By: Melanie | December 21, 2014 | (171) Comments

Today is an INCREDIBLY special day. As you should have guessed from the title of this post, it’s YA Midnight Reads’ birthday!

Two years ago, 0n the 21st of December of 2012, we were told that the world was going to end. What were you doing on that day? Well, we don’t know about you guys, but for Melanie, that was the day she finally got the guts to schedule her first ever post on YA Midnight Reads. In a way, Mel totally saved the world. Because of that post, the world didn’t end; instead, Mel gave life to the Earth by posting that first blog post. (Don’t convince us otherwise.) It was a very special day indeed.

Today’s post will consist of many things. We’re gonna thank some people, shed some tears, thank some more people, give some advice, maybe shed more tears, and leave with a super ultra awesome giveaway.

So let’s get this party started!

How We Started Reading/Blogging

Mel

I’ve talked about how I started reading and blogging a few times in the past now, but I’ve met so many new awesome friends since the last time I talked about it, so here it is again!

In April 2012, I was a quiet little girl who recently started Year 7 at High School, detested the world and HATED reading. I couldn’t bear reading at all. I believed that it was the lamest thing in the world, and I couldn’t believe people actually wasted their time just to sit on a seat and read a bunch of words. (I know, little Melanie deserves to be thrown in a fire and be burned to death.) Anyhoo, at my old school we had these reading sessions about once a fortnight for English class. We’d be told to borrow a book from the school library and sit there and read it for the rest of the period. For me, that meant borrowing the thinnest book I could find that looked somewhat decent, and to stare at the middle of the page for a good 5 minutes before flicking it. In other words, fake reading. (I KNOW, I was such a bad, bad person.)

At the same time, my mum had this habit of borrowing towers of books from the local library for me to read. She’d nag me a lot if I didn’t touch the books, so I did look through them, seeing if any of the books caught my attention. 99% of the time, none of the books looked interesting enough. Anyway, a month passed and the books would soon become overdue; so my mum would return them and a new tower of books would replace that stack. She’d nag me some more, and I’d groan and pretend to read one or two of them.

In June 2012, I picked up Evernight by Claudia Gray. It was in one of those tower of books, and I immediately fell in love with it. After devouring that one, I soon found book 2 and 3 at the library myself and read them too. Now, I couldn’t seem to find book 4 ANYWHERE. It wasn’t at my local library, and it wasn’t at my school library. So, I typed in the title of the book and the author’s name into Google in hopes that there’d be a PDF online. (I KNOW, BAD MELANIE, BAD.) If you don’t know, when you type in the author’s name and book title into Google, one of the first things that pops up is Goodreads. 

July 2012, I made a Goodreads account. Maaaan, I was GLUED to that site. I found suggestions of other books like Evernight and soon devoured them too. Basically, other YA novels. And soon enough, I had this never ending TBR and met a bunch of totally awesome book people, including Stephanie @ Chasm of Books; we met on a Rick Riordan fan group on Goodreads, and we both didn’t have blogs back then.

Goodreads soon enough became my second home. I hated the world less, because I found people who had so much in common with me. It was seriously the best thing ever. I am forever thankful for Goodreads. Anyhoo, in November 2012, I started following a lot of book blogs. I discovered them through reading Goodreads reviews (because some reviewers leave their blog link at the end/start of their GR review). In particular, Eileen @ Singing and Reading in the Rain’s blog. (No link, because she no longer blogs and her blog isn’t up 🙁 ) She was the same age as me–only 4 months older–and we had a lot in common. I don’t know exactly how, but she totally inspired me to start my own blog.

Late December 2012, I made my own blog, Eileen and I became close friends, and she gave me a crap load of tips and blog help. Eileen, you’re probably never going to read this since you no longer blog but THANK YOU. THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING.

Okay now I’m getting emotional.

Larissa

My story is a lot less more lengthy than and interesting as Mel’s haha. I’ve always enjoyed reading, even as a young girl. I suppose my love of reading started with my mother who was a very large bookworm herself. As a young girl (when my reading skills weren’t the best) she would sit me down before bed and read me some great stories, by authors such as: Laura Ingalls Wilder, Beverley Clearly and Judy Blum. As I grew in age and education, I found myself having access to the library. It was there where I would check out mountains of books (literally, I checked out the entire magic treehouse series once and at the time it had like 28 books) and read whenever I could find time.

