Hi everyone! Yesterday was my birthday, and I turned 20! I can’t believe that I’m not a teenager anymore! I thought it would be fun to do a birthday related tag! I found this tag on The Bibliophile Girl’s Blog! My intention was to post this a couple days ago, but as you can tell I didn’t.
Also, at the end of this tag, I’m going to be talking about some of the things I’ve learned during my teenage years, and some things that have happened this year! This post is going to have several different things in it because I was planning on doing a couple of different posts, but none of them really developed into a full size post, so I’m putting them all together!
The Birthday Book Tag
1. BIRTHDAY CAKE: A book with a plot that seems cliché but you adore it anyway.
My Life Next Door by Huntly Fitzpatrick. Ok fine, this book is really cliché because it’s girl falls for the guy next door that the mother doesn’t like, girl and guy starts to talk, girl visits the guys family and they get along, mom finds out and tries to put a stop to it. Then there’s the dramatic bit towards the end that just the cherry on top of the cake.
2. PARTY GUESTS: Your most anticipated book release this year.
The Burning Shadow by Jennifer L. Armentrout
3. BIRTHDAY PRESENTS: A book that surprised you with how much you loved it.
What Light by Jay Asher. I had read 13 Reasons Why back in middle school and didn’t enjoy it, so I was really hesitant to pick up this book a while back because I wasn’t sure how I felt about his writing and storytelling since I didn’t connect with 13 Reasons.
4. THE HAPPY BIRTHDAY SONG: A book that certainly deserved all the hype it got.
Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson. From the very beginning I was intrigued by Elisabeth because she’s training to become the warden of the library and then throw in some magic and demons, and it sounds like a party to me!
5. HAPPY MUSIC: A book with some very beautiful and truly memorable quotes
The Selection Series by Kiera Cass or The Infernal Devices Trilogy by Cassandra Clare
6. 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.
I think All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven because at the time I read it, I didn’t know that it was about two teenagers who were struggling with the mental health until it became very obvious in the story. So, I think that I would be able to see more into the story that the first layer of words.
7. SWEET BIRTHDAY MEMORIES: A book that kept you incredibly happy during a sad or demanding period of your life.
The Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan. I had read this series when I was in the 6th grade and a lot of stuff was happening, and Percy, Annabeth, and Grover let me get away for a while and go on an adventure.
Things I’ve Learned During My Teenage Years!
How to Drive!
I think this is one of the biggest milestones for a teenager! Of course, it was a very nerve racking time because when I first went to take my written test, I learned that my eyesight wasn’t good, and I can’t see far away distances. Then my childhood dream of having to wear glasses came true (but I mainly wear contacts). Anyway, back to driving, driving is one of those things that can be a great way to relax when I’m able to drive without a destination and listen to music with the windows down!
Grades Aren’t Everything
Back in middle and high school, I was always so anxious and stressed out because I put so much of my self-worth into my academic performance that I couldn’t even just “enjoy” my time at school. Somewhere around the end of junior year beginning of senior year, something happened that I can’t explained, but I stopped worrying about everything so much and just accepting that I did my best on the work and I earned whatever grade I got, and I realized that I’m more than a number or grade in school.
Taking Time for Myself
This kind of goes with the one above, but I’ve learned that I need to take time for myself and do things that I like to avoid burnout from school and just the mundane things of life. Sometimes is as simple as listening to music while burning a candle to going outside to sit with my chickens or even just laying down in my bed for a little while to clear my mind.
To Accept My Size
Now this isn’t something I normally talk about just because I know that everyone is different, but I’m short and have been the same size since the 6th grade (about 8 years ago). To give you a rough mental image, I’m five feet tall and wear a size 5 in juniors shorts/pants (yes, I still shop in the junior’s department) and an adult small t-shirt. In other words, I’m one of those “petite” girls. In middle school, this was really hard for me to accept (the height part) because everyone was growing, and I was roughly staying the same height. Over time, I’ve learned that it wasn’t in my genes for me to be tall, and I have learned how to use it to my advantage (like I can weave between people while walking)
The Joy of Books
This might be a duh considering how I run a book blog, but books have let me explore so many different things that life has to offer without spending a lot of money. It has also allowed me to talk and connect with some awesome book lovers across the world, and books have helped shaped me into the person I am today.
How to Use Chopsticks
Yes, I know what you’re probably thinking “but Lauren, you’re Asian, shouldn’t you have some instinct as to how to use chopsticks?” One would think so, but nope, it doesn’t work like that. It was one the way home from New York during my senior trip, when me and my friends went to an Asian restaurant and I decided what the heck, and I was able to eat with them!!! It’s the little things in life that make me happy like being about to eat with two sticks.
Back in 2014, my friend introduced me to this four-piece band from Australia and little would I know how much I would love them. From the beginning, I was in love with their story because they were four guys who weren’t popular and be able to make music and tour the world with 1D, and their music has kind of evolved with my life and the different phases.
Blogging (and Bookstagramming?)
I feel like I’ve come a long ways since the beginning and the whole process wasn’t no where near as stressful as I thought it was going to be. You can find my blogging story here. Because of my blogging, I feel like I’m a better write and I can express my thoughts on paper in a clearer way than before. I’ve also had the chance to share my thoughts and hear from so many different book loving people! As for the Bookstagram, I’ve learned how to make my photos look my aesthetically pleasing to the eye and how to enjoy the process of photography!
How to Take Care of Chickens
I know that I haven’t talked about my chickens on here much since I’ve gotten them, but they have honestly brought me so much happiness over the past few months. In the beginning, I wasn’t so sure about having pet chickens because I’ve only had dogs and fish, so this was a big change. Each day I’m learning new things that they enjoy, and it surprises me how much they act like a house pet by letting me hold and pet them. It has surprised me how much I’ve taken to my chickens because I never saw myself as that type of person to just have chickens as pets.
Happy reading until next time,