Birthday is a story about two kids Morgan and Eric who are born on the same day and have made a pact with each other to spend every birthday together.
Eric and Morgan are both such complex characters. They are both very different from each other and have their own unique voice and it seems at times they might drift apart yet they work so hard to maintain their friendship in spite of the many obstacles that they have had to overcome.
Morgan’s journey throughout the storyline was everything! All of the anguish and denial and self-hatred and depression she had to deal with over the years culminating in an explosive scene that broke me only to claw her way out and finally express who she truly is to the two people who matter most in her life was beautiful. I loved everything about Morgan. There were times when I wanted to give her a hug and then there were times I was like what are you doing. Though I can’t fault any of those moments because it was her journey that she had to undertake and I definitely would not be able to relate so how would I know how I would react in the same situation you know…
I thought Eric was the perfect contrast to Morgan. His arc over the course of the book was a joy to read as well. We see him really struggle with the pressures that are put on him constantly, be it by his father or just the expectations of his peers, being the football star yet still being friends with Morgan. We see him kind of bow to these expectations a lot in the beginning of the story, wanting to just fit in and seem normal, giving up his guitar playing and blowing Morgan off to hang with the jocks and staying with his girlfriend even though he thinks she only likes him because of his pursuits on the field. Then in the latter years he really starts to see the error of this ways, especially when he sees how much Morgan is struggling.
I loved the unique format of the book; it really drew me in straight away. Just showcasing this one day a year allowed the story to really go into the minute details of Morgan and Eric’s life that I feel would be written out if it was a traditional novel. Going through their days and then when it ends knowing that there will be a whole year in the interim where so much can happen was keeping me highly invested and engaged in the story.
There are sooooooo many touching scenes in this book. So many profound moments that brought a tear to my eye, I absolutely loved this book! It was relatively short and was a pretty quick read, but I know it’s going to last with me for a very long time!
⭐️5/5 READ THIS BOOK!
I have made the executive decision to participate in this year’s Reading Rush! I am super excited because I have never really officially participated in a read-a-thon before and I figured since this is the one I have heard about the most I would give it a try! I am going to do the most and try to finish 7 books and fulfill all of the reading challenge! I’m not going to put too much pressure on myself if don’t end up reading 7 books, but I don’t have anything going on next week so I should be ok! Fingers Crossed 🤞🏾
So the Reading Challenges and my TBR consists of:
1/ Read a book with purple on the cover – Geekerella by Ashley Postan
2/ Read a book in the same spot the entire time – A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas
3/ Read a book you meant to read last year– Vengeful by V.E. Schwab
4/ Read an author’s first book – Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb
5/ Read a book with a non-human main character – the long way to a small angry planet by Becky Chambers
6/ Pick a book that has five or more words in the title – Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
7/ Read and watch a book to movie adaptation – The Help by Kathryn Stockton
I’m struggling…. I am currently in the middle of two books at the moment which is unheard of for me. I’m still trying to make my through the long way to a small angry planet by Becky Chambers and I am just about halfway through Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston and to be honest they are both dragging! All of the political jargon and sub plot is really boring me and Alex is kind of getting on my nerves. And there’s a lot of mathematical, quantum physics talk happening in the long way to a small angry planet and I’m loosing focus. I’ve started skimming through most what I’m reading at this point and nothing is sinking in. I think I have to put both books back down and pick up something new and different and maybe a little fantastical! I don’t know whether or not I am going to finish Red, White and Royal Blue because as of right now its feeling like just a 3 star read for me which is getting me down, but there is still a whole second half of the book left so maybe things will pick up, I’m not quite sure what I am going to do yet! I will try and finish the long way to a small angry planet though as its intriguing me, I’m just not in the right space (lol) at the moment to get into the storyline!
This week’s Top 10 Tuesday prompt is auto buy authors! These are a list of authors that I have loved all the books I have read of theirs so far and would definitely continue to purchase/read anything that they come out with in the future!
So these are my 10 auto buy authors with a few of their books I have read:
Sarah J Maas
Cinda Williams Chima
This year for the first time I set a few reading/blogging goals and I thought since we are now mid way through 2019 I would do a quick update, see how I am going and what I need to work on for the second half of the year!
My first goal was to continue blogging every weekday and try to produce more fun detailed content – I think I am doing very well with this goal! I don’t think I’ve missed any postings this year which is a win for me and I do feel like I’ve been branching out more and doing some different posts than what I would usually.
The second goal was to read more books that I actually interest me – I think I have definitely gotten out of my habit of just buying books that are super hyped even though I am not interested in actually reading it. Finally going back and utilising my library has been a great means of opening up my TBR and having a lot more options for me to peruse and see what I actually want to read. Also implementing mood reading instead of having a set TBR each month has had a great impact on my reading output!
The next goal was my Goodreads Reading Goal for 2019 which I set at 100 books – I have currently read 89 books in 2019 so far, so I am well on my way to smashing this goal which is really exciting for me!
The fourth goal I set for myself in 2019 is to find a balance between reading/blogging and life – This unfortunately is where I haven’t had the most success. I still feel like I am putting my reading before my health and responsibilities. I have a full time job so at the end of the day when I get home I find I am just shirking everything I really need to do to just sit down and read. I may need to implement some scheduled reading times everyday or have a to-do list I need to complete of an afternoon before I allow myself to be lost in a book!
The last goal I set for myself this year is to just be happy – So far this year has been a bit of a funny one. It seems like so much has changed and also not much has changed either if that makes sense. All I do know is that reading and blogging being a constant in my life has really brought me a sense of peace and calm!