The End of the Year Book Tag: 2020 Edition

(Last Updated On: December 31, 2020)
Fuck 2020
Yes, I made a gif of the season 7 finale of Last Week Tonight so I could show 2020 being blown up.

I cannot be the only one excited that the end of this year is fucking nigh, right? From a global pandemic to natural disasters to civil unrest and police brutality, this year’s been difficult to say the least. I’m basically ready to kick 2020 to the curb, light it on fire, and arise from its ashes reborn tomorrow.

End of the Year 2018    End of the Year 2019

Due to my unannounced and unexpected hiatus (again), I haven’t been tagged this year for the End of the Year Book Tag by anyone…but I do what I want! This is one of my favorite posts to make every year, and honestly? I haven’t read in over 56 days and want to look back on when the reading slump wasn’t in my life.

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

Books to finish before 2020 ends
Lightbringer, Queen of Volts, Warmaidens

Lightbringer by Claire Legrand is the much-desired Empirium series finale, and I need to connect all the dots! This series is painful and confusing in the best of ways, but slump.  Add on Goodreads

Queen of Volts by Amanda Foody is another series finale, and I’ll be honest… I’m still too traumatized by the events of King of Fools to read this one. But I need to see how it ends for some of my favorite characters!   Add on Goodreads

Warmaidens by Kelly Coon is another series finale (I sense a theme here), this being the final installment in the Gravemaidens duology. I’ve been super excited to see how the story ends and watch Iltani go HAM, but… slump. Add on Goodreads

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

Same answer as the previous two years: no.

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

2020 is basically over, so thankfully I have all this years’ releases I’ve been anticipating… I just need to be able to read them! But let’s not talk about the pile for 2021 anticipated books, shall we?

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

Other than my three current reads from the first question, not really. Honestly? I don’t see myself finishing anything new before the year ends, but I have decided to pick up the books below to see if any slay the slump.

Last Minute Reads for 2020
Tiny Beautiful Things, The Beautiful, The Damned

Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar by Cheryl Strayed (re-read) I first read this book in 2013 during my Life and Meaning course at university and remember it fondly. Despite my negative opinion of Wild and her impact on thruhikers, she is an amazing writer and I think 2020 could use some Sugar.  Add on Goodreads

The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh (re-read) Perhaps a re-read of a fantasy book I absolutely devoured last year will slay the slump?  Add on Goodreads

The Damned by Renee Ahdieh I was so excited for this book to come out, but… 2020. So if The Beautiful sucks me in, I look forward to finally reading The Damned! Add on Goodreads

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

It is very possible, provided that I’m able to read anything! I have high hopes for all of the books on my TBR and expect them to wow me when I’m finally able to read them.

Have you already started making reading plans for 2021?

Hahaha, of course I am! My illness definitely impedes with my energy levels, so I am taking it one day at a time, but my reading goal for 2021 is 52 books and I intend on mood reading as much as possible! I plan on writing a post about my thought process regarding ARCs in 2021 sometime in January to dive into this a bit more.

What books are you hoping to read before the end of the year? Have you read any of the books I’ve listed here? Let’s chat in the comments!

spacer_wLet’s go on another adventure together!


  1. Sandy

    December 31, 2020 at 4:22 PM

    Tomorrow is a new day, a New Year and hopefully, man I hope, things start to improve in our crazy world. Like you, I can’t wait for this year to be over with and to start 2021 new and fresh! My new goal is to get all my library books read this coming week and then, hopefully I’ll be able to work on my NetGalley list. Happy New Year! I hope you’re able to get over your reading slump soon!

    1. Kal

      January 2, 2021 at 9:06 PM

      It’s so weird but the past two days have felt more… hopeful? Rationally I know nothing about the state of the world changed at midnight on January 1, but at least my attitude has changed? I spent the last couple of days working on goals and am so excited for 2021! Good luck with reading your library books and tackling your netgalley arcs!

      1. SepiaReads

        January 3, 2021 at 12:58 PM

        Happy new year! I’m hoping to read The Beautiful and The Damned this year! I’ve set my goal as 52 books too.

        1. Kal

          February 1, 2021 at 7:12 PM

          Happy New Year (and February oops) to you as well!!!! I loved The Beautiful so much and hope you enjoy it as well – it was a pretty polarizing book because the vampy stuff was largely at the very end, so just don’t go in expecting all vampire stuff and you shouldn’t be disappointed. Happy reading!

      2. Sandy

        January 3, 2021 at 1:37 PM

        I think many people were excited for January 1st. It’s like a mental thing, the new year is like a fresh start where we can try to start anew and try not to focus so much on what happened last year but try to be or do everything we can possibly can. Our attitudes do change, we feel like we have more energy and are excited for more possibilities. We can do this!! We just have to stay positive and hopeful.

        1. Kal

          February 1, 2021 at 7:14 PM

          I agree with you 1000%, totally a mental thing and feels so fresh. Kind of like I always wait for the start of the week to start a new thing, lol. Brains are weird. I hope you’ve been staying positive and hopeful! I had to take a few weeks in hiding to recalibrate following Jan 6th but my hope is back, baby!

  2. Kate Heceta

    December 31, 2020 at 7:31 PM

    Happy New Year, my love! Always hoping and praying for good things for you. I hope you slay 2021!

    1. Kal

      January 2, 2021 at 9:07 PM

      Happy New Year to you as well, Kate! Love you so much and here’s to all the positive vibes for 2021 and beyond!

  3. Evelyn

    January 1, 2021 at 2:42 AM

    I really need to pick up The Beautiful!
    Happy New Year!


    1. Kal

      January 2, 2021 at 9:12 PM

      You DOOOOOOO!!! I know some people struggled with it but it was such a perfect read for me. Happy New Year to you as well, Evelyn!

  4. Jayati

    January 3, 2021 at 5:28 AM

    Happy New Year! I really loved the Beautiful too and hope too read The Damned soon!

    1. Kal

      February 1, 2021 at 7:09 PM

      *hugs* Happy New Year (and February?) to you as well, Jayati! I reallllly want to read The Damned soon… maybe we should buddy read?!

  5. SepiaReads

    January 3, 2021 at 12:59 PM

    Happy new year! I’m hoping to read The Beautiful and The Damned this year! I’ve set my goal as 52 books too.

  6. Louise @ Monstrumology

    January 4, 2021 at 4:58 PM

    Happy new year! 🥳 I read The Beautiful last year and loved it, and I got The Damned for Christmas so I can’t wait to read it 😀

    1. Kal

      February 1, 2021 at 7:45 PM

      Happy New Year to you as well, and I hope you/we enjoy The Damned when we get around to reading it!

  7. Caro @ bookcheshirecat

    January 5, 2021 at 8:29 AM

    I truly hope 2021 is the year I finally get around to reading King of Fools though I’m also scared for what’s to come 😱 I might buddy read this with a friend so we can share the pain 😅

    1. Kal

      February 1, 2021 at 7:47 PM

      OMG I am sending you all the emotional support for you and King of Fools. Having someone to share the pain is a good idea… my DMs on Twitter are open if you need someone to screech at.

  8. Mary

    January 8, 2021 at 6:29 PM

    I, too, was absolutely just destroyed by King of Fools, and though Queen of Volts made me ugly cry A LOT, it was a very satisfying ending, and I’m pretty pleased with how everything unfolded, so I hope you enjoy it when you end up reading it!

    1. Kal

      February 2, 2021 at 10:40 AM

      OMG Mary, this gives me so much hope!!! I am really happy to see the ending is satisfying, and I expect to ugly cry. Thank you for your comment

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