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”

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Down the TBR Hole #34: Books 561-580

Lia fromΒ Lost in a Story’sΒ 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.