End of Year Book Tag | 2022

Here’s a tag that I should probably do around this time every year. It’s the End of Year Book Tag that was created by booktuber Ariel Bissett.


ARE THERE ANY BOOKS YOU STARTED THIS YEAR THAT YOU NEED TO FINISH?

As was the case with everything that was not my job this year, I’ve been horrendous at keeping track of my reading. I usually use Goodreads to track what I’m reading and have read, but I sometimes forgot to log what I started and when. However, I’m sure I have these to wrap up:

Best Served Cold by Joe Abercrombie

I’m buddy-reading this with Emily from Embuhleeliest and intend to complete it this year. It’s interesting but not as “enjoyable” as the three previous Abercrombie books I’ve read.

Ring Shout by P. Djèlí Clark

I should have completed this by now, but although I liked the two pages I read, I keep dragging my feet on it. I don’t know why I’m not more motivated. I’m reading it for a book club (we are all unmotivated for some reason) and intend to complete it by year end.

Page by Tamora Pierce

It’s the second book in the Protector of the Small series, which I am rereading. It’s another one I should have completed by now, but a bout of reading slump had hit when I started it. I’d like to complete it by year end.

Lord of Chaos by Robert Jordan

I’ll be very surprised if I manage to complete this by year end (or early next year… or at all).

DO YOU HAVE AN AUTUMNAL BOOK TO TRANSITION INTO THE END OF THE YEAR?

Carpe Jugulum by Terry Pratchett
Isle of Blood by Rick Yancey

It was supposed to be these two — Isle of Blood was for Halloween and Carpe Jugulum was intended for Christmas — but I might not get to either until the new year.

IS THERE A NEW RELEASE YOU’RE STILL WAITING FOR?

Night Angel Nemesis by Brent Weeks

The only new release I care about right now is this new installment in Brent Weeks’s Night Angel series, which I’m SO glad is being continued. It won’t be out until next year, and then I’ll still have to wait to get myself a copy because I don’t like hardcovers, the others I own are in mass market paperback, and U.S. publishers don’t push out mass market paperbacks for popular authors until a long time after the book’s been out.

WHAT ARE THREE BOOKS YOU WANT TO READ BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR?

Carpe Jugulum by Terry Pratchett
Beard in Mind by Penny Reid

The main three I have going. But if by some miracle I manage to get through them and still have time for something else, I’d like to get into Carpe Jugulum and another Winston Brothers book, most likely Beard in Mind, which is the fourth book in the series.

IS THERE A BOOK YOU THINK COULD STILL SHOCK YOU AND BECOME YOUR FAVOURITE BOOK OF THE YEAR?

Ring Shout by P. Djèlí Clark
Best Served Cold by Joe Abercrombie

From what I’ve heard of Ring Shout, it could become a favorite, but that wouldn’t shock me much. It would be shocking if Best Served Cold became a favorite since I’m not feeling it as much as I’d like and am not a fan of revenge stories.

HAVE YOU ALREADY STARTED MAKING READING PLANS FOR 2021?

Nope

This year was such a topsy-turvy one reading-wise that I intend to be very laidback when it comes to this hobby in the new year. For now, I don’t intend to make many plans, but that could change since my slumps seem to be finally receding for good.


Well, then, are you looking forward to doing year-end wrap ups as I am?

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2022 Reading Wrap-Up: Third Quarter

Another quarter of the year has ended. I was hoping to read much more books this past quarter than I actually managed to complete, but such was not the case. My slumps have passed but finding time to read has been difficult — or rather, finding the motivation to read has been difficult. It’s interesting because the lack of motivation isn’t due to being in a slump, it’s due to lack of adequate down time where I feel relaxed enough to want to read. Instead, I find myself leaning more toward silly games on my phone. 😩 I intend to make some changes this coming quarter, so we’ll see if they’ll help me find time to read.

Having read just 4 books should mean I don’t have to do this whole wrap-up thing, but I’ll go through with it anyway because it comes in handy at the end of the year.

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Mid-Year Book Freak-Out Tag: 2022

It’s that time of year when we check in on our reading progress with these types of tags. Last week, I did the Half-Year Book Tag, and now it’s time for the Mid-Year Book Freak-Out Tag, which was created by Chami and Ely Jayne.


