What’s on Your Nightstand? with Larissa from YA Midnight Reads

August 11, 2014 2014, Wendy, what's on your nightstand 83

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When you go to someone’s house for the first time, what’s the first thing you do? If you’re a book lover, you’re probably making a beeline to see what’s on their bookshelves! Here at The Midnight Garden, we also like to know what’s on everyone’s nightstands since those are the books that you’re usually reading now or are coming up next. I’ll be honest–we shared our own nightstands last year because we also want to see what’s on yours, so you’re going to start seeing a lot of book porn in the coming months. It’s also a great way to spotlight some fellow bloggers (and maaaaybe the occasional special non-blogger guest, ahem) so you can get to know them better.

Today, our guest is Larissa Holt from YA Midnight Reads. I’ve known Larissa from GoodReads for years, but it wasn’t until she started blogging with Melanie and Celine recently that we really started chatting on a regular basis. I asked Larissa to be our first guest because she writes terrific reviews and discussion posts (This tongue-in-cheek How to Write a Bestselling YA Book is a particularly fun dissection of tropes), as well as incredibly thoughtful blog comments. She’s giving us a mini tour of her nightstand and favorite reading spots, as well as sharing a little bit more about herself.

Please say hi to Larissa!

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Hello, I’m Larissa from YA Midnight Reads!

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On many beautiful book shelves posts I’ve commented and shared my own woes, mainly complaining how mine is utter crap. Now you can see my book shelf in all of its glory. It’s double stacked, meaning there’s more books behind the ones you see. For some reason there’s a guide to bead loom bracelets in my bookshelf??? I honestly don’t even know. There’s also yearbooks from my middle school years which is always good for a confidence boost.  I honestly never use my bookshelf.

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This is my nightstand! It’s pretty empty right now actually, and oddly neat lol. On it you have my recent reads and a few of my favorites, such as Dangerous Girls and The Shadow of the Blackbirds. You also have some ARCs like Atlantia and The Art of Getting Stared At. There’s also my Kobo, where I honestly read most of my stories. It’s just the most convenient and practical thing for me as reading time for me tends to be quite sporadic. On my Kobo I read ARCs from Netgalley (Edelweiss hates me) and books that everybody else has read besides me.

On my nightstand I also have perfume, I’m not sure why this is the designated spot for them. I really do love the bottles though.

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This is one of the places I find myself commonly reading during the summer. It’s in my backyard on the patio set. It’s next to a large tree which provides comfortable shade when it becomes too hot from the sun. It’s perfect with a ice cold lemonade.

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What was the book that made you realize you loved YA?

1. Ooooo this question is a little different than usual. Normally it’s what book got me into reading in general (Harry Potter, definitely) but not YA specifically. I think my answer to this question would have to be the Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld, it’s really the first series in YA that I remember reading.

What have been your favorite books of 2014 so far?

2. Unfortunately I haven’t had a lot of five star reads this year. My favorites so far would have to be Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen, Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge and Split Second and On The Fence– both by the lovely Kasie West. All of Kasie’s works have ended up in my favorites, I would highly recommend her writings. All of the aforementioned books were ones I just couldn’t put down and loved pretty much everything about them.

Okay, have there also been books you’ve where you’ve wanted to throw your Kindle across the room?

3. Haha oh definitely. What immediately comes to mind is Mafia Girl by Deborah Blumenthal. For me that took everything I dislike with in YA and turned it into a right mess. There were technical issues with the writing, as well as insta love, unnecessary slut-shaming and unlikable characters with no redeemable quality. Another read that made me want to throw my kobo at the wall was The Here and Now by Ann Brashares which I couldn’t even finish. I had high hopes for this one due to the author, however found myself immensely disappointed. I couldn’t suspend my disbelief and sense of logic for that one, the world building literally made zero sense.

You’ve been traveling a lot this year. Any great bookish experiences on your trips?

