I'm 20 Today...so let's have a giveaway!


AHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! On this day, twenty years ago, my parents were agonizing over the fact that they just had their first child a month in advance. New parents...totally not ready for anything ;) I'd say I turned out just fine, though.

I cannot believe it is my birthday! I've been looking forward to this one for a while, mostly because the age of 19 is kind of awkward. I was ready to chop that "-teen" off the end of my age and all the negative connotations that come with it. I am accomplished for a young twenty something living and making her living in New York City. You guys! THAT IS MY LIFE NOW!!!! I CANNOT BELIEVE THAT THIS IS MY LIFE NOW! Cue the epic internal dance party because hey-ooooo!!!!!

Anyway, back to all seriousness, I was raised believing the birthdays are a time to be celebrated, but celebrations are only fun when you share your happiness with others. So, I want to tell you twenty fun, random facts about the little ole birthday girl and then I have an awesome giveaway for y'all.

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1. I hate yellow gummies. I don't know if it's the fact that they're yellow or that they're lemon. Both...definitely both.

2. I've been in NYC for the past two years officially as a college student, but I was actually born in NYC. I feel like I've returned and embraced a long lost friend. So much better then Jersey.

3. I really hate Jersey. That's where I grew up. Really really hate it...don't go there.

4. I'm 5 foot 8 and in search of a 6 foot + Prince Charming. He'll come along one day, I suppose. All the books I read are making me super antsy ;)

5. My first ever job was at a library. I miss it, but I can't wait to one day find myself at a publishing house.

6. I have the worst bad luck ever. Even my bosses at my tour guide job and my internship acknowledge it. If something bad can happen, it'll happen to me and then I'll craugh my way through the rest of the day.

7. I'm obsessed with musicals. I can't sing or dance or act but I tend to blow $250 dollars a year on musicals, hence my Broadway Review feature.

8. I've been a vegetarian since I was five years old. I first took on this challenge because I just hated meat and it made me feel sick to my stomach, but when I was eight I realized there were other people like me in the world and there was a name for us, so that's when I officially adopted the title of veg-head.

9. I can't stand tomatoes. If it ain't salsa, I ain't digesting it. Ick ick ick.

10. My bucket list is to one day travel to all of Europe. So far I've got England, Ireland, Scotland Whales, Italy, Vatican City, Malta, Greece, Switzerland, and Israel off of my list. Technically I've also been to Germany, but I was only in the airport for an hour so that does and doesn't count depending on my mood.

11. Cheese. I could not live without cheese. Seriously.

12. I am obsessed with all things Disney and Pixar and all things Marvel when it comes to movies. I'm a franchise fangirl, it seems.

13. I discovered Netflix in college and I've never gone back. It's gotten me addicted to my now ultimate favorite TV shows like Once Upon A Time and Breaking Bad.

14. I am the most squeamish person you will ever meet. I won't eat for the rest of the day after reading a gory book, watching a gory movie, or participating in a gory discussion. I'm disgusted just thinking about gore.

15. I crave salad. I could probably survive off of salad, pasta, potatoes, and cheese if that were an option without gaining a million pounds.

16. My birthday was not supposed to be February 16th, it was supposed to be in March. I was a premie that weighed exactly five pounds and almost didn't get released from the hospital because of it. My birth is a long story of the hospital not believing my Mom was in labor, my Dad freaking out, some wine to calm her nerves, oh dang! a baby was just born!, and my Dad holding me like a football (first picture ever!) because he was scared he would break me. It's actually really funny, I should tell it to you some time.

17. Even though I have been blogging for over 2 years, I still have trouble remembering the minor details in books. Overarching plots, sure, but anything else escapes me.

18. I am slightly obsessed with the show Big Brother. It's a family thing.

19. When I was a kid, I modeled. My mother has won several awards for pictures she took of me.

20. One day I want to road trip across the U.S. and find an awesome indie bookstore to visit in almost every state. However, to do this, I need someone to steal my cash and credit cards because books will begin to take the place of what little clothing I decide to bring.

21. Twenty-one is my lucky number, therefore I had to add one in for good luck. ;)

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I also want to take a second to say I am thankful for my family. We're kind of nuts and things are always complicated and hectic when I am at home, but being away from them for two years now shows me how much they really do mean to me...antics aside. ;) Love you Dad, Mom, and Sydney.

