(It’s My) Birthday Tag and Giveaway!

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Today is my Birthday, and I am 25 years-old. I don’t know what I should say to follow that statement… πŸ™‚ It’s only recently that I’ve begun to feel like an actual adult, and I’m still not sure if I’ve acclimatized to it, or not. When I was younger, I expected there to be some big shift when it happened, a sign that I had “grown up” and was now fully in-charge of my own life, my own decisions,Β andΒ even my own mistakes. But it never came. Instead, there was more of a slow acceptance, a slow maturing and a slow understanding that growing up is not quite what you expect it to be. There are many great and positive aspects to being an adult, but sometimes it can also feel a lot like hard work! But hard work is not something I plan to do today – I’ve taken the day off, I’m going to meet a friend for lunch, I’m going to laze around reading my books, and I can do those things because I’m 25 and no one can tell me I can’t πŸ˜€

Two of my friends, Brandie @ Brandie is a Book Junkie, and Stef @ Caught Read Handed, were both very generous and sent me unexpected Birthday presents (which caused grins, tears and a warm fuzzy glow!), so I decided to share those great feelings with others by hosting a Birthday Tag and Giveaway on the blog. I’ll be picking two winners, who will each get to choose a book from The Book Depository up to the value of $12.50. You don’t have to take part in the Tag to enter the giveaway, but it will earn you extra entries.

Enter the Rafflecopter Giveaway here!

The Birthday Tag

1. What date is your Birthday?

Today, 24th February.

2. What is your favourite kind of Birthday cake?

Any variety of really yummy chocolate cake. Preferably the kind with icing and a gooey centre. With a coffee.

3. What is your birth-stone?brazilian-amethyst

Amethyst. It’s purple (I LOVE purple), it’s sparkly and I love how it forms on the inside of what looks like a normal rock.

4. Which celebrities/famous people share your birth date?

Steve Jobs, Kristen DavisΒ andΒ Billy Zane are the only recognisable ones I could find!

5. What would be your ideal Birthday present?

Books obviously feature up there pretty highly πŸ™‚ I also love getting something that is thoughtful or meaningful. I’m a very sentimental person, and there are many things I enjoy, so I’m really not hard to buy for! I love spending time with my friends and my sister, and I’m getting to see her next weekend, so I’m looking forward to that!

6. If you could invite anyone famous to your Birthday party, who would it be?

I hate when I ask myself difficult questions. I’d love for JK Rowling, Colleen Hoover and Sarah J Maas to come around, because I ❀ them. Jamie Oliver could cook (sorry, Gordon!), and Kelly Clarkson and Beyonce could provide the after dinner entertainment. Michael McIntyre, Stephen Fry and Graham Norton would make excellent guests, and I wouldn’t mind seeing Damon Salvatore there either to be honest…

7. What is one of your favourite/funniest/happiest Birthday memories?

My 16th was pretty memorable. Around 6 friends and I went on the train on a day trip to one of my favourite places in Ireland and my mum made these tasks and challenges up that were in sealed envelopes that we had to open at certain times during the day. We were provided with disposable cameras (anyone else remember those?) to document the day, and I still have all of the photos and challenges in their envelopes in a memory box.

8. If you could choose a different period in history to be born, when would it be?

I was born in 1990, so I literallyΒ just missed out on being an 80’s baby, and I think if I could choose a different time to be born it would be at the end of the 70’s/start of the 80’s. IΒ love 80’s music, and my naturally curly and unruly hair would have fitted in well with the big hair craze!

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If you’ve made it this far, thanks for taking the time to read my post! I hope you enter the giveaway, and if you do the tag, leave a link below so others can check it out!

About Rachel

Avid reader & #bookblogger. Lover of all things business. A fan of drinks & dancing. Ever optimistic. Feminist.

99 Responses

  1. karen

    Happy Birthday, I just had a birthday a couple of days ago and I am very, very close to being double your age. You have a great day andwonderful year. Enjoy every experience or at least remind yourself the bad ones will pass. I also have to say your momma most love you very much to provide you with such wonderful memories of a special birthday. I hope you make many more wonderful memories with each passing year.


