very difficult to read.

5) Educated by Tara Westover

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To be honest, I added this one to my TBR mostly because of the hype, even though I’ve only ever had a mild interest in it. This book is about Tara Westover’s experience growing up with survivalist, fundamentalist parents, completely isolated from mainstream society until she was 17. Without any formal education, Tara began to educate herself and overcame her family’s restrictions to go to college and expand her horizons. I think the main reason I’d only mildly been interested at the time is because I somehow assumed that this book was some kind of story of survival in the wilderness. Although there is some element of that given that the family was so isolated, but now that I have a better idea of what it actually is, it does interest me a bit more. A coworker recently told me that if I enjoyed The Marsh King’s Daughter, I’d probably like this too, so it might be worth a try.

Top 10 Tuesdays: Book Titles that Would Make Good Song Titles

I always feel like I don’t have enough creativity for this kind of prompt! Or at least not enough music knowledge to have any sense of what would make a good band name, song title, etc. Although I’d theoretically love to be able to play an instrument, I’ve never had any kind of musical inclination or talent. I picked the flute when it was time to choose an instrument in school because I assumed it would be easy, but it really wasn’t! It always used to confuse me when nearly every show I watched involved at least one episode of the main character deciding they want to form or join a band. It just wasn’t a very common thing in my school, I guess. I think if I would have done anything musically-related, it probably would have been writing lyrics, since I used to love to write in general, but it’s not something I was ever motivated to try.

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I had such a hard time trying to figure out which book titles might be good song titles, especially that weren’t already well-known song titles. I feel likd I’d have a much easier time if I had some sense of what these titles would sound like in a song. These are the ones I found that I thought might make interesting songs:

1) Love is a Revolution by Renee Watson

2) Yesterday is History by Kosoko Jackson

3) Super Fake Love Song by David Yoon (I could see it being a pretty funny parody/satire)

4) Under Shifting Stars by Alexandra Latos

5) Twice in a Blue Moon by Christina Lauren

6) Along for the Ride by Mimi Grace

7) Dealing in Dreams by Lilliam Rivera

8) Our Year of Maybe by Rachel Lynn Solomon

9) Wrong in All the Right Ways by Tiffany Brownlee

10) Jar of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier

The End of Year Book Tag (2020)

It’s safe to say that this has been such a bizarre year overall, but it’s still very strange to think that it is almost over now. The one thing that’s always confused me a bit about this tag is when exactly it’s supposed to be done. Since it’s called “End of Year,” I’m always inclined to wait until the very end of the year to do it, but the questions really lend themselves better to do a bit earlier. This is also the time of year when the new set of reading challenges start to slowly come out, and I’m really looking forward to seeing what’s in store before I properly start to plan. This year has been a bit all over the place for me in terms of my reading progress — I’ve technically read a lot and I’ve been really enjoying the majority of what I read, but I also feel very behind on some of my goals. I’m actively planning on making some small changes to my reading challenge process next year, depending on which challenges I end up trying. Either way, this tag This tag was originated by by Ariel Bissett (here), and it is a great start to looking ahead toward the next year.

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

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I only read one book at a time, and I almost never DNF anything so this is always a difficult question for me to answer. I find it too confusing to leave a book aside for too long since I’d likely forget what happened. I am currently in the middle of Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chbosky, which is around 700 pages, so I guess that can count as a book I started and need to finish, even though there was really no risk of me not finishing it. I’ve been listening to the audiobook while I did some work today, so that’s definitely helped me move through it, but I’ve been really enjoying it so far. This book was also on my list of priority books to read before the end of the year, so it’s definitely one I’ll be finishing. Aside from that, there are many books that I still really want to pick up before the end of the year, but I haven’t started any of them yet.

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

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I think this is the question in the tag that most makes me think I should be responding even earlier in the year. For me, the transition toward the end of the year tends to happen more toward October, where I actively try to pick up books that give me Halloween vibes, including thrillers or books with supernatural or horror elements. To be honest, I think my transition was a bit choppy this year. I ended up reading several of the books I’d planned to read around Halloween after the holiday was already over, and even pushed a few of the books I’d planned to read back until next year instead. I guess if I had to pick one book that could be considered my transitional book, it would be Home Before Dark, which I read right at the end of October, which ended up being the transition into my week or so of spooky books, which unfortunately wasn’t in October like I’d planned.

3) Is there a new release you are still waiting for?

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I’ve just pre-ordered a copy of The Camelot Betrayal by Kiersten White, which should be coming this week. To be fair, I haven’t even read the first book in this series yet, and it’s unlikely I’ll be able to get to it this year like I planned, but it may work out to my advantage if I wait until the third one next year so I can binge-read the series. I’ve loved everything I’ve read by Kiersten White so far, so I’m expecting to love these too. I’m also really looking forward to Instant Karma by Marissa Meyer, which just came out at the start of November, but I haven’t bought that one yet. I’m very curious to see something so different from Marissa Meyer!

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

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My biggest problem this year is that I had a ton of books that I’m really excited to read, and somehow, despite being in lockdown for the majority of the year, not enough time to read them all. On the other hand, the one thing I think I did really well was reading the vast majority of the books that I wanted to read most right at the start of the lockdown. I think the book that I’m most excited to pick up before the end of the year is probably The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson, which my brother just bought me for my birthday! I had a strangely hard time finding an affordable copy this year, at least of the hardcover edition, but luckily my brother was able to get it for me! I also really want to read The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware, and Harley in the Sky. I’m definitely planning on prioritizing all of those as soon as possible.

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

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This is always such a tough question, but especially this year. One thing I’ve noticed this year is that although I’m enjoying everything, there seem to be fewer books overall that really strike me as a strong favourite. I don’t know if it’s some kind of slump induced by the weirdness of the year, or I’m just getting a bit pickier about the books I read. I’m fully expecting Penance by Kanae Minato to be a favourite, but I don’t think that will be much of a shock if it’s anything like the previous book I read by this author. I think if I had to guess one that might surprise me, it would probably be Dark & Deepest Red by Anna-Marie McLemore. I really hope I’m going to love this one, but I’d previously guessed When the Moon Was Ours would be a favourite of the year when I read it, and was a bit disappointed when it wasn’t. I’m really hoping this one will be instead!

6) Have you already started making reading plans for 2021?

Surprisingly, not really. I’ve been keeping a running list throughout the year to keep track of some authors, books and series I’d like to prioritize, but nothing is definite yet. The only challenge I know for sure that I’ll be doing is the Goodreads Around the Year challenge. That list is already available, but I’m waiting for PopSugar at least to be released first before I start planning, since there is often some overlap. I’m also strongly considering doing a “rejects” challenge of the prompts that I voted for that didn’t make the list, and probably some of my leftover prompts from this year as well. I’m hoping the PopSugar list will be out soon so I can properly start planning.

Anyone else started planning for next year yet? I’m very open to recommendations. As for the tag, I tag anyone who has not done this one  yet and would like to!