It’s My Birthday! So Here are Books that Represent Me and Mean a Lot to Me (Because Birthday Means I’m Sappy!)

IT’S MY BIRTHDAY TODAY!!!

(I posted this 5 minutes before midnight in my time zone but it still counts!!! I can’t help being a procrastinator and writing this post at 10pm okay.)

In “celebration” of my birthday, I decided to talk about books that mean a lot to me / represent me. Because I feel like it’s very on brand of me to talk about books on a day that’s supposed to be all about me*, and books have been worth more than any birthday gift (unless they are, of course, the birthday gift).

And in general, I’m just sappy on my birthday, so why not cry over books that mean everything to me??? I’m getting older and deserve to get a little sentimental about it!!

*I’m kidding! Mostly!

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SIX OF CROWS

Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)Why not start out with one of my favorite books ever?

I love everything about this book, the characters, the story, the world, the themes, the messages. Every time I reread it or even just look at the cover, it feels like returning home. Let me be dramatic in peace please.

And I’m not really represented by anything in this book? You’ll see that the a lot of the books that I mention in this post are books that represent me, and I mean, there are bi characters, but that’s it. Yet for some reason, I adore this book with my heart and soul.

berry 2 There was no part of him that was not broken, that had not healed wrong, and there was no part of him that was not stronger for having been broken.

Fun fact, I just teared up typing that quote!!! I can’t wait to reread this book next month!!!!!

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GIRL MADE OF STARS

Girl Made of StarsOf course, I had to mention my favorite book of the year, that I mention literally every chance I get! Because I love it so much and not nearly enough people have read it!

Seriously, though, I adore this book. And though it does represent me (bi MC and genderqueer love interest, the genderqueer rep being the best I’ve read), I think this book means more to me beyond that? It’s about girls coming together and supporting each other and becoming stronger with each other because they have to, and that is just so beautiful and inspiring and meaningful to me.

berry 2 Even girls made of stars aren’t asked, aren’t believed, aren’t considered worth the effort unless they can offer something in return.

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STARFISH

StarfishI know I’ve talked about this book a lot, but let me live!! It truly means a lot to me as an Asian person, because this book is about a biracial Japanese and white girl named Kiko who struggles with seeing herself as “beautiful” because of her being Asian.

And I know beauty is something kinda superficial, but it matters so much in societal culture? And I’ve always struggled with viewing myself as beautiful because I’m Asian too, and seeing Kiko overcome those negative views and start seeing herself differently means everything to me.

berry 2 I draw a girl with arms that reach up to the clouds, but all the clouds avoid her because she’s made of night and not day.

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GIRLS OF PAPER AND FIRE

Girls of Paper and FireHello, NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING BOOK about two sapphic Asian girls in a relationship fighting against oppression in an Asian-inspired world written by a queer woman of color that means the world to me!!!

That sentence pretty much sums up why I love this book. It represents a part of my identity I don’t often get to see in books, and watching two girls like me fall in love with each other and overcome oppression was so inspiring and empowering to me.

berry 2 When the world denies you choices, you make your own.

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THE SEVEN HUSBANDS OF EVELYN HUGO

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn HugoThis book is honestly just… so powerful. It features a queer woman of color (specifically a bi Cuban woman), and the way this book tackles identity, specifically queer women of color’s identities, is just amazing.

The whole book is about Evelyn Hugo recounting her life and how not only Hollywood but also she herself erased her identity as a bi Cuban woman. Seeing her reclaim her identity is just so incredibly inspiring. As a bi person myself, it was amazing to see her take back that part of her.

berry 2 “Don’t ignore half of me so you can fit me into a box.”

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SIMON VS. THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (Creekwood, #1)I think the best thing about this book being on this list is that both the main character Simon and author Becky have the SAME BIRTHDAY AS ME. (I’m still not over this tbh.)

But this book means a lot to me because it’s the book that started my sexuality questioning journey. It literally made me ask my friends “wait… how do you know you’re straight”, and when I realized that I didn’t just know that I was straight like they did, I started the year-long process of questioning!

Also, when I reread this book in March this year to prepare for the movie adaptation release, I teared up because of how much I actually related to Simon now that I didn’t identify as straight. This book is just a place of happiness for me and I’ll always adore it!

berry 2 Why is straight the default?

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PERCY JACKSON & THE OLYMPIANS

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)This series is… my childhood. I love it with my entire heart and soul. I reread the whole series earlier this year and I literally teared up over it because I missed the characters and the story so much?????

I don’t know. This series, like Six of Crows, just feels like home and comfort. It’s the first book series I got obsessed over and eventually led me to find YA and I think it’s just a series that will always bring back so much nostalgia? This series just fills my heart with joy and reminds me why I fell in love with reading.

berry 2 “You drool when you sleep.”

Fun fact: I also teared up writing that quote!! Why am I like this!!!!

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This is a bit of a shorter post (and I’m sure you all are thinking: THANK GOD), but I just wanted to add in a little thank you for all your love and support, today and every day. Blogging has given me so many gifts, and I truly think that the people in this community are some of the best. I can’t wait to see what this year brings me and I can’t wait to grow into a better person, for myself but also for you. 💞💖 💫

(I take it back, I hate being sappy.)


shall we chat

what books mean a lot to you or represent you? what fun traditions you do on your birthday?? see any favorites on my list? I hope you’re having a great day!!

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61 thoughts on “It’s My Birthday! So Here are Books that Represent Me and Mean a Lot to Me (Because Birthday Means I’m Sappy!)