It was only a matter of time before I started reading YA, and I believe my first official YA book was….. Twilight. Yes, it was that infamously bad story that got me hooked in the genre of young adult. At least I can say that my tastes have broadened since then, and that I’ve certainly becoming more critical with joining goodreads and being a part of this blog. I can honestly say that reading will always be a part of my life, and an activity that never ceases to calm me down and make me feel comfortable- like I’m at home. Cheesy, but true.

Celine

I’m afraid I don’t have a really inspiring story about how I started reading, haha. It’s just something that I’ve always done – I can’t remember a time in my life that I wasn’t reading. Even when I couldn’t read myself my parents used to read me bedtime stories. At some point they stopped doing that because I would always read whatever book we were currently reading during the day because I wanted to know how everything would end (impatient I was, yes) and my parents would be completely lost as to where in the story I even was anymore 😛

YA is another thing I feel I’ve always read, even though I know that isn’t true. I didn’t really have a ‘gateway YA book’ like many do – I just started picking up random books with pretty covers at the library and a few of them were YA and since then I’ve pretty much been obsessed. There is, however, the story of how I got into reading in English. (Seeing as, obviously, I mostly read Dutch books.) Ah yes, that I remember perfectly. *coughs* So, don’t tell anyone, but I used to be obsessed with the House of Night series. Don’t judge me 😛 I actually can’t stand the books now (which I suppose is a sign of my growth as a reader) but back then I loved them. However, I hated having to wait until they were all translated into Dutch (gee, my impatience as a reader really is the theme here, isn’t it), so at one point I decided to start one of them in English. One thing led to another and here I am now, 99% of the books I read this year in English.

YA Midnight Reads’ Milestones

21st December, 2012: The YA Book Lover was born. YES THAT WAS THE OLD BLOG NAME–SHUSH I KNOW, SO BAD.

January 2013: The YA Book Lover was changed to YA Midnight Reads. (This also explains why I have such a horrid email address.)

July 2013: YA Midnight Reads moved to WordPress and got it’s own domain name! WHOOOT!

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August 2013: Mel went to her first book event which was PenguinTeen Australia Live in Melbourne. YA Midnight Reads was featured on their PowerPoint!

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January 2014: Celine and Larissa joined YA Midnight Reads! YAAAAAAAAAY 😀 A Midnightian Book Fort was also made. It is where we all currently live.

April 2014: Mel met the HarperCollins publicist, Amanda, and Jessica Shirvington (and she hugged Mel, and Mel totally freaked because it was totally awesome.) (And Mel ate the best cupcakes in the world.) It was also the first time Mel went to an author signing.

June 2014: YA Midnight Reads got quoted in Shimmer by Paula Weston

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September 2014: Mel met Laini Taylor (her first non Aussie author signing!). She also got signed copies of Daughter of Smoke and Bone for Celine and Larissa and they totally freaked.

We’d Like to Thank

Mel

There are seriously SO MANY people I want to thank. I’ve already thanked a lot of people, and now I’m going to thank some more. (This is like Thanksgiving or something. Only a month late.)

Firstly, to my mum. THANK YOU, for nagging me to read. It’s made all the difference to me today, and I don’t think I’d be the same me today, if it weren’t for you and your perseverance to get me to read.

I’d also like to thank Celine and Larissa. I want to thank you for sticking with me this year, and for all your contributions to YA Midnight Reads. You’ve both made this blog so much better with your awesome reviews and entertaining discussion posts that I would never be able to write myself. You both are such intelligent, fun and sweet girls, and I am so grateful to have met you. Seriously, thank you for dealing with me, and my strange mood swings where I have totally random blog ideas that sometimes make no sense. You girls are seriously the best. *group hug*

Celine–I just read your comment last year on YA Midnight Reads’ first blogversary, and I have just realised how close we’ve become. I’m so freaking glad you wanted to co-blog here, here’s to many more awesome discussion reviews together! (Particularly Hellhole. I AM SO EXCITED TO START THAT BOOK.)

Larissa–I cannot believe that I didn’t know you until January! You write the most thoughtful reviews–I cannot believe that one time when you said you didn’t know what to say for this book and you wrote 1000+ words. You’re da queen, girl. QUEEN. Also, boy drama sucks, and he doesn’t deserve you 😛

Jaz, my ice cream buddy (among several other things), you are one of the bestest people I know in the world. You’re so sweet and thoughtful and just a totally fun person to chat with. I am so glad that we got to meet in person this year, I have to fly up to Sydney one day so we can have a REAL ice cream date! To think of it, I believe we met when I joined Finding Bliss in Books. You were the first to comment on the welcome post, and that was pretty much how we started talking. LOVE YOU LOTS!

