I know it’s good manners to credit tags to where you first saw them, but I honestly can’t remember where that was. When I decided that I fancied doing this tag, I tried to find someone whose blog I read regularly who had done it, and came up blank. Where did I first see this? Anyway, I googled it and found variations of the questions in many places.

This is actually last year’s Christmas tree. This year’s is much less impressive.

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

I’m midway through both Do Not Say We Have Nothing, by Madeleine Thien, and The Mill on the Floss, by George Eliot. Both are excellent, but neither is what you could call easygoing. Whether I finish both remains to be seen.

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

The trees have lost their leaves and I’ll probably have started my advent calendar by the time this goes up – I don’t think it can still be considered autumn! Instead, during December, I am planning to read A Christmas Carol by Dickens and Letters From Father Christmas by Tolkien. I haven’t read the former since I was a teenager, and the latter is completely new to me. Very excited about both.

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

I am totally, completely useless at keeping up with new releases. Aren’t most books released in September and October to be in time for the festive period? Having said all that, though Interference (the sequel to Semiosis) has just come out, I haven’t picked it up yet. I’ll be moving house either next week or in early January, and I am trying valiantly not to buy any new books until I am settled. Moving boxes of books is hard.

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

I’d like to finish the Temeraire series by the end of the year. I’ve read up to book 7, Crucible of Gold, and after a lag around books 5 and 6, the pace is picking up again. I’d like to read Blood of Tyrants and the final novel, League of Dragons, before the end of the year. As well as the Christmassy books I mentioned earlier, I’m currently in the process of trying to pick this month’s audiobook – it will need to be pretty chunky as I plan to listen to it on a lengthy train journey back to my mum’s for Christmas, which is likely to have a fair amount of strike disruption. Any suggestions?

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

If I currently think it could become my favourite of the year, it would wouldn’t be much of a shock if it does, now would it?

Have you already started making reading plans for 2020?

Vaguely – I want to do some more rereading next year, and I would like to read more nonfiction. Although I’ve read a lot this year – more than I have since I was a teenager, maybe – much of what I’ve read has been fairly light fantasy reading. No regrets – it was exactly what I needed – but I’d like to pick up a few more things with real substance next year. I’m also going to try really hard to read the Sword and Laser picks every month (with an important “not if they veer too close to horror” caveat).

What books do you have left on your TBR for this year?