And a brief shout out to all the amazing friends I have made...Jessie, Bekka, Dana, Shae, Nikki, Angie, Shifa, Rachel, Alyssa, Nicole, Alexa, Jen, Christina (Reads YA), Kristin, Ashlea, Montana, Summer, Kelly, Jon, and so many more that I can't write them all here when I am putting this post together last minute. Know that I love all of you to pieces!

Lastly, I just want to say that I am really thankful for my internship. I didn't think I'd be able to say I have had any kind of success in the publishing industry until after I turned twenty and here I am...more than half way through literally my dream internship and, agh, I still need to pinch myself sometimes. To show my appreciation for Bloomsbury, I'm going to give you, my awesomely awesome kickass readers, the opportunity to take home one of my personal favorite ARCs that I have worked on at the internship. Please note that these are my personal copies I received as a reviewer, so they are very gently loved but still in amazing condition. (:


Lion Heart by A.C. Gaughen
The Devil You Know by Trish Doller
The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

 ~*~First Giveaway: US Only~*~
Prize: Your choice of one of the 3 ARCs above
1. Must be 13 years or older to enter.
2. This is US only! Sorry, but I am saving up to study abroad.
3. Winner has 48 hours to respond before I pick a new one!
4. I reserve the right to disqualify who I see fit.

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~*~Second Giveaway: US & CAN~*~
I am attending Apollycon at the end of the month and I will be meeting Sarah J. Maas *commences fangirling*. So...I will be able to get a signed copy of THE ASSASSIN'S BLADE! I am hoping to get it personalized for the winner, but if that is not possible then at least it will be signed!

Prize: signed copy of The Assassin's Blade
1. Must be 13 years or older to enter.
2. This is for US and Canadian residents!
3. Winner has 24 hours to respond before I pick a new one!
4. I reserve the right to disqualify who I see fit.

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Good luck, guys! I hope you have a great day. (:

39 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday! Wow! I'm so impressed you live in NYC. And extremely jealous. That's so cool. I would love to work at a library or a publishing house. That would be amazing. I love musicals too! I would totally blow 250 easy if I lived in the big city near here where they have touring musicals stop by. *sigh* Or if I lived in NY. :) I love your Broadway feature.



    Aw. I like tomatoes. I want to travel over Europe too. I couldn't live without cheese either. I'm obsessed with the majority of animated Disney movies. As well as Don Bluth's works. I discovered Netflix at college too, best thing ever.

    I crave salads that involves lettuce. I'm not a fan of other salads really. It's so cool that you modeled as a kid. I want to road trip too.

    Aw, you've made so many friends. Wow. It's so amazing you have an internship at Bloomsbury. Wow.

    Thanks for the giveaway. <3

    --Amber

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    1. I only live in NYC thanks to my parents for allowing me to live here, but I am forever grateful for that <3

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  2. Yay for being 20!! Happy Birthday! Thanks for the amazing giveaways!
    So... Big Brother. YES. I love that little snippet. I'm a huge myself :D

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    1. Yay for being 20! I hope you enjoy (:

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  3. Happy birthday, Lili! 19 is indeed a very awkward age, so welcome aboard the 2-Train, choo choo! Bring on the old jokes ;)

    Can I just say I am green with envy at hearing you talk about living in New York and having been to England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. I want to visit those places more than anything!

    Anyway, hope you have a really good day. Enjoy!

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    1. They are so worth visiting one day!

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  4. Awwwwww, I love you to pieces as well, dearest! <33333333 You are FABULOUS and I hope you have the most amazing birthday in the history of ever!

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  5. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!! here's wishing you many, many more :) thanks for the fun celebration with us!

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  6. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

    That's so interesting you were a premie! My younger sister was, too. She was supposed to be born in March but was born January 1st instead.

    Hope your day is full of cake. Twenty should be a good year! I like my twentieth year so far. :)

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    1. Thank you!

      Oh my gosh, that is an intense premie right there! She was probably kept at the hospital, right?

      I'm looking forward to my twentieth year (: Lots of change, for sure.

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  7. Happy Birthday! I just turned 20, which was my golden birthday in Fall of 2014. So far 20 has been a great year. I have enjoyed not being a teenager anymore and have start to take on many more adult responsibilities. I love college so much and I can't believe how fast it is flying by.

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    1. It's nuts how fast college flies by in reality. This semester specifically is incredibly long for me though. 3 weeks has felt like an eternity. It needs to be over already.

