Sunday Funday: Birthday Edition!

Posted January 11, 2015 by Cristina (Girl in the Pages) in Sunday Funday, Weekly Features/Memes / 16 Comments

sundayfundaybdaySunday Funday is a weekly(ish) feature that I started to share the bookish and not-so-bookish happenings in my life over the course of the past week. This week I’m also linking up with Stacking the Shelves as well as showcasing my birthday book haul! Feel free to participate, just link back!

January 5-11, 2015



This week I celebrated my birthday! It was the first one since I moved in May and unfortunately most of my friends from college live 400+ miles away from me now so I wasn’t sure how it would be celebrating with just immediate family and my boyfriend. I ended up having a wonderful birthday, with my boyfriend taking me out to lunch at my favorite Italian restaurant and then shopping, visiting Barnes & Noble to pick out a few books for myself with some of my Christmas giftcards, and then celebrating with a home cooked meal with my parents and brother. I had recently been craving yellow cake so my boyfriend made me yellow cake cupcakes and I got to make my birthday wish on them.

FullSizeRender(1)I also received an outpouring of love and well wishes from my friends and family that couldn’t be with me today, especially from my two best friends from college, favorite professors, and sorority family. Everything from funny snap chats, Facebook photo collages, and phone calls and emails warmed my day and reminded me that distance can be bridged by true friendship!

My boyfriend, knowing my love for all things Disney, insisted on getting me two tsum-tsums as a “birthday bonus” from the Disney store. It was hard to choose, but I couldn’t resist Marie and Pooh! Big bird is also there as an inside joke from my mom…apparently I was quite fond of him when I was little!
No birthday is complete without a trip to the bookstore!

The birthday celebrations continued the next day with lunch at a fun Japanese grill and then seeing Annie (which I LOVED by the way…I tend to be a fan of modern adaptations though).

IMG_4514Today also marks a year since I went on my first trip abroad to London for an incredible Harry Potter travel course! It’s definitely giving me withdrawals as I LOVED London and made so many incredible memories while there, including meeting my best friend while on the trip! I’m itching to go back to Europe now!


So I only got one physical book for my birthday since my family prefers to get me giftcards to choose my own. I was thrilled with the generous amount of bookish gift cards I received and so on my birthday started putting them to good use (although a good portion are being saved for many of the Spring New Releases I’m anticipating).

FullSizeRender(3) FullSizeRender(4)I received A Game of Thrones as a birthday gift from my boyfriend (it’s his favorite book and I admit I really need to read it as I am possibly the most knowledgeable person in the universe about the books despite never having read them or watched the TV show). These Broken Stars and Splintered have both been on my TBR for a while and I excitedly picked them up from Barnes & Noble with a Christmas giftcard! I ordered Wicked from Amazon the night of my birthday immediately after opening gifts, and I’m really excited to read it as it will be my first New Adult read (and it’s paranormal, my favorite genre, so I have high hopes!)

It’s also worth noting that I finished Trial by Fire today and I can’t stop flailing over how much I loved everything about it. And Rowan.


What happened here this week:

Monday: I review 10 Lessons The Selection Taught Me About Decorum and Dystopians

Tuesday: I announce my participation in the newest Bookish Bingo!

Friday: I answer some fun questions in The TBR Tag.

Posts I Liked This Week:

Jamie @ The Perpetual Page Turner discusses why we should just be enjoying things for what they are.

Michelle @ Pink Polka Dot Book Blog wonders if we’re missing all the good stuff when reading too fast.

Jackie @ She Reads A Lot announced Eleanor & Park as her book of the month.

Stefani @ Caught Read Handed posted about the adorable 2015 Book Memories Challenge!

Phew! That was a long post! If you made it to the end, thanks for sticking with me! Did you do anything exciting this week?

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16 responses to “Sunday Funday: Birthday Edition!

  1. Happy birthday!!! and I love the concept of this post! I am currently (re)reading Game of Thrones as a buddy read with another blogger! I hope you enjoy your books! You looked very happy on your birthday as everyone deserves! Hope you get your wish and the cupcakes were yummy!!! =]

  2. Happy belated birthday wishes! Glad to hear you had a great day and got some nice gifts. I’m interested to see what you will think of the Game of Thrones books, although I have to say you edition looks much less scary than mine in that picture! Obviously it’s the same amount of pages but mine is squatter so it looks a bit more terrifying and more like a brick dimension-wise. I’m sure it’s just as intimidating to start though. Good luck. 🙂

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