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I am a college student reading YA Fiction and some Fiction. I am an avid reader and is known as a bookworm.
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Hello everyone! My 21st birthday was yesterday and I celebrated it three times over the week. It was fun and no alcohol was involved! :) I don’t like alcohol so that makes it much better that I didn’t have to drink.

On Wednesday, August 17th, my friends and I celebrated my birthday. My friends bought me a Tiramisu cake, which looks like this:

This cake is yummy! And I had some leftover that I took home…about a little over half. I didn’t like the lady fingers though.

Some of my friends chipped in to buy me a Nook cover. It’s pink and I received it early because I needed a cover to protect my new Nook.

On Thursday, August 18th, I celebrated my birthday with my dad’s side of the family. We went out for prime ribs. I also received a free slice of Tiramisu cake from the restaurant because it was my birthday. I also ordered a Creme Brûlée, but it had a funky taste to it and we told the waiter about it. The waiter said it might’ve been expired or something like that. Ew!

And yesterday, August 21st, I celebrated my birthday with my mom’s side of the family. We went out for Korean BBQ at the restaurant that we’ve always went to as a family before. The service sucked, but the food was alright. I stunk after eating because of the BBQ smell! :( My mom also bought me a cake, a Cappuccino Cake:

Overall, my birthday celebrations was awesome and I couldn’t have asked for a better 21st birthday! :)

And the winners of my Birthday Extravaganza are…


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Hello all! Welcome to Ivy Reads! Thanks for coming…
to celebrate my 21st birthday!!

Today is the day that marks my 21 years on Earth and I would like to celebrate it by having a giveaway!

So, what you can win from me is:
A book off of your wish list!

And from Melissa Kantor is:
The Darlings Are Forever by Melissa Kantor! 

Excited? Well, I am!
Seriously, thanks for celebrating with me since August 1st!

I want to thank you to all the bloggers and authors who’ve donated and/or supplied me with posts for my Birthday Extravaganza! Without you guys, my Birthday Extravaganza wouldn’t be a success. So, thank you so so so much!! I love you guys!

If you haven’t joined my giveaways or read the posts from all my Birthday Extravaganza since August 1st, please do check them out here! Today is the last day to join and winners will be announced tomorrow, August 22nd!

Happy birthday to ME!!


Generally, when you think of a 21st birthday celebration, you see clubs, liquor and people partying…right? Something like this:

Right? No? Or is that just me? Well, I can tell you without a doubt that my 21st birthday won’t look anything like that. LOL

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Before I had written this post, I had mentioned it to my sisters and they were making fun of me; one of them said that on the day of my 21st birthday, I would be in a hotel somewhere in Las Vegas, with my nose in a book reading the day away. Another one of my sister said that I’d make all of my sisters tag along with me to Vegas to hang out in a hotel room (I really don’t know where this hotel is coming from…but anyway.) where I would make each of them read a book and at the end of the weekend, I’d make all of them write a review for it.

I’d look at them with a “Hardy har har!” face expression—like they were so hilarious. Anyway, I have given a lot of thought to what I would most likely be doing on my 21st birthday and I came up with two options: the realistic version and the idealistic version.

My ideal version of my 21st birthday goes something like this: Say when I am 19-20 years old, I would have planned for a long time already the day of my 21st birthday. I would love to travel the world but I can’t do all of that in one day, so for my 21st birthday, it would be the start. I would love to road trip up to Canada—one of the places that I would heart to travel to. But as I talked to my sisters more about it, I began to wonder—why limit myself to Canada? I then came to the conclusion that on my 21st birthday, I’d be off in another country, seeing the world! And then of course, my sister needed to add her input and this is what she said, “OK, I got it! On Momo’s 21st birthday, she’d be in Paris or Rome, sitting somewhere trying to get inspiration for a novel that she’s writing!” Again, I laughed at that one, but only on the inside. You crazy?! I’m not going to laugh out loud in front of my sister’s face for saying that, HA! But as I considered it some more, my best option at the moment would be Canada! I really wouldn’t mind driving up there and just spend some time exploring and seeing all of Canada!

Now here comes the realistic version of my 21st birthday: There wouldn’t be much planning as for what I would do when the clock struck midnight and it was officially my birthday (Actually, I was born around 7:30AM-ish.). I would probably just be hanging out…or doing whatever I would normally do in my day to day routine and then later that evening, I would most likely get together with my sisters and we’d go to dinner and…celebrate my birthday. Yeah, that is easier for my sisters to wrap their minds around but I really see myself road tripping up to Canada, whether it be with them or me by myself, it doesn’t matter. Seeing that I don’t drink, dinner would probably be nothing much, besides just that—dinner. Afterwards, we’d probably go watch a movie or go bowling or…go do a little something and then the night would end and the next morning, I would wake up as a twenty-one year old for the next 364 days.

Fun eh? So there you have it. Out of those two options, I will be doing one of them when my 21st birthday rolls around! :)

Now before I head out, I just want to wish Ivy a fabulous birthday and I hope you spend it exactly the way YOU want too! <3

Momo. Teen blogger over at Books over Boys. Random ramblings. The Maine fanatic. Books are my happy place.