4. I have! It’s been a great year for travel and I hope to do some more. Reading by the pool is one of my favorite things ever, along with a cold glass of lemonade. I did this quite often in Las Vegas! In Italy I didn’t have much time for reading (other than that super long flight) but I did manage to squeeze in a little time at a little cafe in Venice. It was definitely atmospheric, I adore reading in beautiful places like that. It makes the whole experience even more enjoyable (:

Tell us one thing about yourself you’ve never told anyone else before.

5. I’m very much addicted to nail polish. It looks like my collection for it is more neat than my book collection honestly.

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Now that you’ve been doing it for awhile, your favorite thing about blogging? Least favorite?

6. My favorite thing would definitely be interacting with fellow book bloggers. Prior to being a part of YA Midnight Reads I always felt distanced from the book blogging community. Now I feel so glad to be involved and truly a part of the blogging world. Every time I read a comment on one of my posts I feel like such happiness.

My least favorite thing would be pressure. Sometimes with my life becomes overloaded and I feel like I just can’t handle blogging, commenting, reading, working, hanging out with friends, school and living my general life.However now I feel like I’m beginning to deal better with balancing everything and putting less unnecessary pressure on myself.

 

 

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Hope you’ve enjoyed this tour of Larissa’s nightstand! Do pop over to visit her on her blog, I’m sure you’ll love her and Mel and Celine just as much as I do.

Stay tuned for more nightstand porn in the future. If you’d be interested in being featured, please let us know below, too!

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83 Responses to “What’s on Your Nightstand? with Larissa from YA Midnight Reads”

  1. Angelica @ Paperback Princess

    Wendy, I love this feature!

    Larissa I absolutely loved Dangerous Girls and the Uglies series and HP was what got me started in reading again. I have always loved reading and I was one of those kids you rarely see without a book, but during late teens early 20s I slowed reading down ALOT and when HP series came out I was off again and haven’t stopped since.

    Will come and visit your blog :)
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  2. Thomas

    Love this feature and how Larissa is honest in her responses – I feel like it’s great that she is open about the YA books she hasn’t like, as well as the pressures that come with being a YA book blogger. I also appreciate this same honesty in Wendy and the rest of TMG, which is why this is one of the only book blogs I keep coming back to. It’s great that you guys are all interacting with one another and promoting publicity and bookish discussions.
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  3. Faye D'Social Potato (@kawaiileena)

    HI LARISSA!!! Fancy seeing you here ;) Are we going to see ore of you now in other blogs? Haha. Your bookshelf is definitely not bad! Mine is super messy, and it’s not even shelved by genre or by name or by series or by whatever. I put my books there like how a cat sees a little box: “If I fits, I sits” or something to that effect. Mehehehe.

    I love traveling, too. Although my last travel has been like yeaaars ago, back in 2011, in France and Germany. I didn’t have a Kindle then, nor did I love reading as much as I do now, so I never did any reading in any French café or whatever. Thinking about it now, I feel like I just missed a damn good opportunity. No matter, I’ll be going back there soon, perhaps for permanently ( I HOPE!!! getting the documents done is such a bloody pain).

    And yes! No to unnecessary pressure! Gotta take it slow, one at a time. Even if we all take a break, we should always remember that in the end, we do this because we love it~
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  4. Tabitha (Not Yet Read)

    The pressure! Yes it totally gets to me sometimes too. I think it probably gets that way for all of us. I feel it even more so since I work full time and have a toddler and husband I’m like how can I fit all this in. Somehow I do…I don’t know how. Though if I didn’t blog can you imagine how much more time I’d have to read? But then I’d have less booky friends.

    Edelweiss can be hard to break into for a little while then BAM you’ll get a bunch don’t give up.

    …..I hate painting my nails I’m wretched at it.
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  5. Cait @ Notebook Sisters

    *waves* WELL HI LARISSA. FANCY SEEING YOU HERE. x) This is awesome. Larissa is awesome. I LIKE ALL THE AWESOME. That sure is a big book of Pullman. Phewf. Actually, that’s another book(s) I need to read. Sooo much to read, soooo little time. OH. I liked Why We Broke Up. It was so Snicket but so not Snicket and…I just found it funny reading it thinking about Lemony Snicket. OKAY RANDOM. I’ll stop.
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  6. Christina R.

