Popular Books on My To Reread List + ✨ GIVEAWAY ✨ [closed]

It is 11:40pm on the eve of my day to host ReReadathon and I am just drafting this post  😐

I was just at a conference for work that as left me incredibly inspired, motivated, and empowered… but also freaking exhausted. I brought five (5) books with me on my four day trip and I read maybe 40 pages.

Anyway, I could not skirt around my duties for this incredibly readathon that I was so excited about (but failing so hard at!!), not to mention that I owe everyone a GIVEAWAY!

I feel like I’ve been putting a lot of pressure on myself to not just read more books, but also to read books I already own almost exclusively. While my intentions have ultimately been positive, it’s been a struggle. Sometimes I need to remind myself that reading should be a relief, not a chore!

With that said, although I do feel the need to consistently be reading the newest, shiniest book, or to whittle down my ever-growing TBR, there is something so important about revisiting old favorites. Here are some of my favorite popular books I’ve read recently, (or not so recently!) that I’d love to make time to read in the near future.

Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Honestly, I’m a little nervous to reread this because I don’t even know if it’s going to live up to the expectation I’ve set up for myself. I haven’t even touched this since I finished Crooked Kingdom so this is tremendously high on my list of books to reread. Continue reading “Popular Books on My To Reread List + ✨ GIVEAWAY ✨ [closed]”

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Down the TBR Hole #42: Books 721-740

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).

Dewey Defeats Truman by Thomas Mallon
Date added: Jan 27, 2017
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The Road Less Traveled by M. Scott Peck
Date added: Jan 29, 2017
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Tetris by Box Brown
Date added: Jan 29, 2017
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Buffering by Hannah Hart
Date added: Jan 29, 2017
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The Hatred of Poetry by Ben Lerner
Date added: Jan 29, 2017
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Down the TBR Hole #41: Books 701-720

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).

Blue is the Warmest Color by Julie Maroh
Date added: Jan 27, 2017
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Push by Sapphire
Date added: Jan 27, 2017
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Voracious by Cara Nicoletti
Date added: Jan 27, 2017
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My Misspent Youth by Meghan Daum
Date added: Jan 27, 2017
remove

The Opposite of Fate by Amy Tan
Date added: Jan 27, 2017
keep Continue reading “Down the TBR Hole #41: Books 701-720”

Down the TBR Hole #40: Books 681-700

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 Summer Girls by Mary Alice Monroe
Date added: Jan 27, 2017
keep

Certain Girls by Jennifer Weiner
Date added: Jan 27, 2017
remove

The Floor Girls by Richard Fifield
Date added: Jan 27, 2017
remove

Some Girls Some Hats and Hitler by Trudi Kanter
Date added: Jan 27, 2017
remove

Funny Girl by Nick Hornby
Date added: Jan 27, 2017
keep (physical TBR) Continue reading “Down the TBR Hole #40: Books 681-700”

✨Announcing REREADATHON✨

I am SO excited to announce that I am one of the hosts for Rereadathon! 🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉

baby Seal all grown up and co-hosting her first readathon ☺️

Rereadathon is a week-long readathon dedicated to rereading your faves! It’s going to take place in March from the 10-16, so you’ll have plenty of time to cull your TBRs.

This is going to be a very laid-back readathon; there are a total of seven challenges but you’re not required to hit a certain amount of books! You can double-, triple-, quadruple-up for the challenges, or you don’t even have to complete the challenges at all! Read as much or as little as you want.

Challenges:

  1. Game changer: a book that opened your eyes to/made you love a new genre
  2. Giving a book a second chance
  3. A new favorite
  4. An old favorite
  5. Underrated or unpopular book
  6. Popular book
  7. Childhood favorite

This readathon is unique in a few ways. There are a total of 21 (!) hosts across three different bookish platforms: booktube, bookstagram, and book blogs. Each day of the week will be managed by one host from each platform, and the hosts will be running separate giveaways! There will be 3 flash giveaways each day, one giveaway per platform. That means 21 opportunities to win free books!

Below is the schedule for Rereadathon, complete with a list of hosts and who will be running giveaways and posting content on which days. Each day hosts will be posting blog posts, videos, photos, etc corresponding to the topic, as well as hosting reading sprints on twitter and running their giveaways! Continue reading “✨Announcing REREADATHON✨”

Down the TBR Hole #38: Books 641-660

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).

Nora Webster by Colm Tóibín
Date added: Jan 27, 2014
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The Whites by Richard Price
Date added: Jan 27, 2017
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Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Days by Salman Rushdie
Date added: Jan 27, 2017
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Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
Date added: Jan 27, 2017
keep (physical TBR)

The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan
Date added: Jan 27, 2017
keep

The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl by Issa Rae
Date added: Jan 27, 2017
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& Sons by David Gilbert
Date added: Jan 27, 2017
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How to Be Single by Liz Tuccillo
Date added: Jan 27, 2017
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The Queen of Katwe by Tim Crothers
Date added: Jan 27, 2017
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The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman
Date added: Jan 27, 2017
keep (physical TBR)

Terms of Endearment by Larry McMurtry
Date added: Jan 27, 2017
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The Hours by Michael Cunningham
Date added: Jan 27, 2017
keep (physical TBR)

The Sellout by Paul Beatty
Date added: Jan 27, 2017
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Commonwealth by Ann Patchett
Date added: Jan 27, 2017
keep

Everything You Want Me to Be by Mindy Mejia
Date added: Jan 27, 2017
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The End of Men by Hanna Rosin
Date added: Jan 27, 2017
keep

Difficult Women by Roxane Gay
Date added: Jan 27, 2017
keep

History of Wolves by Emily Fredlund
Date added: Jan 27, 2017
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Whatever Happened to Interracial Love? by Kathleen Collins
Date added: Jan 27, 2017
keep

Smashed by Koren Zailckas
Date added: Jan 27, 2017
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Ruling: 12/20 removed

These books were added almost exactly two years ago! Compared to my earlier Down the TBR Holes that feature books I’ve added in 2012, two years seems so recent, but some of these books I don’t even recognize!

Also, fun fact: Interpret of Maladies is the only Jhumpa Lahiri book I own and it’s also the only one of her books that I haven’t read 😑

Which books would you have kept or removed? Are there any I should read right away?

 

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Down the TBR Hole #37: Books 621-640

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 Black Notebooks by Toi Derricotte
Date added: Jan 14, 2017
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Native Tongue by Suzette Haden Elgin
Date added: Jan 14, 2017
remove

Citizen by Claudia Rankine
Date added: Jan 14, 2017
remove

We are the Change We Seek edited by E.J. Dionne Jr and Joy-Anne Reid
Date added: Jan 27, 2017
keep (physical TBR)

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
Date added: Jan 27, 2017
keep (physical TBR) Continue reading “Down the TBR Hole #37: Books 621-640”

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”

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
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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
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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”