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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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 »
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 »
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.
Have you ever been disappointed by a book or a series’ ending? Have you ever been left dumbfounded and flabbergasted by a book’s finale? Perhaps even angry, or grieving or upset? Of course, you have. We all have those endings that we like to pretend never happened. We all have those series that we pretend were standalones…or standalones we pretend were never written. This month, we’ve chosen to discuss such books. Painful as it is, we will rehash all these disappointing endings and bitter feelings. Why? Because we are humans and we love to vent when overcome with intense emotions. So join us but at your own risk…there will, obviously, be major spoilers. Here we go… ~K. K.’s Disappointing Endings The Gemma Doyle trilogy by Libba Bray was one of my earliest introductions into Young Adult and I enjoyed it immensely…even to this day, it stands as one of my most favourite… Read more »
Do you ever get tired of reading young adult literature? Haha! Just kidding, that was obviously a joke. Sometimes it’s just nice to switch it up a bit, so this month, we’re recommending adult books that are an easy transition for YA readers. We’ve taken several YA books and have done our best to pair them up with similarly styled or themed “more mature” novels written for adult audiences. If you haven’t or don’t often read adult novels, this is a great introduction. And if you do but have been left uninspired (hence your obvious pursuit of refuge in YA), perhaps there may be a couple of titles here you’d like to try out. This is a list of some of our favorite adult books that we think YA readers will thoroughly enjoy. Without further ado… ~K. K.’s Adult Recs Notes from K.: My adult recommendations are… Read more »
Alright, can we all just gather round, we’re about to have a very serious conversation. Leading men of YA have made us laugh, cry, swoon, drool, hate the utter unfairness of reality. Some of us like bad boys, some good boys, some a healthy mix of both. Some of us like them damaged, some like them adorably innocent. Many of them out there are cliches. They smile from the corner of their lips because they don’t know how to smile properly. But sometimes, some of them are done just right. This year’s Literary Swoon is Favorite Fictional Crushes. We are here today to thoroughly discuss the shiz out of this topic. Yesterday’s post featured some of our favorite authors and their crushes. Today, it is our turn. So sit back and relax. And most definitely enjoy. ~ K. K.’s Fictional Crushes Jonah Griggs from Jellicoe Road Kartik from the Gemma… Read more »