My 25th Birthday Bash!! DAY 1!

I love October for many reasons (the leaves, pumpkins, apple cider, pumpkin spiced lattes, etc.) but my birthday happens to fall smack dab in the middle of this lovely month! October 15th, to be exact! I absolutely LOVE this bookish community that I’ve become a part since starting this blog in June 2010 and would love for you to celebrate the beginning of my quarterlife crisis with me! πŸ™‚

The theme for my birthday bash week will be “These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things” (cue The Sound of the Music crew).  Each day this week I will be sharing a favorite thing with you and there will be a giveaway as part of each day so you should check back throughout the week to see what I have in store for you!

The theme to kick things off for today is my favorite books! Shocking, I know! I love books!? Like many of you, I’ve been a reader since I was very young and was notorious for having my nose in a book and finishing chapter books in a day. My sister could never understand why I always wanted to read rather than play Barbies with her! I grew up on Sweet Valley, Nancy Drew, Little House on the Prairie, Babysitter’s Club and The Boxcar Children. I went through a slump in high school and the beginning of college where I wasn’t reading as voraciously as I used to. A lit class in my senior year of college made me become a bookworm again and I haven’t looked back!

My favorite books are all so different from each other. They are my favorites for so many different reasons. Sometimes it is how they move me, sometimes it is the action and how I can’t put them down, or it is the beautiful prose or unforgettable characters.

So, for this GIVEAWAY, two lucky winners will get to win one of my favorite books!

Here are the books you have to choose from:

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close: A Novel
Everything Is Illuminated: A Novel
The Book Thief
I Am the Messenger 
Pride And Prejudice 
The Bell Jar 
The History of Love: A Novel 
The Hunger Games: Book 1 
Catching Fire (The Second Book of the Hunger Games) 
Great House: A Novel 
The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel 
Thirteen Reasons Why 
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time 
 I Love Everybody (and Other Atrocious Lies): True Tales of a Loudmouth Girl 
The Perks of Being a Wallflower 
Love in the Time of Cholera 
Franny and Zooey 
On the Road
Water for Elephants: A Novel
The Time Traveler’s Wife
Those Who Save Us
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

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Thanks for helping me celebrate my birthday!

For everybody:

Tell me what a few of your favorite books are.  What makes a book your favorite?

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About Jamie

Jamie is a 32 year old married lady (with a new baby!!) who is in denial that she's actually that old to be a married lady and a mom. When she's not reading you can find her doing Pilates followed by eating ice cream, belting out Hamilton (loud and offkey) and having adventures with her husband, daughter and rescue dog.


  1. ketch1714 says:

    Happy Birthday!!!

  2. My all time favorite books would be Speak and the Harry Potter series. I think to make a book my favorite the story has to be entirely solid and the writing has to be just right – I don't like cliches or predictability.

    Oh, I hope your birthday's awesome! You know, when the 15th rolls around. Haha. :]

  3. Kailia Sage says:

    I love the Harry Potter series. I like books that are well written and have a good story plot.

  4. Happy Birthday!!

    Favorite book, that's hard, but I'll go with the Chronicles of Narnia because I read them when I was really young and they're officially the first book I read so it has a specially place in my heart.

  5. My favorite book is To Kill a Mockingbird.
    amandarwest at gmaildotcom

  6. Mrs. DeRaps says:

    Happy Birthday!

    My favorite book is one of yours–The Book Thief. But I'll give you another favorite just so you know I'm not copying you. I also love (everything) Paper Towns by John Green.

    Have a great b-day!

  7. Happy Birthday
    I have lots of favorite books one of mine is
    Jane Eyre I do not normally read a romance sort of novel but I love this one

  8. My favorite books, because I can't name just one, are The Book Thief, The Hunger Games Series, Looking for Alaska, and Innocent Traitor. My favorite books usually are well written, and have original plots. I like suspensful stories, or ones where I learn a lot of different things!

    Happy Early Birthday Jamie. I'm excited for you bday bash this week, how exciting!

  9. Happy 25th birthday πŸ˜€ I'm not sure what my fave book is…. I may have to read books from your list πŸ™‚ Thanks for having this birthday bash!

  10. My all time favourite book has to be The Great Gatsby but I do have many others such as Rebecca, The Otcast, Charlotte Gray, Sunday's At Tiffany, Shiver, Hush,Hush and tonnes more. What makes my book my favourite are the characters and the way its written.

    P.S. Happy Birthday!

  11. Letter4no1 says:

    You're list was like reading an extended version of my own favorite books.

    If I had to pick Milan Kundera's The Unbearable Lightness of Being is my favorite, followed closely by both of Foer's books.

  12. My all-time favorite book is The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber, but I also love The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, The Brothers Karamazov, The World According to Garp and Ella Enchanted to name a few.

  13. Happy Birthday!
    I think my favorite book is Never Let Me Go, just because it made me realize a lot of things about life and love and reality that I needed to be reminded of. It's heartbreaking, but so real, and to me that is the most important thing.

