NYT Bestsellers Birthday Challenge: 2003

It’s been a minute, but I finally finished the last book in this personal challenge I created for myself, so it’s finally time to move on!

I’ve gained some new followers since I last spoke about this, so I’ll briefly summarize: about a year and a half I started a challenge called the New York Times Bestsellers Birthday Challenge. Basically, I read one book off the NYT Bestsellers List from my birthday week every year from the year I was born until now. It’s been a trial and error process figuring out how this fits best into my reading schedule and habits, but I have low expectations for myself and just read the books when I get to them.

The gist of the challenge is this:

  1. Four books will be chosen from the New York Times Bestseller List from my birthday week every year.
    • I’m sticking with the adult hardcover list because children and YA lists weren’t added in until much later and wanted to keep it as consistent as possible.
  2. Of those four books, two will be fiction and two will be nonfiction.
  3. The four books chosen will consist of:
    • The book that holds the #1 spot from each column
    • The book that holds the longest spot from each column (largest # of weeks)

The last few books I had chosen had been Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver from the 2001 list, and The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen from the 2002 list. I finished Prodigal Summer in less than two weeks, but The Corrections took me about two months. (I honestly can’t believe how excited I was to read The Corrections, what a bummer 😑) I’m really just aiming to continue this challenge at whatever pace best suits the books I choose. Continue reading “NYT Bestsellers Birthday Challenge: 2003”

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Down the TBR Hole #36: Books 601-620

Lia from Lost in a Story’s challenge “Down the TBR Hole” has helped me whittle down my massive virtual TBR, or at least get me thinking critically about what books I’m actually going to read. I’ve realized I’ve added a lot of books in 2012 and 2013 that I’ve never read and will probably never get around to reading!! There’s also a ton of books that I added in the moment that I’ve never even thought of since then.

“Down the TBR Hole” works like this: order your Goodreads “to be read” shelf with the oldest books first and remove the ones you’re no longer interested in reading. I’ve added in two of my own personal rules: if I have multiple books in a series I’ll only keep the next (or first) one I have to read, and I’ll remove complete works or collections (unless it’s a collection I already own).

Fun Camp by Gabe Durham
Date added: Jan 2, 2017
remove

The Summer I Wasn’t Me by Jessica Verdi
Date added: Jan 2, 2017
remove

Art Girls are Easy by Julie Klausner
Date added: Jan 2, 2017
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Summer on the Short Bus by Bethany Crandell
Date added: Jan 2, 2017
remove

Can You Say Catastrophe? by Laurie Friedman
Date added: Jan 2, 2017
remove Continue reading “Down the TBR Hole #36: Books 601-620”

Down the TBR Hole #35: Books 581-600

Lia from Lost in a Story’s challenge “Down the TBR Hole” has helped me whittle down my massive virtual TBR, or at least get me thinking critically about what books I’m actually going to read. I’ve realized I’ve added a lot of books in 2012 and 2013 that I’ve never read and will probably never get around to reading!! There’s also a ton of books that I added in the moment that I’ve never even thought of since then.

“Down the TBR Hole” works like this: order your Goodreads “to be read” shelf with the oldest books first and remove the ones you’re no longer interested in reading. I’ve added in two of my own personal rules: if I have multiple books in a series I’ll only keep the next (or first) one I have to read, and I’ll remove complete works or collections (unless it’s a collection I already own).

Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin
Date added: Dec 13, 2016
remove

The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis
Date added: Dec 13, 2016
keep

We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson
Date added: Dec 13, 2016
keep

Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh
Date added: Dec 13, 2016
remove

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Mass
Date added: Dec 13, 2016
remove Continue reading “Down the TBR Hole #35: Books 581-600”

Down the TBR Hole #34: Books 561-580

Lia from Lost in a Story’s challenge “Down the TBR Hole” has helped me whittle down my massive virtual TBR, or at least get me thinking critically about what books I’m actually going to read. I’ve realized I’ve added a lot of books in 2012 and 2013 that I’ve never read and will probably never get around to reading!! There’s also a ton of books that I added in the moment that I’ve never even thought of since then.

“Down the TBR Hole” works like this: order your Goodreads “to be read” shelf with the oldest books first and remove the ones you’re no longer interested in reading. I’ve added in two of my own personal rules: if I have multiple books in a series I’ll only keep the next (or first) one I have to read, and I’ll remove complete works or collections (unless it’s a collection I already own).

