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The Birthday book tag

Good morning bookworms! Happy birthday to me!

I did this tag last year on my birthday, and I thought it would be fun to see what has changed!!

The original creator of this tag is Antonia @ Always Books. Thanks Antonia, I hope you had a good birthday last month!!

Also, we’re definitely using the cupcake dividers today!!

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BIRTHDAY CAKE

A book with a plot that seems cliche but you adore it anyway

American Royals

2019 answer: The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

2020 answer: The only book that I have loved not only a love triangle (square?) and forbidden love is American Royals by Katharine McGee. It’s disturbing how much I loved that book. Also, book two is COMING IN SEPTEMBER and I am HERE. FOR. THIS. Consider this your warning that I will be screaming about this for the next two months.

PARTY GUESTS

Your most anticipated book release this year

Hollowpox: The Hunt for Morrigan Crow

2019 answer: Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff / The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black

2020 answer: It has to be Hollowpox: The Hunt for Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend. I feel like I’ve been waiting FOREVER for the third instalment of the Nevermoor series. It was originally due to be out in Australia in February this year, but then through a series of unforeseen events has now been pushed back to August in Australia (and October for everyone else).

BIRTHDAY PRESENTS

A book that surprised you with how much you loved it

It Sounded Better in my Head

2019 answer: Nevermoor series by Jessica Townsend

2020 answer: It Sounded Better in my Head by Nina Kenwood for sure. I knew I’d enjoy it, but I did not expect to be so absolutely floored by the story of this one. I related so hard to Natalie, while also getting the complete enjoyment of fantastic tropes like ‘there’s only one bed’. This debut is likely going to make my top 10 list of the year.

THE “HAPPY BIRTHDAY” SONG

A book that certainly deserved all the hype it got

A Heart So Fierce and Broken

2019 answer: The Folk of the Air series by Holly Black

2020 answer: I know this series is starting to be a bit polarising, but I really loved the Cursebreakers series by Brigid Kemmerer. A Curse So Dark and Lonely is still on of the best Beauty and the Beast retellings I’ve ever read. And while A Heart So Fierce and Broken wasn’t the book I was expecting, it was still a phenomenal book in its own right. I’m really looking forward to A Vow So Bold and Deadly in January next year!!

HAPPY MUSIC

A book with some very beautiful and truly memorable quotes

The Raven Boys

2019 answer: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

β€œIs this thing safe?”
“Safe as life,” Gansey replied.”

She recognized the strange happiness that came from loving something without knowing why you did, that strange happiness that was sometimes so big that it felt like sadness.

The Scorpio Races

2020 answer: I’m going with another Stiefvater book: The Scorpio Races. But seriously, Stiefvater books are infinitely quotable.

I say, “I will not be your weakness, Sean Kendrick.”

Now he looks at me. He says, very softly, “It’s late for that, Puck.”

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

Assassin's Apprentice

2019 answer: I … skipped this answer last year!! Oops?! πŸ˜‚

2020 answer: I definitely think I would have a better appreciation for Robin Hobb’s Farseer trilogy if I read it now. I remember reading and loving the first two books in the trilogy, and then I DNFed the third one halfway through… and then I read the last chapter. It’s actually one of the reasons that I re-bought it earlier this year, so, I might get to it in another… few years?! πŸ™ˆ

SWEET BIRTHDAY MEMORIES

A book that kept you incredibly happy during a sad or demanding period of your life

Captive Prince

2019 answer: Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy by Laini Taylor

2020 answer: Back in 2017 when I was grieving for my Dad’s unexpected death and going through the stress of planning my wedding, it was the Captive Prince series by C. S. Pacat. But more than the series, it was Pacat herself. The first book event I went to after my Dad’s funeral was Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff, and the Melbourne authors usually attend each other’s events. Pacat has a solid fan base in Melbourne and I remember waiting very quietly at the back so I could get a book signed by her for my friends, the Karys sisters, and because I was at the end we ended up talking for about 30 minutes, and she is just one of the sweetest, kindest souls. She told me a story about meeting one of her favourite authors and that encounter made me a fan for life. I read the whole trilogy a couple of weeks after that meeting, and I loved the series.

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Wishing you all a great day!

until next time, happy reading! Meeghan xo

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