As you’ve probably guessed from the title, today is my birthday! I’m turning 24 (when did that happen??), I’ve been officially an adult for eight years and I’m still figuring things out. And that’s ok. Anyway, to celebrate, I decided to do the birthday book tag created by Always Books. Grab some cake or any other celebration treat and let’s go!
Question 1. The Birthday Cake: A book with a plot that seems cliche but you adore it anyway.
This book is loaded with cliches and overused tropes but I enjoy it anyway. A Court of Thorns and Roses follows the story of Feyre Archeron, a 19-year old huntress, who, after killing a faerie wolf in the woods, is kidnapped and taken to the faerie land of Prythian by a beast-like creature that demands punishment for the kill. There she discovers that her kidnapper is another faerie named Tamlin, an immortal being that once ruled her world. As she lives with him, her feelings towards him change and she realises that not everything she has learnt about the faerie world is true. While I really enjoyed this one, I can’t say the same for the other installments in the series, so I’m treating it as a standalone.
Question 2. Party Guests: Your most anticipated book release this year.
I’m gonna be honest with you. I never look at upcoming releases, whatever new books come out I see them for the first time on the shelves of bookstores. I hardly ever read new releases. The only exceptions are books from authors whose previous books I’ve read before and enjoyed and even then I don’t get them right away. So, for 2020 the only release I was anticipating was The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, a Hunger Games prequel, by Suzanne Collins. Even though it’s been out for months, I still haven’t read it.
Question 3. Birthday Presents: A book that surprised you with how much you loved it.
This books tells the story of seven year-old Elsa who is really close to her grandmother, Granny. When Granny dies, Elsa slowly discovers more about her grandmother’s past identities, as well as the lives of people affected by her. Meanwhile, the real world blends with the fictional world of Miamas, where Granny’s bedtime stories took place. It took me a while to get into this book and get used to the author’s writing style, but by the end of it I had come to really love it. It’s such a touching story!
Question 4. The Happy Birthday Song: A book that certainly deserved all the hype it got.
Is this one of the best books ever written? Yes, yes it is! The Book Thief tells the story of Liesel, a young girl living in Nazi Germany, who is forced to live with a foster family. Her life changes when she steals her first book and discovers her love of books, but it changes even more when her family hides a Jew in their basement. Plus, the story is narrated by Death himself! Everyone talks about how beautifully written and emotional this book is and they’re absolutely right! It is a book that speaks directly to the heart.
Question 5. Happy Music: A book with some very beautiful and truly memorable quotes.
The book follows the story of Mark Watney, an astronaut, as he becomes stranded alone on Mars in 2035 and must improvise in order to survive. While the prose is not fancy, Mark has many truly memorable and funny quotes.
6. Getting Older: A book that you read a long time ago, but you think that you would appreciate it more if you read it as a more mature reader.
This book contains a lot of autobiographical elements and follows Manolis Axiotis, a poor but resourceful villager born near the ancient ruins of Ephesus as he flees the Asia Minor Catastrophe in 1922. It describes the ugliness of war, the journey of the refugees that came to Greece, creating a story that moves you deeply even if you have little knowledge of the events it describes. We were assigned to read this in primary school (I think 6th grade) and while it deeply resonated with me at that young age (especially since I have family that lived in Anatolia and I live in a town built by the refugees), I think I would discover and understand more things were I to read it again as an adult.
Question 7. Sweet Birthday Memories: A book that kept you incredibly happy during a sad or demanding period of your life.
To be honest, when I’m sad I tend to turn to TV shows and movies, not books. I guess it’s because turning on the TV requires less effort and energy than reading books. Pride and Prejudice, however, is a book that has kept me company during some stressful times.
Have you ever been given books as a gift? What’s your favourite birthday cake flavour?