Hi everyone! 🌟
Yes, today is my birthday!! 🙈🎉 (And yes, this year, my birthday coincidentally fell on the day of daylight savings. My birthday is 25 hours long 😂)
I’m sorry I haven’t posted in a while, but (this is past Dezzy speaking) I just realized that my birthday is coming up, and so I decided to do the Birthday Book Tag! 🎂
I first saw this tag over on Tiffany’s blog, Read by Tiffany, when she posted this on her birthday back in September! It looked like such a cute and fun tag, and so I decided to do it too, as it seemed fit for the occasion, hehe.
I honestly can’t believe it’s my birthday already! I know I always say this, but time flies by way too quickly. There’s only two months of 2018 left?! That can’t be right. :’) i’m going to be graduating high school in 2019 and it’s honestly blows my mind that 2019 IS ALMOST HERE oh my goshhh
ANYWAY. Excuse my mini existential crisis. 😂 i’m always like this around the time of my birthday. But without further ado, let’s get started with this tag!! 🎁
Birthday Cake 🎂 A book with a plot that seems cliché but you adore it anyway 💞
I read P.S. I Like You by Kasie West in one sitting, about a year ago! It was such a fast and addicting read, and it made me feel all happy and gooey inside. 💖 There isn’t much diversity and there aren’t any important messages in P.S. I Like You – it’s purely a ‘feel good’ book. It was lighthearted and adorable, and although it was cliché at times, I enjoyed myself immensely reading this cutesy book. I really loved the romance, friendships, and family dynamics in P.S. I Like You. If you’re ever in the mood for a cute, predictable, and sweet YA contemporary romance, definitely check out this book! ☺️
You know, now that I’m thinking about it, I was actually in a Kasie West mood exactly a year ago and I read like six of her books in a row 😂 I remember squealing and smiling so much as I read her books. I’m feeling nostalgic now aahh 😭💗
Party Guests 🎊 Your most anticipated book release this year 😍
Omg who am I if I don’t say Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan?? (It’s coming out in two days!! Oh my gosh!! I CANNOT WAIT.) 💓 I’ve heard nothing but praise and adoration for this book, and I just know that I’m going to love it as much as everyone does. if i don’t, you all have my permission to smack some sense into me : )
An ownvoices Asian-inspired fantasy? A slow-burn f/f romance? Amazing world-building? I’ve heard that this book has it all, and I’m so incredibly excited to read this gorgeous book (with an equally gorgeous cover to match 😍)!!
Oh, and sidenote, this book comes out on the same day as the U.S. midterm elections (November 6th), so if you are an American citizen, please VOTE (blue)!! It’s extremely important to vote, especially this year under the current U.S. administration. *sigh* So please, go vote as a birthday gift for me!! I’d greatly appreciate it. 💙
Birthday Presents 🎁 A book that surprised you with how much you loved it 😱
Ha, if you thought that I could get through one post without being indecisive, YOU’RE WRONG. 😂🤷🏻♀️ Both The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid and Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng completely blew my expectations out of the water. They’re beautifully written and compelling books, and I adore both so much!
I started The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo with incredibly high expectations, since I saw so many people raving about it. Although it started off slow, I was COMPLETELY blown away by the end of the book. Taylor Jenkins Reid crafted such a complex, gorgeous, and emotional book, entrancing her readers with the strong and dazzling character that is Evelyn Hugo. I was so enraptured by Evelyn’s story as a bisexual Cuban Hollywood actress, and I was so excited to follow it till the end. 😭 (I think this is my first adult book as well!)