BEST BOOK I’VE READ SO FAR

Elder Race by Adrian Tchaikovsky

It’s a scifi novella about a lonely scientist at a secluded outpost on another planet who gets caught up in the affairs of the planet’s inhabitants, although he’s supposed to just observe them. I really enjoyed reading this, which I didn’t expect, and loved the way it’s written.

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2022 Reading Wrap-Up: Second Quarter

The second quarter of 2022 has come to a close, and although my reading and blogging aren’t back to the levels they were at before, I’m happy I’m still going at it. As usual, I’m busy, but now I’m adjusting to a new schedule, which has thrown off my already lacking and inconsistent reading and blogging.

I didn’t read as much in the second quarter despite taking part in two reading events — the Magical Readathon and Wyrd & Wonder. I completed the Magical Readathon by focusing on short, quick reads, but I didn’t do as well on Wyrd & Wonder as I’d have liked. However, I wasn’t too worried about my performance on these events since they were both “at your pace” type of events.

Well then, here’s how I did during the second quarter

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2022 Reading Wrap-Up: First Quarter

The first quarter of this year began on a shaky start. The end of 2021 was a rough one for me and that permeated the first months of 2022. My reading and blogging were poor as I tried to juggle many things at once and overcome the worst reading slump I’ve ever experienced.

As my blogging slowly picked up, so did my reading. And since I completed only one book in January and none in February, I’m surprised I managed to read as much as I did in the first quarter of 2022. The prep for the Magical Readathon certainly helped.

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Reflecting on 2021: Reading

Although 2020 was a great reading year for me, I was hoping 2021 would be an even better one. But it wasn’t. Sure, I managed to pass my Goodreads reading goal of 50 books, but I only did so by reading 16 books over my goal. I was secretly hoping for much more than that.

It’s not that I was pressuring myself to read much more than 50 books. I try not to pressure myself about reading because otherwise the hobby won’t be fun anymore. It’s just that I was expecting (hoping) for a reading year that was similar to 2020, when I read 90+ things. But while I used reading to cope with 2020’s reality, I guess the stress and worries of 2021 were too much (especially when added to those carried over from 2020); so instead of reading helping me to cope, I slowly began to lose interest in the activity as a reading slump took over. The more stressful things became for me, the less I read until I wasn’t reading much at all in December. I’m just now turning back to books.

So 2021 wasn’t at all the reading year I was hoping for, but I’m still curious to see what my reading stats were for it. If you are interested in such stuff too, read on.

ALSO SEE

ZeZee’s Favorite Reads of 2021
ZeZee’s Most Memorable Reads of 2021
ZeZee’s Most Disappointing Reads of 2021

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2021 Reading Wrap Up: Fourth Quarter

The last quarter of 2021 was a rough one, so I didn’t get as much done as I’d like. It’s not even done yet, but I already know that I won’t complete another book before the end of the year. There’s just too much going on, so my reading speed has been much slower than usual. Below are the few things I managed to complete this quarter.

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2021 Reading Wrap Up: Third Quarter

There were many ups and downs in this year’s third quarter, and I think my reading reflects that. I didn’t read as much as I hoped and what I did pick up tended to be short and quick, like a comic book or picture book. I also rushed to participate in the Magical Readathon and turned to such short reads to make it through.

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2021 Reading Wrap Up: Second Quarter

I enjoy doing these posts at the end of each quarter. It makes me feel as if I’m making immense progress on my reading goals, even if I’m not, and I like being able to reflect on my progress in this way.

The second quarter of the year was good to me, reading-wise. I managed to get through 25 books, and that’s largely because of Wyrd & Wonder, a monthlong celebration in May of all things fantasy. I read much more than I expected for that event and the majority of them were good reads too.

Well, with those 25 books, I’ve managed to complete 80% of my reading goal this year, which is to read 50 things, so HOORAY for me! 😀

Anyway, here are the stuff I got through this quarter.

Books | Audio | Comics | Picture Books

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Half-Year Book Tag: 2021

Aha! And here I am with another book tag to check in on my reading progress so far in 2021.

This one is the Half-Year Book Tag, which was created by BexnBookx.


Favorite standalone book hauled and read so far in 2021

In the Garden of Spite by Camilla Bruce

Again, I’ll have to start this off with In the Garden of Spite because I liked it that much. Plus, all the other stuff I loved are part of a series. In the Garden of Spite is a historical thriller about a female serial killer.

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