Posts Categorized: tonya

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: Katja Millay

YAuthor Talk: Katja Millay

  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 author of one of the two books all four of us Midnight Gardeners named as one of our Favorite Books of 2013: Katja Millay, who penned the heartbreaking and beautiful The Sea of Tranquility.     1. If you could be any YA hero/heroine, who would you be and why? There are so many YA heroines I respect and admire for one reason or another, but although I think it might be nice to be like them, I don’t think I could handle actually being them.  I’d love to lay claim to their skills and personality traits – and, yes, if I’m being completely honest, their love interests – but they’re often put through such a… Read more »

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YAuthor Talk: Rosamund Hodge

YAuthor Talk: Rosamund Hodge

  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 Rosamund Hodge, whose debut Cruel Beauty–out tomorrow, 1/28!–Kate called “an exquisitely crafted retelling of the story of Cupid and Psyche.”

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Yallfest, Y’all! event recap + giveaway

Yallfest, Y’all! event recap + giveaway

Hey, y’all. I just got back from a glorious five days in Charleston, South Carolina where I visited friends, basked in the friendliness of the south, and had the BEST TIME EVER at Yallfest–a free festival held every year in Charleston, organized in part by Margaret Stohl and Kami Garcia. I’ve not been to many book festivals aside from the bookish panels at SDCC and all its attending craziness, so I was pleasantly surprised by the smaller scope of Yallfest. The panels felt so intimate and unhurried, and gave an insight into the authors and their stories I hadn’t seen in person before. Plus, with signings on such a smaller scale than typical, it gave the authors an opportunity to give each person a moment of personal attention, instead of having to hurry through the line like usual. (Though the lines were very long in some cases.) I was so pleasantly… Read more »

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