Emily! You’re like my non-blood related twin from Singapore. You’re so freaking talented, and our conversations always put a smile to my face. (REMEMBER THAT TWITTER COMPETITION WE HAD TO SEE WHO COULD HAVE THE LONGEST HASHTAG? THAT WAS TRULY FANTASTIC. WE SHOULD DO IT AGAIN SOMETIME.) I love your blog as much I adore you, your designs are so gorgeous 😀 I am so glad to know you. I definitely have meeting you on my bucket list, because it HAS to happen. (Or I’ll die trying.)

Ellis, you are the best frenemy anyone could ever have. SERIOUSLY. You have the best humour, a BRILLIANT taste in TV shows, and there isn’t one Twitter conversation that we have that doesn’t have me resulting in a huge grin. (Sure, sometimes I wouldn’t mind chopping your head off, but that’s okay.) You can also be real sweet when you are feeling like it (I’m only ever going to admit this once.) Thank you for being an awesome co-blogger at Finding Bliss in Books, too of course. #swagbird

There are so many more people I want to thank as well, but I think I might be here forever doing so. :O I want to thank every single person who has made the effort to leave a comment on here, because sometimes when I am feeling down, your comments give me the motivation and confidence to keep me doing what I’m doing. Also, thank you to all those booknerds who read this blog. Every pageview counts, and it puts a smile on my face when I see so many people actually taking the time to read what I (and Celine and Larissa) have to say.

A huge thank you to all the Aussie YA Book Bloggers too, you guys are the sweetest bunch of people ever, and I’m grateful to know every one of you. And it was so nice to meet one of you in person too–Ebony–I’m glad my craziness didn’t scare you off.

And ANOTHER huuuuuuge thank you to you Aussie Publishers! Thanks so much for letting me to review your books and help bring more publicity to them. You guys seriously rock. Hugs all around!

Larissa

Oh god, where do I even begin??

Guess I’ll start with Mel. She’s okay. An average blogger. Somewhat fond of Percy Jackson.

Hahahaha! Okay, so now for the truth. Mel, guys- I swear she is supergirl. Seriously, I think of my fourteen (or fifteen year old now [; Mel, you’re growing up! LOL) self and in comparison I was so inadequate. The fact that you’re truly so confident in your passions and have turned it into this creative and intellectual melting pot is inspiring. I’m not just saying that, I know to many you’re an true inspiration for many and I definitely know that without you I wouldn’t be blogging. Thank you so much for letting me into your little corner of the internet and putting up with my haphazard posting schedules and casual disappearances into the void. I will never be able to express myself adequately when it comes to how much it means for me to be a part of this blog. You took a chance with me and that chance has resulted in so much personal happiness for me. You’re truly amazing and I love being a part of YA Midnight Reads. THANK YOU.

Celine! Girl. You’re actually one of the sweetest people ever, whenever I talk to you it’s guaranteed that you’ll leave me with a smile on my face. It’s an true honor to be able to be blogging with you at YA Midnight Reads. You post some truly hard hitting pieces and reviews that rock. I can’t wait to read more from you as you just are so eloquent in everything you do. I’m also very jealous of you…HOW DO YOU HAVE REVIEWS UP FOR 2015?!? Queen of blogging over here, Miss Celine of the Netherlands. No biggie. Haha. I’d just like to thank you for always being there for me and I can’t wait for us to become even closer in the coming year. Collaborating with you is truly fantastic.

Now I’d like to thank some (NOT all, listing all of you wonderful ladies would take forever. As much as I love you all, I’m already taking this sleep deprivation thing a bit too far) of the amazing blogging friends I’ve made because of YA Midnight Reads.

Faye, Rashika and Aimee  🙂 You three ladies are one of my biggest inspirations out there. Though my commenting is extremely sporadic lately, I still do manage to check the blog daily. Even if it’s on my glitchy phone. I  also got to say, something I’ll always remember about blogging is being a part of that Potato Podcast. Thank you Faye for including me in that and for introducing me to that G chat.  You’ve always made me feel so included and loved in the blogging community which is just amazing. Thank you Rashika for being my support during our time of addiction with the Kim Kardashian app [; Hahaha <33 You make me laugh like crazy girl. Thank you Aimee for always being so great to talk to about books, your posts always make me want to add in my two cents. Also your own blog design kills me- you have some crazy graphic skills girl.