    LOVE this feature! It’s so cool to be able to get a glimpse into the lives of our favorite bloggers.

    Heard nothing but wonderful things about Rodamund Hodge and love her reading nook.

    Lovely post :)

  7. Lia

    Love the rainbow of nail polish Larissa! :) I loved the Uglies series, but adjusting to Tally (the MC) through all three books was rough.

  8. Nikki Robinson

    I don’t have a nightstand. Just a stack in my floor. Most of the books in it are by authors that will be at a teen book fest I’m going to in October.

    • Larissa

      Haha even though I have a nightstand, I still got a trusty pile of books on my floor. That’s super cool that you’re going to a teen book fest though. I’m jealous! (:

  9. Nikki

    Honestly my nightstand books would give most people nightmares. Text books on forensics and criminal psychology. Not the typical reads for most of the folks on this site, lol!

  10. Lucy

    I love that this is a regular feature now! It’s so interesting to learn more about the person behind the blog. That’s a lovely outdoor reading spot. And the perfume bottles look pretty next to the books (such a fun eclectic collection!) My least favorite thing about blogging is also the pressure, sigh. But I’m getting better about the balance thing too.
    Fun feature, Larissa and Wendy!
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    • Larissa

      Me too! I can’t wait to see other people highlighted in it and see what their shelves look like. I do love to read outside in the spot, unfortunately though during Canadian Winters it’s something that’s not really possible with the harsh temperatures and piles of snow ;p The perfume bottles were already on my nightstand randomly, so I decided not to move them to keep things authentic. I’m glad that you’re also getting better at dealing with blogging pressure (:

  11. Pili

    Doubled up shelves sound like a great idea, but mine aren’t deep enough to do that without risk of the second row sticking out too much!
    Ooooh, I have very recently finished Dangerous Girls and have the same hardcover that is so pretty!
    Larissa, I love your nail polishes! Mine are all in a baggie, but I don’t have as many as you do, only about 10 or so, and some are travel sized!

    What a great feature ladies! I cannot wait to see more! And I need to check yours!
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    • Wendy Darling

      The YA/MG books are doubled up in a lot of places on my shelves, too, mostly the review stuff–it’s terrible. I’ve been trying to reorganize them, but it’s a daunting process.

      I have a small tool chest for my polishes. I don’t feel too bad about it since I’ve seen girls post photos with way, waaaay more than that, but I do feel kind of silly since I tend to gravitate towards a lot of the same types of colors. I feel like I’m always lusting after polishes, so I don’t know how I ended up with like 6 shades of gray.

    • Larissa

      Haha it’s a good idea in theory. Until you need a book that’s very far back and you end up knocking down all of the books around it.

      I LOVED Dangerous Girls (: It was so good, and that ending definitely sent me reeling.

      I have a bit of a nail polish hoarding problem, some of the ones I included are actually so old. I also to tend to have a lot of the same color, but different you know? Haha like some has glitter. That’s me trying to justify my problem.
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  12. Layla A

    Haha, I loved Larissa’s how-to post on writing a bestselling YA novel. (One of my fave websites, The Toast, also wrote one of those a few months back: http://the-toast.net/2014/03/31/just-a-normal-bestselling-teen/ and it’s also worth checking out.)

    Also hurrah for Uglies as the series that got Larissa into YA! I’d been thinking about teaching that this year (but went with another book instead). Also also, I love love looooooove all the nail polish.

    Bummer about The Here and Now. That’s been on my to-read list for a bit, but I’d heard mixed things about it.
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    • Wendy Darling

      Hah, yeah–I read that Toast article! You might enjoy this, too–it’s related only by humor, but Kathleen Hale wrote a really funny piece in response to that ridiculous “you should be ashamed to read YA” piece at Slate: http://www.nerve.com/books/a-young-adult-authors-fantastic-crusade-to-defend-literatures-most-maligned-genre

      You liked Uglies, too?! Enough to teach it? I’d better get on that.

