NYT Bestsellers Birthday Challenge: 2003

It’s been a minute, but I finallyΒ 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 theΒ 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 πŸ˜‘)Β 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 #8: Books 71-80

If you’re caught up with my last Down the TBR Hole post then you’ve witnessed my struggle with how to continue drafting these TBR Holes because honestly, that’s where I’ve been heading: down a deep dark hole.

I started doing Lia fromΒ Lost in a Story’sΒ challenge “Down the TBR Hole” many months ago, and I’ve decided to continue them. At first they were fun because it felt like a game to try and see if I could beat how many I removed from the previous post. It quickly became more of a chore; I was thinking too hard, spending too much time on tedious graphics or boring explanations on why I’m keeping or getting rid of the book.

To be honest, if I was reading my own posts as a stranger, I would probably just skim through it. That’s not exactly the type of content I’d like to be creating.

Moving forward, I’m formatting my TBR Holes more simply. A photo of the book, the title, author, date I added it (because it’s funny for me to see how long some of these books hovered in my mind!) and if I’m keeping it or tossing it. Maybe I’ll add some commentary to the end, who knows!!!! #YOLO

My decisions to keep or remove a book follow Marie Kondo’s decluttering technique: hold it in your hands and if it brings you joy, keep it; if it doesn’t get it out of your life.

Because I’m eager to get through my Goodreads shelf, I’m going to be posting these once a week every Thursday.

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