In other words: You can pretty much always find me with my nose in a book and listening to The Maine :)

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Andrea Cremer spent her childhood daydreaming while roaming the forests and lakeshores of Northern Wisconsin. She now lives in Minnesota, but she thinks of her homeland as the “Canadian Shield” rather than the Midwest.

Andrea has always loved writing and has never stopped writing, but she only recently plunged into the deep end of the pool that is professional writing. When she’s not writing, Andrea is a professor of history at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota.”

In the little spare time she can find, Andrea stares up at trees, rescues infant rabbits from predatory cats, and invents names for pug puppies with her husband. She has an unfortunate tendency to spill things – white carpets beware!

Her debut novel, NIGHTSHADE, the first of a YA fantasy series, will be published in fall 2010 by Penguin (Philomel).

Due to Andrea’s busy schedule, she will be unable to blog for my Birthday Extravaganza. But that’s okay because I understand that she has things she has to take care of.

Calla Tor has always known her destiny: After graduating from the Mountain School, she’ll be the mate of sexy alpha wolf Ren Laroche and fight with him, side by side, ruling their pack and guarding sacred sites for the Keepers. But when she violates her masters’ laws by saving a beautiful human boy out for a hike, Calla begins to question her fate, her existence, and the very essence of the world she has known. By following her heart, she might lose everything- including her own life. Is forbidden love worth the ultimate sacrifice?

When Calla Tor wakes up in the lair of the Searchers, her sworn enemies, she’s certain her days are numbered. But then the Searchers make her an offer—one that gives her the chance to destroy her former masters and save the pack—and the man—she left behind. Is Ren worth the price of her freedom? And will Shay stand by her side no matter what? Now in control of her own destiny, Calla must decide which battles are worth fighting and how many trials true love can endure and still survive.
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Reaching Adulthood
By Jennifer Baker-Henry

It used to be that I couldn’t wait to get older. So, nine years ago, when my twenty-first birthday arrived it seemed like a milestone. It meant I had one more year to go as a college student and it also meant I had met that goal of being considered an official “adult” by the state and city of New York. Twenty-one is the age when you can legally drink. It’s the age when you can bring someone younger than you into an R-rated movie. It’s the age that you can drive a car with a full adult license and no longer have to worry about curfews. It was freedom!

In celebration a group of my friends and I decided to hang out in Manhattan all evening. The first stop was a cheap BBQ chain in midtown. As soon as the waiter came by I pushed my ID on him as I requested a strawberry daiquiri, non-virgin. “You want to see my ID, right?” I urged. He did not. I showed him anyway.

While my friends and I ate and, drank in my case, and talked about what everyone else would do on their twenty-first birthdays—I was the first to turn twenty-one that year of those of us born around the same time—I also listened to a friend of mine tell me about her travails as a new single mom. My birthday party was the first day she’d been out without her child in months. She was only a year older than me, but had had one child—and in the span of a year would have another.

She told me how her new husband who was several years younger than her tended to disappear for hours at a time and make up bizarre stories of where he was. Working a twenty-four hour shift at Macy’s. Really? Having troubles getting home through extensive transit problems. Well, in NYC perhaps that wasn’t so odd. Not getting a job because no one was hiring anywhere. (Later we’d find out those supposed hours spent pounding the pavement were actually spent attempting to conquer Super Nintendo at a friend’s house.)

As I listened to my friend bemoan her husband and praise him in the same breath I thought of what responsibilities I had once we left the restaurant. In truth, my friends and I were going do whatever we felt with no reservations. We weren’t going to track our movements by continuously checking our watches or call home to see if our child was already asleep. Our plans that evening would take us to a comedy club that was lazy on the comedic aspects. After that I’d go home, say hi to my mom, and go straight to bed. Day over.

And that was when the realization hit that my sense of adulthood was quite different from my friend’s who’d spent her twenty-first birthday preparing to be a mother with a man she thought she knew. Yes there were things to look forward to in terms of what state laws would allow me to do, but there was no need for me to rush the whole aspect of adulthood and maturity. While I had been excited about the more trivial aspects she had more serious things to worry about.

After parting ways with my friend, the bulk of us wandered the streets of Manhattan on a Friday evening, looking for other forms of entertainment and just enjoying the crisp January air as people who had nothing to do or anyone to answer to in that moment. We experienced the city by walking around and ducking into stores for blocks on end. There was a satisfaction in just enjoying the moment, and I found I wasn’t in a hurry for time to move so quickly anymore.

A native New Yorker Jennifer Baker-Henry has been writing and reading since she entered the academic institution and continues to do so every moment she gets.

She works as a production editor, but also freelances as an ESL tutor, proofreader, editor, and also is a freelance writer for AroundHarlem.com. Jennifer was a mentor for Girls Write Now and now volunteers for the organization and was recently a writer-in-residence at Jentel Artist Residency Program.

Jennifer is working on a variety of flash fiction pieces in addition to focusing on an anthology centered on race and family. Her stories have been featured on Raintiger.com, and published in Boston Literary Magazine and Eclectic Flash. She updates her blog regularly about writing, book (and NYC) events, and delicious dessert items. Mmm, dessert.
Visit her on her blog!

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