The Birthday Book Tag! (I'm Old Now)

Hiya Bookish People!
The weather here is actually crazy! I'm off to check on the boat with my dad, since in the Auckland harbour the other day a 30ft Catamarang got freaking flipped OVER the wharf and then upside down during a mini tornado?? I am actually scared, guys. And the Cloud (a ublic service area, not the digital cloud, or even the glow cloud (ALL HAIL (comment if you get the WTNV reference)) got ripped open?? Yeah, and I walk to and from school 50 minutes both ways a day, so that's fun. I also got pushed over by an agressive lycra wearing cyclist on Tuesday? Can I sue?
Oh yeah, you guys wanna read the post. Let's do it!
Today is my birthday! I have officially reached 16, and that means…. Well, pretty much nothing. But I thought that instead of doing a tag or a review like I normally would, I would be sure to find that someone out there had written a Birthday Book Tag, and I was right! I found this tag via The Bookish Bibliophile, and although this tag is rather old, it wouldn’t hurt to do it anyway! This tag is credited to Antonia over at Always Books.
THE BIRTHDAY CAKE book with a plot that seems cliche but you love it anyway

Okay, don’t attack me. After The Hunger Games was released, the Dystopian trend of a suppressed girl who is different became a rather heavy cliche. But I fell in love with Divergent, and I guess it may have been part of all the hype. I found Insurgent to take a weird turn and Allegiant to be near unbearable, but the first book in this trilogy will always hold a place in my heart.
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GOODREADS // In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.
During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

PARTY GUESTSyour most anticipated book release this year
Frankly in Love, A House of Salt and Sorrows and Queen of Nothing. What, did you really expect me to pick only one? All three of these sounds so good! Frankly in Love has a lot of hype, and the title is a pun! Guys! It took me so long to get it though, since I am not the best person to trust to get puns when I am running on like -3 hours sleep. A House of Salt and Sorrows looks amazing, since the 12 Dancing Princesses is one of my favourite under-represented Fairy Tales. And Queen of Nothing, need I say more?
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GOODREADS // High school senior Frank Li is a Limbo–his term for Korean-American kids who find themselves caught between their parents’ traditional expectations and their own Southern California upbringing. His parents have one rule when it comes to romance–“Date Korean”–which proves complicated when Frank falls for Brit Means, who is smart, beautiful–and white. Fellow Limbo Joy Song is in a similar predicament, and so they make a pact: they’ll pretend to date each other in order to gain their freedom. Frank thinks it’s the perfect plan, but in the end, Frank and Joy’s fake-dating maneuver leaves him wondering if he ever really understood love–or himself–at all.
GOODREADS // Annaleigh lives a sheltered life at Highmoor, a manor by the sea, with her sisters, their father, and stepmother. Once they were twelve, but loneliness fills the grand halls now that four of the girls' lives have been cut short. Each death was more tragic than the last—the plague, a plummeting fall, a drowning, a slippery plunge—and there are whispers throughout the surrounding villages that the family is cursed by the gods.
Disturbed by a series of ghostly visions, Annaleigh becomes increasingly suspicious that the deaths were no accidents. Her sisters have been sneaking out every night to attend glittering balls, dancing until dawn in silk gowns and shimmering slippers, and Annaleigh isn't sure whether to try to stop them or to join their forbidden trysts. Because who—or what—are they really dancing with?
When Annaleigh's involvement with a mysterious stranger who has secrets of his own intensifies, it's a race to unravel the darkness that has fallen over her family—before it claims her next.
GOODREADS // He will be destruction of the crown and the ruination of the throne.
Power is much easier to acquire than it is to hold onto. Jude learned this lesson when she released her control over the wicked king, Cardan, in exchange for immeasurable power.
as the exiled mortal Queen of Faerie, Jude is powerless and left reeling from Cardan’s betrayal. She bides her time determined to reclaim everything he took from her. Opportunity arrives in the form of her deceptive twin sister, Taryn, whose mortal life is in peril.
Jude must risk venturing back into the treacherous Faerie Court, and confront her lingering feelings for Cardan, if she wishes to save her sister. But Elfhame is not as she left it. War is brewing. As Jude slips deep within enemy lines she becomes ensnared in the conflict’s bloody politics.
And, when a dormant yet powerful curse is unleashed, panic spreads throughout the land, forcing her to choose between her ambition and her humanity…
BIRTHDAY PRESENTSa book that surprised you with how much you loved it