  1. Happy birthday again, love! ❤️ SoC and the PJ series mean a lot to me as well! The latter because it was also one of the first YA series I got into, and it sparked my love of reading! Hope you have a wonderful day!!

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  2. Happy birthday!!!! And I know what you mean – Six of Crows and Percy Jackson do feel like home. And Girls of Paper and Fire…I’m still not over that book. I don’t think I will be for a little bit. I’m Asian as well so reading about two Asian girls loving each other and fighting to end oppression was so amazing and fulfilling in ways I can’t articulate.

    And it’s YOUR BIRTHDAY. Be as sappy as you want! Happy birthday again!!

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  3. HAPPY BIRTHDAY MAY ❤ I neeeeeeddd to read Girls of Paper and Fire, it's sitting in the living room so I should just pick it up already. I don't really do that much on my birthday but I usually have a party though not on the same day? It's always great to find books which you feel represent you and I think this is something that's a bit missing from my reading 🙂

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    1. THANK YOU CAS!! I hope you get around to GOPAF soon and enjoy it — I love it so so much! And ahaha I’ve stopped doing anything special on my birthday though I always like to go eat dinner at a favorite place and get books 😂 And aw no, I’m sorry that you don’t have many books that represent you! I hope you can find some soon 💗

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  4. HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY AGAIN MAY 💖 💖 💖 I hope you had a day as wonderful and amazing as you are 💖
    This is such a great idea for today’s post, I love it! I read and loved Six of Crows and Simon vs oh and Starfish, that one was AMAZING I adored it SO much! 💖 , I am so looking forward to reading Evelyn Hugo, Girls of Paper and Fire, they sound so incredible! 💖

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  5. Happy birthday (again)!! That’s so cool that you share a birthday with Simon, I actually have the same birthday as Blue! 😂
    And yesss Six of Crows is so good 😍

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  6. Happy birthday lovely! I so want to read GoPaF (woah that’s a good acronym 😂) – I’m happy to hear it meant so much to you. Simon vs has done the same for me… I’m still questioning and in a state of big confusion! AND WHAT THATS SO COOL ABOUT YOUR BIRTHDAY’S. Starfish would also love to be read by this little book dragon in the corner (hint hint… me) and same with Girl of Stars.
    Happy birthday again dear!
    Rhi xxxxx

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    1. Aww, thank you so much!! And ahh it’s so cool toh ear that Simon Vs made you start questioning too?? If you ever need any help with that kinda stuff, feel free to reach out to me since I know it’s tough 💖 And aahh I hope you love Starfish, it’s absolutely amazing! ❤

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        1. hey, umm, I’m about to send you an email (at least in the next day or so) and let you know some stuff. I really hope that’s ok – I just don’t feel like I can talk to my parents or friends really about it. Thank you so much for the offer May 💜💜 xx

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  7. Happy birthday May! 😀 ❤ I hope you've had a brilliant day and got loads of wonderful books and bookish-related pressies. ❤
    These are some brilliant books as well, Six of Crows is an all-time favourite of mine and even though I'm not technically represented in any of the characters either I get what you mean because I'd put it on my list if I did a post like this. 🙂 Simon Vs is also incredible, I'd actually say it's one of my favourite YA contemporary stories.
    I have Starfish on my TBR list, and I've been hearing so much about Girls of Paper and Fire I feel like that will be a soon edition onto my TBR list as well. 😀
    Great post,and again happy birthday! 🙂 ❤

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    1. Aww, thank you so much, Beth!! That means a lot to me ❤

      And yes, I'm so glad you understand how I feel about Six of Crows, haha! It's just such a special book to me, for reasons that are hard to actually say ❤ And aahh I hope you love Starfish and GOPAF if you get around to them!! I think they're both brilliantly written books ❤

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  8. Ah, this is so cute and I love it all! These are all amazing books and make me so happy, too! Six of Crows is amazing, and I love Percy Jackson and Girl Made of Stars makes me weep. 😭
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY! It’s so cool that you share a birthday with Becky and Simon! I am jealous, I just share a birthday with the superbowl every few years, gah *I hate american football! ! ! !*

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  9. Happy belated birthday, May!💓(I said it yesterday but pshhh of course I had to say it again because THIS POST.) I really hope you had an amazing day filled with Thai food, dance, Hamilton, and books of course. 😉

    There are SO MANY books here that I want to read! Especially Six of Crows, because I’ve heard so many amazing things about it. And then I have nothing but all the utmost love for Girl Made of Stars, Starfish, Simon Vs, and Percy Jackson. *cries because these books are all just too amazing and so are you*

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  10. GIRLS OF PAPER AND FIRE AND STARFISH AND SIMON ANDANDAND.
    Okay, now I feel like I need to read The Seven Husbands ASAP although I’m trying not to read books I bought this year?

    Also a way too late HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU! [I never check any social media / blog-stuff during the weekend, ugh.]

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  11. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! this is a late comment and i already wished you one but it’s always your birthday in my heart.

    also this is a gorgeous post and Six of Crows and Evelyn Hugo are so amazing and afsgdashd LOVE YOU hope you had the best day week month year etc

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  12. These books are all great & I agree that books can mean so much to different readers. My favourite book that I feel connects with me & represents me the most is ‘The Names They Gave Us’ by Emery Lord – it’s an exceptional, inspirational book ❤️! Lovely post May (I’m new to your blog *waves excitedly* & love it!). Autumn x

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