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:
- 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.
- Of those four books, two will be fiction and two will be nonfiction.
- 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”