Oh She Glows Every Day by Angela Liddon
Date added: Dec 13, 2016
remove

The Vegetable Butcher by Cara Mangini
Date added: Dec 13, 2016
remove

The Vision by Tom King and Gabriel Hernandez Walta
Date added: Dec 13, 2016
keep

Something New by Lucy Knisley
Date added: Dec 13, 2016
keep

March: Book Three by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell
Date added: Dec 13, 2016
remove

The Princess Saves Herself in This One by Amanda Lovelace
Date added: Dec 13, 2016
remove

The Universe of Us by Lang Leav
Date added: Dec 13, 2016
keep

Quarter Life Poetry by Samantha Jayne
Date added: Dec 13, 2016
remove

Stuff I’ve Been Feeling Lately by Alicia Cook
Date added: Dec 13, 2016
keep

Night Sky with Exit Wounds by Ocean Vuong
Date added: Dec 13, 2016
keep

Even This Page is White by Vivek Shraya
Date added: Dec 13, 2016
remove

The Rain in Portugal by Billy Collins
Date added: Dec 13, 2016
remove

Field Guide to the End of the World by Jeannine Hall Gailey
Date added: Dec 13, 2016
remove

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
Date added: Dec 13, 2016
keep

Behind Closed Doors by BA Paris
Date added: Dec 13, 2016
remove

Here Comes the Sun by Nicole Dennis-Benn
Date added: Dec 13, 2016
keep

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
Date added: Dec 13, 2016
keep

The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Date added: Dec 13, 2016
keep

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
Date added: Dec 13, 2016
keep (physical TBR)

This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp
Date added: Dec 13, 2016
remove

Ruling: 10/20 removed

Did I make good choices? Were there any I should’ve kept? I’m kinda on the fence about some of the poetry collections.

Down the TBR Hole #33: Books 541-560

Lia from Lost in a Story’s challenge “Down the TBR Hole” has helped me whittle down my massive virtual TBR, or at least get me thinking critically about what books I’m actually going to read. I’ve realized I’ve added a lot of books in 2012 and 2013 that I’ve never read and will probably never get around to reading!! There’s also a ton of books that I added in the moment that I’ve never even thought of since then.

“Down the TBR Hole” works like this: order your Goodreads “to be read” shelf with the oldest books first and remove the ones you’re no longer interested in reading. I’ve added in two of my own personal rules: if I have multiple books in a series I’ll only keep the next (or first) one I have to read, and I’ll remove complete works or collections (unless it’s a collection I already own).

I Know What I’m Doing by Jen Kirkman
Date added: Dec 13, 2016
remove

Real Artists Have Day Jobs by Sara Benincasa
Date added: Dec 13, 2016
remove

Girls & Sex by Peggy Orenstein
Date added: Dec 13, 2016
keep (physical TBR)

The Lonely City by Olivia Laing
Date added: Dec 13, 2016
remove

But What If We’re Wrong? by Chuck Klosterman
Date added: Dec 13, 2016
remove

Another Day in the Death of America by Gary Younge
Date added: Dec 13, 2016
keep

Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen
Date added: Dec 13, 2016
keep (physical TBR)

Hillbilly Elegy by JD Vance
Date added: Dec 13, 2016
remove

Hungry Heart by Jennifer Weiner
Date added: Dec 13, 2016
keep (physical TBR)

Party of One by Dave Holmes
Date added: Dec 13, 2016
keep

Lust and Wonder by Augusten Burroughs
Date added: Dec 13, 2016
remove

Sex Object by Jessica Valenti
Date added: Dec 13, 2016
remove

First Women by Kate Andersen Brower
Date added: Dec 13, 2016
remove

Rise of the Rocket Girls by Nathalia Holt
Date added: Dec 13, 2016
remove

All the Single Ladies by Rebecca Traister
Date added: Dec 13, 2016
keep 

White Trash by Nancy Isenbery
Date added: Dec 13, 2016
remove

Blood Brothers by Randy Roberts and Johnny Smith
Date added: Dec 13, 2016
keep

Five Presidents by Clint Hill
Date added: Dec 13, 2016
remove

Cravings by Chrissy Teigen
Date added: Dec 13, 2016
remove

Layered by Tessa Huff
Date added: Dec 13, 2016
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Ruling: 13/20 removed

This was incredibly heavy with some non-fiction titles! Let me know if I made good decisions! 😅

Down the TBR Hole #32: Books 521-540

Lia from Lost in a Story’s challenge “Down the TBR Hole” has helped me whittle down my massive virtual TBR, or at least get me thinking critically about what books I’m actually going to read. I’ve realized I’ve added a lot of books in 2012 and 2013 that I’ve never read and will probably never get around to reading!! There’s also a ton of books that I added in the moment that I’ve never even thought of since then.

“Down the TBR Hole” works like this: order your Goodreads “to be read” shelf with the oldest books first and remove the ones you’re no longer interested in reading. I’ve added in two of my own personal rules: if I have multiple books in a series I’ll only keep the next (or first) one I have to read, and I’ll remove complete works or collections (unless it’s a collection I already own).

 

Holding up the Universe by Jennifer Niven
Date added: Nov 28, 2016
remove

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
Date added: Nov 28, 2016
keep (physical TBR)

A Torch Against the Night
Date added: Nov 28, 2016
remove

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Date added: Nov 28, 2016
keep (physical TBR)

Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty
Date added: Dec 13, 2016
remove Continue reading “Down the TBR Hole #32: Books 521-540”

Goodreads Choice Awards 2018 Predictions

It’s the most wonderful time of the year: Goodreads Choice Awards!!!!!!!

Seriously I LIVE for these awards and I cannot wait to see the results!

