The End of the Year Book Tag: 2019

(Last Updated On: December 22, 2019)

End of the Year 2018

Where has the year gone? How is there only like a week remaining of 2019 (and the decade)!? Have I somehow invented time travel? As if I am not freaking out enough about everything, let’s see what books I still need to read before the year ends…

Thank you Siobhan @ Siobhan’s Novelties & Lauren @ Northern Plunder for tagging me this year; this is probably my favorite tag (other than mid-year freakout) because I love reflections! If you aren’t already following these wonderful people, please correct that sin immediately before continuing.

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

Fireborne coverWe Rule the Night cover

Fireborne by Rosaria Munda is such an enjoyable read so far! I am about 35% into the book right now and on pace to finish it before the end of the year.  Add on Goodreads

Foul is Fair by Hannah Capin is a feminist retelling of Macbeth and friends: I am here for it. I’m 11% in right now and will probably finish it after Fireborne. Add on Goodreads

We Rule the Night by Claire Eliza Bartlett is a book I’ve been hoping to be in the right mood to read for months. It’s one of my Novel19s and one I want to get read before the year ends. Add on Goodreads

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

Same answer as last year: Not really, no.

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

Considering there is only a week left in the year, not for 2019! But I already have a list of books I am anxiously awaiting for 2020.

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

Other than my three current reads, I am hoping to get to these books on my owned TBR (selected by my patrons on Patreon)!

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson cover

The Grace Year by Kim Liggett   Add on Goodreads

Scythe by Neal Shusterman  Add on Goodreads

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson  Add on Goodreads

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

Who knows, maybe?!

Have you already started making reading plans for 2020?

Have you met me? Of course, I have begun making plans for 2020, but I am not ready to share them yet. 😁 But I am also taking life one day at a time because I want to focus on myself in 2020.

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. Evelyn

    December 24, 2019 at 1:09 AM

    I hope you can read everything you want before the end of the year!


    1. Kal

      December 31, 2019 at 7:52 PM

      Thanks (I didn’t, lol)!

  2. Annemieke

    December 24, 2019 at 3:27 AM

    Sorcery of Thorns is a lot of fun. I hope you will enjoy it. 😀

    1. Kal

      December 31, 2019 at 7:53 PM

      Ahh, happy to hear it & looking forward to reading it (sadly I read nothing since this post lol)

  3. DB

    December 24, 2019 at 3:57 AM

    Foul is Fair looks good! Ooh, Scythe! I just started on Thunderhead.

    1. Kal

      December 31, 2019 at 7:59 PM

      What I’ve read of Foul is Fair is fantastic! I still need to read Scythe (oops), but I was gifted Thunderhead for Christmas so I have even more of a reason to read!

  4. Meeghan

    December 24, 2019 at 4:43 AM

    I’ve heard so many good things about The Grace Year. This is such a great list, Kal!!

    1. Kal

      December 31, 2019 at 8:01 PM

      Me too, I can’t wait to listen to it (no, I still haven’t read a damn thing I am a fraud)!

  5. Tammy @ Books, Bones & Buffy

    December 24, 2019 at 6:44 AM

    I’m starting my January 2020 ARCs at this point, so for me 2019 reading is basically over, even though there are SO many books I didn’t get to. Hope you have a wonderful holiday, Kal!

    1. Kal

      December 31, 2019 at 8:03 PM

      Yea, I need to focus on my 2020 ARCs too and just sprinkle in the past due ones throughout the year as I am able. I hope you had a fantastic holiday as well, Tammy!

  6. Andrea J

    December 24, 2019 at 8:11 AM

    oh gosh, that first question. I have DNF’d so many books this year. Do they count if I don’t care if i finish them? there was nothing wrong with any of these books, i just didn’t feel like reading them right then, you know?
    Ha! i love your response to “Have you started making reading plans for 2020?”, this is the response of a true book blogger!

    1. Kal

      December 31, 2019 at 8:04 PM

      HAHAHA that’s a mood! I haven’t DNF’d many books this year… which honestly is probably why I read less. Somehow I regressed into completionism? This is something to leave in 2019, lol.

      Thanks for stopping by & commenting, Andrea!

  7. Kayla @ Books and Blends

    December 24, 2019 at 6:54 PM

    I hope you enjoy Foul is Fair. I read it a few months ago and really ended up loving it!

    1. Kal

      December 31, 2019 at 8:05 PM

      AHHH I am so glad you loved it! I haven’t really read at all since posting this, so I am still what 11% in? I’ll probably pick it back up sometime next month.

  8. Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

    December 26, 2019 at 12:05 PM

    I definitely recommend Scythe! Hope you get to that one. Good luck with your 2020 planning (and with taking one day at a time). 🙂

    1. Kal

      December 31, 2019 at 8:08 PM

      I am so excited to read Scythe… I am going to prioritize reading it in January since I haven’t done much reading in the last half of December.