  2. elizabeth1929

    Happy Birthday! I’d probably choose The False Prince, because I’ve read the book before, and loved it. And I’d like to own a copy of it


  3. happy birthday, Rachel! And I agree with onlybooksandhorses, your 16th birthday was pretty spectacular. πŸ™‚ I hope this year will blow the others out of the park. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity, btw. I don’t know yet what to pick if ever I win. so many goodies to choose from. πŸ™‚


  4. Brandie

    Happy Birthday my dear sweet friend!! I hope you’re enjoying your days off reading and falling in love with Dean Holder. πŸ˜‰

    You’re still young and beautiful and fabulous. Enjoy it!


  5. happy birthday!!!
    i love amethist too color but also it’s meaning ( true feeling i like)
    i’m too shy to participate in teh tag sorry but thank you a lot for the giveaway
    i would pick a book from my wishlist but i can’t tell you which one yet ( teh price can vary in so many days)because my birthday is 16th march and i’m waiting to know which book i will receive first ( i prefer to avoid double) perhaps a book by faith hunter but i’m not sure

    thank you!


  6. Valentina

    Happy Birthday! I’d probably choose Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles, #2) by Marissa Meyer, because I read Cinder and I love it. Thanks for the chance!


  7. Happy happy birthday!!! I agree- I’m only 18, but I thought that when I turned 18 I would suddenly feel so much older. Nope, same old me, haha. I hope you have a wonderful day!! πŸ˜€

    P.S. If I won, I’d probably choose Stiletto by Daniel O’Malley.


  8. Sadaf

    Happy birthday!!! πŸ˜€
    So many great books on my wishlist but I think I’ll go for The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin πŸ˜€


    25 is such a big number, as far as importance! but really, I am 28 already (it flew by so fast!) and now that I think about it nothing really happened at 25 that didn’t happen these past few years as far as “life changing” or anything.
    When I was young I had that same mentality that 25 was when I would have “my shit together” and I’d be all adult wearing high heels and carrying a briefcase everyday >.< LOL.
    I hope you have an amazing birthday celebration! Because really, that is what you'll remember! It's a time you can just have fun and get loose. It's great to get older. At least, that's what I have come to think πŸ˜‰

    Enjoy!!! ❀
    Diamond @ Dee’s Reads


  10. Happy Birthday! I hope you had a great day filled with presents and cake (both required for any successful birthday).

    I obviously had to do the tag for my birthday, it seemed only right, and it was really fun answering the questions. As to what book I would want if I won… well, that’s a hard one because there are so many books on my to buy list right now. I’m thinking The Disenchantments by Nine La Cour because that book has been on my to buy list for too long.


  11. JAsmine Ong

    Happy birthday and thanks for this great giveaway πŸ™‚
    I will chose Aritotle and Dante Discover The Secret of The Universe , I always wanted to read this book after finish its excerpt πŸ™‚ Its about the relationship between two boys as friend and love the relationship between them , caring for each other. I hope i will have such a friend !


  12. Happy Birthday and thanks for the giveaway! I will be turning 24 soon, so we are close in age. πŸ˜‰ I guess a book I would choose is a book from my wishlist like The Warrior by Victoria Scott or a Cassandra Clare book. πŸ™‚


  13. Reblogged this on caliwillette and commented:
    Answers for my birthday tag!
    1. 4/17/1991
    2. Chocolate gauche
    3. Diamond
    4. Sean Bean, Victoria Beckham, Jennifer Garner, Rooney Mara
    5. Type writer
    6. Tom Hiddleson and Jared Leto
    7. When I went to see my favortie band in concert
    8. 70’s or 50’s


  14. Kayla Arnold

    I may choose How I Found You by Gabriella Lepore if it’s out on BD by then because I really want the cover with Sasha Alsberg on it πŸ˜€


  15. Happy, happy birthday!!! πŸ™‚ Although little late..
    I donΒ΄t know which book I would choose yet, but probably The DUFF by Kody Keplinger. It would be great to have this book in my bookcase πŸ™‚


  16. Isa

    Happy belated birthday! πŸ™‚ I love the guests you chose to invite, sounds like it’d be a hella fun party. Your 16th birthday sounds pretty awesome and adventurous. Thank you for the giveaway, enjoy your day. πŸ™‚


  17. Claudia Rivera

    Happy Birthday! My mom’s birthday is also February 24th.

    I would choose the new book that will be released this year from author Lisa Genova. I’ve read all her books and I’ve loved them. I am sure I will love the new book too.


  18. Emma A

    Happiest of birthdays! I think I would want The Vicious Deep by Zoraida Cordova, or Stolen Songbird by Danielle Jensen! Thank you!


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