On the other hand, I read Everything I Never Told You without having many expectations, but Celeste Ng didn’t let me down. At all. I’m amazed at much how I enjoyed this book. Set in the 1970s, Everything I Never Told You is about a Chinese American family, siblings, love, misogyny, racism, and so much more. I love Celeste Ng’s writing; it was haunting, beautiful, and emotional all at once. And not to mention, the character development for all of the characters was one of the best I’ve ever seen. 💗
The Happy Birthday Song 🎶 A book that certainly deserved all the hype it got 👏🏼
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller was the first book I thought of when I saw this prompt, which should tell you how much I love this book. (Hint: A LOT.) I only read this book last month, but oh my gosh, it has earned its place in my favorite books of all time. 💞 Almost every blogger and reviewer I knew rated this book at least 4 stars. It truly deserves all the hype (and more), because this book absolutely destroyed me. The pain was worth it though, because now I can die happy, knowing true love is real. I LOVE PATROCLUS AND ACHILLES SO MUCH. 😭❤️ Madeline Miller has blessed us with this beautiful book and her gorgeous writing. ✨
Happy Music 😊 A book with some very beautiful and truly memorable quotes 🤩
I’m going to let the books speak for themselves! yes, I said books; I’m being indecisive again :’)
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller (I know I literally just talked about this in the previous prompt, but Madeline Miller is the queen of beautiful quotes)
“The never-ending ache of love and sorrow. Perhaps in some other life I could have refused, could have torn my hair and screamed, and made him face his choice alone. But not in this one. He would sail to Troy and I would follow, even into death. “Yes,” I whispered. ‘Yes.'”
“We were like gods at the dawning of the world, and our joy was so bright we could see nothing else but the other.”
“In the darkness, two shadows, reaching through the hopeless, heavy dusk. Their hands meet, and light spills in a flood like a hundred golden urns pouring out of the sun.”
wow guess who feels like crying again after reading these quotes 💔
“How was Ivy supposed to handle all these feelings for June, all these feelings at all, if everything she saw and read about and heard about was all boy-girl, girl-boy?”
“A girl who was sure about who she was. A girl who wasn’t afraid or ashamed, even if a time came again when she wasn’t sure so anymore. Because Ivy knew that wondering was what life was about. Wondering was how you found yourself.”
Sweet Birthday Memories 💖 A book that kept you incredibly happy during a sad or demanding period of your life 💫
I’m taking a page out of Tiffany’s book (hehe i love book puns) and I’m going to say the Percy Jackson & Heroes of Olympus series!
I’ve said this countless times, but this series has been with me for as long as I can remember, and it’ll always have a special place in my heart. 💙 Rick Riordan created some of my favorite characters of all time, and I love them all so much, especially Percy, Nico, and Leo.
Before I end this post, I want to mention the books that my mom let me order as a birthday gift to myself, hehe. I ordered A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi, Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan (of course), and Beneath the Citadel by Destiny Soria! 📚 I’m SO excited to read them all, along with The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy and What If It’s Us (which I still haven’t read even though I’ve had them for a while, whoops).
I also ordered a set of brush pens (Sakura Pigma brush pens) since I’ve been into calligraphy and hand lettering lately. 🙂 I already own the Tombow Dual Brush Pens and I love them!
Ahhh, writing this post was so fun because I got to talk about more of my favorite books (and flawlessly incorporate a gif from The Good Place in the process). 😉💓
Thank you so much for reading!! As always, your support and kindness for my blog and me means the world. I hope you all will have a wonderful day today!! Enjoy your extra hour by reading or sleeping. 📖💤 (I will definitely be doing the latter, and then, I’ll be going to an amusement park with a few friends and family. ☺️)
What is a book you adore that’s a little cliché and predictable? Your most anticipated release of this year? (Even though there are only two months left, lol.) Let me know if I’ve convinced you to read any of the books I mentioned, or if you’ve read them already!!
What’s your favorite TV show? Do you love The Good Place as well? (You should, it’s INCREDIBLE.)
I hope you’ll have a fantastic November!! 🍂💓 Good luck with NaNoWriMo if you’re doing it!! (I believe in you.) 📝
And if you’re an American citizen, please remember to VOTE on November 6th!! Our futures (quite literally) depend on it.
Let’s be friends!
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