      I actually have had a review copy of the Brashares for awhile but kept putting it off for the very same reason. Hearing Larissa (and a couple of other people below) talk about their dislike for it does not encourage me to pick it up.

      • Layla

        Oh. My. God. I don’t know how I missed this when it first came out but I love that SO HARD. I actually want to print it out and keep it as a teaching tool or something. Or just keep it by my bedside table. It’s perfect. (So perfect I want to have its babies and make them all mixtapes with nothing on them but the Smiths.)

        About Uglies – yes, I liked it. The writing style wasn’t up my alley (I like my prose on the super descriptive side), but I liked the world-building and am thinking about picking up the next books in the series. I thought about teaching it more for content, to be honest. I was teaching a class on reproduction in literature and science (mostly literature-heavy); one of the basic questions of the class was ‘what sorts of cultural values are we invested in reproducing when we think about reproduction’ so I thought Uglies might be an interesting choice. I eventually ended up teaching Neal Shusterman’s Unwind (which worked well because we’d read The Handmaid’s Tale and also some Octavia Butler). I have some problems with the book (mostly political, mostly around world-building), but the class really seemed to like it and some of them read the sequels, so. God, that’s a long-winded answer, sorry!

        So bummed about the Brashares book. I have also had it for an incredibly long time. It sounded so enticing.
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        • Wendy Darling

          Yeah, the Hale piece was a brilliant response. I had mixed feelings about her debut NO ONE ELSE CAN HAVE YOU (came out earlier this year), but the narrative voice was humorous and super strong/original.

          Ah, UNWIND and HANDMAID’S TALE would be so good in class! To have the chance to discuss that within that context is fantastic. I’ve only read FLEDGLING by Butler (and I think one other), which I enjoyed, which other ones would you recommend?

          And c’mon, you know we love long-winded conversations around here. ;)

          • Layla

            Hmm, haven’t read the Hale book… yet. I liked that article, so I might turn to my local library and check out their copy.

            I thought they worked really well together. We’d also done Frankenstein earlier in the semester, which apparently relates well to the second book in the series (which I haven’t read, but apparently there’s a character who’s pieced together from other Unwinds). In class, we read one of her short stories – Bloodchild – which I’d recommend. It’s an m-preg story with aliens and is also an interesting discussion of reproduction and consent. (The entire book of short stories is great, though – “Amnesty,” “The Evening, the Morning, and the Night,” and “Speech Sounds” are some of my other favorites in there.) Check it out. Oh, but also!! Go read Kindred and Dawn (Dawn is the first book of a trilogy; if you like Bloodchild, you’ll be into it).
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    • Larissa

      Never saw that article till now but LOL. It’s too hilariously accurate (:

      Uglies would definitely make for some interesting discussions on our perception of beauty/its effects and all the dystopian elements in the series (: The fact you would teach it in a class is making me want you as my teacher quite badly. Nail polish is life.

      The Here and Now really was a disappointment to me unfortunately :(
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      • Layla

        YES. Go look at the one Wendy posted too! Ah, so many good things on the internet.

        Yeah, I thought about teaching it for similar reasons – short background, it was a class on literature, science, and reproduction, and I thought it might be interesting to think about how folks are normalized through surgery in the novel (and how this act incorporates them into society / allows that society to reproduce). Anyway, I ended up teaching Unwind instead, and that worked better for the purposes of the class. If I were ever to teach something on like … beauty and literature, though? I’d absolutely teachUglies (and maybe a Beauty and the Beast retelling or something).
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  13. Shilpa Rajagopal

    I love Kasie West novels too :) Just finished reading On the Fence which left me smiling for hours. This was such a cool post- thanks for sharing your bookshelf with us Larissa!

  14. Brenda

    What a neat way to connect with what other bloggers are reading. Thanks for sharing your nightstand Larissa!

