Happy Birthday to ME!!

Yes!  This day 14 years ago 4:01 AM, May 8, 1998, I was born!!!  Yaay!  So excited it's my birthday!

Happy birthday to me!
Happy birthday to me!
Happy birthday to meee!
Happy birthday to me!!

But now, on a serious note, this day is super cool.  I love my birthday because all my grandparents send me gift cards to Amazon and B&N so I can spend them all on books!  MUAAHHHH!  (That was supposed to be an evil laugh, not me having a seizure).  So today I decided to do a pretty cool feature.  I've noticed throughout the year as I've gone through my huge bookshelf on Goodreads that there a quiet a few books that are being released on my birthday.  So below I am going to list them all (or at least the ones that I know of)! :)

by Cassandra Clare
#5 in The Mortal Instruments
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry

The demon Lilith has been destroyed and Jace has been freed from her captivity. But when the Shadowhunters arrive to rescue him, they find only blood and broken glass. Not only is the boy Clary loves missing–but so is the boy she hates, Sebastian, the son of her father Valentine: a son determined to succeed where their father failed, and bring the Shadowhunters to their knees.
No magic the Clave can summon can locate either boy, but Jace cannot stay away—not from Clary. When they meet again Clary discovers the horror Lilith’s dying magic has wrought—Jace is no longer the boy she loved. He and Sebastian are now bound to each other, and Jace has become what he most feared: a true servant of Valentine’s evil. The Clave is determined to destroy Sebastian, but there is no way to harm one boy without destroying the other. Will the Shadowhunters hesitate to kill one of their own?
Only a small band of Clary and Jace’s friends and family believe that Jace can still be saved — and that the fate of the Shadowhunters’ future may hinge on that salvation. They must defy the Clave and strike out on their own. Alec, Magnus, Simon and Isabelle must work together to save Jace: bargaining with the sinister Faerie Queen, contemplating deals with demons, and turning at last to the Iron Sisters, the reclusive and merciless weapons makers for the Shadowhunters, who tell them that no weapon on this earth can sever the bond between Sebastian and Jace. Their only chance of cutting Jace free is to challenge Heaven and Hell — a risk that could claim any, or all, of their lives.
And they must do it without Clary. For Clary has gone into the heart of darkness, to play a dangerous game utterly alone. The price of losing the game is not just her own life, but Jace’s soul. She’s willing to do anything for Jace, but can she even still trust him? Or is he truly lost? What price is too high to pay, even for love?

by Morgan Matson
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Simon  & Schuster Children's Publishing

Taylor’s family might not be the closest-knit – everyone is a little too busy and overscheduled – but for the most part, they get along fine. Then they get news that changes everything: Her father has pancreatic cancer, and it’s stage four – meaning that there is basically nothing to be done. Her parents decide that the family will spend his last months together at their old summerhouse in the Pocono Mountains.
Crammed into a place much smaller and more rustic than they are used to, they begin to get to know each other again. And Taylor discovers that the people she thought she had left behind haven’t actually gone anywhere. Her former summer best friend is suddenly around, as is her first boyfriend. . . and he’s much cuter at seventeen than he was at twelve.
As the summer progresses, the Edwards become more of a family, and closer than they’ve ever been before. But all of them very aware that they’re battling a ticking clock. Sometimes, though, there is just enough time to get a second chance – with family, with friends, and with love.

by Jessi Kirby
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Simon  & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Hours after her brother’s military funeral, Honor opens the last letter Finn ever sent. In her grief, she interprets his note as a final request and spontaneously decides to go to California to fulfill it.
Honor gets as far as the driveway before running into Rusty, Finn’s best friend since third grade and his polar opposite. She hasn’t seen Rusty in ages, but it’s obvious he is as arrogant and stubborn as ever—not to mention drop-dead gorgeous. Despite Honor’s better judgment, the two set off together on a voyage from Texas to California. Along the way, they find small and sometimes surprising ways to ease their shared loss and honor Finn’s memory—but when shocking truths are revealed at the end of the road, will either of them be able to cope with the consequences?

by Jennifer Bosworth
#1 in Struck
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux BYR

Mia Price is a lightning addict. She's survived countless strikes, but her craving to connect to the energy in storms endangers her life and the lives of those around her.
Los Angeles, where lightning rarely strikes, is one of the few places Mia feels safe from her addiction. But when an earthquake devastates the city, her haven is transformed into a minefield of chaos and danger. The beaches become massive tent cities. Downtown is a crumbling wasteland, where a traveling party moves to a different empty building each night, the revelers drawn to the destruction by a force they cannot deny. Two warring cults rise to power, and both see Mia as the key to their opposing doomsday prophecies. They believe she has a connection to the freak electrical storm that caused the quake, and to the far more devastating storm that is yet to come.
Mia wants to trust the enigmatic and alluring Jeremy when he promises to protect her, but she fears he isn't who he claims to be. In the end, the passion and power that brought them together could be their downfall. When the final disaster strikes, Mia must risk unleashing the full horror of her strength to save the people she loves, or lose everything.

