Hey guys! It’s my birthday!
Yes, that’s right, today I am 33.
I know there isn’t anything big or special about 33, but I’m a birthday person, and every year I get older, I do think I gain a little more wisdom and a lot more perspective. So, if you’ll indulge me, here is a list of things I’ve thought about and learned in the past year.
How Much I Value My Physical Well-Being
Look, I’m not saying I’m the healthiest person around, but having sprained my ankle and spent months healing it, only to have it strained again…I’m aware of my physical limitations more at 33. But I’m also aware of how grateful I am that nothing super-serious has touched my life thus far. I don’t take my health for granted anymore.
How I Continue to Discover Things To Learn From and Love
I’ve always been a feminist and someone who cares about women’s issues, but this year, I discovered just how much female empowerment and gender equality matter to me. It’s been surprising and illuminating uncovering my voice on women’s issues in young adult fiction.
How I Still Battle For Perspective, But I’m On the Winning Side Now
Sometimes I get really in my head and into negative cycles, but in the past few years, I’ve been recognizing those cycles a lot more. I’ve been able to say “okay, this is just a bad moment, a bad phase. It will pass.” I’m grateful that I have friends and family who allow me to have those moments and remind me that it’s okay to not be perfect or happy all the time.
Also, it’s been a huge relief to realize that that anxiety has stopped completely about my place in the bookish community – in fact, I feel like my blog and being part of the community has made me care a lot less what others think, and focus more on what I think and care about. So thank you for that, friends!
So. Because you all are awesome, every year, on my birthday, I like to spread the love to my readers, who are with me through all of these milestones, bookish or not, big or small. This year I’m giving away any book that I have reviewed in the last year – so from November 2014 to today. There will be two winners – and yes, this contest is international!
Here is the full list of books you can win!
- Conversations with Katniss: Early Review: Texts From Jane Eyre by Mallory Ortberg ★★★½
- A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray ★★★★½
- "Running the Bases" Review: Whatever Life Throws At You by Julie Cross ★★★½
- “Do You Hear What I Hear?” Mini-Review: Hear Me by Viv Daniels ★★★½
- Early Review: The Boy Next Door by Katie Van Ark
- “Where Do We Begin/The Rubble or Our Sins?” GIVEAWAY + Early Review: All Fall Down by Ally Carter
- GIVEAWAY + Early Review: We Can Work It Out by Elizabeth Eulberg
- “Say You’ll Remember Me” Early Review: Love, Lucy by April Lindner
- Island Escape by Viv Daniels
- “Make Your Own Kind of Music” Early Review: I’m Glad I Did by Cynthia Weil
- “What Do I Stand For?” Early Review: I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios
- “All of The Sadness I Cannot Live With” Review: I Was Here by Gayle Forman
- “Blood Stains, Ball Gowns” Review: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
- BLOG TOUR + Review: Losing at Love by Jennifer Iacopelli
- “Handle With Care” Review: Mosquitoland by David Arnold
- Review: 6 Things You Need To Know About The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand
- “The Last Day on Earth” Early Review: We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach
- Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli ★★★★
- Review: The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan
- “Just A Girl” Review: None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio
- “Unpack Your Heart” Review: Things We Know By Heart by Jessi Kirby
- Omega City by Diana Peterfreund ★★★½
- Five Reasons to Read 5 to 1 by Holly Bodger
- “Are We Out of the Woods Yet?” Review: Halfway Perfect by Julie Cross & Mark Perini
- 5 Things To Know About The Heir By Kiera Cass
- “You’ve Changed”: Hold Me Like a Breath by Tiffany Schmidt
- “I Used to Write” Kissing in America by Margo Rabb
- More Happy Than Not by
- Mini-Reviews: In Which I Read & Love My First Sarah Ockler Book
- “Say What You Want to Say” Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone
- Sexual Violence, Bad Boys and A Court of Thrones and Roses
- Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid
- Jesse's Girl by Miranda Kenneally
- All We Have Is Now by Lisa Schroeder ★★★
- The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord ★★★★½
- Open Road Summer by Emery Lord ★★★★★
- The Heartbreakers by Ali Novak ★★★★
- Another Day by David Levithan ★★★
- Dumplin' by Julie Murphy ★★★★½
- Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon ★★★★
- Mini-Reviews: Meet the Austins, When the Stars Align & Scarlet
- Meet the Austins by Madeleine L'Engle ★★★★
- When the Stars Align by Jeanette Grey ★★½
- Scarlet by Marissa Meyer ★★★★½
- Juniors by Kaui Hart Hemmings
- The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness ★★★★
- Ten Thousand Skies Above You by Claudia Gray ★★★★½
- The Distance from Me to You by Marina Gessner ★★½
- Illuminae by Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff ★★★★½
- The Runaway Princess by Hester Browne ★★★½
- Winter by Marissa Meyer ★★★★★
- Fairest (The Lunar Chronicles, #3.5) by Marissa Meyer ★★★★½
- Just Visiting by Dahlia Adler ★★★★
- Recently in Romance #1: Reviews of Tessa Dare, Sarina Bowen & More!
- Romancing the Duke (Castles Ever After, #1) by Tessa Dare ★★★★
- Say Yes to the Marquess by Tessa Dare ★★★★
- Filthy Beautiful Forever by Kendall Ryan ★★★★
- The Fifteenth Minute by Sarina Bowen ★★★½
- Unteachable by Leah Raeder ★★
- When a Scot Ties the Knot by Tessa Dare
- Now and Again by Jennifer Ellision
- Christmas With a Palace Thief by Nicole Burnham
- Once Upon a Marquess by Courtney Milan
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