It’s My Birthday! The Birthday Book Tag

Happy Halloween everyone! And happy birthday to me. Do you have any Halloween plans? I was gonna hang out with one of my friends, but my entire family got exposed to Covid a week ago, so guess who is celebrating alone now! Ah well, I’m still gonna eat a bunch of junkfood.

But since it’s my birthday and I love to do tags, I thought I’d search for a birthday book tag. And I found one! I came across the Birthday Book Tag on Bionic Bookworm Blog! Let’s go look at my answers…

Birthday Cake

A book with a plot that seems cliche, but you adore it anyway
keeper of the lost cities book covers

I really enjoy this middle grade series, but it is a little predictable and cliche at times. We have: a girl with special powers she didn’t know she had, a secret world, a secret heritage, a secret legacy, and boys. But it’s still such a fun series! I’m on book five now, and even though these books are chunky, I can speed through them very fast. Probably because I’m 26 as opposed to… 12.

Party Guests

Your most anticipated release this year
House of Earth and Blood book cover

Oh man, there were so many books that I was looking forward to this year. But the one that totally consumed me was House of Earth and Blood. I read it almost as soon as it came out, and have no regrets! I can’t wait for the next book in the series to come out.

Birthday Presents

A book that surprised you with how much you loved it
Firstlife book cover

I initially wasn’t that interested in this book, because it seems like there would be a love triangle and I hate those. But for some reason I bought the book one day, and decided to read it. I was pleasantly surprised that there was no love triangle at all, and I loved the book so much I immediately went out to get the next one!

The Happy Birthday Song

A book that definitely deserved all the hype it got
City of Brass book cover

This one’s easy, it’s definitely the Daevabad trilogy! Technically I’m supposed to name just one book, but I don’t care about rules. I’m a rebel! I read the first book because someone recommended it to me, but I never saw it a lot online. Thankfully, a lot of people have read this series now, and so the series gets all the love it deserves.

Happy Music

A book with some very beautiful and truly memorable quotes
Strange the Dreamer book cover

Another easy one for me! Strange the Dreamer is one of the most whimsical books I’ve ever read, and it’s become one of my comfort reads. The story is so beautiful, and the entire book is full of beautiful quotes. I highly recommend checking out the quotes page on Goodreads, because there are some very good ones that apply to life!

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
The Discovery of Heaven book cover

Hmm this question is really hard. It mostly happens the other way around, because I’ve always read age appropriate books. But I think I’ll go with The Discovery of Heaven by Harry Mulisch. I read this one in high school because I had to, and because it was a must and not a want, I didn’t appreciate it as much. I think I would’ve liked it a lot better if I picked it up by myself when I was closer to my twenties.

Sweet Birthday Memories

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

Honestly there are probably a lot of books that distracted me during sad periods in my life. Thankfully, I haven’t had many long, sad periods lately! Except that time I had to leave everything behind and move across the ocean by myself… To be honest, I can’t think of one specific book that got me through darker times, because I tend to reflect on ones I’ve already read. I take their lessons and apply it to my life. One such book/series is A Darker Shade of Magic. I put the word “Anoshe” on my graduation cap, because it means “until another day.” It brings solace, and hope, and the strength to let go.

And that’s it! This was fun to do, and here’s to being a year older! Though I hope that next year I can host Halloween parties again, like always. This post also concludes Blogtober, and I’m honestly amazed at myself for posting every day. It really flew by this year!

Find more Blogtober here!

And more tags in my archive!


  1. October 31, 2020 / 3:34 pm

    Sorry to hear about your family, sorry to hear you have to celebrate it alone, but I still hope you have a wonderful day today. Happy birthday!
    I love this tag and I loved reading your answers for it~

    • simonevanheijst
      October 31, 2020 / 7:51 pm

      Thank you for your kind words! Thankfully we’re all symptom free and just chilling 😋 I’m glad you liked my post!

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