by Kathleen Peacock
#1 in Hemlock
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: HarperCollins

Mackenzie and Amy were best friends. Until Amy was brutally murdered.
Since then, Mac’s life has been turned upside down. She is being haunted by Amy in her dreams, and an extremist group called the Trackers has come to Mac’s hometown of Hemlock to hunt down Amy’s killer: A white werewolf.
Lupine syndrome—also known as the werewolf virus—is on the rise across the country. Many of the infected try to hide their symptoms, but bloodlust is not easy to control.
Wanting desperately to put an end to her nightmares, Mac decides to investigate Amy’s murder herself. She discovers secrets lurking in the shadows of Hemlock, secrets about Amy’s boyfriend, Jason, her good pal Kyle, and especially her late best friend. Mac is thrown into a maelstrom of violence and betrayal that puts her life at risk.

by Ellie James
#2 in Midnight Dragonfly
Format: Paperback
Publisher: St. Martin's Press

The next exciting novel in the thrilling new Midnight Dragonfly series from Ellie James! It’s almost Mardi Gras, but for 16 year-old psychic Trinity Monsour this is no time for celebration. Another girl is missing. Tormented by visions she doesn’t understand—of an empty street lined by crumbling old buildings, a terrified voice warning her to be careful, and a body lying motionless in the grass, Trinity embarks upon a dark odyssey she could never have imagined. She’ll stop at nothing to better understand her abilities, convinced that doing so is the only way she can make sure the terrifying images she sees never actually happen. But it seems everyone wants to stop her. Her aunt is worried Trinity might discover secrets best left in the past. Her best friend, Victoria, is afraid Trinity is slipping away, her boyfriend, Chase, fears she’s taking too many chances, and the lead detective will barely let her out of his sight. Only one person stands by her side, and in doing so, he slips deeper and deeper into her heart and her dreams—blurring the lines of reality and illusion. When the dust settles, one of them will be dead. 

by Cat Patrick
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

As a little girl, Daisy Appleby was killed in a school bus crash. Moments after the accident, she was brought back to life. 
A secret government agency has developed a drug called Revive that can bring people back from the dead, and Daisy Appleby, a test subject, has been Revived five times in fifteen years. Daisy takes extraordinary risks, knowing that she can beat death, but each new death also means a new name, a new city, and a new life. When she meets Matt McKean, Daisy begins to question the moral implications of Revive, and as she discovers the agency’s true goals, she realizes she’s at the center of something much larger—and more sinister—than she ever imagined.

by M. Molly Backes
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Candlewick Press

What does it mean to do wrong, when no one punishes you? A smart and unflinching look at friendship, the nature of entitlement, and growing up in the heartland.
Paige Sheridan has the perfect life. She's pretty, rich, and popular, and her spot on the homecoming court is practically guaranteed. But when a night of partying ends in an it-could-have-been-so-much worse crash , everything changes. Her best friends start ignoring her, her boyfriend grows cold and distant, and her once-adoring younger sister now views her with contempt. The only bright spot isher creative writing class, led by a charismatic new teacher who encourages students to be true to themselves. But who is Paige, if not the homecoming princess everyone expects her to be? In this arresting and witty debut, a girl who was once high-school royalty must face a truth that money and status can't fix, and choose between living the privileged life of a princess, or owning up to her mistakes and giving up everything she once held dear.

by Andrew Fakuda
#1 in The Hunt
Format: Hardcover

Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

Don’t Sweat.  Don’t Laugh.  Don’t draw attention to yourself.  And most of all, whatever you do, do not fall in love with one of them. Gene is different from everyone else around him.  He can’t run with lightning speed, sunlight doesn’t hurt him and he doesn’t have an unquenchable lust for blood.  Gene is a human, and he knows the rules.  Keep the truth a secret.  It’s the only way to stay alive in a world of night—a world where humans are considered a delicacy and hunted for their blood. When he’s chosen for a once in a lifetime opportunity to hunt the last remaining humans, Gene’s carefully constructed life begins to crumble around him.  He’s thrust into the path of a girl who makes him feel things he never thought possible—and into a ruthless pack of hunters whose suspicions about his true nature are growing. Now that Gene has finally found something worth fighting for, his need to survive is stronger than ever—but is it worth the cost of his humanity?

by Laura L. Sullivan
Format: Hardcover

Publisher: Harcourt Children's Books

Eliza dreams of being a playwright for the king’s theater, where she will be admired for her witty turns of phrase rather than her father’s wealth. Beth is beautiful as the day but poor as a church mouse, so she must marry well, despite her love for her childhood sweetheart. Zabby comes to England to further her scientific studies—and ends up saving the life of King Charles II. Soon her friendship with him becomes a dangerous, impossible obsession. Though she knows she should stay away from the young, handsome king, Charles has a new bride, Queen Catherine, and a queen needs ladies in waiting. And so Zabby, Beth, and Eliza, three Elizabeths from very different walks of life, find themselves at the center of the most scandal-filled court that England has ever seen.


