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Blogging Birthdays

I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that–on your birthday–you don’t typically find out you are a wizard (need I mention Harry Potter?), have magical fairies granting you a wish, or become a werewolf. Recently, my best friend celebrated her birthday, this past Tuesday in fact. Happy Birthday, Anna! The anticipation of being one year older is expected, but also probably very PREDICTABLE. In our ordinary lives, expecting extraordinary things to happen is probably not a normal train of thought.

In fact, birthdays, if celebrated, are usually spent with family, friends, pets, maybe even the homeless guy down the street, with some sort of candle sticking out of the dessert, (Lemon Meringue pie for you, Anna!), whatever suits your fancy. Maybe you go out, maybe you stay in, or maybe you don’t do anything at all.

However, thank goodness for imagination! Check out these titles for they will be certain to liven up your birthday as they give you a chance to jump in and enjoy some far-out, crazy, pretty awesome, or awful events that happen on these characters’ birthdays. Still, don’t go too far, you’re gonna want to come back to blow out the candles and make a wish!

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Lena looks forward to receiving the government-mandated cure that prevents the delirium of love and leads to a safe, predictable, and happy life, until ninety-five days before her eighteenth birthday and her treatment, when she falls in love.


The Rise of the Renegade X by Chelsea Campbell

Expecting to become a super villain on his sixteenth birthday, Damien Locke, son of one of Golden City’s most notorious super villains, is horrified to discover that he may instead be destined to become a superhero.


Divergent by Veronica Roth

In a future Chicago, sixteen-year-old Beatrice Prior must choose among five predetermined factions to define her identity for the rest of her life, a decision made more difficult when she discovers that she is an anomaly who does not fit into any one group, and that the society she lives in is not perfect after all.


Unwind by Neal Shusterman

In a future world where those between the ages of thirteen and eighteen can have their lives “unwound” and their body parts harvested for use by others, three teens go to extreme lengths to uphold their beliefs–and, perhaps, save their own lives.


Embrace by Jessica Shirvington

Seventeen-year-old Violet Eden’s world is turned upside down when she falls for the sexy and aloof Lincoln and discovers he is part angel and part human. As Violet gets caught up in an ancient battle between dark and light, she must choose her path because the wrong decision could cost not only her life but her eternity.



– Colleen, CLP-Woods Run

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