Birthday Reading

The Truth According to UsToday’s my birthday, and while I can’t spend it reading all day long like I did once upon a time (as in, pre-children), I can still make an effort to have a book waiting for me that I think I’m sure to love.

This year, it’s The Truth According to Ushe Truth According to Us: A Novel by Annie Barrows by Annie Barrows. Yes, Annie Barrows, the co-author of my beloved The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie SocietyThe Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows has a new book coming out next month and I got a review copy.

Because I’m a book nerd, I got curious about my previous birthday reads, so I looked in my book log (a.k.a. GoodReads) and found some of the highlights of years past:


2013: The Distant Hours (4 Stars)
And I’ve mentioned it on social media, but maybe not here: Kate Morton has a new book coming out this year – The Lake House! So exciting!

2012: Don’t Kill the Birthday Girl: Tales from an Allergic LifeDon't Kill the Birthday Girl: Tales from an Allergic Life by Sandra Beasley (3 Stars)
I remember feeling very amused reading a book with this title on my actual birthday. And feeling very grateful that I don’t have the severe food allergies the author has!

2011: nothing!
We were a couple weeks away from moving, and I was very pregnant with baby #2. I didn’t do much reading that month.

2010: The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More FunThe Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun by Gretchen Rubin (4 Stars)
If I’d thought to time it better, I could have read her new book this year on my birthday. But I just finished Better Than BeforeBetter Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives by Gretchen Rubin earlier in the month.

2009: The Contemplative Mom: Restoring Rich Relationship with God in the Midst of MotherhoodThe Contemplative Mom: Restoring Rich Relationship with God in the Midst of Motherhood by Ann Kroeker (3 Stars) and Heading Home With Your Newborn: From Birth to RealityHeading Home With Your Newborn: From Birth to Reality (4 Stars).
Why yes, I was due with my first baby the next month. Although he waited until the NEXT month to actually arrive. ๐Ÿ˜‰

2006: To Live is Christ Leaders Guide: The Life and Ministry of PaulTo Live is Christ Leaders Guide: The Life and Ministry of Paul by Beth Moore (4 Stars)
I need to read more by Beth Moore – I don’t know why I stopped, as I always got a lot of out them.

2001 – EnduranceEndurance by F. A. Worsley (5 Stars)
Such a good book.


What surprises me with this is that in my mind, I’ve always made an effort to have a great book to read on my birthday. And apparently this wasn’t always the case (hence all the unlisted years above that consisted of ok or just good-but-not-great reads). Wonder what else I’m mis-remembering, or at least idealizing, when the reality is somewhat different. Or perhaps it’s just that I selected the books to read on my birthday thinking they’d be great, and then they didn’t always live up to those hopes. ๐Ÿ™‚

Fingers crossed that this year’s book is as good as I’m hoping it will be!

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Comments

  1. Happy birthday! Enjoy the book. Can’t wait to read your review. I loved Guernsey.

    • Thank you! My kids conspired to keep me from reading at all on my birthday, but I’ll get to it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Happy birthday! And it’s my birthday too, so I was just looking over my book stack to see what to read today! Great and timely post!

    • Belated happy birthday! I hope you had a lovely day. Mine was nice, even if I got zero reading time in. (Teething baby + other kid issues). I’ve made up for it this weekend. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Happy birthday! I hope you enjoy your book – and the entire day!

    • Thank you! Didn’t get to the book at all, despite my great plans, but overall it was still a nice day. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Happy birthday! I have one coming up, too, but I never really thought about having a good read for the day. Perhaps I’ll have to give this a go this year. Hope your day is fabulous and you do, indeed, sneak in some quality reading time.

    • You should try it – like I said, it doesn’t always work, but I love the planning almost as much as actually reading the book (and some times, probably more than the book).

  5. Happy Birthday, Sheila! It’s my birthday, today, too! I love your practice of having a great book to read on your birthday. I just might tell my family that’s how I want to celebrate my day – let me just stay home and read my book! Hope your chosen book is a good one!

    • Happy belated birthday! We’re birthday triplets along with Sandi!

      I hope you were able to celebrate your day with lots of reading time!

  6. I love that you have this awesome list of birthday reading. Reading on my birthday, rarely, if ever happens. Why is that?! Anyway, happy belated birthday!

    • It didn’t happen for me either this year, even with my hopes for it. Oh, well, the kids are only little for a short time, so I’ll have other birthdays to read.

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