June 13, 2014

twenty eight

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.
  1. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
  2. Both Sides of Time by Carolyn B. Cooney 
  3. Can You Keep a Secret? by Sophie Kinsella
  4. Carolina Moon by Nora Roberts
  5. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
  6. Emma by Jane Austen 
  7. The Ghost at Dawn's House by Ann M. Martin
  8. The Giver by Lois Lowry
  9. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
  10. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
  11. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  12. A Lantern in Her Hand by Bess Streeter Aldrich
  13. The MacGregor Brides by Nora Roberts
  14. Matilda by Roald Dahl
  15. Persuasion by Jane Austen
  16. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  17. The Prize by Julie Garwood
  18. The Rabbit is Next by Gladys Leithauser
  19. A Ring of Endless Light by Madeleine L'Engle
  20. Saving Grace by Julie Garwood
  21. Tales of a Fourth-Grade Nothing by Judy Blume
  22. The Sherbrooke Bride by Catherine Coulter
  23. Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar
  24. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  25. Something Wonderful by Judith McNaught
  26. The Tawny Scrawny Lion by Kathryn Jackson
  27. Charlotte's Web by E.B. White
  28. These Happy Golden Years by Laura Ingalls Wilder

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  1. Both Sides of Time! YES! I don't know if I've ever met anyone who's read those books, too! Though I shouldn't be surprised that it's you, lol. This was an awesome idea. I should file it away to use next May when I turn 28 (it's my champagne birthday, too!). Happy birthday, Laura. May you meet your future English husband while out celebrating.

  2. Woah, I've only read 6 of the books on your list, Laura. Clearly, I am not as literary as you! ;) Now I totally have to check out those Time Travelers books. Do you think they would appeal to an adult reader?

    I wish you a wonderful 28th birthday and year! No need to be depressed about your age, save that for 30 and 40! ;) I hope when you meet your British husband, he has an older brother (or even father), who's single and has a title, then you can introduce us! Dream big, right?