I just saw this tag on Imyril’s blog There’s Always Room For One More and thought it looked like fun. I don’t often do tags and this is a very spur of the moment post, so strap in for some slapdash writing and poorly thought out answers.
Is there a book that you started that you still need to finish by the end of the year?
I’m currently reading Last Argument of Kings by wor Joe Abercrombie and plan to finish it by the end of the year. That and The Tower of the Swallow, the fifth(???) Witcher novel. I actually planned to make some headway with a bunch of uncompleted series in December, but that never happened. Quelle surprise.
Do you have an autumnal book to transition to the end of the year?
I don’t understand this question haha, December is winter? Why would I be transitioning to an autumnal book? I don’t do seasonal reading anyway though, so the answer is no in any case.
Is there a release you are still waiting for?
I’m actually really bad at tracking release dates for new books unless it’s something I’m absolutely salivating over. Honestly mostly because there’s enough books already on my TBR to literally last me a lifetime; it’s actually a constant source of existential anxiety for me that in all likelihood I’ll never read all the books on my TBR. So, in answer to the question, nah there’s no 2020 releases I’m still waiting for. Though I did just get an arc for Olivia Chadha’s upcoming South Asian cyberpunk novel Rise of the Red Hand, which I actually am salivating over. I’ll be talking about this a lot more very soon but basic plot overview: A rare, searing portrayal of the future of climate change in South Asia. A streetrat turned revolutionary and the disillusioned hacker son of a politician try to take down a ruthlessly technocratic government that sacrifices its poorest citizens to build its utopia. Yeeesssssss!
Name three books you want to read by the end of the year
Lol I feel like it’s kinda too close to the end now to really promise myself anything more than the two I mentioned already in Q2. Maybe if I’m lucky I can finish another one before the year’s end. Perhaps The Black Company by Glenn Cook, as this is gonna form one of the foundational grimdark books I review for my Wyrd & Wonder grimdark extravaganza!
Is there a book that can still shock you and become your favourite of the year?
Highly unlikely, given that I think Abercrombie is overated, The Witcher books are shit but I enjoy them anyway and I personally can’t see The Black Company becoming one of my favourite books ever even if I do enjoy it. I read Fonda Lee’s Green Bone Saga books and Ring Shout by P Djeli Clark earlier this year and they actually are some of the best books I’ve read in my life. Really can’t see them being upstaged at this point.
Have you already started making reading plans for 2021?
I have! Despite not being someone who ever plans anything and actually becoming more and more ‘anti reading goals’ I’ve started planning out my reading list for Wyrd & Wonder. I mentioned already I’ll be doing a special grimdark spotlight for the event (I think it’s in May) and I’ve set myself the unenviable task of posting a review every day of the event. That’s 31 reviews in May alone, meaning I’ve got around 17 weeks to read 31 grimdark books, many of which are quite large. Five of those 31 are George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire books, which are all 800 pages minimum, so I have rather a lot of reading to do if I’m gonna pull this off…
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