30 for my 30th

The day that I thought would never come has arrived. I turned 30 this month. I feel like it should hold more importance to me, but it doesn't. Another year, another number. Honestly, I've felt 30 for the last 10 years. (Kids will make you feel old before your time. haha) I know my husband was expecting me to mope around and act depressed about entering this new decade, but he'll just have to be disappointed. Maybe in 10 years he'll get that reaction he was looking for.

But since this was a "monumental" birthday-- or so Hallmark likes to tell me-- I thought it would be appropriate to create a list of my all-time 30 favorite books. These aren't all YA books because (let's be fair) I've been reading longer than the "YA" label should allow. I was one of those nerdy kids asking for Shakespeare when I was 13. One might argue that my taste in books has regressed over the years. =) But I know otherwise...

These are my favorites (in no particular order)

1. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
2. The Awakening by Kate Chopin
3. Animal Farm by George Orwell
4. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy
5. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin
6. Persuasion by Jane Austin
7. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
8. The Little Prince by Antoine de St. Exupery
9. The Twilight Saga (don't judge me) by Stephenie Meyer
10. Unwind by Neil Shusterman
11. UnWholly by Neil Shusterman
12. Lost Voices and Waking Storms by Sarah Porter
13. The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins
14. The Probability of Miracles by Wendy Wunder
15. Insurgent by Veronica Roth
16. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
17. A Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Chris Healey
18. The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale
19. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
20. Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson
21. Going Underground by Susan Vaught
22. Drink, Slay, Love by Sarah Beth Durst
23. Song of the Lioness series by Tamora Pierce
24. The Luxe series by Anna Godbersen
25. Ophelia by Lisa Klein
26. The Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde
27. Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
28. Whirligig by Paul Fleischman
29. The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
30. Across the Universe by Beth Reavis

This list could really keep going, but I had to cut it off at 30. I know I've many, many, many other books along the way that I adored, but these were the ones that have lingered in my mind long after the cover has been closed.

I would like to know though, what books would show up on your list?


M.A.D. said... .

*Hugs* & Happy Belated Birthday!! <3
I hope you had tons of book presents and lots of chocolate cake - ESPECIALLY for your 30th ;)

September 21, 2012 at 2:45 PM
The Flashlight Reader said... .

Thanks! Oh, there was certainly cake! And now my pants are tight. LOL
September 21, 2012 at 10:46 PM

E.S. Ivy said... .

Happy Belated Birthday!

My list would have to include Laura Ingalls Wilder's books, Blue Willow, and The Witch of Blackbird Pond. Those are three beloved books from my childhood that stood up to the test of time when I reread them as an adult.

September 22, 2012 at 9:07 AM
E.S. Ivy said... .

P.S. Oops! Since there's a series in there it's not technically three. That's what I get for not proofing until after I hit publish. :)

September 22, 2012 at 9:09 AM
Sita said... .

I just celebrated my 30th as well, and it was much different than I thought it would be. I only celebrated with my best friend, husband, guy buddy, and other close girl friend. I always thought I'd have some crazy big party with tons and tons of people.


September 23, 2012 at 3:14 AM
The Flashlight Reader said... .

Yeah, I always pictured some big soiree for my 30th. But honestly, I didn't want to do anything for my birthday. I've been saying that I've been 30 for the last 10 years! I'm such a hermit!
September 23, 2012 at 1:24 PM

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