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Our Favorite Reading Habits

Our Favorite Reading Habits

Happy June, everyone! Each month we’re picking our favorite facet of the reading experience to talk about together. We hope it will help you to get to know your friendly neighborhood gardeners, and that we’ll get to learn more about you through your comments as well. This month we’re focusing on our reading habits. Are you the curled up in the quiet type? The anywhere, any time reader? Do you protect your books like Frodo’s ring, or are you the trusting sort who loans without a wince? Are your books in mint condition, or do they look a little lived in? Whatever your style, there’s no wrong way to read a book. Here’s how we do it. Miss Darling’s Persnickety Rules for Reading Whilst Reading: Spines are never to be creased on paperbacks. Dust jackets are to be removed from hardcovers. Distracting noises make Miss Darling very cross.There must be… Read more »

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What’s On Your Nightstand?

What’s On Your Nightstand?

You can tell a lot about a person by her nightstand. It is, after all, one of the most personal spaces a person owns. And a reader’s nightstand is always interesting. So this month Wendy, Tonya, and I have decided to give you guys a sneak peek into what goes on behind closed doors. So, you nosy little buggers, enjoy! K.’s Nightstand Allow me to confess to one thing: I cleaned it up. Guilty! I make my bed but it’s never that neat. And there would usually be a bottle of water, some scraps of notes, and a whole bunch of other crap. But all in all, this is my set up. I bought the nightstand from Winners. I love it and was smiling ear to ear as I built a great big bonfire with my old, crusty one. The blue pen holder is a liar as it is really… Read more »

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Our Favorite Villains

Our Favorite Villains

Welcome to the Midnight Garden’s April Favorites. Each month, we midnight gardeners pick a favorite facet of our reading experience to chat about, which we hope will help you get to know us, and in turn, us get to know you through your comments! This month, we’re talking about our favorite villains–because what is more fun than a character who is so bad, they’re good? There are those villains (Delores Umbridge, for one) who have not an ounce of redeemability in them, and whom you can wholeheartedly loathe. But then there are others, the ones  whose evil is just the slightest bit transparent, who make you wonder why. Whose absolution you yearn for. Whether it’s the character you love to hate, or just Mr./Ms. Misunderstood, a good villain can make or break a story. And these are our favorites. (Caution: there may be spoilers ahead!)

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Books That Linger

Books That Linger

Welcome to The Midnight Garden’s March Favorites! This is a monthly feature where we bloggers talk a little bit about our favorites in any given topic that might tickle our fancy. We figure it would be a fun way for all of us to get to know each other! This month we’re talking about some of the first books we’ve ever read; books that have, over the years, lingered. Do you remember the book that started it all? The book that made you see that reading is important, that words have power? Do you remember the moment you became a reader? For us, the following are some of the first books to truly affect us…some of the first to open our eyes, our ears, and our hearts to stories. And beware, there are spoilers ahead! —————————————- K.’s Book  I read Katherine Paterson’s Bridge to Terabithia in 5th grade. It wasn’t… Read more »

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Literary Swoon: The Midnight Garden Bloggers

Literary Swoon: The Midnight Garden Bloggers

Happy Valentine’s Day, dear readers! We would like to thank you all for celebrating with us this year’s Literary Swoon series. It’s been a pleasure reading some of our favorite YA authors’ favorite romantic scenes and discussing them with you. Today, we end with our very own personal picks of romantic scenes. We hope they make your hearts beat as fast as they have obviously made ours. Please beware that there will be spoilers.   Now sit back, read, sigh, and enjoy… —————————————— K.’s Favorite Romantic Scene The final paragraphs of Libba Bray’s The Sweet Far Thing is one of the most poignant moments I think I’ve ever read. This series is about growing up, accepting change, claiming your rights and your dreams. It is about self-worth, courage, and love.  I could write an entire post about why reading the closing passage of this book makes me want to move… Read more »

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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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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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