I’m going to say Throne of Glass, especially since the series now holds a special place in my heart. I started my Sarah J. Maas Journey with ACOTAR, as a lot of people did. After the trilogy ended, I needed to find something more to add to the empty place in my heart. I started to read ToG, and was surprised with how much I loved it. I must admit that Crown of Midnight is my favourite, but ToG opened up a channel I love. As it is such a long series, it would be a mission to reread, and I think I will die of crying too much if I reread Kingdom of Ash.
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GOODREADS // Meet Celaena Sardothien.
Beautiful. Deadly.
Destined for greatness.
In the dark, filthy salt mines of Endovier, an eighteen-year-old girl is serving a life sentence. She is a trained assassin, the best of her kind, but she made a fatal mistake. She got caught.
Young Captain Westfall offers her a deal: her freedom in return for one huge sacrifice. Celaena must represent the prince in a to-the-death tournament—fighting the most gifted thieves and assassins in the land. Live or die, Celaena will be free. Win or lose, she is about to discover her true destiny. But will her assassin’s heart be melted?
THE HAPPY BIRTHDAY SONGa book that certainly deserved all the hype it got

GOODREADS // Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning?
In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before - and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.
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Yes, this is a wildly popular book. Yes, I think the hype was worth it. Suzanne Collins represented Katniss so well throughout the series, showing so many things such as PTSD in a teenager, oppression, being bad at being a leader when she was told to, with the passion to light a rebellion on her own terms. I found this book to be so well written, and frightening because it was a thinly veiled warning to the world. So many adults say that bookworms are the weakest of the bunch, and in a governmental collapse, we would be the first to go, but we read. And therefore we are prepared. We will survive because we know what the expect, and how to prepare.
HAPPY MUSICa book with some beautiful and truly memorable quotes

This isn’t one of John Green’s more popular books. But I read it because I love him, and I love this book. It is raw, and powerful, and talks about NZ (my home) and tuatara’s and I love it. This is a book that is slightly unrelatable for me, but I found that I did connect with Aza, and that there were so many beautiful quotes in this book.
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GOODREADS // It all begins with a fugitive billionaire and the promise of a cash reward. Turtles All the Way Down is about lifelong friendship, the intimacy of an unexpected reunion, Star Wars fan fiction, and tuatara. But at its heart is Aza Holmes, a young woman navigating daily existence within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.
GETTING OLDERa book that you read a long time ago, but you think you would appreciate it more if you read it as a mature reader

I read this a couple of years ago, and although I enjoyed it, I feel that I could reread this tomorrow or next and appreciate it more. Especially since this is not on the regular reading list for a 13 year old. I don’t actually remember a lot about this book.
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GOODREADS // The romantic story of the destruction caused by the frustrated love of Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff, set against the moors of England, creates a rare blend of violence, beauty and erotic love.
Heathcliff, an orphan, is raised by Mr Earnshaw as one of his own children. Hindley despises him but wild Cathy becomes his constant companion, and he falls deeply in love with her, discovering that he can tame her unruly nature. Their tumultuous but passionate romance is threatened by the Lintons, who are determined to civilise Cathy. She endeavours to be a lady when they are present, but is as wild as ever when they are not—and remains forever untameable by anyone other than her lover, Heathcliff.
When she will not marry him, Heathcliff's terrible vengeance ruins them all—but still his and Cathy's love will not die...
A story of doomed love and revenge with a brilliant new introduction of passion fulfilled.
SWEET BIRTHDAY MEMORIESa book that kept you incredibly happy during a sad or demanding period of your life

