This month, Tag Thursday almost synched up with my birthday – my birthday will actually be next Thursday. So, I thought it would be the ideal time to do the Birthday Book Tag. This lovely tag was created by Antonia from Always Books, and it’s a great way to share your thoughts about your life so far while celebrating your birthday and your reading days to come.
Birthday cake: A book with a plot that seems cliché but you adore it anyway
I thought My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella would be your run of the mill “woman moves back home to restart her life” story. But, with the addition of so many other characters, including the inimitable Demeter, it was such an exciting and enjoyable read. I struggled to put it down the first time I read it, and I’ve re-read it since then.
Party Guests: Your most anticipated book release for this year
There are a lot of books coming in late 2019 I’m really looking forward to, but the one book I just can’t wait for is The Places I’ve Cried in Public by Holly Bourne. I’ve never met a book by Holly I didn’t like, and I can’t see this being any different.
Birthday Presents: A book that surprised you with how much you loved it
I admit, the first reason I picked up Far from the Tree by Robin Benway was the cover, which is pretty striking. I read the first page, saw there was a teenage pregnancy and an adoption arc, and I was so far in it was crazy.
“Happy Birthday” Song: A book that certainly deserved all the hype it got
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is simply everywhere, and pops up regularly on Book Tube and book blogger’s lists. I admit, the hype did put me off it a little before I started to read. I couldn’t have been more impressed when I did read it, though.
Happy Music: A book with some very beautiful and truly memorable quotes
I don’t generally remember quotes from books, so if I remember any it must have been a really special read. But there are quite a lot of sentences and passages from Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief that stand out in my mind. After all, if you’ve got a book narrated by Death you just know it’s going to be pretty special.
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 read Always the Bridesmaid by Sarah Webb when I was about 13 years old. I liked it, but I was definitely not the target audience for the book. I have a feeling when I read it as an adult I’ll get a whole new perspective on this story.
Sweet Birthday Memories: A book that kept you incredibly happy during a sad or demanding period of your life
I have to give The Book Thief a shout out again. I first read it when I was doing my Leaving Cert exams, the Irish school leaver’s exam. I read it in the evening to wind down before I went to sleep, and the escapism and enjoyment I found in it was incredible.