  15. Leandra Wallace

    I’m going to love this new feature! I am so nosy when it comes to other people’s bookcases and/or nightstands. I have a tiny nightstand, so there’s only one book on it right now, a historical by Ann Rinaldi. It was nice to meet Larissa!
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  16. Tiffany / Bookplates for Brunch

    This was so fun to read! I’m really envious of your backyard reading spot. It looks super comfy! I’ve been reading in the park across the street from my apartment, but one can only last so long on a wooden bench…

    Also, THIS: “For me that took everything I dislike with in YA and turned it into a right mess. There were technical issues with the writing, as well as insta love, unnecessary slut-shaming and unlikable characters with no redeemable quality.” UGH YES! I cringe whenever I see any of these things in a book.
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    • Wendy Darling

      We don’t really have a yard we can hang out in, so I spend time at the park across the street, too! I’m guessing you live in a city too, Tiffany. :) We always bring blankets and pillows and spread out, though–I couldn’t read for very long on a bench.

    • Larissa

      I’m glad it was fun to read, it was definitely so much fun to participate in. I do all of my reading practically outside in the summer, just because it’s so sunny and nice. I’m lucky to have it though, I know I would prefer it over a bench.

      Yeah it’s really annoying to see negative tropes over and over again /:
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  17. Mel@thedailyprophecy

    That looks like the perfect reading spot! And yeay, another Kobo-user :) Stolen Songbird & Cruel beauty are also two of my favorite books from this year. I also have a lot of nail polish! It’s fun to switch between colors.

    Fun interview :)!
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    • Wendy Darling

      I’m so terrible, I wrote “Kindle” in my interview question, hah. I meant to change it before I published the post, but I never did! Oh, well.

      I wish I had someone around to change my nail polish all the time. I like having pretty nails, but I kind of suck at doing my own manicures.

    • Larissa

      It really is the location where I get the most of my reading done (: Wooo, Kobo users unite! Mine is surprisingly hardy, I’ve dropped it many times yet it still luckily remains solid. We’re doing some more twinning with our favorite books too. I should have really just linked your blog to all of the questions/answers as we’re one in the same. I’m always changing my nail polish too (:
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  18. Carina Olsen

    Ohh! I love this topic :D You guys must do more of this, hih. <3 So awesome. (I do not have a nightstand, though.. sad face. lol.) But aw. Thank you for sharing about Larissa :D She sounds awesome! And I love seeing her books. YAY for The Lost Hero, hih. I adore all the Percy Jackson books. <3 Ack. I still need to read Stolen Songbird. Soooon. But I too loved Cruel Beauty :) Thank you all for sharing :)
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    • Larissa

      I hope they do more of these too, they’re so much fun (:

      I’m glad you think I sound awesome, you seem pretty cool too haha. I love Rick Riordan, I don’t read a lot of middle grade but his stories are a must for me. He just combines great mythology, action, characterization and even a little bit of romance (PERCY AND ANNABETH) to create an unputdownable adventure read. You really do need to read Stolen Songbird, I’m sure you’d love. Thank you for commenting <33
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    • Wendy Darling

      I plan on doing more! I have a couple in the works and I’m thinking about who else to approach, too.

      Larissa is awesome, you’d love YA Midnight Reads, Carina.

  19. Mary @ BookSwarm

    Love this!! I’m thinking of my nightstand — I just cleaned so there are only two books (one travelogue and one UF), my clock, lamp and box of kleenex (for allergies and crying jags, don’t you know. Darned sappy books.). I love reading in beautiful places, too, though I tend to get distracted by the people and gorgeousness of the area.
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    • Larissa

      I love travelling so travelogues are some of my favorite things. Haha yes! Kleenex is a definite stand by when your reading a YA story that even remotely hints of being emotionally deep. You make a good point about reading in beautiful places too, I have more than once been swept away from my stories to the beautiful surroundings and allure of casual people watching haha.
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    • Wendy Darling

      I am never without a box of tissues by my bed! I’ve only cried once this year, though, over THE ASSASSIN’S BLADE by Sarah J. Maas. And I totally went back a couple of weeks later and bumped up my 4.5 star rating to 5 stars because of that.

  20. Keertana @ Ivy Book Bindings

    LOVE this feature so much, ladies of The Midnight Garden!

