Rachel Turns 18!


Today, April 14th, is my 18th birthday! I'm officially an adult now. :)

I thought I'd share my

Eighteen Top Memories/Experiences/Accomplishments of the Year

(In no particular order)
1. Getting into college!! I'll be attending Penn State University through their Schreyer Honors College. I'm so grateful for being accepted!! #weare
<-- The Reaction.

2. Going to ALA Mid-Winter, my first big book convention
3. Meeting so many of the wonderful 2016 debut authors!!
4. Being of the "Top Ten" students in my graduating class (in terms of GPA)
5. Finding my name in an author's book acknowledgements. You have no idea how much that meant to me!! <3
6. Meeting Leigh Bardugo + Mary Pearson, two of my most favorite authors
7. Dominating in school pep rallies (Zombies + Star Wars themes, and senior class won both pep rallies of course)
8. Whenever someone says they like my blog or I'm the reason they bought a certain book *heart swells*
9. Improving my cooking abilities. I've become a much better cook this year!
10. Making an origami Minion for my end-of-the-year Calculus project -->
11. Prom!! Oh it was fun. :D
12. Going to a charity function in NYC where Broadway singers were the main entertainment. It was phenomenal.
13. Meeting book community powerhouses Dahlia Adler, Eric Smith, and Becky Albertalli.
14. Visiting San Diego and seeing my grandmother again.
15. Meeting blogger friends in real life!!
16. The Villanova Parade. Talk about crazy.
17. Sarah J Maas' Queen of Shadows book event.
18. Bookitcon.

Eighteen Things I Want To Do In The Future

Travel the world, write a book, graduate from college with honors, go skydiving or bungee-jumping, live near a big city, continue with blogging, meet more authors and bloggers, go to BEA, go to a World Series game, see the Olympics, visit all the seven wonders of the world, learn a new language (Tagalog??), learn to make more Filipino food, take up surfing, figure out how stocks work, meet my co-bloggers Julia and Mishma in real life, study abroad, do an internship.

Giveaway:

You can win a finished copy of ANY of these books as long as The Book Depository ships to you! 



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Rachel is a teenaged unapologetic fangirl and perfectionist.

She loves reading for the escape it gives from reality and enjoys crying over books, swooning over characters, and laughing out loud over funny lines. She is a semi-recovering Netflix addict and a middle child of three.

You can find her on Twitter @yaperfectionist & Goodreads.

47 comments:

  1. Happy 18th birthday!!! That is awesome!! And thanks so much for the giveaway. :)

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  2. RACH HAPPY BIRTHDAY! It's been a while since we've talked. But, oh gosh, I've known you around the same time I first established my blog, which was 2 years now. And I can't believe that 2 years has already flown by since I met you and your blog! WILL ALWAYS BE A FAN OF APCB <3 Thanks for being the sweetest ever, and happy 18th as well! Enjoy legality haha :)

    Jillian @ Jillian's Books

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  3. Happy 18th birthday!! Congrats on being accepted into Penn State University... That;s so cool. College is an amazing experience! That's also wonderful you visited San Diego (that's where I grew up) and were able to see your grandmother.

    Good luck with reaching your 18 future goals. :-)

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  4. Congrats on 18 and your upcoming graduation. Today is my husband's birthday as well. I won't tell you how old we are but just know that we could be your parents. Best wishes for a successful college career,

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  5. HAPPY 18TH BIRTHDAY!! That sounds like the age to be. I want to be in my last year of high school already!! And you got your name mentioned in an author's book acknowledgements!? That's actually so cool.

    -M
    The Life of Little Me

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  6. Happy birthday Rachel!! Congrats on all your accomplishments and I'm sure you will have many more!

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  7. Happy 18th Birthday Rachel! I hope you have a phenomenal day, & that one day you'll acomplish all those things you have on your list! ;)

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  8. Happiest of birthdays to you! And thanks for including us in your celebration!!!

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  9. Happy Birthday! Congrats on getting into college. I hope you achieve all of the things that you want to!

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  10. Wow! You had an amazing year. It was fun, for me as one of your followers, to see you at BookItCon.

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  11. HAPPY BIRTHDAY RACHEL!

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  12. Happy 18th and thank you for the giveaway. I recently started following you on twitter when you had the author chats and I'm so glad I did. I want to thank you for being so kind and loving such lovely comments on my newbie blog. You've also been so nice talking about Nova and Philly with me. I hope you reach all of your goals. P.S. Study Abroad is the best! I went when I was at UD to London and it was the best decision I made. <3

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  13. Happy birthday, Rachel! Congratulations on all your accomplishments! I'm thinking of going to Schreyer too, and that's awesome that you had fun during prom and meeting Leigh and Mary! Hope you have many more amazing years to come! :)

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  14. Happy birthday, Rachel! Thanks so much for being such an inspiration to me since, literally, the start of my blogging career. You did so many amazing things these past 18 years and I'm sure you'll do just as much and more these upcoming years. Thanks for the giveaway, by the way!

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  15. Happy birthday Rachel! Welcome to adulthood!

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  16. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! I hope it was filled with good cake and great books!

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  17. Happy birthday, Rachel!! I hope you had a fantastic day :)

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  18. Happy Birthday! I wish you the best and I hope you have a great time! Thank you for the giveaway too!