I thought it would be fun (for me, and maybe for you who knows!!) to make a list of my winning predictions and see if I’m right! Originally I was going to wait to write/post this until after the winners were announced but then how would people know if I was being honest or not?? I mean, as a lifetime (professional) Girl Scout I know that I am honest and fair but still.

So I’m posting this now, before voting ends and the results are announced. I might go back and update this later with the winners, or I might make a short follow-up post. We’ll see! I’m kind of winging this whole thing (aka this post is a Hot Mess).

Side-note: My own personal philosophy is that I feel weird voting for books I haven’t read. Therefore, there are some (actually quite a few) categories that I didn’t vote in at all; this may be because the books I’ve read didn’t make it into the final round, or because I just didn’t read any book from that category!! (The Goodreads Choice Awards are also a rude awakening for just how many new releases I buy but never read!!)

I’ve organized this post by category in order of how they appear on Goodreads, with my original and current vote, along with my prediction and a brief note.

Fiction:

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

Prediction: An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

This category honestly could’ve been anything. I was close to picking Hank Green’s novel, but since it just came out a few months ago, I figured that many people hadn’t read it.

 

Mystery & Thriller:

Original Vote: The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager

The President Is Missing by Bill Clinton

Prediction: The President is Missing by Bill Clinton & James Patterson

For this section I went off gut instinct based on the popularity of the authors. Stephen King could be another potential winner, but I feel like this book got a ton of hype.

 

Historical Fiction:

Current Vote: The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

Prediction: The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

The first book I actually voted for in the final round!! Not to toot my own horn, but I do believe this book will win. Kristin Hannah got a ton of hype surrounding The Nightingale and I think this carried over to this book as well. Continue reading “Goodreads Choice Awards 2018 Predictions”

Down the TBR Hole #30: Books 481-500

Lia from Lost in a Story’s challenge “Down the TBR Hole” has helped me whittle down my massive virtual TBR, or at least get me thinking critically about what books I’m actually going to read. I’ve realized I’ve added a lot of books in 2012 and 2013 that I’ve never read and will probably never get around to reading!! There’s also a ton of books that I added in the moment that I’ve never even thought of since then.

“Down the TBR Hole” works like this: order your Goodreads “to be read” shelf with the oldest books first and remove the ones you’re no longer interested in reading. I’ve added in two of my own personal rules: if I have multiple books in a series I’ll only keep the next (or first) one I have to read, and I’ll remove complete works or collections (unless it’s a collection I already own).

 

The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler
Date added: Sept 20, 2016
remove

The Burnable Book by Bruce Holsinger
Date added: Sept 20, 2016
remove

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
Date added: Sept 20, 2016
keep

The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly
Date added: Sept 20, 2016
remove

The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald
Date added: Sept 20, 2016
remove Continue reading “Down the TBR Hole #30: Books 481-500”

Currently Reading Book Tag

Literally a month ago I was tagged by Consu at Paper Eyed Girl to do the Currently Reading Book Tag and like everything else in my life, I’m following through with it but just extremely late!! This tag was originally created by Charly Reynhorse from Youtube.

How many books do you usually read at once?

Oh boy okay so typically I’ll read at least two-three books at once.

  1. Always an audiobook that I read while I’m commuting (I have a two hour roundtrip commute, which bodes nicely for me to get a lot of longer audiobooks read during that time).
  2. A book I can easily fit in my purse and can be distracted from (i.e.: to read during my lunch break or while I’m waiting for my program to begin and I might only have five minutes).
  3. A book that is too large for my purse or too dense to read with distractions that I just read in the evenings or on the weekends.

Right now, I have seven books I’m currently reading because I hate myself 😐

Do you ever switch bookmarks while you’re partway through a book?

My dog really likes to delicately pull the bookmarks out of my books and then destroy them, so yes I often have to switch bookmarks.

Where do you keep the books you’re currently reading?

Either in my purse/bag so I don’t even forget it, or in a dangerous stack on my nightstand. Continue reading “Currently Reading Book Tag”

Down the TBR Hole #29: Books 461-480

Lia from Lost in a Story’s challenge “Down the TBR Hole” has helped me whittle down my massive virtual TBR, or at least get me thinking critically about what books I’m actually going to read. I’ve realized I’ve added a lot of books in 2012 and 2013 that I’ve never read and will probably never get around to reading!! There’s also a ton of books that I added in the moment that I’ve never even thought of since then.

“Down the TBR Hole” works like this: order your Goodreads “to be read” shelf with the oldest books first and remove the ones you’re no longer interested in reading. I’ve added in two of my own personal rules: if I have multiple books in a series I’ll only keep the next (or first) one I have to read, and I’ll remove complete works or collections (unless it’s a collection I already own).

The Magicians by Lev Grossman
Date added: Sept 10, 2016
remove

The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith
Date added: Sept 10, 2016
remove

Columbine by Dave Cullen
Date added: Sept 10, 2016
keep

The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell
Date added: Sept 10, 2016
keep

How to Read Literature Like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster
Date added: Sept 10, 2016
remove Continue reading “Down the TBR Hole #29: Books 461-480”