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 #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 #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”

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”

Down the TBR Hole #28: Books 441-460

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).

Introvert Power by Laurie Helgoe
Date added: Sept 2, 2016
remove

The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas
Date added: Sept 2, 2016
remove

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Date added: Sept 2, 2016
remove

The Tent by Margaret Atwood
Date added: Sept 5, 2016
keep

True Letters from a Fictional Life by Kenneth Logan
Date added: Sept 10, 2016
remove Continue reading “Down the TBR Hole #28: Books 441-460”

Down the TBR Hole #27: Books 421-440

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).

How to Weep in Public by Jacqueline Novak
Date added: Apr 23, 2016
remove

You’re Doing Just Fine by Charlotte Eriksson
Date added: Apr 23, 2016
remove

Winner of the National Book Award by Jincy Willett
Date added: Apr 23, 2016
remove

The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz
Date added: Apr 23, 2016
remove

Broken for You by Stephanie Kallos
Date added: May 4, 2016
remove Continue reading “Down the TBR Hole #27: Books 421-440”

Down the TBR Hole #24: Books 361-380

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).

Dead Wake by Erik Larson
Date added: Jan 12, 2016
remove

The Witches by Stacy Schiff
Date added: Jan 12, 2016
remove

Born Survivors by Wendy Holden
Date added: Jan 12, 2016
remove

Pioneer Girl by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Date added: Jan 12, 2016
remove

When Books Went to War by Molly Guptill Manning
Date added: Jan 12, 2016
remove Continue reading “Down the TBR Hole #24: Books 361-380”

Entertainer Book Tag

I was tagged by LaRonda and I refuse to let this tag sit until I forget about it (like I do with all of my other tags!!!) so I’m trying to whip this out as quick as I can! 😅

I like this tag specifically because it changes every time, so you can potentially be tagged more than once but have completely different questions each time!

Rules:

  1. When you are tagged, the person who tagged you provides 6 questions.
  2. When you tag other, you provide them different 6 questions.
  3. The cycle continues!

Insta-buy Author

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  • Sarah Dessen has always and forever been one of auto-buy authors since I was a younging at like age 14 (but since I have all of her books in paperback, I’m very particular with her and tend to only buy her books in paperback).
  • I am complete Leigh Bardugo trash and will literally inhale anything and everything she’s every written.
  • Barbara Kingsolver, Libba Bray, Jhumpa Lahiri are all authors who I have not read all of their works (yet!!) but I am in the intentional process of trying to read everything, and I’ll definitely be on top of their new release schedules.

Continue reading “Entertainer Book Tag”

Down the TBR Hole #22: Books 321-340

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).

Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal
Date added: Jan 12, 2016
remove

The Secret Wisdom of the Earth by Christopher Scotton
Date added: Jan 12, 2016
remove

Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg
Date added: Jan 12, 2016
remove

The Girl on the Train by Paula Kawkins
Date added: Jan 12, 2016
keep (physical TBR)

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
Date added: Jan 12, 2016
keep Continue reading “Down the TBR Hole #22: Books 321-340”

Down the TBR Hole #20: Books 281-300

I’m currently sitting at my desk at camp with the first spat of down-time I’ve had in two weeks so I decided to catch up on my Down the TBR Holes I pre-wrote through August 😅

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 Old Patagonian Express by Paul Theroux
Date added: Oct 19, 2015
remove

Peking Picnic by Ann Bridge
Date added: Oct 19, 2015
remove

The Year of Living Danishly by Helen Russell
Date added: Oct 19, 2015
remove

The Yacoubian Building by Alaa Al Aswan
Date added: Oct 19, 2015
keep

Ghost Milk by Iain Sinclair
Date added: Oct 19, 2015
keep Continue reading “Down the TBR Hole #20: Books 281-300”