Another Round of Friday Fun: My YA Life In Book Titles

The summer has always been a hard time for me as a blogger. I hate being inside. I want to be outside doing things and enjoying the weather because it’s my favorite kind of weather and summer always has great activities to take part in! I feel so unmotivated to sit and blog when I could be hiking or at an outside flea market or laying by the pool. Not only that but I came off a really big, weird blogging slump where I got so discouraged with how serious everything was becoming that I feel like I’m JUST getting back into the groove and I’m feeling like I want to get back to the basics of what I love about all of this: the fun of it all!

So I decided for the next few Fridays I just want to have some fun and just talk about books in non-serious ways and let you guys get to know me a little better! Feel free to join me(and link back) if you are feeling like you want to let down your metaphorical blogging hair and do something silly to relieve some pressure off your blogging shoulders as summer starts to wind down.

Check out last week’s A to Z Bookish Survey!

This week: I saw a “Your Life In Song Titles” survey on Tumblr and decided to create a bookish one about your YA Life. Basically to fill out the survey you must use the titles of books to answer the questions (I just went through my GR books and WOW so many options)! I know you guys as the adult YOU (most of you are adults but HI to my teen readers!!) but I want to learn who TEEN you was. (I shared all about YA Jamie yesterday with a post full of pictures) Bonus points for making your answers funny! FEEL FREE TO BE AS SERIOUS/AS SILLY AS YOU FEEL LIKE. You don’t HAVE to get personal like I did! It doesn’t have to fit perfectly! And fill it out whenever you want — tomorrow, next week, next month..



How would you describe your 16 year old self? A Really Awesome Mess
When You Looked Into The Mirror What Did You SeeUglies    <Pretty normal for a high school girl though huh?>
Your 16 your old self outlook on life/motto: Carpe Diem
How You Think People Would Describe Your PersonalityAdorkable <No seriously, someone called me that and it stuck and my AIM screename was sO_adorkable something or another. Because of that I’ve always wanted to read this book.>
Describe An Insecurity In High School: Is Everybody Hanging Out Without Me? < I was seriously so concerned with being left out. I can’t say that’s entirely gone away. But I just know how to handle it more/am wiser.>
Describe Your Worst Trait As A Teen: Holier Than Thou < I was pretttyyy judgmental as a teen.>
Describe the contents of your diary/journal: To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before <Sidenote: Can it be 2014 yet??>
Your biggest Fear: Going Too Far <Seriously, I was terrified of sex in high school. It was so built up!!>
You excelled at: How To be Good  <I was a good girl for the most part. This just came up with my dad and my little sis and he was like “why can’t you be more like Jamie?” and I had to LOL and tell her “I was just good at not getting caught at what I DID DO. *polishes halo* :P>
You were always concerned aboutWhat Happens Next <HI ESTELLE. I promise I’m going to read this soon and return it!>
You Thought Your Life WasBoundless


Love Life:


How would you sum up your high school love life?  Things Fall Apart
Describe your most serious boyfriend from high school? Soulless <Ok that’s a BIT dramatic but HS Jamie was dramatic. I say soulless because I thought things were amazing and then BAM my first and only time I was the one getting dumped (he was also my best guy friend) and I STILL to this day do not have a real reason WHY. His sister and mom, even after all these years, don’t know the real reason. RANT OVER.>
Describe your first kiss: Crash and Burn  <too much tongue jammed down my throat. Enough said.>
Your philosophy on dating/love: Taste Test <I just sampled for a few weeks. Never long term haha. Gotta experience more than one kind!>
Describe Your Worst Break Up: Hysteria




Your relationship with your mom as a teen: Broken  <Not a good time in high school!>
Your relationship with your dad as a teen: A World Away <My parents were divorced and I lived with my mom 4 hours away. My relationship was fine with my dad (mostly) but it was hard because I was so far away.>
Your relationship with a sibling: The Opposite of Love <Ang and I fought so much in high school!>
What you thought about your parents rules/parenting style: Insanity  <Seriously, my mom was SO STRICT. Like ridiculous. I’d get grounded for a week for not making my bed perfectly.>



Describe you and your best friend at 16: Nobody But Us <seriously, we were quite the pair and would have been fine hanging out with just the two of us all the time>
Your Social Status: Beloved <I was somewhere in the middle and really kind of floated and was well liked by most (at least I THINK so?). Wouldn’t say I was popular but friendly with lots of different people.>
Describe Your Group Of Friends: Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close



