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Discussion: Bookish Pet Peeves

Discussion: Bookish Pet Peeves

  Welcome to The Midnight Garden’s January Discussion Post! Here we go. This is one area where all readers come together and present a united front…for we all agree that there are many, oh so many, grievous acts of bad writing committed in too many YA novels. And it must stop for our brains and hearts can’t take them anymore. Is the leading female protagonist described as “normal” yet mysteriously attracts the attention of all guys? Is her potential beau a touch abusive? Don’t tell me the parents are on vacation, working too much so they’re never home, or dead. You can probably list an endless number of books where one, two, or all three of these crimes are present. So often do they occur, it’s become predictable — and where is the joy in that? Doesn’t that fact that we can foresee the plot’s plan defeat the very purpose… Read more »

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Favorite Books of 2013

Favorite Books of 2013

Every year brings new discoveries. Whether we’re finding new authors to love or learning to embrace a new genre or category, it’s always fun to look back to see which books have left a lasting impression. To come up with these lists of our favorite books, The Midnight Garden girls read 739 books this year. (THIS IS WHY WE’RE ALWAYS EXHAUSTED.) While there’s never enough time to get to everything we want to read, below you’ll find the ones published in 2013 that we think represent some of the most outstanding work in their respective genres. Get your shopping carts ready, because here are our 2013 favorites! What were yours? Tonya’s Favorite 2013 Books I love doing these year in review posts; I’d been thinking 2013 had been quite an off year for me, but as I looked back over the year I found that I had too many favorites… Read more »

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Favorite Book-to-Movie Adaptations

Favorite Book-to-Movie Adaptations

  Hello friends and welcome to our November Favorites Feature! The film adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ Catching Fire is opening this week,  so we thought it would be interesting for this month’s topic to be our favorite book-into-movie adaptations. We are readers and when we’re told our books are going to be made into film, there is always a mix of excitement, anticipation, and dread. But which have impressed you, surpassed your expectations? Which have not? This is our list. Enjoy!   K.’s Top Books-into-Movies Boy, did this topic shame me or what! Reading the other ladies’ picks, I realized with terrible embarrassment that I have not read-and-watched-book-and-film nearly as much as I should have. And I call myself a book and film fanatic! My pool was shallow indeed. Nevertheless, I do have a list. For myself, not keeping in complete fashion with a book does not mean a bad adaptation…. Read more »

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Favorite Creepy Reads

Favorite Creepy Reads

  Happy Halloween, dear readers! My, your costumes look lovely. Here, have some candy.  Today we’re sharing our favorite creepy reads with you. Our tastes range from connoisseur of creep to scaredy-cat, but none of can pass up a well-written book–even if some of us may need to read it from the safety of a blanket fort.  Keeping reading to see which sinister stories we recommend this All Hallow’s Eve.    Wendy’s Creepy Reads For someone who rarely likes horror movies, I really enjoy well-written horror books. I don’t necessarily find a lot of them scary, though–as much as I like Stephen King or zombie novels, the books I find really creepy are the ones that evoke a feeling of unease or are terrifying in the power of their suggestion. I don’t bat an eye at bloody bodily violence, but describe a creaking sound in the attic or imply that… Read more »

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Who’s Your Bookish Kindred Spirit?

Who’s Your Bookish Kindred Spirit?

Why do we read books? From shocking our system to soothing our soul, there could be as many reasons as there are readers. And isn’t that the beauty of literature? It’s so expansive, so flexible, with something different to offer to each person.But how many of us read to get to know ourselves more? This is probably one of the most personal and revealing posts we’ve yet done. Because here is a list of protagonists we’ve found ourselves mirrored in. These are characters with whom we’ve developed a sense of kinship. For better or worse, these characters have forced us to learn more of who we are. So read them, and see us. ———————————————–K.’s Kindred Spirits There are many characters I’ve come to admire, so far are they from me. And then there are those who I feel have stolen my secrets and confessed them to the world. It’s always… Read more »

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Where We Get Our Books!

Where We Get Our Books!

From musty secondhand stacks to shiny shelves, electronic, advance, borrowed, or bartered–there’s no wrong way to get a book. (Well, of course there is… but we won’t speak of that now.) We thought it’d be interesting to chat about this, and to see where and how our bookish friends obtain their books. Here’s where we get ours. K’s Book Acquisitions I think I’m a pretty disciplined book buyer.  I make sure I buy only books I absolutely love and will read again in the future. I seldom buy books on a whim — and when I do I make sure it’s on sale. Having said this, I do occasionally get the irresistible impulse. Curses! So where do I get my books? Quite a few places. Number one: the bookstore. I shop at Chapters (the Barnes and Noble of Canada). And mostly, I shop the online store. Attention Canadians, become an… Read more »

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Books to Take to a Deserted Island

Books to Take to a Deserted Island

And then it was August. Where has time gone? Summer, we hope, has been good to you! We hope your vacation has been filled with barbecues, sun burn, and good books. We still have about a month left to enjoy but for now, let’s get back to our favorites feature! This month, we are tackling the dreaded question: which books would you bring to a deserted island? It’s a hard one, this one, because it means forever. And ever. And ever. You make a list then you change it. You are made to make a choice between your classics, guilty pleasures, soul-pleasing, intellect-stimulating, heart-swooning books! But we did it. With difficulty. And if we can, so can you. So read our list and make your own! ———————————————– K.’s Top Five Books For A Deserted IslandThis was hard. At first, I considered bringing with me Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe because — hello!… Read more »

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