I loved this book so much, and I found that I got so deep into the story that I could just… forget some of the bad stuff going on around me. I love the covers, and the story behind how Ransom Ruggs created all the characters. For those of you who don’t know, he finds old photos at markets, and bases his ‘peculiar children’ off of them. Such as the girl on the cover of this book, the girl is seen to be floating, which inspired the character of Olive Abroholos Elephanta.
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GOODREADS // A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs. It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow-impossible though it seems-they may still be alive. A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.
So yeah, that’s it for my birthday tag. I won’t tag anyone since I don’t know anyone’s whose birthdays are coming up, but I am hoping to get some book vouchers today so I will let you know how I go!
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  1. HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY!! I hope it was a wonderful day and that you're still celebrating even today.����

    I totally agree with you on The Hunger Games! I don't know if there's ever been a book more hyped (maybe Harry Potter but even with HP I feel like the movies were more popular than the book?) but it was SO GOOD and I can reread it and never get tired of it. I definitely think it deserves all the love it gets for sure.

    1. Thank you so much!

      Yes, THG certainly set up so much hype for the dystopian books that followed (for almost 5 years) lol

  2. Happy Belated Birthdaaaaay!!!!!!!!!!! I hope you had the best day ever and that this year will bring you lots of happy moments, fantastic reads and accomplishments <3

    I looove your graphics!!
    My birthday isn't until February and I will probably post on my Birthday.
    I have no idea what my answers would be, I am always in trouble when I must organize parties with humans!!! When it comes to books, my motto would be " let them all iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiin!" hahahaha but I think my present would be Six of Crows. I am still raving about it because I just loved it so much and I did NOT expect to love it!

    1. Thank you!!!!!!! I did have a great day, and I am looking forward to being old now!

      Thank you again! Yay, I can't wait to read any post you put up for your birthday!
      It was so hard to fill this out, but also so much fun! Human parties are sooo hard to organise! You have to figure out time, place, transport... too much to do!
      I still need to read the sequel to Six of Crows, I still feel so bad that I haven't read it yet!

  3. Happy belated birthday <3 :)
    Divergent is (still) on my TBR haha. I must be the last human on earth to read this book :') I also have Wuthering Heights on my TBR, which I do want to get too soon.

    1. Thank you!
      Woah, it certainly must of been there for a while!
      Now that they hype has died down, I find it a bit upsetting especially since the films, or therefore lack of completion, really turned a lot of people off of it.
      Wuthering Heights is one of my favourite classics!

  4. Happy Belated Birthday. Sorry it's so late; I'd have commented or sent a message if I'd realized. I don't always seem to get emails about your posts though, even though I've joined the newsletter. I hope you had a lovely day though and celebrated well (: It's actually my birthday next week :L
    I'm hopeless and still need to read Divergent and Ransom Riggs books (in both cases I've seen the films only). I totally agree with you about The Hunger Games deserving the hype though. It's such a good, well written book with one of the most devastating cliffhangers ever in the second one. I really hope the prequel is as good.
    I hadn't heard of Frankly In Love but it sounds interesting, I'm about to read your review and I'm adding it to my TBR :L I was already desperate to read A House Of Salt And Sorrows and Queen Of Nothing though. I hope you enjoy them both.

    1. Thank you! Please don' fret - the fact that you are taking the time to comment on ALL of my posts (!!!) that you missed is amazing and so kind!
      Gah, yeah, that's my fault. I haven't been keeping on top of that and I really need to get my butt into gear with it. I'm trying out a new template for it so hopefully it is back up soon!
      You too! I needed Queen of Nothing as soon as I finished Wicked King since I thought it was only a duology, not a trilogy! Gah!

    2. I hope it wasn't irritating getting so many comments all at once. I wanted to catch up on what you'd shared though and I love seeing what you have to say (:
      It's fine, I've added your page to my favourites so now that I'm blogging again I should keep up. I've just got to remember to check it when I come online.
      Ah I'm sorry. At least the wait's almost over now! Sort of...

    3. It isn't irritating at all! It means so much to me that you want to comment!
      Only a little longer ....


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