bookish birthday tag

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I turned 20 today.  It’s a bit unreal to me, seeing that zero because it means I’m officially out of the teen years and have moved into the ‘twenty something’ stage of life. (Also, I’m now as old as Darry from The Outsiders.  YESSSS.)  I definitely feel like I’ve matured over the past year (in some areas anyway) because so much has happened in my life and that’s always conducive to personal change and, hopefully, character growth.  I didn’t feel like writing some deep, philosophical post, so I’m answering the ‘Book Birthday Tag’ which I found on Brilliantly Bookish.

BIRTHDAY CAKE: A BOOK WITH A PLOT THAT SEEMS CLICHE, BUT YOU ADORE IT ANYWAY

The Siren is a pretty straight-up YA romance (even if one half of the main couple is, y’know, a siren) but I almost loved it (as opposed to just liking it).  I definitely enjoyed it more than The Selection (also by Kiera Cass).

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PARTY GUESTS: YOUR MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK RELEASE FOR THIS YEAR

I just learned yesterday that Scott Westerfield plans to release four more books in the Uglies series.  The first one, Imposters, will be published in just a few days and I can’t wait to read it and spend more time in the Uglies universe and with Tally Youngblood.

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BIRTHDAY PRESENTS: A BOOK THAT SURPRISED YOU WITH HOW MUCH YOU LOVED IT

Heartless by Marissa Meyer.  I’ve never read Alice in Wonderland (and when I first read Heartless I hadn’t seen any of the movies either) so I didn’t really know what I was getting into with Marissa Meyer’s most overlooked book.  But it was breathtakingly beautiful and tragic and I love it so, so much.

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“HAPPY BIRTHDAY” SONG: A BOOK THAT CERTAINLY DESERVED ALL THE HYPE IT GOT

The Hunger Games.  It’s a brilliant feat of storytelling.

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HAPPY MUSIC: A BOOK WITH SOME VERY BEAUTIFUL AND TRULY MEMORABLE QUOTES

I couldn’t not give The Book Thief as my answer.  Incredible prose and stick-in-your-head-forever-and-ever narrative, dialogue, and metaphors.

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GETTIN’ OLDER: A BOOK THAT YOU READ A LONG TIME AGO BUT YOU THINK YOU WOULD APPRECIATE MORE IF YOU READ IT AS A MORE MATURE READER

I tried reading The Count of Monte Cristo several years ago but eventually gave it up because I was bored and confused.  I think I’d enjoy it much more now.

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SWEET BIRTHDAY MEMORIES: A BOOK THAT KEPT YOU INCREDIBLY HAPPY DURING A SAD OR DEMANDING PERIOD OF YOUR LIFE

I don’t know if there’s really any book that fits this category, but I do remember that The Outsiders and A Monster Calls really spoke to me and moved me in the summer of 2017 as Dad became sicker and sicker.  But no book made me ‘incredibly happy’.

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Have you read any of my book choices?  When is your birthday?

Eva

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15 thoughts on “bookish birthday tag

  1. Happy birthday! I hope you find your 20s to be awesome!
    The only book you mentioned that I have read is The Book Thief. I’ve read it twice and I *love* it. I love the film too. I wouldn’t actually recommend it to someone, as I only read it after my mom blacked out…. some words. I just wouldn’t want to tell someone to read it and then them judge me for bombarding their eyeballs with that. 😉 But I love when I find other people have read it!
    My birthday is October 2nd! I’ll be 17. I’m excited to be 17, because an older lady who has since passed away told my sister, back when she was 17, that it had been her favorite age to be. But at the same time, I wish I’d had more fun while being 16, because that was the age I used to look forward to the most. I hope I’m happy when I’m 17, because that’s the last year before I’m a legal adult and I’m running out of teenage years, and I have yet to have that one special carefree teen year you’re “supposed” to have. I have yet to find a friend that isn’t either online or one that I have only seen twice because they live so far away. When I’m 20 I’ll have to buckle down (buckle down???? Like I’m sowing so many wild oats right now, right?) and do something with my life. The only thing I want to do is act, but that terrifies me. I can’t even go to the store with my mum without feeling stressed.
    Anyway… I’m sorry for dumping all these comments on you. I just wanted someone to talk to. You don’t have to answer back. It would just be nice to know that someone out there knows some of my thoughts. 😊

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    • Thanks for your comment! I hope that my 20s will be awesome, too. 🙂

      The Book Thief is great – my mom blacked out a lot of the swearing for me, too. Very helpful.

      I’d definitely say to make as much of the teen years as possible. I wish I had. 🙂

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  2. Happy Birthday, Eva! I hope 20 is a lovely year for you.

    Also I definitely think you should re-read The Count of Monte Cristo. It’s one of my favourite books. 😀 S.O. G.O.O.D. (Especially if you like the movie! Have you heard the musical of it? A friend introduced me to it recently and I thought it was quite good!)

    My birthday is 2 days after Christmas. I’m turning 18. Eeep.

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    • Thanks, Gabby!

      I’ll have to find sometime soon to reread The Count. I really like the 2002 movie and I’m sure it will help me follow the plot better. I’ve heard that there’s a musical! Seems like there’s a musical for everything these days. 😉

      Eighteen is an awesome age!

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  3. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, EVA!

    Have an awesome 20s.

    I am a teen and you and your blog have been an inspiration for me.
    Especially, when there are a lot of older bloggers, I felt a bit left out. But now that is not the case.

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