Last Friday, Kate and Tonya and I took a little break from the hustle and bustle as we met up for a Midnight Garden Christmas Tea, where there was much bookish discussion and merriment. Over tiny sandwiches and pastries and tea, we chatted about the books we’re currently reading as a harpist played in the background. The hand-painted china was SO pretty (Kate said it was like fairy china) and I dearly wanted to take the cunning little silver spoons home.
We also exchanged some presents. Do you give bookish gifts? I picked special ones for each of my ladies. I got Kate Tell the Wolves I’m Home because I want to make her cry; I got K Soulless because she couldn’t be with us for our tea, so she can enjoy the werewolves having tea with Victorian ladies instead; and I got Tonya To Love and to Cherish, one of my favorite historical romances of all time, partly because it reminds me of Anne of Green Gables. It was a lovely afternoon, in lovely company.
Also: isn’t Kate’s hat amazing? Tonya and I were sad that we didn’t think to wear hats, too.
We talked about our plans for The Midnight Garden next year as well. Tonya’s going to be scaling back a bit, but she’ll still be around to write special monthly features. Since we’ve had a number of requests, we’re also going to be hosting a series of classic YA/Middle Grade readalongs next year! If you have suggestions for books you’d like to read with us, please let us know.
Another fun thing that Kate and I have been working on: the two of us will be launching a spinoff adult romance blog early next year. You heard that right: romance! This genre doesn’t always get a huge amount of respect, and we’re aiming to help change that with recommendations for romances that we enjoy. We’ll be actively seeking contributing writers and guest contributors soon, so if you’re interested in occasionally or regularly reviewing with us, drop us a line or let us know in the comments. We’re working on contributor guidelines, and will have those up in the next few weeks with the blog launch.
We’re also very pleased to welcome our newest co-blogger to The Midnight Garden. Kim is somewhat of a new friend, but we’ve had so many wonderful bookish discussions with her recently here that we just know she’s a kindred spirit. If it weren’t enough that she’s so passionate about literature and deer frolick outside her house in the snow, she also understands the importance of clotted cream and immediately requested that The Golden Compass be on our list when she heard we would be hosting more readalongs. Spoiler alert: it already was. I’m telling you, it’s scary and magical how perfect a fit she is for us.
Here’s a little more about Kim, in her own words:
Kim spends a disproportionate amount of time daydreaming about her future warrior queen status once the dystopian apocalypse is finally upon us. Watching an inordinate amount of television, cross stitching, playing the baritone horn, and what can only be described as “the ability to eat cheeseburgers inhumanly fast” are among her other passions. She is absurdly pleased to share a birthplace with the oldest public library in the US.
An avowed “science enthusiast”, she is determined to see a Bortle scale Class 1 sky before leaving this fair planet. She spent a semester in London and has been in love with all things English from a young age. Her favorite books are those that leave her either achingly happy or achingly sad. There is rarely an in between. She has a real weakness for under-appreciated female characters. She also has a special passion for supporting and promoting diversity in YA.
Her career so far has been spent in the Philly startup scene but she is looking forward to leaving that all behind in pursuit of solely bookish vocations. She currently resides by a mystical lake at the edge of an enchanted forest.
Please welcome her to the blog, and be on the lookout for her first review in January. Just FYI that we’ll be taking a break most likely until December 31st, when our Favorite Books of 2013 lists go up. Phew! Lots of great stuff going on, we hope you’ll join us as we head into the new year.
Happy, happy, happy holidays!
No matter where you are and no matter what you’re celebrating, we hope you’re having a beautiful holiday season, full of good books and good friends and good cheer. We’re so happy we get to share our favorite books with you, and look forward to chatting with you soon!