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!
Hello, I’m Larissa from YA Midnight Reads!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!