Midnight Garden Updates

October 25, 2012 2012, site annoucements, tonya, Wendy 53

Hi everybody! Things have been a little quiet around here lately, as some offline things have kept both K. and me a little busy. Some good stuff has been going on, though–a little nod from Forbes Magazine, we’re cooking up some fun author guest posts for November, and most importantly, we’ve taken on a new reviewer!

I can’t remember exactly how I first met Tonya on GoodReads, but I know that over the last year or so, we’ve bonded over our love of many books.  Her reviews are always insightful and thought-provoking, and K. and I are both very pleased to have her as a contributing writer here on the blog.

You’ll find out a little more about Tonya in her own words below, and you’ll be reading her first review very soon. In the meantime, I hope you’ll join us in giving her a warm welcome.

Meet Tonya, Our New Contributing Writer!

tonya is a lover of lower case letters, poetry, and punctuation–especially the Oxford comma. she has quotation marks tattooed on her wrists, a semicolon on her neck, and thinks she’d probably cover her skin in words–if only she could decide which ones.

she grew up in Stony Brook, spent long summers on Prince Edward Island, and vacationed in Middle Earth. as an adult she’s attended Hogwarts, caught fire in Panem, and slipped through doorways in Prague.

when she is not tucked between the pages of her books, traveling on the wings of words, she can be found giggling with her snarky nine year old, nerding out over British television, and generally being an enormous goofball.

you can also find her on GoodReadsTwitterTumblr, and Pinterest.

53 Responses to “Midnight Garden Updates”

  1. Lyn Kaye

    I THOUGHT I saw a new name on the sidebar! I hope that this means that TMG is going to be flourishing with new reviews soon!

  2. Sarah (saz101)

    GUYS! GUYS! YOU’RE BACK!

    AND TONYA! *waves* HIIIIIIII! I can’t wait to get to know you better. I’m kind of half in love with tou from your ‘about me’ thing :D

    Wait. Is that creepy? …

    Um…

    ANYWAY. HIIIIIIII! ♥

  3. Candace

    Great to meet you Tonya! I look forward to your reviews that I’m sure will be awesome and entertaining!

  4. Shirley

    Awwwwww its SO GREAT to meet youTonya!!! Can’t wait to chat about our Hogwarts experiences together :) hahaaa

  5. Desiree

    Hello Tonya! This is one of my very favorite book blogs and I am stoked to see a fun new face, well shoes, but you get the point! Can’t wait to read your reviews and thoughts!

    • tonya

      Love that song! Now it’s stuck in MY head–so thanks. :) Which British shows are you into? I am a self-diagnosed WhoLock, hee.

  6. Josin L. McQuein

    Awesome, awesome, awesome, awesome!!!!!

    It’s about time the people who review novels on GR, and elsewhere got a hefty shout-out. With all the angst and hullabaloo (< --I'm totally bringing this word back) that get thrown around, it's easy to overlook the true value that fair/balanced/thoughtful reviews have on both the reader and writer. Yes, reviews are for the consumer, but their benefit is mutual. When a reader sees a review by someone who’s opinion (s)he trusts, then they’re more likely to read that review and take the contents to heart. Which means, they’re more likely to take a risk if they’re in agreement on a good review, or if they find something in the reviewer’s words that appeals to them in a negative one. Book bloggers have been providing publicity to writers’ work for years now, and I’m not sure how many writers truly get understand that. It’s also been a volunteer job because that’s the only way it can work without bias. So, again, it’s great to see that an outside entity with the clout of Forbes has chosen to visually highlight reviewers’ ad bloggers’ contribution to the community. And also — HOW DO YOU READ THAT MANY BOOKS WITHOUT YOUR EYEBALLS MELTING OUT YOUR EARS??? *ahem* Just ignore that last part, ‘kthanksbai.

    • tonya

      I totally agree, Josin. Book bloggers generate a massive amount of free publicity for authors, and should be recognized for their value in the marketplace.

      And to your point, there have been many times a negative review has actually led me to picking up the book.

      Also, I have no idea how Wendy reads as much as she does. Is she a robot? ;)

    • Wendy Darling

      Aw, Josin. Thanks so much for your awesome comment! It’s so nice to hear from an author who appreciates the role of the book blogger in the YA community.

      Those lists are just about numbers, really, and I was saying on Twitter that many of my favorite bloggers will never make it onto a list like that. So the most interesting thing to me about the shout-out, and the increasing coverage of sites like GoodReads and blogging in general, is that people are starting to recognize that consumers rely heavily on the opinions of their fellow readers–in most cases, I’d say, more than they do professional ones.

      And don’t think you two are the first to accuse me of being an alien/robot/crazy person. ;)

  7. Jasprit

    Congratulations on the new contributing writer ladies, I’m sure Tonya’s going to have so much fun! I can’t wait to read your reviews! And Wendy congratulations on the mention in Forbes magazine!!:)

  8. b helm

    OH MY GOODNESS! So many congrats, T! I, personally, always look forward to your reviews, so I’m excited that you’ll be able to garner perhaps a larger platform for them through this lovely blog (which I’m (conveniently) already following!).

    So awesome, ladies! So awesome.