I'm turning twenty-eight tomorrow. I'm not sure how I feel about that, though honestly I'm not sure I feel anything about it to be quite honest. When I was younger, twenty-eight sounded like a fairly significant number. Little Laura would've assumed Twenty-Eight-Year-Old Laura would've been married, had one or two children, a dog, a house and any number of bells and whistles.
In short: Little Laura assumed Twenty-Eight-Year-Old Laura would've had her shit together.
And while I may not have that husband, kids, dogs or own my own home, I have plenty, and I'm basically happy. I'm a better woman than I was a year ago, two years ago or ten years ago. I'm on my way to becoming the woman I want to become. So really... do I have anything to complain about, just because I don't fit perfectly into my younger self's projected mold?
Nope. No complaints here.
(OK, maybe I have a couple of complaints: I wouldn't mind having a more disposable income, the discipline to sit down and write a best-seller every day, a home in one of my dream destinations and a handsome/charming British husband. But those aren't really complaints so much as things-to-do, right?)
But back to birthdays. In the past (OK, twice) I've celebrated my even-numbered birthdays by writing a post sharing twenty-four or twenty-six great moments/reasons to be proud on my birthday. Because we've covered so many of those greats in the past--and in the interest of being different and... well... interesting--I'm going to share my twenty-eight favorite reads from the past twenty-eight years.
- Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
- Both Sides of Time by Carolyn B. Cooney
- Can You Keep a Secret? by Sophie Kinsella
- Carolina Moon by Nora Roberts
- Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
- Emma by Jane Austen
- The Ghost at Dawn's House by Ann M. Martin
- The Giver by Lois Lowry
- The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
- A Lantern in Her Hand by Bess Streeter Aldrich
- The MacGregor Brides by Nora Roberts
- Matilda by Roald Dahl
- Persuasion by Jane Austen
- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
- The Prize by Julie Garwood
- The Rabbit is Next by Gladys Leithauser
- A Ring of Endless Light by Madeleine L'Engle
- Saving Grace by Julie Garwood
- Tales of a Fourth-Grade Nothing by Judy Blume
- The Sherbrooke Bride by Catherine Coulter
- Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar
- Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
- Something Wonderful by Judith McNaught
- The Tawny Scrawny Lion by Kathryn Jackson
- Charlotte's Web by E.B. White
- These Happy Golden Years by Laura Ingalls Wilder
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Thanks for helping me celebrate my birthday!
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