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Discussion: Favorite Fictional Couples

Discussion: Favorite Fictional Couples

Ahh, what better way to cap off summer than with our favorite bookish couples. We’re all suckers for some swoon here at TMG (I mean, is there anyone who isn’t? Show yourselves; I want answers.), but we all have definite–and differing–opinions on just which YA couples work and which make us want to take a very long shower. So, who gives us the swoons, and who gives us the shivers?   Peyton’s Favorite Couple Karou and Akiva from the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy. It’s the star-crossed lovers story, but it’s also about two broken people trying to make their love for each other thrive in a world that knows nothing but war. I loved both these characters individually and as a couple. Every scene with them just made me want to melt.   Peyton’s Least Favorite Couple Juliette and Warner from the Shatter Me trilogy. It wasn’t that… Read more »

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Discussion: Favorite Fictional Foods!

Discussion: Favorite Fictional Foods!

When we talk about how books make us feel, we mostly refer to the emotional–the swoons, the sighs, the weeping and the rages–but what about the physical pull fiction can have on us? Have you ever read a passage about food and found your stomach growling right along with the characters? Found your mouth watering at some bit of lusciously described food? We have. It’s amazing how prominent the role of food is in our bookish lives here at The Midnight Garden–in fact, we even have a tag dedicated to food in books in the sidebar, and Friday’s classic readalong discussion book All-of-a-Kind Family has quite a bit of food porn in it, too! All of us cook or bake to some degree, and we’re all fans of tasty dishes and drinks. So, what are our favorite foods in fiction? Tonya’s Favorite Fictional Foods Anne of Green Gables – (do… Read more »

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Discussion: Summery Book Recs + OPEN ROAD SUMMER giveaway

Discussion: Summery Book Recs + OPEN ROAD SUMMER giveaway

  Summer summer summer tiiiiime… For most of us, summer no longer means months of uninterrupted reading time. (And if you’re still enjoying that perk, know that I’m glaring at you.) We’re all grown up and stuff now (allegedly), with the same old responsibilities we have every other day of the year. But while summer may have lost a bit of its magic, those perfect Beach Books haven’t. So whether you’re spending your summer reading time sneaking pages at the office, lazing by the pool, or with your toes in the sand, we’ve got the perfect book for you.   Wendy’s Books of Summer I love books with summer settings! My favorite summer reads are the books where an author transports us back to that time in our lives when we had all the time in the world. The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily Danforth Cameron Post remembers the… Read more »

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Discussion: Indie Books We Recommend

Discussion: Indie Books We Recommend

With the ease and accessibility of self-publishing these days, the choices for indie books seem endless, and the recent indie-to-best-seller breakouts are proof enough that there is true talent in the teeming pool of indie authors. No longer is the digital realm to be considered a last ditch publishing effort; it’s now often a deliberate and very successful choice. But how do you know which books are worth your time, without the benefit of professional cover designers to catch your eye on the digital shelf, copyeditors to fix those stray typos, or marketing campaigns to create buzz? Word of mouth. And that’s where we come in.

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YAuthor Talk with Claire Legrand

YAuthor Talk with Claire Legrand

  YAuthor Talk is a monthly feature where we ask our favorite authors 5 random questions just for fun! Join us for bookish musings, crazy tangential conversations, and more. This month we’ve got the adorably dark Claire Legrand, author of Middle Grade books, The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls, and The Year of Shadows; and Winterspell, her upcoming YA.     1. What book is on your main character’s nightstand right now? Clara (from Winterspell) is currently engrossed in Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone series. The elements of dual worlds, warring magical races, and forbidden love totally speak to her. Also on her nightstand is her godfather Drosselmeyer’s collection of handwritten stories about strange things like pirate queens and men made out of stars, blind white dragons and grieving women who turn the world to winter. She’s beginning to think maybe his stories have more truth in… Read more »

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YA Author Talk with Josin McQuein

YA Author Talk with Josin McQuein

      YAuthor Talk is a monthly feature where we ask our favorite authors 5 random questions just for fun! Join us for bookish musings, crazy tangential conversations, and more. This month we’re featuring Josin L. McQuein, the author of Premeditated, Arclight, and its  upcoming sequel Meridian.     1. If you could be any YA hero/heroine, who would you be and why? f I could be a YA heroine, it would have to be someone out of a science fiction novel. That way, I could see all of the cool gadgets and hop a spaceship to see the stars. However, I wouldn’t want to be a main character, or even a sidekick. They have exciting lives, but too many dangers and tragedies befall them on a regular basis. I’d much rather be in the crowd, cheering the hero/heroine on. 2. Which book most recently made you think, “ugghhhh I… Read more »

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