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  19. Happy 18th birthday! I hope you have a fantastic year! Congrats on getting into your desired college, that's incredible. <3

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  20. Happy 18th birthday, Rachel! You've managed to accomplish some incredible things, and I've no doubt you will achieve many more <3

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  21. Happy Birthday, Rachel!! You're now officially an ADULT!! Let the good times begin!!! :)

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  22. Happy Birthday!! We don't interact much but every one of your tweets is always a super fun to see in my timeline. Have a good one and I hope we can talk more in the future :)

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  23. HAPPPPPY BIRTHDAY TOOOO YOOOOOU! (Yes yes I'm singing that, so you better be singing it as you're reading it *nods*) Omg congrats on all these wonderfully marvellous accomplishments! An origami minion though?! omg dying. xD
    And eeep, you were mentioned in the back of a book! OH THAT IS SO GLORIOUS. CONGRATS!!!
    I hope you had a really good birthday. Much cake. Much books ;D

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  24. Happy birthday Rachel!! :D
    By the way, that Minion is AMAZING! <3

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  25. I hope you had a great birthday!

    Lori,
    loriscreativity.blogspot.com

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  26. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, YOU!! Thanks for being the absolute greatest blogger. ;-) And I LOVE that reaction on Snapchat, hahah. Have a happy, happy 18th year, Rach.

    Julia

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  27. Yay Happy 18th :) I hope you had a fantastic birthday :)

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  28. HAPPY 18th BIRTHDAY!! That minion is amazing, how did you do that?! Hope you have a great year ahead of you! :)

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  29. Happy birthday Rachel!!! I hope you the best!

    Leydy @ OUAT

    P.S
    Enter these cool giveaways!
    JOY Blu-ray | Dirtiest Secret | Will You Won't You Want Me?

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  30. Happy birthday! You have already been able to accomplish so much and I cannot wait to see what you can do in the future! I hope that you get to reach all of your goals (especially writing a book because I would love to read a novel by you!).

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  31. Happy birthday girl!! Hope you have an awesome day :)

    Blessings,
    Edye // Gracefulcoffee.wordpress.com

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  32. Happy belated birthday, Rachel, I wish you the best for this coming year (you're graduating and starting college soon, so exciting!) and all the others! :)

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  33. Happy belated birthday, Rachel! I hope you had the best day ever! I loved how you had a top eighteen moments so far, and a top 18 things you're looking forward to list! :D

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  34. Firstly a huuuggge happy birthday to you! (Though I bet you by 4 months, we're both adults this years os yay!) Also congrats on getting into college!! Work hard but enjoy it :) Thank you for the giveaway!

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  35. Rachel. Happy birthday! I'm so sorry I didn't see this earlier. Also if you're going sky diving.... CAN I COME WITH YOU!!! We can take pics of us in the sky reading haha lmfao

    Alex @ The Book's Buzz <3

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  36. Happy Birthday, Rachel! Hope you had a good one!! It sounds like you've got it all going for you with college, being top ten in your graduate class, being acknowledged in a BOOK, meeting your favourite authors etc. etc. I could just copy and paste the list but really congrats girl!

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  37. I hope you have/had the most awesome birthday! I wish I could be 18 again. ;) Congrats on getting into a great college. I hope you have a great time and get a fabulous job that you will love when you finish. Thank you so much for giving us gifts when it should be the other way around. I appreciate it very much.

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  38. Happy birthday Rachel!! You've accomplished so much already :D I'll be that cheesy person that says 'you're future's so bright, you have to wear shades!' :D

    Laura @BlueEyeBooks

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  39. I missed your birthday!??!?! HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I am the worst, I am so sorry! OH I know how I missed it. It was a Thursday and I avoid Twitter because of The 100 spoilers. I am still terribly sorry, and I hope that your day was AMAZING!

    Now, this list! First, the biggest of congrats on your college acceptance! I mean, I knew about it and such, but no one minds a second congratulation. I love your top moments of the year- a very nice mix of bookish and otherwise! I am glad you had fun at your prom too!

    And your list for the future, those are FABULOUS goals! Travel has to be one of the best goals to make and achieve- and of course the college one too (though I still think the travel one is more fulfilling, but I may be biased haha) :) I also want to see the Olympics! And I would LOVE to learn another language- like REALLY learn it.

    Anyway, happy birthday, my dear, and I hope your next year is even more amazing than this one has been! ♥♥♥

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  40. Happy birthday, Rachel! Sounds like you've had an amazing year and I wish you another great one! I also share a few of your future to-dos, so hopefully we'll be ticking off those soon! I read "figure out how stocks work" as "figure out how socks work". a) yes, I'm way too tired to be allowed to type and b) at least you've got socks figured out! A+ for you ;)

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  41. A very happy birthday! I want to go to BEA too, and this year I can't when it's actually really close to me in Chicago!! Hope you get to go at some point.

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  42. OMG, that minion is fantastic! I can't believe you made that. How exciting. Happy Late Birthday! Welcome to Adulthood!! DUN DUN DUNNN hahah Nah, lots of more exciting things are yet to happen for you!

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.blogspot.com

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  43. Happy birthday!!! Congrats on entering the college you wanted and for dominating the school pep rallies (yay for zombies!). I hope you'll reach all of your next 18 goals and I hope you'll have a wonderful birthday party! Ruby.

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  44. Happy birthday! I hope you have fun at college! I found it so liberating and fun!
    Samantha D

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  45. Happy 18th birthday! Man, you make me feel old. :) I hope that you had the best birthday yet. Thank you so much for the awesome giveaway!

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  46. Happy 18th birthday!! Hope you had plenty of books and cake!!
    And, I ever I got get lucky and win this,I'd LOOOOVE to get my hands on Crooked kingdom!

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