Your Perception Of High School Upon Entering: Where The Wild Things Are
Your relationship with academics: Something Like Normal <I did well but I hated doing the work. Would rather have been there for the socializing.>
Your Weekends Were: Reason To Breathe
If Your High School Life Was A Movie It would be called: Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality
A Class You Wish High School Would Have Offered: How (Not) To Find A Boyfriend
Your Senior Year Was: Ten Miles Past Normal  <Senior year was HARD finding out mid way through the year that your mom has brain cancer and then I moved out for about a month. It was just NOT the normal senior year you think you are going to have.>
Describe prom: Things I Can’t Forget
When High School Ended It Was: Meant To Be <I was ready!>



The Future

How You Felt About The Prospect of College: The Beginning of Everything
How You Thought Your Life Would Be At 27 (insert whatever age you are now): Larger Than Life <I just had this very glamorized idea of what this age would look like.>


Your Life Now:

Describe Your Love Life Now: This Is What Happy Looks Like
Describe The State Of Your Friendship With Your High School BFF: Fallout
Your Relationship With Your Parents Now: Bittersweet <I have a great relationship with my dad but it’s bittersweet because my mom is no longer with us in a time where we would probably be close and understand each other more>
Your Thoughts On Your High School Reunion (either if you had it or if it’s upcoming): The F-It List  <not planning on going!>
Biggest Lesson You Learned In High School: All This Could End <Everything you have can end in a minute. Don’t take it forgranted.>
One Thing You WISHED You Had Learned: Why We Broke Up <lol seriously before I die I want to figure out my mysterious breakup even though I’m happily married.>
Advice You Wish You Could Have Given Your Teen Self: Instructions For A Broken Heart
Something You Could Learn From Your 16 Year Old Self: How To Love <Seriously, high school Jamie really knew how to love people without any restraint. I try to but all that baggage of people burning you sticks hard.>


Hope you got to know YA Jamie a little more! I had so much fun coming up with the questions and then scouring my shelves/GR lists to find answers. Surprisingly I had some that I could have had like 10 answers for! PLUS it was fun to look at some of the books I totally FORGOT I put on my to read list! I’ve read some of these books but are there any on here that you’ve read and loved??

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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. Yet again, I LOVE this idea! You have such original posts!

    I may have to take part in this one, as well. 😀

    • Aw thanks! Can’t wait to see if you do! 🙂 I figure this one will take people a little while longer than A to Z to do! But it was so fun to look at all the books I had put on my TBR years ago!

      • I can’t believe I missed this post 🙁 I’ve been slack on keeping up with the emails, disappointed I’m late. Will participate in this week’s one but hopefully with follow up with this one soon.

        As Sharon said, love your original posting topics Jaime. It’s unlike a usual hop, it’s very interesting and thought provoking activities 😀

  2. What a great survey with great answers! I really feel like I got to know you more. 🙂 Don’t think I’m going to take this survey though. Probably won’t come up with that much titles :p

    • Thank you! 🙂 You would be surprised how many you could come up with. I made up the questions first and was all SELF WHY DID YOU MAKE THIS SO HARD but then I started going through my GR and somehow there were sooo many that fit somehow. lol

  3. Did I tell you how in love I am with this series? Because I AM! I’ve been thinking about a way to make people get to know me better for a while, and this is just perfect! Also, I so could have used that class How (Not) To Find a Boyfriend. I would have been sitting in the very first seat, haha.

    I participated and it took me a LONG time to find book titles, but it was soooo fun. Love this <3

    • Aw I’m glad! I just wanted to have some fun and talk about books and ourselves in a really stress free way…like people can do it whenever they want to fill some space on the blog!

      Wouldn’t that be a HELPFUL class though??? SERIOUSLY high school. Get your curriculum together!

      LOVED your answers so much!!

  4. oh my gosh, this looks so fun, and tricky. Will work on this later today. I am almost done with your survey from last week.. been busy with kindergarten stuff. 🙂

    loving these fun friday posts. 🙂

    • Eee can’t wait to see both of your answers! Totally supposed to be a “when you can” posting schedule for these — stress free! I’m just posting them and offering them up for others who want something fun and stress free! 🙂 EEEEP kindergarten!!

  5. Dude! I want to do this one too. How do you come up with this stuff? Gah. You are my blogging hero.

  6. Ginger @ GReads! says:

    Oh Jamie <3 another post I love from you. Not only is this fun, but it sorta made me tear up!!! Especially "Biggest Lesson You Learned In High School: All This Could End" — it's so, so true. I want to do this, but will probably take some time figuring out my answers. I'll link you when I do!

