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).
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.
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.
“HAPPY BIRTHDAY” SONG: A BOOK THAT CERTAINLY DESERVED ALL THE HYPE IT GOT
The Hunger Games. It’s a brilliant feat of storytelling.
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.
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.
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’.
Have you read any of my book choices? When is your birthday?