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  8. 15. I crave salad. I could probably survive off of salad, pasta, potatoes, and cheese if that were an option without gaining a million pounds. My favorite fun fact because i feel the same way!
    Happy birthday Lili! Have a great day!

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  9. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!! I LOVE YOU GURLLL!!!!

    You were a premie and I was over three weeks late! :)

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    1. Hah ironic that the premie is tall and the late one is tiny tiny tiny ;)

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    2. You haven't met my Mom. She graced me with my tiny genes and jeans haha

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  10. Happy Birthday (again)! :) So you hate Jersey and I hate cheese so we've each stabbed each other in the heart once and now we can move on and continue being friends :) I love to travel s I Iove your desire to travel Europe and cross-country. It baffles me when people say they don't have any desire to travel. And I too am a franchise girl, no judgement here ;)

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    1. Ouch, that knife. It hurts. ;) But I suppose I can get over it and continue being your friend.

      I don't understand people who don't like to travel. Planes are not fun, but the destination is worth it!

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  11. Happy Happy Birthday!! :) Hopefully see you at some point this summer! I love your list, the husband and I are looking at planning a cross country road trip at some point as well!

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    1. Ahhh that is such a great thing to do with the spouse! I hope it works out!

      And thank you (:

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  12. Happy belated birthday! With your lucky number 21, you should totally have the *best* party ever next year! I like your fact about yellow gummies/lemon being unappealing. I can't stand cherry flavoring or fruits. I finally realized when I was older that the hatred of it/the gag reflex comes from all the medicines I took as a kid. Cherry and grape were the two main flavors for liquid meds. *shudders* I still like grapes, but I tend to hate grape flavoring. Must be that false, overly sweetened thing.

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    1. I will be celebrating my 21st birthday somewhere in Europe, so it will automatically be the best birthday I have ever had!

      Oh my gosh, I LOVE cherry flavoring instead of lemon flavoring. My best friend growing up was like oyu for the same reason, though. Very interesting!

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  13. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, LILI!!! (I'm a failure for only being able to comment on this today. LOL.) I hope you have a magical 20th year, and yay for dropping "teen" off your age <3

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    1. You tried! haha all that counts ;)

      Thank you, Alexa <3

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  14. Whoo hoo! I love musicals too! Happy Belated Birthday!

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  15. Happy birthdaaaaaaaaaaaaay again.

    Who even likes yellow gummies though? NO ONE.

    Also, I volunteer to be the second half of the road trip duo with you. I'd even learn to drive if I had to!

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    1. Haha thank you?!

      IF ANYBODY DOES THEN I HAVE TO QUESTION OUR FRIENDSHIP!

      Omg yes! That would be awesome! You should learn because I hate driving so we can hate it together. :o

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  16. The one ab out NJ since I grew up there and i hate it too!! lol I was in South Jersey still annoying.

    ~ Britt

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    1. South Jersey is like a different state to us Northerners ;)

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  17. Happy Belated Birthday!! My fav fun fact is #13 because Once Upon a Time is amazing!!! I'm so ready for the new episodes to start

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    1. Thank you! (: I'm so ready for them to start, too!

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  18. Happy Birthday! That is so cool that you have an internship at a publishing company! I am trying to get one over the summer as well.
    Fun fact about me: I also turned 20 this last week! :)

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  19. Haha I loved the "One day I want to road trip across the U.S. and find an awesome indie bookstore" fact about you the best! I would totally do the same thing! I think it would be an awesome experience!
    Happy Birthday and hope you have a nice celebration. Thank you for this amazing chance! :)

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  20. Well, #3 made me laugh. My husband is from Jersey, and when asked if he ever wants to go back he says NO! An emphatic NO! #4 ~ My bff is almost 5'11 and she wants the same, and SOON! And she is a romantic, and loves the romance reads, so she feels the same! I have the worst luck...ever. I would love to compare notes! I have no idea how you are a vegetarian, but I am so completely in awe and jealous of you guys. I just don't have it in me! I am a meat and veggies kind of girl. The veggies alone does not compute! And a fun fact about little old me? Honest to goodness the only thing I can think of right now is that I am one of those over 30's who still love to read YA and I get the side eye, and quite often the stink eye, because of it. And I JUST DON'T GIVE A RATS BUTT! I love it anyway! Thank you so much for this giveaway. I hope you had the most amazing birthday ever!

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