The End of the Year Book Tag: 2018

I love a good tag post and I was this one over on Another Book in the Wall‘s Blog and I really wanted to complete the tag (even though I wasn’t tagged) as a reflection on 2018 and as I keep blogging I feel like it’ll be great to look back on all the years! 

Since I’ve jumped on board without being tagged feel free to do the same! 

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

I am currently reading ‘The Explorer’ By Katherine Rundell. I will hopefully finish this and pick up another book before the end of the year, but at the moment this is the only book I need to finish.

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

I changed it from autumnal to summer since I live in Australia and the end of the year is usually ROASTING so i figured it was more appropriate. I don’t usually pick up books seasonally but a good autobiography is good for chilling by the pool or at the beach. ‘The Greatest Love Story Ever Told’ By Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman is one that I really want to read.

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

I took this question a little differently. This is a new release that has (I’m pretty sure) been released, or was meant to be released but then there was an issue. I’ve preordered this one on Amazon and are still waiting for it to be sent to Amazon to be shipped. 

What are 3 books you want to read before the end of the year?

I am currently participating in the Christmas at Hogwarts Read-a-thon and ‘Shadow and Bone’ By Leigh Bardugo; ’50 Ways to Yay’ By Alexi Panos and ‘Throne of Glass’ By Sarah J. Maas are three books that I want to read as part of the read-a-thon. 

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

I don’t really have one favourite book of the year or in general I just have books I love. I read so many amazing books this year that I really can’t narrow it down but I am hopeful that ‘Throne of Glass’ By Sarah J. Maas will be another one I can add to that list!

Have you already started making reading plans for 2019?

Yes! I’m actually on top of my reading goals and where I want to start with reading after the Christmas at Hogwarts read-a-thon. I need to be prepared and I’m excited to achieve my goals. 

What are your end of year reading plan?

December TBR

Even though the last month of 2018 has already started and the countdown to Christmas and the New Year are upon us I still wanted to post a TBR for the month. 

We are already 5 days into December (as I am writing this) and I’m going to be honest, I’ve been awful at reading and haven’t made much progress. With the end of Term T minus 3 days away, I am pretty flat out from arrival to leaving in the afternoons. I’ve also been trying to keep up with Vlogmas which I have a love/hate relationship with. I love all the videos but I also struggle to keep up with them all! 

During December I am also planning to take part in the ‘Christmas at Hogwarts’ Read-a-thon. The books of which I will include in this post. 

So my reading plans are: 
* Finish ‘The Confectioner’s Guild’ By Claire Luana
* ‘The Explorer’ By Katherine Rundell 
* ‘Shadow and Bone’ By Leigh Bardugo 
* ’50 Ways to Yay’ By Alexi Panos
* ‘Throne of Glass’ By Sarah J. Maas
* Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’ By J.K. Rowling

Lets hope that this list isn’t to ambitious! 

What is on your December TBR?

Christmas at Hogwarts Read-a-thon

Very excitingly the Christmas at Hogwarts Read-a-thon is my first ever read-a-thon. I’ve been wanting to do one forever but with work and life in general I haven’t been able to participate in any. 

Fantastically this read-a-thon starts on 17th December and ends on the 26th December which means I’M ON HOLIDAYS! 

The read-a-thon goes like this: 

Before I jump into the prompts and what books I’m going to choose for each of them thank you to Gee at Book Roast for hosting this Read-a-thon! 

All participants start at the top and complete ‘Finish your coursework’. The prompt for this one is to finish your current read… Now I haven’t chosen a book for this one because I don’t know what I’ll be reading on December 17th so this one will depend on where I’m up to in my reading. 

Next participants can choose to ‘Help Hagrid Decorate the trees’ which  prompts reader to choose a book with gold details; or readers can ‘have a snowball fight with the Weasley twins’ where readers choose a book they think will be humorous. For this section I am going to choose to ‘help Hagrid Decorate the Trees’ and the book I’ll be reading is ‘Shadow and Bone’ by Leigh Bardugo 

Participants meet up  again when they ‘visit the Three Broomsticks for mulled pixie wine’ where readers will choose a read that will take a day/ an evening to read. For this one I am going to choose ‘50 Ways to Yay’ by Alexi panos 

Now we get to the point where readers can divert into completely different areas! There are three options for this part of the read-a-thon. First you can choose to ‘exchange presents at your house common roomwhere readers choose a book that features or is about friendship. The second option here is to ‘sneak into the kitchen to gift Dobby odd socks’ where readers choose a book with an Item of clothing on the cover. The final option in this Trio is ‘attend the Yule Ball’ where readers choose a book you’ve been preparing yourself for. For this section I am going to choose ‘attend the Yule Ball’ and I am going to read ‘Throne of Glass’ By Sarah J. Mass

From here readers only have two options either they can ‘use invisibility cloak to sneak into the restricted section‘ where readers choose a banned book; Or I can ‘bring a festive treat to Hedwig in the Owlery’ where we choose a book with an animal on the cover/ in the title/ in the series name. For this one I am going to choose to ‘Sneak into the Restricted Section’  and read the book ‘Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone’ By J.K. Rowling

Finally we have made it to ‘attend the Christmas feast’ for this one our prompt is to watch a Harry Potter movie, which is optional BUT I will definitely be watching one and if its up to my fiancee it will be ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’ Part 1 and 2.

The other options that I won’t be doing but may be helpful to know about are ‘fly around the snowy Hogwarts grounds‘ where readers choose a book with a building on the cover; Or ‘put on your knitted sweater from Mollywhere readers choose a book with present parents of a focus on family

Are you going to be participating in the read-a-thon? let me know what prompts you choose!