  9. Jamsu

    December 27, 2019 at 10:42 AM

    I’m actually trying NOT to read any more books this year since I’ve written my stats to notebook already. I haven’t read any of the books you listed but I’ve heard both great and bad things about Scythe. Once upon a time I added it to my TBR but since I like more romance these days I’ll probably never get it. But I’ve started planning my 2020 reading already, including rereading Dark In You and Vampire Academy and Bloodlines.

    1. Kal

      December 31, 2019 at 8:13 PM

      Hahaha you are smart! I should have just claimed to not plan on reading anything else because I read nothing for like 12 days. And now I am guilty. Oops. I’ll keep an eye on any romancey things in Scythe to let you know if it would be worth it for you. Happy reading this year, love!

  10. Heather @ The Frozen Library

    December 28, 2019 at 6:03 PM

    Oh I want to read Fireborne sometime. It looks cool. 🙂

    1. Kal

      December 31, 2019 at 8:16 PM

      It’s such a rich and jam-packed political story that’s really cool because it deals with the whole “after a revolution is successful” time period, which I think is pretty unique? I’ve been slumpy so it’s been a slow go for me, but I don’t think it is the book’s fault.

  11. May @ Forever and Everly

    December 29, 2019 at 9:50 PM

    So happy to hear you’re wanting to focus on yourself in 2020, Kal!! It’s what you deserve 💗💗 I’m excited to see your thoughts on Sorcery of Thorns, because I’ve been going back and forth on whether I should read it/will like it! (But also I see your currently reading widget in your sidebar featuring The Fever King and I am VERY keen to see what you think of it 😎💖)

    1. Kal

      December 31, 2019 at 8:21 PM

      Thank you so much, May! I’ve been really trying to stop beating myself up or holding myself to the Type A standards of unreality my brain make up. MAY THE FEVER KING IS SO GOOD – it was actually one of my favorite reads of 2019! I’m actually re-reading it before diving into my arc for The Electric Heir.

  12. Destiny @ Howling Libraries

    December 30, 2019 at 8:47 AM

    I’m so glad you’re already enjoying Foul is Fair! I can’t wait to start that one. And yes please to taking 2020 one day at a time and loving on yourself! 💕💕💕

    1. Kal

      December 31, 2019 at 8:29 PM

      I can’t wait to get back to Foul is Fair… I haven’t been reading again oops. But I am loving on myself and taking it one day at a time. There are no shoulds! Thanks for stopping by, love!

  13. Lauren

    December 30, 2019 at 4:46 PM

    i really wanna read the grace years too! it sounds great 🙂 heres to a good 2020 for you

    1. Kal

      December 31, 2019 at 8:37 PM

      It does sound great, and I’ve heard great things! Maybe we can buddy read it at some point because surprise: I haven’t touched it lol

  14. Jennifer

    December 31, 2019 at 2:19 AM

    Scythe is one of my favorite Trilogies!! Can’t wait to see what your plans are for 2020

    1. Kal

      December 31, 2019 at 8:41 PM

      Ahhh, that makes me even more excited to read it! I know the trilogy is so beloved, and while that would normally make me quite nervous, I love Neal’s writing and just know this will be no exception for me.

  15. Kristina

    December 31, 2019 at 4:02 PM

    I’ve briefly followed Macbeth’s play in English class in 2012.. Although I know the main “plot line”, retellings of stories like that makes me curious. Not completely sure i’d manage to read them xD but i’m curious of how the author planned it out, you know.

    Hope you got to finish all the books you wanted before the end!
    Happy new year, Kal xx

    1. Kal

      December 31, 2019 at 8:44 PM

      I almost enjoy retellings more when I am not so intimately familiar with the source material, if that makes sense? But I get where you are coming from!

      I didn’t read anything since posting this but it’s fine I’m fine LOL!
      Happy New Year, Kris! <3

  16. Haley

    January 13, 2020 at 3:08 AM

    I had wanted to finish reading that Knight of Seven Kingdoms book of whatever by GRR Martin, I ended up finishing it on January first. I had been sitting on that book for almost a year….I loved your bookish tag and I hope you enjoy Sorcery of Thorns!!!

    1. Kal

      February 16, 2020 at 1:55 PM

      Congrats on finally finishing a book that was your White Whale! And sadly, Sorcery of Thorns is still sitting on my shelf at like 13 pages read lmao WHY AM I LIKE THIS

  17. Kelly | Another Book in the Wall

    January 16, 2020 at 9:20 AM

    Great post, Kal!!! <3 Have you read Scythe yet?? I love that series so much and Neal Shusterman is one of my favorite authors!

    1. Kal

      February 16, 2020 at 2:55 PM

      Thank you Kelly, and no I haven’t! 🙊🙊🙊 I am the worst hahaha. But I love Neal Shusterman so much and know I will enjoy this series when I finally pick it up!

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