Posts Categorized: 2012

Our Favorite Books Published in 2012

Our Favorite Books Published in 2012

Between the three of us here at The Midnight Garden, we read nearly 500 books in 2012. That is a lot of books to plow through! But the hunt for YA book gems is always a fun one, and here are the ones we thought were the most exquisite published this year. Most of the links below lead to our reviews or to GoodReads. K.’s Favorite 2012 Books I didn’t read as many books as I would’ve liked this year but I was still lucky enough to have found those precious few — the ones that tear at you, the ones that slice pieces off of your layers until you’re left raw and quivering and strangely renewed. Let me preface by saying that this is in no particular order (well, not really). Each book has so much to offer that to measure one’s brilliance against the other is both difficult… Read more »

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Bookish Wrapping Ideas + Tips!

Bookish Wrapping Ideas + Tips!

Are you finished with your holiday wrapping? I bet you’ve been too busy reading, my little chickadees! ;) I always give a lot of book presents, and this year is no exception. Inspired by Book Riot’s post on cute ways to wrap book presents, I thought I’d share a few bookish present photos of my own! I’m a big believer in packaging being an important part of the gifting experience, so I love making presents feel special. And few gifts are more meaningful than a book you’ve chosen especially for a friend. Here are some ideas from presents I’ve sent that might be useful as you head into the weekend. Some wrapping tips are listed below, too. Sequin ribbon + jingle bell and hand-glittered pine cone + vintage velvet ribbon (contains A Monster Calls and Liesl & Po) handmade pipe cleaner present toppers paper printed from Reprodepo’s Pattern Book +… Read more »

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Holiday Favorites: Wendy

Holiday Favorites: Wendy

Our week of holiday favorites continues! While I am fond of Little Women and A Christmas Carol, the holiday stories I love best are definitely children’s books. Tucked away from the bustle and commercialism of our modern adult lives, here are some of the classics I revisit again and again whenever I need to experience the wonder of human kindness and the transformative power of faith and love. The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams One Christmas Eve, a boy receives a stuffed rabbit in his stocking. If you’ve ever had an attachment to a toy from your childhood, you’ll love this beautiful picture book, which overflows with tenderness and wisdom. I strongly recommend the edition with the David Jorgensen illustrations, or the film version that is a faithful word-for-word reading of the text by incomparable Meryl Streep. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson This hilarious middle grade novel follows the… Read more »

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Holiday Favorites: Tonya

Holiday Favorites: Tonya

Merry Christmas and/or Happy Hanukkah, guys! Hope your holiday season is merry and bright, etc., etc., etc. I’m here to bring you round two of our week of holiday favorites! I, for one, am not a huge Christmas person. I know, I know. I sound like an enormous Grinch, but I actually find it a very stressful time of year. I love the quiet of Christmas Eve, and the excitement of Christmas Day, but the weeks leading up to them are a hectic combination of racking my brain for gift ideas, the mad rush of last minute shopping because I forgot to buy something for one of my (seemingly hundreds) of cousins, and baking eleventy billion pies (actually, I kind of love that part. But shh, don’t tell). The perfect antidote to stress, for me, is a good read. There’s nothing more soothing than curling up with a book and a… Read more »

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Holiday Favorites: K

Holiday Favorites: K

Happy Holidays! We, The Midnight Garden, would like to wish our friends a very Merry, a very Happy Christmas! We hope you are all having a lovely holiday filled with cheer and good reading.We thought it would be nice to share with you some of our holiday favorites. Those beloved books we enjoy during this time of year. These are stories we cherish, stories that fill us with the holiday spirit…and we hope they will do the same for you.My holiday favorites: For me, Christmas is a time of comfort and familiarity. It’s a time to enjoy home and family and I find myself reading books that give me the same feeling. These are books I come back to time and time again because they are stories that always welcome me and nestle me. And I don’t think there is a sweeter feeling than reading in soft light, cozied under… Read more »

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The Friday Society: ARC giveaway!

The Friday Society: ARC giveaway!

If the notion of kickass girls, steampunk, and turn of the century London appeals to you, The Friday Society by Adrienne Kress may just fit the bill! This story follows three independently-minded girls named Cora, Nellie, and Michiko, who each serve as assistants to powerful men, as they work together to solve a mystery. Written with sassy humor and packed with lots of action, I think this book would definitely appeal to fans of the Gemma Doyle series, The Girl in the Steel Corset, and possibly Dearly, Departed. And please, that cover is just pinky-swearing that it will be fun. Win a copy of the ARC! The Friday Society will be available in bookstores next week on December 6, but thanks to our friends at Dial, we’re pleased to offer our readers the opportunity to win an ARC here on the blog. All you have to do is fill out… Read more »

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Carnival of Secrets (formerly Carnival of Souls): review

Carnival of Secrets (formerly Carnival of Souls): review

Note from Wendy, May 2015: I received notice from a complainant in a lawsuit against Harper Collins that this title was changed from Carnival of Souls to Carnival of Secrets (Untamed City #1). Tonya reviewed this three years ago, so I was surprised that anyone noticed or cared about something so trivial in the scheme of things, particularly when that is not a unique title nor phrase. But you can read about how all this began in all its ugly glory on Bookalicious, where Pam describes the stronger language used with reviewers in cease and desist letters back in 2012. Whatever you think of the lawsuit, the fact remains that the title of the book has changed, so I’ve edited the post title to reflect that and have also added this note solely so any readers looking for our review of that book know they’re not reading a review of… Read more »

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