Posts Categorized: yearly favorites

Favorite Books of 2015

Favorite Books of 2015

Get your gift cards ready, because here it is: our annual list of favorite books! We read many, many 2015 releases (and sampled many more), and here are the ones we feel you shouldn’t miss. Kim’s Favorite 2015 Releases Once again, unlike so many lists you’ll see in publications, my list is comprised almost entirely of fantasy/science fiction. I would like to point out Archivist Wasp and The Awesome as two wonderful books, fantasy and paranormal respectively, that I think are deserving of more attention! All in all, it was a really great year for genre fiction (more so on the fantasy side). There are certainly some books I just didn’t get to that I know would’ve made an appearance here (Simon Vs.the Homo Sapiens Agenda immediately springs to mind). It was particularly hard to keep up with reading during the last several months of the year thanks to my… Read more »

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The Midnight Garden’s Favorite Books of 2014

The Midnight Garden’s Favorite Books of 2014

If you’ve been paying attention to year-end Best of Young Adult Fiction lists, it’s interesting to note how many contemporary books wind up taking home the biggest prizes. Where’s the love for science fiction and fantasy? It’s a little baffling–and frustrating–that these genres remain largely unappreciated outside of the book community until some sort of crossover/commercial appeal suddenly deems them worthy of attention. While we’re certainly fans of well-written realistic fiction, we do think these kinds of results are a good reminder of why book blogs continue to be valuable resources for prolific readers. So regardless of genre, if you’re a reviewer, please continue to champion the books you love to fellow booklovers, and try to do your best with people who might not otherwise give YA a chance. There’s an incredible amount of challenging and moving young adult literature outside of the few that are recognized by mainstream media… 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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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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2011 Favorites!

2011 Favorites!

This has been a monumental reading year for me, because it was the year I rediscovered my love for YA. I also started posting reviews on GoodReads and started this blog, which has been so much fun! Most importantly, I’ve made so many amazing new friends who feed my book addiction, and I’m grateful everyday for having so many people I can go to for recommendations. Total Books Read:    422 Here are my favorite books published in 2011. #1 Liesl & Po A lovely tale full of adventure and magic, and an instant classic alongside books like Mary Poppins and A Little Princess. #2 Clockwork Prince (Infernal Devices #2) A heart-breaking story that combines exquisite Victorian details, steampunk, a love of literature, principled characters, and magic. #3 Angelfall  Post-apocalyptic YA + kickass heroine + badass angels + cannibals…what more could you ask for? #4 A Monster Calls  A difficult but… Read more »

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