  14. Interesting list of books. A vast variety for sure.

    My favorite book, if I had to pick one, Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, but really the whole series ranks as my favorite.

  15. Eleni @ La Femme Readers says:

    Happy Birthday Jamie!!!!!!!!!!!! Hope you enjoy your day!

  16. My favorite book from childhood: Peter Pan
    My favorite book now: Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

  17. I'm an idiot, I forgot the most important part of my comment! No not another favorite book…

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Hope it's great πŸ™‚

  18. Great list, I haven't read many of them but I admit I have The Book Thief and haven't read it :/ I can't say I have favorite books but I will say that I enjoyed the Harry Potter series like no other! πŸ˜€

  19. IngridLola says:

    My favorite book is War and Peace! I'm a nerd!

  20. Sheltiemama says:

    My favorite book is probably "Gone With the Wind." Hey, I'm a Southern girl!

  21. Happy Birthday!!

    Wow, three quarters of your favorite books are my favorite books too! One I loved, though, that I don't see on your list is "Graceling" by Kristin Cashore. It's amazing!

  22. My favorite books are the Harry Potter books…but I can't pick just one. Other than that, the list is very long. πŸ™‚

  23. Happy Birthday (almost)! I think we have very similar taste in books – many of my favorites are on this list. My favorite book is "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian" by Sherman Alexie. From your list, "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" is probably my favorite (love it).

  24. StephTheBookworm says:

    Happy birthday to youuu! πŸ™‚

    My favorite book is Jen Lancaster's Bitter is the New Black. You'd probably like Jen as well since you like Laurie Notaro. You should check her books out if you haven't before!

  25. Christine Marie says:

    Happy Birthday Jaime! I love your favorite books!

  26. Happy Birthday!!

  27. BookQuoter says:

    Happy Birthday. Nice celebration!!
    Yey, a lot of your favorite books are on my list!!!
    I can't pick just one. I have a dozen, and it will keep changing:)

  28. Kai @ Amaterasureads says:

    Happy Birthday!
    What a way to celebrate it too! πŸ™‚
    That's an awesome list of books to choose from!
    My current favorite is The Hunger Games series (though I doubt I'll read Mockingjay again soon, the last few pages still gives me goosebumps whenever I read it.)

  29. Argh, so difficult to choose favorite books. A few I love are Pride and Prejudice, The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale, Feeling Sorry for Celia and The Year of Secret Assignments by Jaclyn Moriarty, and Sorcery and Cecelia by Patricia Wrede and Caroline Stevermer. They're my favorites for lots of reasons, but mostly because they're feel-good books that I can re-read and still love.

  30. TNBBC Super Mod says:

    Oh Gasp! Should be I be happy that Saramago is one of your favorite books? Or should I be happy that you are willing to give it up for a giveaway?

    Hooray for your birthday week!

  31. Happy Birthday Week! I don't know if I can pick an all-time favorite book… my books are kind of like mood-rings, you can tell how I'm feeling by which of my 'favorites' i turn to. The most common go-to book is probably Barbara Kingsolver's Poisonwood Bible. I read it for the first time about 10 years ago and still haven't gotten over how it made me feel

  32. Hi! Happy Birthday! I have so many favorite books. Ones that stick out are Memoirs Of A Geisha, The Glass Castle, Emma, and Pride & Prejudice.
    Kkrasowski at comcast dot net

  33. Misha1989 says:

    Happy Birthday!
    My favorite books are –
    The Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant, The House at Riverton by Kate Morton, Margaret Atwood books,Books by Joyce Carol Oates, Gemma Doyle trilogy, all Jane Austen novels

  34. Happy (early) Birthday Jamie!

    My favorite books are The Hunger Games trilogy, The Book Thief, The Truth About Forever, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close and so many others.

  35. Kayla + Cyna says:

    Great list of books – one of my favorites is on there, Pride and Prejudice of course. I'd have to say it ties with Howl's Moving Castle in the Favorite Book Ever category though.

    Happy birthday! And it's so awesome of you to give stuff away for it, lol.

  36. Happy Birthday
    My favorite books …. Ah! it's a difficult subject there are so many book and they also keep on changing. But some of my all time favorite are The truth about forever, The Book Thief, Emma,Pride & Prejudice. A women of no importance, HP series, The Notebook

  37. Happy birthday! Hope you have a wonderful time celebrating it πŸ™‚ My favourite books: The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay, East of Eden by John Steinbeck, The Princess Bride by WIlliam Goldman, Ender's Game by ORson Scott Card, North of Beautiful by Justina Chen Headley, and I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak!

  38. A lot of your favourite books are on my to-read list, it was so hard to pick one!
    Anyway, as for your question about favourite books, you probably already know that it's Pride and Prejudice. To me a favourite is a book I can read over and over again and not get tired of it, maybe even discover something new every time I read it. I love how the characters of my favourite books stay with me days after I finished the book.

