I saw the Birthday Book Tag a couple of weeks ago, and, seeing as I turn 19 today, I thought I would give it a go! And thank you to Jess@beaucoupbooks for last-minute tagging me, to give me some kind of validation! Go check out her blog now, it’s fantastic 🙂 This tag was originally created by Antonia, so why not check her blog out too!

Birthday cake

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

A couple of years ago I read the book ‘The Irresistible Blueberry Bakeshop and Café’ by Mary Simses. I think this was one of the most ‘cliché’ books I read, with the romance, plotline and conclusion all aimed at providing an easy-to-read novel. But this is exactly the kind of book I like to pick up off the library shelf during the summer holidays, and so I would say this was a book I really enjoyed reading, despite it having a perhaps quite cliché plotline.

Party guests

Your most anticipated book release this year

I can’t wait for the final book in ‘The Thousandth Floor’ trilogy, by Katharine McGee. I’m currently reading the second in the trilogy, and, although I’m not a massive fan of series’ normally, this is one of those few exceptions.

Birthday presents

A book that surprised you with how much you loved it

I recently read Yoko Ogawa’s ‘Hotel Iris,’ and this book definitely surprised me. Although the descriptions in the book often made me feel uncomfortable, the prose style was so interesting, and I definitely enjoyed the book more than I thought I would when I originally picked it up!

The Happy Birthday Song

A book that certainly deserved all the hype it got

‘Eleanor and Park’ by Rainbow Rowell. This book was funny, cute and heart-breaking. Definitely lives up to the hype if you ask me.

Happy music

A book with some very beautiful and truly memorable quotes

I think I’ll have to go for a classic- perhaps ‘Rebecca’ by Daphne Du Maurier. Or Sylvia Plath’s ‘The Bell Jar.’ Both these offer fantastic quotations, and both authors have a fantastic writing style that I go back to again and again.

Getting older

A book that you read a long time ago, but you think that you would appreciate it more if you read it as a more mature reader

‘Thirteen Reasons Why’ by Jay Asher. I realise this book is now really well-known because of the harmful TV series. But when I was about twelve, I read this book, and I think that it was a book that I probably should have read when I was a bit older, as most of it went over my head.

Sweet birthday memories

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

I read ‘Women and Power’ by Mary Beard before my University exams, and it was definitely an interesting and inspiring read which kept me going throughout some of my revision. I have been lucky enough to live a fairly sheltered life, but I think reading books has always helped when dealing with stress or worry in the past.

Are you a summer baby like me? What’s your favourite thing about birthdays? Let me know in the comments below!

And if it’s your birthday soon, feel free to do this post!

Happy reading!