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Happy Birthday to Me!

Happy Birthday to Me!

When I was in high school, birthdays were something I liked to celebrate at home.

On that special day, I would be most likely to be found sitting in front of the fireplace warming my bones and chatting with my best friend. Birthday gifts were never a huge deal, and I was not one for parties (I’m slowly learning to admit that I was a shy kid (am still a shy kid), and that’s okay).

I was always a bit of a quiet kid. A textbook introvert, my natural state is home, quiet, and with my nose planted in a good book.

So on my birthday, I never wanted a big celebration – A warm and cozy place, with a good friend, and a peach pie was all that I needed to enjoy my birthday.

Whitney's 16th birthday celebration

Whitney’s 16th birthday celebration

As I’ve grown, I’ve never really changed my birthday plans. While the cast of characters has changed, it still looks pretty similar – dinner, maybe a bottle of wine, but mostly chatting with a good friend or two.

Today, I decided to do something special. Today, I turn 29.

Today, I’m starting this project.

I don’t know what this is going to turn into. My intention is to post a weekly basis, though I tend to be a bit lazy, so we’ll see how this goes.

And because I’m lazy, I thought I would write about the one thing I know, love, and have loved for all of my 29 years: books.

I’m no professional reviewer. I haven’t studied literature since my first year of college.

To be perfectly fair – I have no idea what I’m talking about.

BUT – I am the most voracious of readers. I can’t stop myself.

I did a quick check, when I was debating a content plan for this site, and it appears (thanks Goodreads!) as though I’ve read a bagillion books this year. That’s a highly scientific number, mind you.

As a voracious reader, I’m always looking for people to talk to about books. Not just a specific book I’m reading, but the feeling of reading a good book.

Reading is escaping in the purest sense of the word. It’s venturing into a new world, drowning in the stories of people you feel you know, and finally closing the book and rising out of your imaginary home in a haze.

Having people to share that and know and love what you love is just something truly and epicly special.

I want to share that with you.

So I won’t be bringing you a technical review with a set criteria and a system. I’ll just be bringing my thoughts. And my feelings. And my sense of things. And probably some things that are less about books and more about living.

To make sure this feels like a book club, I want to cultivate a community. I don’t want this to be just me, pontificating about what I like and don’t like. Honestly, that would get a bit tedious.

That’s why I’ve invited some equally passionate readers to bring their perspectives as well – they’ll provide a break in the monotonous first person, and argue with me (and you) about the relative merits and demerits of Go Set A Watchman.

We will see how this goes.

Thank you for joining this adventure.

About The Author


Whitney is the founder and one of the speediest readers behind Imaginary Book Club; delivering weekly book reviews, monthly favorites, and frequent recommended book lists with a side order of overwrought musings. After forming and joining book clubs in every city she lived in, Whitney finally decided to take the fun online to connect with fellow introverts who are also longing for a way to connect.


  1. Cait @ Paper Fury

    Happy birthday!! And HUZZAH for voracious readers! 😀 that completely describes me too…I’m almost always the one with their nose in a book in the corner. I was even looking at some childhood pictures the other day and I was always in the corner buried in a comic. Haah. XD Books are epic. :’)
    Thanks for stopping by @ Paper Fury!

  2. Austyn

    Such an awesome birthday endeavor! Happy to be on board with you 🙂



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