I spotted this tag first on youtube since I follow one book reviewer there – Eric, and decided to post my answers to this tag, too. The creator of this tag is Ariel Bessett, and I have also seen this tag at Whimsy Pages (Alex’s blog) and at The Book Prescription. I am not tagging anyone for this tag, and everyone is welcome to participate.
I. Is there a book that you started that you still need to finish by the end of the year?
The Maias (Os Maias)  by José Maria de Eça de Queiroz. After I enjoyed The Crime of Father Amaro, I thought I would read another book by this author – Os Maias, a realist family saga, which was also recommended to me by Susana at A Bag Full of Stories. I am still to finish this Portuguese classic even though I started it about three weeks ago, but I do have an excuse – it is 715 pages long! I am enjoying it so far and I think it will be a five-star read for me.
II. Do you have an autumnal book to transition to the end of the year?
Every time I think of autumn or winter, I think of some nice crime mystery to read. I think it is so nice to read something like that in a warm home when there is snow or rain falling outside. I will be reading some detective stories by Andrea Camilleri (The Shape of Water and The Snack Thief will probably be my next reads). I also want to re-read The Essex Serpent , which I enjoyed very much when I first read it. Given its slightly gothic, dark atmosphere and setting, it will also be the perfect autumnal transition.
III. Is there a release you are still waiting for?
No, not really.
IV. Name three books you want to read by the end of the year.
(i) English Passengers  by Matthew Kneale; I have wanted to read this book for a long time now. This adventure-historical fiction novel was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and is by the same author that wrote a fascinating non-fiction book Rome: A History in Seven Sackings . English Passengers tells of Captain Illiam Quillian Kewley, a smuggler, who, in the year 1957, sails with his crew to Tasmania and on board of his ship is one Reverend Geoffrey Wilson who thinks he will find in Tasmania the biblical Garden of Eden, and, thus, disprove the rising evolutionary theories of creation. Another point of view here is Peevay, an aboriginal, who recounts his own tale of horror as the British descent on his land.
(ii) The Black Sheep (La Rabouilleuse)  by Honore de Balzac; This will be my third Balzac, after absolutely amazing Lost Illusions, and slightly “less great” Cousin Bette (I always want to say My Cousin Bette, you probably know why). The Black Sheep is said to be a “wrongly overlooked” novel that was also included as number 12 in The Guardian’s list of 100 Greatest Books of All Time.
(iii) Freshwater  by Akwaeke Emezi; I will try to locate and read Freshwater, especially since Emily at Literary Elephant also recommended me this book. This book is about Ada who initially lives in Nigeria, but then moves to the US to attend college. Something is wrong with Ada and there is one “traumatic assault [that] leads to a crystallization of her alternate selves: Asughara and Saint Vincent” (Amazon).
V. Is there a book that can still shock you and become your favourite of the year?
Jonathan Franzen’s The Corrections . I have high expectations regarding this book. It is often on various lists of best books of the 21st century and has stellar reviews, too. Perhaps, it will impress me so much that it will end up to be my favourite read of the year.
VI. Have you already started making reading plans for 2020?
Yes, I have (or sort of). They are, of course, a secret so as not to spoil any surprises.