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Book Tag – Birthday Tag

Hi all — Today is my 31st birthday, so as a little gift to myself, I thought I’d do this birthday tag that I came across over at Dreaming and Reading.

Birthday Cake | Cliche… But Delicious


The Princess and the Fangirl (Ashley Poston): This one relied pretty heavily on ye olde look-alike body-swap trope. Even still, I had a blast reading it. It was good wholesome fun that would make a great Netflix holiday movie… if the holiday was a version of comic-con lol

Party Guests | An Upcoming Book You Can’t Wait For


The Testaments (Margaret Atwood): The sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, yes please! The TV show is doing great things with June’s story, so I’m glad Atwood will be revisiting the world through the eyes of different characters. So excited!

Birthday Presents | A Book that was a Really Good Surprise


Dawn (Octavia Butler): I talk about this too much, but this is the book that introduced me to the Sci-Fi genre and I am forever grateful to Butler for that! I went in blind with one eyebrow cocked and came out a new and improved version of me lol

The Happy Birthday Song | A Book Well Worth the Hype


Everything I Never Told You (Celeste Ng): I had heard a lot of good things about this book going in, and it DID NOT disappoint. How was this a debut?! Too good.

Happy Music | A Book With Beautiful, Memorable Quotes


“You be as angry as you need to be.”

“Stories are wild creatures.”


A Monster Calls (Patrick Ness): I love everything about this book and could quote it all day long.

Getting Older | A Book You Read as a Child, But Appreciate More Now


The Giver (Lois Lowry): This book really captured me when I read it at 12, but when I re-read it as an adult, I realized a lot of it might have gone over my head. There’s a lot to unpack in there.

Sweet Birthday Memories | A Book that Kept You Happy During a Tough Time


Soulless (Gail Carriger): My form of bibliotherapy is to read cozy mysteries and very light fantasy. Soulless was a nice mix of both, and Alexia was such a treat. I also laughed out loud at times, which I don’t get a lot of in my particular reading life.

Bonus| Books I Got For My Bday this Year

I tag anyone else with an August bday 🙂

7 thoughts on “Book Tag – Birthday Tag”

  1. A lot of people praised the Handmaid ‘s Tale but I’m still not sure if I should read it or not…?

    Wait, is soulless from The Custard Protocol? I absolutely love that series! I think #4 came out recently. I’ve read 2 and 3 but couldn’t find 1 online 😣

    The Giver is a whirlwind of philosophy and deep thoughts. I wonder how the author felt while writing it…
    And lastly, happy bday! 😊🎂🎁


    1. Handmaid’s Tale… I love it. It’s literary dystopia, comprised mostly of monologues. For that reason, I thought it was especially ideally good on audio. It’s slow, but so fascinating. The worldbuilding unravels bit by bit.

      Soulless is actually from a related series, Parasol Proctectorate, that takes place a few decades before Custard Protocol. Same author and same world, but different time periods.

      The Giver… yes, I think I could read it 10x and feel a little differently about certain things each time. I love that.

      And lastly, thank you 😊


        1. I hope you enjoy it!

          Haha right. I’ll check out the second series one day.

          The movie is REALLY bad. It doesn’t ruin the book experience for me though. The movie was so badly done that I don’t even connect it with the source text lol


    2. I just looked up The Custard Protocol and the protagonist of that series, Rue, is the daughter of the protagonist in Soulless (parasol protectorate series)! So, I guess the series are only a couple decades apart.


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