The Birthday Book TAG!

Hi everyone!

I know I recently announced that I’m taking a hiatus, but yesterday, March 1st was MY BIRTHDAY!!! I turned 24, I had a lovely evening with my girlfriend and family, ate lots of pizza and cake and got a book as a present. An incredible birthday in my opinion.

This is a TAG I’ve been meaning to do every single year but I’m always late and decide to wait until the following birthday, but NOT THIS TIME (ignore the fact that it is going up one day late, it still counts)

The original creator of this tag is Antonia from Always Books so definitely go show her some love!

BIRTHDAY CAKE: A book that seems cliché but that you adore anyway

What can I say that hasn’t already been said a thousand times about this book? Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston is one of the most hyped books ever, and it deserves it.

It’s cute, it’s funny, it’s witty and important, it’s a warm hug and a fuzzy feeling. It’s just as incredible and sweet as everyone says it is and I’m a sucker for Alex and Henry together. I find myself thinking about these two from time to time and rereading some of my favorite passages from the novel that make me giggle. I’m so beyond the moon excited for the sophmore novel coming out this sping following an f-f couple this time!

PARTY GUESTS: your most anticipated release of the year

I’m really happy that one of my most anticipated books of the year is already out. I already have an ebook copy of Honey Girl by Morgan Rogers that I’m actually planning on reading during the month of March.

Not only is the cover stunning, it also features a sapphic-relationship (which I love) and I’ve heard nothing but incredible things about this story.

BIRTHDAY PRESENTS: A book that surprised you with how much you loved it

The first book that came to mind for this question is Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson. It’s not that I wasn’t expecting to love this, I bought it for a reason. It had many buzzwords for me: stunning writing, YA mystery and coming of age. However, I did not expect to fall head over heels in love with the author’s writing style. The way she described the characters, with so much depth and complexity, the different relationships (family, romantic and friendship) were depicted with so much care, and the topic at hand was incredibly well handled. I honestly think this might make it to my favorite books of the year, and I can’t wait to read more from Tiffany.

“HAPPY BIRTHDAY” SONG: a book that certainly deserved all the hype it got

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang is an adult romance novel that I recently revisited. I originally read it two years ago but I decidied to pick it up once again during January and I fell in love with the characters and the story all over again.

I know this is a pretty popular series, but it is with reason. The characters are some of the most lovable and likable characters I’ve read about, their chemistry is off the charts, the fake-dating trope never gets old and the diversity in here makes it so real. Stella is an autistic main character and Michael is swedish-vietnamese and the rep for both is own-voices. The second novel in the series is also really great btw, and I can’t wait for the third novel to come out this May!

HAPPY MUSIC: A book with some very beautiful and truly memorable quotes

The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta has some of the most stunning writing I’ve ever come across. Not only is the story beautiful, a coming of age and exploration of the identity of our protagonist Michael. The novel is also written in verse which only adds to the gorgeous writing.

This is a book I read last year but I haven’t stopped thinking about it. I’ve recommended to friends and family, and I’ve had many discussions about the themes and the characters from the book. I highly recommend you check it out!

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

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng is a book I read three years ago, and I enjoyed it for sure, but I feel like I didn’t appreciate it as much as I could.

Back then I hadn’t read much literary-fiction (it’s still my least read genre) and I remember feeling like the story dragged a bit and like a lot of time was spend on character development that at the time I found boring but looking back I remember those passages fondly.

SWEET BIRTHDAY MEMORIES: Abook that kept you incredibly happy during a sad or demanding period of your life

This past spring was definitely a really hard time for me, and I’m sure for everyone. When the pandemic hit and we had to stay at home I was still in college working on my final thesis and it was not a great time mentally. I remember finding Emma Mill’s YA stories and absolutely devouring them. I read three of her books and completely fell in love with each of them. They all tackle really sweet YA, contemporary, coming of age stories but they all have a very big emphasis on friendship. The friend groups in her stories are honestly, some of the best, if not the best, I’ve read.

My personal favorite I’ve read by her so far is Foolish Hearts, but I wholeheartedly recommend This Adventure Ends and Famous in a Small Town as well!

That’s it for the tag! Did you like it? When is your birthday? Let me know

Until next time, stay safe and happy reading

Leyre

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