    Larissa, I definitely think the Uglies series forced me into the YA genre as well. It has a love triangle–which agonized me to no end since Shae (is that the MC’s name?) was with a different guy in each book and then in Specials she was with both and I liked BOTH of them–but I somehow enjoyed the manner in which the romance concluded and the books were so innovative back when they were published. Now every other dystopian has a similar scheme but Westerfeld was probably one of the first to write those ideas.

    I also go through waves where the pressure of blogging seriously just gets to me. I made a list of all the ARCs I need to review within the next week and it’s too long! :( But the community is too lovely to give up and it keeps me going, no doubt about it. OH, I also loved Cruel Beauty and the e-novella, Gilded Ashes. I want Hodge’s sophomore novel to just release already–the synopsis is too tantalizing! ;)
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    • Larissa

      I really quite adore it too (:

      At the time it was published Uglies really was quite innovative, one of the first dystopians of YA I remember reading and enjoying. I think it was Shay who was the main character? Lol it’s been quite awhile since I also read the series. I do also remember being tortured by the love triangle, but don’t recall having rage towards how it ended. Guess that’s a positive thing to note then (:

      Yeah! Balancing ARCs and just normal books you want to read can actually be so difficult. You feel like an obligation to read ARCs and share those reviews on your blog. This also gets complicated when you could be reading books you would enjoy much more than the ARC you’re presently reading. The community though really is so wonderful and it’s definitely what keeps me blogging. Cruel Beauty was great, never knew there was novella for it. I’ll have to check it out, I don’t usually read novellas but I’m sure I’d enjoy this one.
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      • Wendy Darling

        YES to everything you said about pleasure reading vs review copies. I made a vow to read more books for myself this year, and I’ve actually been fairly successful, though I also feel guilty as well. BUT WHY, why do I feel guilty? I read more books than most, and we cover plenty of books on this site. The pressure we put on ourselves is kind of crazy sometimes.

    • Wendy Darling

      Thanks Keertana! I’m glad you enjoyed the feature.

      Man, September/October releases just might kill us. I’d love to know exactly why so many books get released then–I’m guessing it has to do with the trade pub’s big fall issue, plus timing to release for awards consideration and big holiday orders? I’m trying to make my peace with the fact that we’ll never really be caught up or able to cover everything we want to, but it’s hard sometimes.

      The pressure’s been getting to me a lot this summer–I can totally relate to what Larissa’s saying. I don’t know how you do it on your own, Keertana. Though I suppose the freedom and not needing to manage calendars and such balances things out, too.

  21. Valerie

    THIS IS SO COOL. I HAVE ABSOLUTELY NOTHING ON MY NIGHTSTAND (That is mine really, everything is from the library!) I personally don’t have many books, but I’m working on it! Also, I remember reading the Uglies awhile back, I liked the first book, but ended up not reading the rest of the series. I might give it a try again but I’m not sure.

    Also, hated the Here and Now. It just wasn’t good for me. Too many plot holes and the likes, AND UNNECESSARY CARD GAMES
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    • Larissa

      YOU’RE TOO COOL~

      I really don’t have much on my nightstand either, especially compared to Wendy, Kate and Kim’s beautiful ones. I used to go to the library all the time before my local one shut down, it’s really quite tragic. Yeah I read the Uglies series such a long time ago, don’t really remember much about it honestly. I think it’s definitely time to do a re-read to see if I would enjoy the series on the same level now as I used to.

      LOL omg those card games. Here and Now really was such a ridiculous read.
      Larissa recently posted…Discussing Through Midnight (42): Importance of YA

    • Wendy Darling

      Library books totally count! It’s fun to see people’s library hauls, too.

      I actually still haven’t read The Uglies series, although I’ve been meaning to. And if you’re both saying the Brashares is bad, I may just move that review copy over to the “donate” pile.

