Top ten tuesday #47 || End of the year book tag

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Top ten tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jana @That Artsy Reader Girl. She provides us with a prompt every week to write a bookish lists. I personally don’t participate every week, just when I like a certain prompt or when I can think of a fun twist on it.

This week we got “Freebie

So I decided today I will be answering the questions of the “End of the Year Book Tag” created by Ariel @ArielBisset (on YouTube). Even though it’s probably waaaaay too late to do a tag/survey thingy that is meant to set goals for the end of the year… seeing as we are 6 days into December. But you know what. Let’s dream big!


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


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These are the books I am currently still in the middle of: The House Across the Lake by Riley Sager, We Had to Remove this Post by Hanna Bervoets, Out There by Kate Folk and House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski. I am pretty sure I will finish the first three. House of Leaves on the other hand… eeeehhhh… If I would decide to pick that one back up now that will be the only book I read in december. So probably not.


Do you have a seasonal book to transition into the end of the year?


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For this one I’ve got Near the Bone by Christina Henry. The perfect fit if you ask me! A spooky book set in a snowy mountain cabin. Doesn’t that just scream winter to you? I’ve also been meaning to read something by Christina Henry for literal YEARS. So it’s about time I actually pick up one of her books. I’ve heard this one gets dark, so that seems like a great place to start! 


Is there a new release you’re still waiting for?


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Not really? I feel like December is a pretty slow month for book publishing. I’m never eagerly anticipating new books coming out in December. When we get to this point in the year, I’m usually starting to look at those shiny new releases coming out next year. But that’s not fair to the December books! So I had a look at what’s coming out this month and found these two. I’m definitely at least vaguely interested in both of these… we have A Million to One by adiba jaigirdar and My Darkest Prayer by S.A. Cosby. To be fair, these are not actually going on my end of year reading list, since I have many books I’m more excited for. So let’s treat these as my honorable mentions. 


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


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Besides the other ones mentioned in this post, I would also love to read A Man and His Cat Volume 3 and I Think Our Son is Gay Volume 2, which are both manga volumes I am currently lending from the library. I also hope to get to A Sliver of Darkness by C.J. Tudor, which is a short story collection. I’m really into those right now! 


Is there a book you think could still shock you
& become your favorite book of the year?


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A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman could definitely still take this spot. Backman can do no wrong with his books in my eyes. I ALWAYS end up absolutely loving his books. He might actually be my favorite author! And so in December I’m planning to read probably his most popular book. I mean… this has to be a winner right?


Have you already started making reading plans for 2023?


I’m planning to not plan too much next year! I want to set less goals and just see where the year takes me. But I am still jotting down some new releases I’m excited about. Which I will sharing soon in an upcoming TTT post.


Featured images black-7Those were my picks for this Top ten tuesday prompt.
Now I’d love to hear from you…

Do you have a favorite from my list of posts?
What your favorite TTT post you have done?
Feel free to share links to those in the comments!


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39 thoughts on “Top ten tuesday #47 || End of the year book tag

  1. Oooh, fun tag! I still need to read Ove, as well. I’m determined to do it before I watch the adaptation. Happy reading the rest of this month!

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  2. Your thoughts on Mark Z. Danielewski’s ‘House of Leaves’ were so welcome! Back in October I did a li’l series of posts, reading haunted house books and deciding which page of the book I’d’ve moved out on if I was living in those circumstances. Some books I knew I wanted to read, others I gathered from online lists. EVERY list I looked at had ‘House of Leaves’ on it but, while I’m not saying I’ll never read it, it seemed too…much, I guess. It seemed to be too much of an immersive experience for what I was doing and it may’ve taken too long to read, too. So reading this was wonderful as you kinda of validated my gut’s feelings here. Good luck with your end of the year reading goals, too!

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    1. I’m happy that made you feel validated in your choice. The reading experiment you did sounds like so much fun! I can totally see House of Leaves being on every haunted house list ever. It has such a dedicated, cult-like following it seems. There’s always so much talk about how you’re really missing out if you don’t read it and it’s a one of a kind reading experience. From the Β±200 pages I’ve read of it I can see how people are passionate about it, because it IS a very unique and immersive reading experience. But it definitely isn’t for everyone and it’s such a commitment. The book is purposefully made to be difficult to get through, in the sense that it is maze-like and you literally get lost in it. So I think if you ever want to give it a try you should definitely be in the mood to try something like that. I would never suggest reading this book to complete a challenge or reading it just to have read it. Because that’s not gonna be a fun time AT ALL haha. There shouldn’t be such a big fear of missing out surrounding the book. And I’m sure your reading challenge was perfectly fine without it! I’ll go check it out πŸ™‚

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      1. Thank you :). And yes, I had fun. I realized there are very few haunted house books I’d make it to page 200 before moving out. And I am COMPLETELY OK with that! I’m sure I’ll give ‘House of Leaves’ a shot sooner or later, if for no other reason than I’ve never read a book that *feels* like how you’re describing it. You’re not the first person either to tell me you “literally get lost” in it. But your point about mood is super important and I’m not there yet. But maybe someday!

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  3. Yeah I don’t think I’ve ever been excited for a book publishing in December, it makes sense that it’s not a busy month for books to be published as you ideally want your book already out there when people are doing their Christmas shopping and everything generally starts winding down in December anyway as everyone heads off on their Christmas breaks.
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2022/12/07/top-ten-tuesday-397/

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  4. I did this book tag the other week and I usually save it for this time of year anyway so haha, you’re not the only one doing it at the last minute! πŸ˜‚ I’m really excited about Adiba Jaigirdar’s new book as wellβ€”the cover is so gorgeous and it sounds like it’ll be a great read. I hope you enjoy all the books you read for the rest of the year!

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  5. Hope you enjoy all of these – and that your reading plans for 2023 end up being fabulous and fun! Thanks so much for visiting my website today. Really appreciate this.

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