The End of the Year Book Tag

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

Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley – Specifically the second Norton critical edition, where i’m currently reading the essays after the story. Actually I started this last year in October, don’t @ me. lol

Cannabis Pharmacy: The Practical Guide to Medical Marijuana by Michael Backes – Still working on it but i’m sure i’ll have it done by the end of the year …

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

Not that I know of

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

Saga, Volume 10 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples – I’m typing this October 1st, I still have to reread volumes 7-9 but they are comics so it shouldn’t take too long, and volume 10 is coming out this month!! FINALLY!

Citrus Plus Vol. 4 by Saburouta – I love Citrus and I miss Yuzu and Mei between volumes. This should come out in November last I checked.

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

The Hacienda by Isabel Cañas – I want to read this already! It’s gothic and it sounds so good and so many people have loved it already!

The Devil Takes You Home by Gabino Iglesias – This also sounds really good and I know people have been loving it recently!

Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice – I read the first 3 books in The Vampire Chronicles years ago. I loved them but never continued the series. The tv show is now out and I really want to watch it! I wanted to restart the series by now but … oops. I do have the first 3 on audio so that might help!

Though note: If I don’t get to any of them, that is ok to.

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

I don’t know, maybe, there are still 3 more months left!

Have you already started making reading plans for 2023?

Nope. I don’t think I plan to.

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Reading Habits Book Tag


1. Do you have a certain place at home for reading?

I read in my computer chair, because reasons. Medical reasons. I know it’s not the most comfy, but stomach reasons. Maybe once I get them sorted out a little better (that’s the plan, but i’ll always have medical issues, maybe i’ll expand on them at a later date, born with VACteRL Association) i’ll read somewhere else sometimes?

2. Bookmark or random piece of paper?

Bookmark. I have many bookmarks. Though i’ll also sometimes temporarily just put the book open upside down.

3. Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop after a chapter/ a certain amount of pages?

Due to said medical reasons I often have to stop at any point. I have no choice. If I am able i’ll get to a certain point, like a break or the end of the chapter, but if I gotta stop in the middle of a sentence then I gotta stop in the middle of a sentence.

4. Do you eat or drink while reading?

Well if i’m reading a physical book, no. I’ll put the book down to take a drink or whatever. An audio book I might be able to do that … but doubtful because my brain can’t really multitask. I can only focus on one thing at a time and if i’m focusing on a book I can’t really taste and enjoy whatever i’m trying to eat then I’m pissed when i’m done and didn’t enjoy what I ate. My body has a lot of issues with food, at least let me enjoy eating as much as I can damn it.

5. Multitasking: Music or TV while reading?

Hell to the motherfuckin’ no. See above. I listen to white noise, like rain/ocean waves, to drown out the loud real world, while i’m trying to read.

6. One book at a time or several at once?

Technically I could read multiple at a time but I prefer one at a time. I’m not a fast reader.

7. Reading at home or everywhere?


8. Reading out lout or silently in your head?

Silently in my head can be hard to sustain (though I can do it for a time), so i’ll like mouth along/silently whisper the words sometimes. Hi, I have full aphantasia, by which I mean, all the senses (I can think in silent words). I was told to stop reading like I was and just do it silently in my head in school. I already struggled with reading comprehension, and trying to do that made it a million times harder.

9. Do you read ahead or even skip pages?

Usually no but there have been cases where i’ve looked at the end because reasons of “oh no, if it’s going that route I do NOT wanna finish reading it!” so i’ll check the ending to see if I am going to continue it or DNF. No, this won’t spoil the book for me, it will potentially save it for me. But most of the time I don’t do that.

10. Breaking the spine or keeping it like new?

I don’t intentionally break the spine but i’m also not pressed about it.

11. Do you write in your books?

Sometimes. Write, highlight. Not always.

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Mid year book freak out tag

I’m writing this on July 2nd, the exact middle of the year! Though it won’t post until next week on the 9th.

Best Book I’ve Read So Far

Transmuted by Eve Harms

A transgender body horror story

As a deformed trans person myself this hit so many feels! The feelings of dysphoria, of being fetishized, of being looked at like a freak, of feeling like a freak. The way people treat you. I loved Isa. I want to gush about this book but i’m at a loss for words.

Best Sequel I’ve Read So Far

Screw picking just one. Also i’ve only read manga/comic sequels, of these series in particular, so far this year.

New Release I Haven’t Read Yet But Want To

The Hacienda by Isabel Cañas

It’s gothic and sounds so good!

Most anticipated release for the second half of the year

Saga, Volume 10 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples, The Transgender Issue: An Argument for Justice by Shon Faye, Long Live the Pumpkin Queen by Shea Ernshaw, Citrus Plus Vol. 4 by Saburouta, Year of the Tiger: An Activist’s Life by Alice Wong, The Future Is Disabled by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha

Ok ok so I picked 6! I read all 9 volumes of Saga years ago and loved them, then they went on hiatus for awhile and volume 10 is coming later this year so i’m in the midst of rereading them. I’m transgender, hence the second one. The Nightmare Before Christmas fanfiction being published! Sounds so interesting! I love the Citrus series (and it’s sequel series Citrus+) and Citrus+ Vol 4 is the next one. Alice Wong edited Disability Visibility which I loved and highly recommend! I’ve read Care Work by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha and loved it so I look forward to The Future is Disabled!

Biggest Disappointment

Pachinko by Lee Min-jin

Well I liked the first 45 pages or something like that. I got tired of feeling preached to. Women are apparently only there for suffering. I’ve read Homegoing and loved that. This … not so much. And I kept looking at reviews in a way I only do when i’m not liking a book and it doesn’t seem worth it to me to continue. My guess is this might’ve been a 2 or possibly 3 star book. I have other books i’d rather be reading.

I was expecting to really enjoy this book, and I just didn’t.

I DNF’d at page 105

Biggest Surprise

I can’t say I had any surprises. Every book I loved I expected to. Shrugs.

Newest Fictional Crush

I don’t get fictional crushes.

Newest favorite character

The Cybernetic Tea Shop by Meredith Katz

Sal, an AI, in The Cybernetic Tea Shop. I wanted to hug her so badly.

Book that made you cry

The Cybernetic Tea Shop made me cry.

Book that made me happy

These all made me happy in their own ways. I love the romance between Yuzu and Mei in Citrus. Monster Musume, that shows volume 5 but any of the volumes i’ve read so far (the first 6) would do because the series is hilarious. Transmuted for being a wonderful transgender body horror story. Golem girl is a memoir by a queer disabled Jewish woman. The Chuck Tingle book is hilarious.

Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)

The Little Mermaid and Other Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Andersen

This edition of The Little Mermaid and Other Fairy Tales.

What books do you need to read by the end of the year

Whatever books I feel like reading.

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