  39. Advance happy birthday Jamie!!

    I got plenty of favourites! The list is looooong…. but to mention a couple, would have to be the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher and the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Adnrews. Masterpieces, every single one of them! What can I say? I'm a die hard fan πŸ™‚

    Cherry Mischievous
    cherrymischif-warrior [at] yahoo [dot] com

  40. Rabid Fox says:

    One of my all-time favorite books is Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman. There is just an amazing blend of comedy, fantasy, and poignancy to that book. Highly recommended.

  41. Happy Birthday girlie, I think my favourite book would have to be Possession by A.S. Byatt.

  42. Happy, happy birthday! What a nice way to celebrate and so happy to hear you are a lover of books! I have many favorites but in my top five would be GONE WITH THE WIND and A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN.
    kdhaney at gmail dot com

  43. Happy birthday! We share so many of the same favorites! I have a whole bunch, but the books I usually list as my "favorites" are The Time Traveler's Wife, Flowers for Algernon, The Handmaid's Tale, and Norwegian Wood.

  44. Happy birthday.I've always thought people should celebrate their special day for at least a week or maybe even a month, so good for you. My favorite classics are East of Eden and The Great Gatsby. My favorite book of a more recent publishing is The Help.

  45. Happy Birthday! My favourite books are the Harry Potter books πŸ˜€ The Hunger Games series is a close second, as is The Mortal Instruments!

  46. Mollie Katie says:

    My favorite book is ASSASSINATION VACATION by Sarah Vowell. I'm a sucker for American history, and any author who can make something as grisly as Presidential assassinations hilarious is just genius!

    Happy Birthday!!

    (I'm also @molliekatie on Twitter!)

  47. My favorite books are Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time Series. I think what draws me to them is their intricate plot and fully fleshed-out world.

  48. Among my favorites are ones that involve elephants, Like Water for Elephants.

    Happy Birthday and many more.


  49. my fave book is harry potter and the goblet of fire. For me, it was the peak of the series.

  50. Happy birthday! It's so hard to pick my favorite book, but I think it'd have to be The Hunger Games series. It changes with every new book I read, though!

  51. I have so many !

    But my favorite of the last couple of years is The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

    Carol T

    buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

  52. Alessandra @Out of the Blue says:

    My Favourite book: Pride and Prejudice πŸ˜€

  53. MommyWantsToRead says:

    Favorite book I don't have favorite books I do

    Alice in Wonderland
    Great Gatsby
    Flowers In the Attic
    The Stand

    giveawaymommy @yahoo dot com

  54. Awesome! Happy Birthday! : )
    I love Ella Enchanted & the Chronicles of Narnia. I'm reading the Hunger Games Trilogy right now & LOVE it, too! : )

  55. My fave book is The Rice Mother by Rani Manicka because it is full of beauty and heartache and all those beauful horrible oxymorons!!!

  56. My top two favorite books are The Stand by Stephen King and Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden.
    Before I read those books I had no idea the profound impact books could make on a person. I've read many books that I really like, but both of those books just affected me in a deep sense, the authors of those books did an absolutely amazing job.

  57. Happy Birthday!! I love Mark Helprin – Winter's Tale and Freddy and Fredericka. Really, anything that gets me thinking, make me scramble to get a pencil to start underlining passages and taking notes, or stays with me when I finish it.

  58. Breaking Dawn or The Switch by Sandra Brown

  59. I love To Kill a Mockingbird and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. These have truly stayed with me over time, and their characters are unforgettable.

  60. One of my favorite books is Fire & Hemlock by Diana Wynne Jones, because it had such an impact on me as a child.

  61. teaandliterature says:

    I honestly prefer Audrey Niffenegger's "Her Fearful Symmetry" to "The Time Traveler's Wife" I was so engrossed in it, I finished it in five days. It speaks volumes about the way siblings behave towards each other.

  62. IdentitySeeker says:

    Happy Birthday!
    Is this an international giveaway?
    If it is, I would like to enter for a copy of The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel, since I've been trying to get my hands on a copy for a long time now.


  63. IdentitySeeker says:

    My favourite books as I was growing up were anything with the title "Nancy Drew" on them. Honestly, I grew up wanting to be Nancy Drew, that's how much I loved those books.

  64. Happy birthday! Yours is certainly a wonderful way to celebrate it.
    Some of my favorite books are:

    One hundred years of solitude by GarcΓ­a MΓ‘rquez
    To kill a mockingbird by H. Lee
    The bad girl by M. Vargas Llosa

  65. My current favorite is Solitary by Travis Thrasher and my all-time-favorite is It by Stephen King.

    Happy Birthday and thanks for the giveaway!


  66. KatieCan86 says:

    My favorite book is Pried and Prejudice….I can't help it I'm a hopeless romantic! lol.


    Happy late birthday!