    • Larissa

      Thank you (: I’m really a fan of nail polish, but can’t do really fancy nail art alike the ones you see on the internet sadly. I totally understand that with sports that it gets super annoying to have your nails constantly chipping.
      Yeah, you really got to strike a solid balance where you can continue doing what you love but also still have time to enjoy your day to day life.
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    • Wendy Darling

      Oh jeez, the pressure. :/ It’s one of the most crippling things about blogging, and the weird thing is, for me, a lot of the pressure is stuff I put on myself. Between fielding review/feature requests, worrying about content, worrying about post quality, coordinating contests and shipping and such, running a blog takes a lot out of you.

      Larissa’s right about the need to find balance, though. I’m trying to approach how I manage this blog differently for my own peace of mind.

  22. fishgirl182 @ nite lite

    I love this feature. I totally look at bookshelves when I go visit someone’s house for the first time. My nightstand is actually pretty lame because I don’t keep much on it. I prefer to keep it pretty clear and dump all my books on the side of the bed that I don’t sleep on…

    Going to check out Larissa’s blog right now!
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    • Larissa

      Me too haha c: It was so much fun to do! I really do look at photos of others bookshelves and then usually get jealous of how pretty and neat everything is. I feel you on the nightstand thing, I really am a disorganized person so really all of my things are strewn around the house.

      Aww thank you! Lol it’s not really technically my blog as I’m a co-blogger there meaning I don’t own the blog but post there occasionally. But still, thank you <33
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      • Wendy Darling

        Oh Larissa, you should check out Thuy’s blog, too! I’m not always a huge fan of nail art, but I like hers–she does really cool manis that match the books she’s reading.

    • Wendy Darling

      You’re a dumper, huh? Heh. I think K mentioned she does the same thing despite her nightstand. I have a zillion piles in our office, and my own bookshelves are double-stacked, too, but my nightstand is fairly organized. Mostly. On good days.

      • fishgirl182 @ nite lite

        Haha yes I guess I would be considered a dumper. I don’t sprawl when I sleep so there’s a lot of room on the bed! My nightstand is small and I need space to have my various stacks of things. My bookshelves are double stacked, too, and I have neat little piles of things all over the house.
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  23. Liv_TheAbsentHistorian

    This post was really cute, I always love getting to see behind the scenes a little of other bloggers and reading habits and just generally more. I will definitely be popping over to visit Larissa. Great questions, Wendy!

    • Larissa

      Awww, I’m so happy you enjoyed it (: I’m personally also somebody who loves finding out details about other bloggers, so I can’t wait to see this feature again on the blog. Glad to hear that you’ll be visiting me, you seem like a lovely person. I’ll be doing the same to you :)

      Wendy’s questions were awesome! haha.
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    • Wendy Darling

      I love getting to know bloggers, too! I always learn something about people I’ve been talking to online forever. And yes, do visit YA Midnight Reads–you’ll like Melanie and Celine as well. Thanks for dropping by, Liv.

  24. Dre @ Sporadic Reads

    Ohh, loved this post! Larissa, you have so many nail polish! As for me, what got me to read YA were dystopian books. I can’t remember the first one though. I also love your backyard. What we have at home is just the front porch, which isn’t actually a porch, but we treat it as such. Anyways, I am babbling! Ciao!
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    • Larissa

      Yay! So glad that you enjoyed it Dre, I had too much fun taking photos and answering Wendy’s questions. I do have quite a bit of nail polish, I just can’t help but buy more whenever I walk into a store that sells it [; I love my backyard, it just got renovated! It used to be flat but now it’s elevated which is pretty cool. Haha, I’m also the type of person who loves and tends to babble. Ciao! (:
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    • Wendy Darling

      We live in an apartment, and while there’s a nice front yard, it’s not really a place I wanna hang out–I miss reading in gardens! There’s a park just across the street, though. City life, I guess. :-) I love reading on porches–you’re lucky to have one!

    • Wendy Darling

      I’ve had Kasie West on my TBR list forever! I was kind of mixed on PIVOT POINT, but so many people rave about her contempoaries–and if Larissa says they’re 4.5 star books, I need to get on that, too!

      And OBVIOUSLY I relate to nail polish fixations. ;)