If You Like: Birthday Edition

“If You Like…” is a feature highlighting blogger recommendations for books, authors, TV shows, movies, and music based on the things you already know and love. Today is my 22nd birthday, so I’ve asked everyone to contribute their favorite birthday-related things.

If you like birthdays (and who doesn’t?), you might like…



  • Sweet 16 by Kate Brian: This book is a silly, fun read about a girl who, on her 16th birthday, gets a second chance at life after acting like a spoiled Sweet 16 brat. — Ashley (Book Labyrinth), Jennifer (YA Book Nerd) and Ginger (G Reads)
  • You Wish by Mandy Hubbard: A really great book that is both funny and touching. It will make you think twice about what you wish for when you blow out your birthday candles! — Ashley (Book Labyrinth)
  • Party Games by Whitney Lyles: Working for her mom’s party planning business is cramping Sara’s celebration of her own sweet sixteen party and keeping her client happy may cost her the boy she’s crushing on. — Jennifer (YA Book Nerd)
  • Uglies by Scott Westerfeld: Turn Pretty on your 16th birthday and become a bubble head…or not. — Jennifer (YA Book Nerd)


  • 13 Going on 30: 13 year old Jenna gets the surprise of her life at her birthday party – she wakes up and has a whole new life at the age of 30. Sweet, funny, and nostalgic. An awesome rom-com about getting a fresh chance at life. — Ashley (Book Labyrinth), Jennifer (YA Book Nerd), and Ginger (G Reads)



  • On my birthday I like to make birthday cupcakes! It’s whatever I feel like cooking that day. I’ll go to the store, buy the necessary ingredients, and then head back home for the baking. You should definitely play your favorite music while baking, because it adds flavor to the cupcakes. Seriously! That night I usually go out to dinner with family and open a few presents. Two years ago I went to Walt Disney World for my birthday and it was AWESOME! I highly suggest doing this for a birthday at least once in your life. I was given special Mickey Mouse ears and everything! Plus if you can prove it’s your birthday they offer you free passes on some of the rides. That is all I can think of! It’s nothing too crazy with the exception of WDW 🙂 — Lindsi (Books, Sweets, and Other Treats)
  • What better way to celebrate your birthday than by gathering a group of your closest friends to hang out and have fun? Here are some social games that will get you and your buds screaming at each other in no time (all in good fun, of course!). My favorites are Taboo and electronic Catch Phrase – there’s a MUSIC edition too! Balderdash and Cranium are also a guaranteed to get everyone laughing and having a blast. — Capillya (That Cover Girl)


  • Anything on my absolute favorite food-porn blog, Tastespotting. You don’t even have to search for birthday cake. Just click the link and send it to your best friend and say, “I want you to make me any of these delicious things for my birthday.” — Capillya (That Cover Girl)
  • Pancakes! Who doesn’t like pancakes? Definitely pick up a pancake batter dispenser from Williams Sonoma.  One of the traditions in our house is to have breakfast pancakes by doodling the amount of years you’re turning with the pancake batter – then eating them when fully cooked! It’s birthday fun and a yummy way to start your birthday! — Capillya (That Cover Girl)

Do you have any of your own birthday related recommendations to share?

Next week, bloggers will be sharing recommendations based on the classic Christmas film It’s a Wonderful Life. If you have seen it and want to share recommendations or get involved in future weeks of “If You Like…” please contact me for more information.

18 Responses to "If You Like: Birthday Edition"

  • Happy Birthday! For everyone who does not already know. This if you like is no coincidence, today is Melanie’s birthday!

    1 Justin Goodman said this (December 13, 2010 at 12:32 AM)

    • Thank you!

      2 Melanie said this (December 13, 2010 at 12:38 AM)

  • Just a very non-literary comment: Happy Birthday, Great-Niece.

    3 Bob Baumann said this (December 13, 2010 at 2:48 AM)

    • Thanks!

      4 Melanie said this (December 13, 2010 at 10:44 AM)

  • Great suggestions this week! and a very, very Happy Birthday to Melanie 🙂

    I want pancakes now, thanks to Capillya! lol

    5 Ginger @ GReads! said this (December 13, 2010 at 9:30 AM)

    • I want pancakes, too. And lots of other delicious foods….haven’t decided which ones I’ll be able to fit in.

      I also can’t believe I don’t have that pancake batter dispenser. My mom even works at Williams-Sonoma. Why don’t I have that??

      6 Melanie said this (December 13, 2010 at 10:43 AM)

  • Lots of great suggestions there! Hope you have a great day. If you’re like my kids, you would insist on a birthday “week!” You will need the whole week to read and watch and listen and make all those suggestions!

    7 Annette said this (December 13, 2010 at 10:40 AM)

    • Good call! Birthday week it is 😉

      8 Melanie said this (December 13, 2010 at 10:42 AM)

  • Woo hooo! Happy day of birthday to you, Melanie! I promise as a birthday present that I shall participate in this next week, and hopefully send me answers in advance to future weeks 😉

    9 Anna said this (December 13, 2010 at 11:43 AM)

    • Thanks Anna. That would be a lovely birthday present 😀

      10 Melanie said this (December 13, 2010 at 12:23 PM)


    11 Ashley said this (December 13, 2010 at 11:49 AM)

    • Thanks Ashley, and thanks also for having some great recs to contribute every week. I really appreciate it! (Plus, as you can tell in my IMM, I really am starting to buy the things people suggest.)

      12 Melanie said this (December 13, 2010 at 12:23 PM)

  • Hope you have the best birthay ever!
    Here is a Winnie the Pooh quote that I found fitting: “If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you.”


    13 Chuck said this (December 13, 2010 at 1:19 PM)

    Happy Birthday to You by Dr. Seuss and If You Give a Cat a Cupcake (this is a new one not around while you were younger)
    Love and Miss you,

    14 Judy said this (December 13, 2010 at 1:51 PM)

    • There’s no pressure….but it does sound really awesome 😉
      I definitely didn’t know about If You Give a Cat a Cupcake, but I love the other books in that series.

      Love you too!

      15 Melanie said this (December 13, 2010 at 4:37 PM)

  • This is such a great post – especially on YOUR BIRTHDAY!! I’m still waiting on one of these magic cupcakes to show up in my mailbox… 🙂

    16 Tara said this (December 13, 2010 at 4:23 PM)

    • I’m not sure cupcakes ship very well or I would totally send you some. If you’re at BEA, though, I’ll totally try to bring some baked goods to share with everyone 🙂

      17 Melanie said this (December 13, 2010 at 4:39 PM)

  • You can always tell an expert! Thanks for coibtirutnng.

    18 Jerry said this (August 20, 2014 at 5:21 AM)