Thursday, February 23, 2012

Twenty-nine years ago today...

I was born! Today is the first day of the last year in my twenties. Crazy!!

I've had a good feeling about this year since the start of it, so aside from the fact that my next birthday will put me in my thirties, I'm optimistic this year is going to be memorable.

A year ago today I picked up Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins at my local Borders (*sniffles*) and read it in two days. This book sparked my love for contemporary YA, and ultimately urged me to write a contemporary myself (the one I just finished the first draft of!). Sort of puts high expectations on whatever book I start reading today, doesn't it? :)

Now that I'm in lurve with contemporaries, what are some of your favorite titles??

Some that I've enjoyed recently are:
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
Past Perfect by Leila Sales
Perfect Chemistry and Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles


  1. Happy Birthday, Kristin!! I left you a cupcake on Twitter. I hope you're doing something special for yourself today. This line cracked me up: Sort of puts high expectations on whatever book I start reading today, doesn't it?

    Yes, it does. ;)
    Catherine Denton

  2. Haaaaapy Birthday!!

    The List and Take A Bow are great. So was Purity by Jackson Pearce.

  3. *sings* Happy happy birthday, to you, to you, Happy Happy Birthday to you! lol

    I have to say my favorite contemporaries are Rival and Dash & Lily's Book of Dares, though I really need to read more!

  4. Happy birthday and I hope you are doing something really fun today! I love love love There You'll Find Me by Jenny B. Jones. Probably my fav contemp ever!
    Truly Bookish

  5. Happy Birthday! I'm in my mid-twenties, and I've heard more and more recently that thirty is the new twenty. People I've talked to in their thirties say their quality of life is much better than when they were younger. Just a thought for the day. :)

  6. Happy Birthday to you! Happy Birthday to you!! Happy Birthday dear Kristiiiiin!!! Happy Birthday to youuuuu!!!! Hope you have a wonderful day and your best year yet!

  7. Happy Birthday, dear girl! I'm also excited to see what this year holds for you!! :)

  8. Happy birthday! Contemporaries are not my norm so...does REVOLUTION count? Half the story was contemporary :)

  9. Happy birthday!!! And yay for contemporary YA (and Anna and the French Kiss!)!

  10. Wow. This is my THING, lol.

    Saving June
    The Chosen One
    Fixing Delilah, or really anything by Ockler
    Anything by John Green
    The SKy is Everywhere by Nelson

  11. Happy Birthday! Approaching 30's is scary and so is approaching 35 which is coming to me next year :(
    Love the new banner!

  12. Try not to pass out...but I'm back on the blog!!! I know!

    Hope your birthday yesterday was terrific and that you got my puggie postcard! :)