Today’s my birthday, so I thought I would do the Birthday Book Tag! Technically, I did this tag three years ago (can you believe how long it’s been??), but I feel like I can do something better now (and of course, my book selections have changed drastically), so let’s get to it!
Birthday Cake – a book with a plot that seems cliché but you adore it anyway
Oh, this one’s hard, because most of the cliché books are ones that I end up not liking because they’re so terribly stereotypical. I’ve been staring at my bookshelf for the past ten minutes trying to figure out which one of these books are clichés that I actually enjoy, and I think the only one I could possibly put here would be The Lord of the Rings, which isn’t fair AT ALL because it’s the book that made the clichés! It’s the reason we have all these stereotypes for different fantasy races! You can’t say that the book that started it all is cliché!
Party Guests – your most anticipated book release for this year
Well, my most anticipated release for the year was The Last Graduate by Naomi Novak. Now that that one has come and gone – I’m not sure what else is out there for me!
Birthday Presents – a book that surprised you with how much you loved it
I was incredibly surprised with how much I loved The Thirty Names of Night and A Map of Salt & Stars by Zeyn Joukhadar. It’s nothing like anything I’ve ever read before, and I was worried I wouldn’t be able to relate to the characters at all, because I’m not Syrian or part of the LGBT+ community. All the worry was unfounded because the books were beautiful beyond my very imagination. I even got to watch an author Q&A with Nowhere Bookshop owner, Jenny Lawson, as she interviewed Zeyn! It was such a fun time.
Happy Birthday Song – a book that certainly deserved all the hype it got
Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo. These books were hyped for so long, and I had them sitting on my shelf for literally three years and I could not bring myself to read them. I finally broke down and read them this year (as part of my vow to read all the books on my shelf before buying new ones – if I can stand it!), and they were just as wonderful as I had heard.
Happy Music – a book with some very beautiful and truly memorable quotes
I mean, you can never beat the beautiful nostalgia of some of the lines from JRR Tolkien’s work, but I think I have to go with The Map of Salt & Stars, because there were so many beautiful quotes in that book.
Getting 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’d probably put Anna Karenina or Catch-22 on this list, classics that I was forced to read in high school but never actually read or cared for. I’ve got them sitting on the bookshelves at my parents’ house, so it’s not like I’d have to buy them again, but I’ve always wondered if I’d be able to stand them if I was older. I’ve read several classics on my own or in college that I’d previously read in high school (like Wuthering Heights), and I really enjoyed them the second time around.
Sweet Birthday Memories – a book that kept you incredibly happy during a sad or demanding period of your life
So when I get really depressed, I stop reading. I (sometimes) stop eating. I lose all interest in anything and everything and it takes a lot to rally me from that dark pit. I can’t think of any books that helped me through a sad time in my life (but I know now that I’d probably choose one of Zeyn Joukhadar’s books to read if I were sad again, just because the endings are so beautiful). In terms of demanding times in my life, that’s really only been my thesis work, where I was restricted to just a few books that I was using to write my prospectus, so I can’t say any books in general have helped me through these times in my life. Is that sad?
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And as always, keep reading.