My birthday this year ended up being something that I tried to pretend wasn’t happening. With the shit-storm that 2020 has been between the pandemic and political crises (and chaos), plus all of the personal things I have been dealing with health-wise, all I wanted to do was to crawl into bed and sob into my bowl of mint chocolate chip ice-cream. However, my parentals and Madame Gabs had a slightly different idea in mind, and even though I whined like a brat about it, I’m glad that they made a big deal out of it. Rather than sitting at home and feeling like nonsense, I ended up having a comfortable and chill day, doing some of the things that bring me joy.
My parentals dropped off ice-cream cake, balloons and flowers, cheesy French bread pizzas for my midnight gaming shenanigans, and some money to spend at a bookstore, which they also happily drove me to (I ended up getting a board game instead of books though, oops). Afterwards, we got some ladoo and samosas from a local Pakistani restaurant we all love and then they brought me home.
Upon arriving home, Madame Gabs woke up, made me a delicious cup of milo, and then we drove out to another bookstore (this was my first time driving since the operation, which was a whole different kind of gift, let me tell you). This time I did get books and things. When we were done, I was ready to come home and pass out from exhaustion overload. She had work later that night, so by the time I woke up, I was alone, which I didn’t mind because I was relaxed enough to eat my mint chocolate chip ice-crem whilst watching some awesome anime (Another and Knights of Sidonia), sans the sobbing, woot.
Between Madame Gabs, my parents, and a couple other awesome friends who just totally made my weekend so bright and beautiful, I managed to acquire a nice small stack of books, mostly fantasy sequels. The only downside about getting reads for birthdays is trying to figure out which one to dive into first.
Anyhoo, check out all the loot below. I shoved everything into a couple of pictures for convenience sake with a bulleted list of titles below. While I didn’t do synopsis-write-ups, I did include GoodReads links for any who’s interested in more information.
🎂 The Ghost Tree by Christina Henry (Horror Mystery)
🎂 Where Dreams Descend (Kingdom of Cards #1) by Janella Angeles (YA Fantasy)
🎂 The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami – Vintage Japan Special Edition (Japanese Magical Realism)
🎂 The Beautiful (The Beautiful #1) by Renée Ahdieh (YA Historical Supernatural Fantasy)
🎂 The Damned (The Beautiful #2) by Renée Ahdieh (YA Historical Supernatural Fantasy)
🎂 Bloody Rose (The Band #2) by Nicholas Eames (High Fantasy)
🎂 The Silvered Serpents (The Gilded Wolves #2) by Roshani Chokshi (YA Fantasy)
🎂 Ten Arrows of Iron (The Grave of Empires #2) by Sam Sykes (Epic Fantasy)
🎂 Vicious Spirits (Gumiho #2) by Kat Cho (Korean YA Urban Fantasy)
🎂 The Dragon Republic (The Poppy War #2) by R.F. Kuang (Chinese Epic Fantasy)
I also received two sets of F.R.I.E.N.D.S. bookmarks and a deck of playing cards from the same franchise. Madame Gabs knows my love of the problematic 90s show very well (yes, it’s super problematic; I admit that openly and without any qualms at all; but I still love it to bits) and indulges me whenever she can, bless her soul.
With that, the birthday shenanigans are finally over. I technically celebrate until the end of October since I have a few chums who have passed away that had birthdays between the 24th (my birthday) and the 31st. It’s my way of celebrating for all of us. The weekend shall entail reading spooky-as-fuck books and watching some creepy-crawly anime and films, mostly Scooby-Doo related. With more milo, of course! 😉