NYT Bestsellers Birthday Challenge 2001

[This was written like, three weeks ago but silly me forgot to schedule it so it never posted!!!!]

If you’d like to catch up with my shenanigans, you can read my guidelines in this post.

For my October books, I chose to read The Deep End of the Ocean, Conversations with God, The Poisonwood Bible, and The Art of Happiness. I ended up DNFing The Deep End of the Ocean about 125 pages into it. It took me almost the whole month to read that much, and I realized it just wasn’t interesting to me. I felt like I was required to read it for the challenge (even though I DNFed a book last month), but also it slowed down reading other books because I felt I had to read the books in chronological order. Because I felt like I had to read them chronologically, it also meant I didn’t finish the other three books by the time the month ended. Moving forward, I’d still like to read them in chronological order, but I’m not going to waste three weeks of my time forcing myself to finish a book I’m not enjoying. Therefore, I had to revamp my original plan.

Originally, I wanted to get through the years 1993-2018 before my birthday, ultimately ending with reading a 2018 my birthday week. If that happens, I’ll be psyched. However at this point in time, it’s a little unrealistic.Read More »


October Reading Wrap-Up: Employment, Manga, and Slumps

Books Bought:

  • Worn in New York by Emily Spivak
  • Lumberjanes Vol. 1-3 by* Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, Brooke Allen, Shannon Watters, Carolyn Nowak, Faith Erin Hicks, Brittney Williams, Felicia Choo
  • The Power by Naomi Alderman
  • The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce (ARC)
  • Orange: The Complete Collection Vol. 2 by Ichigo Takano
  • The Family Next Door by Sally Hepworth (ARC)
  • The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo
  • Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi

*There are a lot of different contributors to the Lumberjanes series, so I listed the authors and illustrators in the order the appear; however across the three different volumes I purchased, each contributor has a different level of involvement (i.e.: some are guest illustrators, etc).

Books Read:

Throughout the month, I had a terrible time reading, for reasons I’ll soon delve into. This was partially due to outside factors, and also partially due to my own lack of motivation.

In early October, I accepted my first full-time job! However, this quickly meant I needed to refocus my reading habits; my reading (and writing) hours were drastically reduced, and often times I found myself crashing in bed at like 8pm.

A few times I tried to read during my lunch break, but the lunchroom was always too noisy and I felt rude reading a book sitting at a table surrounded by my fellow co-workers (whereas at Barnes and Noble, almost every read during their meal breaks). The few times I sat by myself in an empty room eating so I could read, my boss would always magically walk in and make me feel guilty for eating alone! (I’m not sure how she consistently knows where I am at all times it’s actually kind of freaky.)Read More »