Okay, so I didn't put that I was having a giveaway on the title because I wanted to see how many of you cared, and the ones who have found this obviously care, so thank you very much.  You now have a chance to win one of my favorite books ever.  It is an ARC so I hope you still enter! :)

 While He Was Away, by Karen Schreck

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Thank you all so much for stopping by on my big day.  It really means a lot to me that you guys take time out of your day to read my posts.  I started this blog and didn't really expect it to amount to much but you guys make me want to work hard to make it good!  Thank you all for following and commenting and making every day great!! <3<3<3


  1. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! Hope you have an awesome day ♥

    All the best ♥
    Mackenzie @ Oh, For the Love of Books!

  2. Happy Birthday! I hope all your birthday wishes come true.

  3. Happy Birthday Emily! You did forget one book I know of though..."Underworld" by Meg Cabot :) Meg is a great author, if you haven't read anything by her! :)

  4. Happy Birthday Emily! I hope your wishes come true and enjoy your big day! :)

  5. Happy Birthday!!! I hope you have a wonderful day.

  6. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!!!!!!!! I love birthday's. I have no clue why!! The birthday feature on facebook is the best!! Just sayin'.. =) I hope you had a wonderful day!!

    And this is an amazing giveaway!!! Thanks so much for allowing me to enter!

  7. Happy Birthday to you! So many awesome books featured here! Thanks for sharing those reviews.

    I hope you had an awesome day ♥
    Thanks for the giveaway!!

  9. Happy Belated Birthday <3 !!
    I hope you had lots of fun, loads of yummy presents
    and cake galore!! :D
    Mary DeBorde M.A.D.

  10. Happy Birthday!!

  11. Thanks so much guys. You make me feel so good inside :p <3

  12. Happy Birthday! I think I have everyone of those on my list. So many good books, so little time!

  13. I love books so I really appreciate this chance.

  14. Dear Emily,

    First of all, HAPPY BIRTHDAY! (well, belated now!). I hope you had an amazing day, and that your forthcoming year is also awesome! :D I didn't enter the giveaway, however, I wanted to make sure to wish you a happy birthday, and wish you all the best. Thank you for being so generous to your readers... keep up the awesomeness! :D

    Name: Hira Hasnain
    Email: Enamoredsoul(at)gmail(dot)com

  15. Happy Birthday! May all your wishes come true!

  16. Happy Birthdayyy! ♥ Hope it was gooood. :)

  17. Happy Birthday! Awesome giveaway! Thanks for the opportunity!

  18. Happy Birthday! That book looks good!

  19. Happy birthday!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks for the giveaway!



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  22. It's cool that you share your birthday with these awesome books! Happy birthday!

  23. Wishing you well on your birthday and hope you enjoy spending your gift cards. Thanks for including us with your giveaway!

  24. Happy Birthday!! Lots of great books being released! :)

  25. Happy birthday--that is so sweet of you to do this!!! :)

  26. Wow--this is soooo nice of you!! :) Happy birthday!

  27. Happy Birthday and thank you so much for this awesome giveaway, I've hard tons of good things about this book!

    thanks for the giveaway!

  29. happy birthday! :D
    I've been wanting to read this book for a while! THanks for the great giveaway :D

  30. Thanks for the giveaway. I would love to win a book.
    magic5905 at embarqmail dot com

  31. Thanks for the giveaway!!! I just went to a signing for Cassandra Clare for her City of Lost Souls! I am soooo excited to read it!!! :D

  32. I hope you have a lovely birthday! Thank you for doing this giveaway!

  33. Happy Happy Birthday!! I hope it is everything you want it to be =D

  34. Happy Birthday. thanks for the giveaway. Gale

  35. love your blog- thanks for the awesome giveaway!
    catherine0807 at hotmail dot com

  36. Happy happy birthday! this is so exciting :D Thanks so much for this!
    justeena_25 at yahoo dot ca

  37. Emily ObsessedReaderMay 15, 2012 at 9:58 PM

    Thanks so much for this great giveaway!
    Happy Birthday! My name is Emily too! :) <3

  38. Is it still okay to say Happy Birthday?
    Happy Birthday- 8 days later-
    and thanks for the giveaway!!! :)

  39. Happy Birthday!! Thanks so much for the giveaway! :)

  40. Happy Birthday I hope you have a wonderful day.
    And thanks for the giveaway.

  41. Happy Birthday to you. I must say your are awesome since so many great books are released on your birthday.

  42. Totally get this. Bunch of books coming out on my birthday too! INCLUDING the last of the Paranormalcy series. Hope the day was great.

  43. Happy Birthday! Thanks for hosting a giveaway on your day!


  44. Happy Birthday - oh to be so young again

  45. I hope you are enjoying all those bookish gift cards.

  46. Knock, Knock!
    Who's there?
    Says who?
    Says me, that's who? :D


  47. Happy 14th Birthday!! I have another 8 months before I hit the big 1-4 :)

    - Courtney Wyant Courtney's Book Nook

  48. Congrats to you!
    Inky @ Book Haven Extraordinaire


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