    • Aw thank you, G! When I saw that title in my GR I was like OMG THIS ONE IS SO TRUE FOR THAT QUESTION. And take your time! I expect it’s going to take people longer and want this to be a stress free thing that people get to when they can whether that is a month from now or tomorrow! Whenever you need something fun!

  7. This was so much fun to read. Thanks for sharing.

    P.S. If Things Fall Apart is one you haven’t read, do it. It’s a trilogy, but the first one stands alone and I don’t know anyone personally who has read the second and third in the series.

  8. JAMIE, THESE ARE THE BEST. I still haven’t even gotten to finish the first one yet haha. BUT I want to do them both. I used to do those “Your life by song titles” surveys ALL the time because I was obsessed with music and all of my playlists were song titles. Now all my playlists are book titles hahaha. I can’t wait to do this one!

  9. This is genius Jamie. I love this new Friday feature. I cannot wait to do them ALLLLLLLLLLLLL

  10. AH MA GOD. This is fantastic Jamie! I’m going to save this for when I’m away, so people can laugh at my pitiful life without me seeing.

  11. This idea is all kinds of awesome, you’re so creative Jamie! I need to make time to do this , too.

  12. This post makes me want to comment incoherently and just say “OMG BEST EVER I CAN’T EVEN OKAY BYE.” It’s hilarious, honest, and, best of all, the kind of creative that only comes from you. I’m 15, so I can’t exactly answer all of these questions, but I would love to switch some of them to present tense and give my own bookish answers. I doubt mine would be as great as this, though… We shall see.

  13. Very clever post! I love it! I’m not sure if I have the patience to go through and find book titles for all my feelings! I love the relationship with BFF from highschool book title: Fallout! I’m guessing you no longer speak?! 🙂

    Liza @ Book Crook Liza

  14. I know this was mostly a fun post (WHICH I LOVED) but I got cold chills from it too. I still need to do your bookish survey. I love you’re bringing so much fun back to blogging, because TBH I’m in a major slump. So I really enjoy these posts from you. <3 ya!

  15. This was SO fun! Thanks for coming up with this brilliant idea! I know I’m still technically the “YA me,” but I still really loved this post. 🙂

  16. This is such a creative idea! 😀 Too bad I don’t have enough book titles to make one of my own, because it looks like lots of fun.

  17. I really loved this post. Very insightful and creative. I smiled so much while reading this.
    My favorite is Your Perception Of High School Upon Entering: Where The Wild Things Are

  18. This cracked me up….. and I officially hate your ex boyfriend.

    Finally got mine done…

  19. Very creative!

    I don’t know if I’m prepared to be honest enough with myself to do this feature (just had a rough time in high school and with family), but I really like your answers.

  20. This is an awesome post, Jamie! Love it! Fun and interesting!

  21. Really cool survey, Jamie! I enjoyed answering it!

    Lol at your first kiss haha! I hope mine doesn’t go that way. :-s

  22. This is a great idea, stay tuned for a link 😉
    – Krys

  23. This is an awesome idea. Here’s my post. Thanks for the idea!

  24. Wow, this is an awesome idea! I’m so impressed you could come up with that many book titles.

  25. You are so creative with this!! I really loved reading yours, and it was fun to do mine (even if it did take me all weekend).

  26. Okay, I LOVE this. Really clever answers too.

    Totally making my own now.

  27. Oh and I did one too!
    Very difficult but a lot of fun!

  28. This is awesome and I wanna do it but I feel like it would take forever! It must have taken forever. Or not, because you are so creative!

  29. This is such a fun and creative idea! And I loved your post! This is so awesome!
    Oh & HI back from a teen reader and new follower who is in love with you and your blog <3

  30. I love this so much! A LOT of what you choose would be perfect for me as well. I would totally love to this post.. However, just thinking about doing it gives me anxiety. Mainly because I am over complicating it. Yet, that is how i feel my Young Adult life was.. A lot of happiness mixed with inner complicated-ness.. like being SICK a lot and dealing with depression. See! I am even complicating this comment, just thinking about it!

  31. Jamie. why are you so creative? Because wow! I love these Friday Fun posts and am participating as well 🙂

    I really love how you create these things – I wish I could do this too! How long are you going to do Friday Fun posts?

    Here is mine: Thanks for being amazing <3

  32. Here’s mine! This was much harder than I thought it would be haha!

  33. I love your originality in regards to your blog posts, I’d be happy to have half your talent in creating fantastic post topics. This is quite hard, so I’ll be talking it eventually. Have you also considered adding linky to each of your post so the rest of us can follow others’ posts?

  34. You think of the cutest blog post ideas 🙂


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