Cait! Yes I’ve been awful at commenting on your blog (really I should just make a PSA about this) but I still consider your blog to be one of my top inspirations. Your posts are crazy good girl, they’re so down to earth and they have this amazing quality about them that just makes them so relatable. Not only do you create discussions, but you create discussions. I’m fairly certain that makes no sense, but what I’m trying to say is that you manage to bring together bloggers in your comments with your innate sense of personal connection like nobody else. Keep on fangirling and reviewing girl! I’ll definitely keep on checking up on your blog. Thank you so much for being one of my first blogging friends (:

Val ~~~~~~~ HAHAHA. You’re so funny and I always adore our comments and conversations with each other. I’m so glad that blogging at YA Midnight Reads has allowed me to get to know you on a deeper level. I can’t wait for us to become closer and for us to be less busy so we can actually talk to each other without having to deal with life~~~~~~~~~~~ Thank you for being a star. Keep on shining and reviewing books.

Jess, hi. I hope you don’t find this a bit odd as we haven’t actually really talked much besides commenting on each other’s blogs. I personally just find you to be such an inspiration though, with your reviews and discussions being so thought provoking and eloquent. I also personally find myself identifying with you (LAW. UNIVERSITY. TAYLOR SWIFT. AHH) in a way that makes me feel as if though that we are twins. Yes, that must be it. Thank you for everything you do in the blogging world, and I hope to get to know you better.

Zoe (queen of compliments and my twin really), Megan (long comment team forever), Wendy (I’ve known you for quite some time and even now you continue to inspire me with your thoughtful words and such kindness to everybody), Kelly (how do you review so well and timely and comment???? give me your powers!), Mel (your monthly recaps and our shared love of fairytale retellings and historical fiction makes my life), Jeann (a reviewing and commenting powerhorse, so inspiring), Amir (I miss you a lot and always love talking to you, it’s something I find so easy and enjoyable) and YOU.

Alright, I swore this wouldn’t turn into an essay but now it is. Oooops. I suppose I’ll have to wrap it up quickly right now. Thank you so much for commenting and reading whatever I say on this blog. It honestly means soooooo much. I know it’s cliche to say, but reading your comments make me smile. Please feel free to talk to me whenever because I love you and want to know you guys better. There’s so many more people I’d like to thank, and honestly I would like to thank anybody reading these words right now or anybody who has ever posted a comment on here. It’s guaranteed that even in a small way you’ve made a difference in my life. THANK YOU!

Celine

*sniffles* What do you mean, I’m nearly crying after reading Mel’s and Larissa’s writings? I have no idea what you’re talking about. *wipes eyes*

Mel – I am so, so glad to be able to call myself your coblogger now. You’re the bestest friend anyone could wish for and I’m happy to have you in my life <3 I still remember a long time ago when I made my own little blog called The Book Shimmy. Back then I had no idea that you actually had to reach out to others and comment on their posts if you wanted to make friends (oh, the naïveté). But Mel somehow found me and left a comment and somehow, somewhere in between then and now we became friends. I really do think I can call Mel my very first blogging friend and I’m so glad to have met her. I can always talk to her, whether it’s to fangirl about the 100 or to plot world domination. Stay your Percabeth-loving, ice cream-eating, amazing self, Mel. I hope I get to buy your love with cookies and chocolate for a long time to come.

And of course, there is also Larissa. I am so glad to have met you through YA Midnight Reads! You are one of the sweetest persons I know and I know you’re always there to listen. I always admire your lengthy and in-depth and amazing reviews and your lengthy and in-depth and amazing comments. All hail Larissa, Queen of Long Comments. I’m happy you’re in my life and I hope that, like you said, we grow even closer next year. Stay awesome, girl.

Of course there are also so many others I have met through this blogging thing and I love all of you. I only have the space to name a few and you don’t get nearly the long thank-you you all deserve, but know that I appreciate and love you all <33

Ellis – I know you’ll always be there to flail about Laini Taylor, a.k.a. number one wording icon. You made me read Croak, for which I both love and hate you. (the PAIN, THE ETERNAL PAIN) (jk I love you). You’re truly amazing. Thank you <3

Lisa – Your blog has always been an inspiration for me and you are also amazing. Thank you for everything, fellow hater of bees!

Cait – Your blog, too, has been always been a major inspiration for me. Your blog is amazing and funny and you. Stay awesome, eater of books, owner of puppy, winner of NaNoWriMo.

Mel – You’re right up there with Larissa as Sweetest Person I Know. You’re always kind to others and ever passionate about fairytales. I hope your internship gets less stressful soon and I think you’re going to nail it. I believe in you!

Jeann – like Mel, you have been with me since pretty much the beginning. I’ve been awful at commenting lately but I have always appreciated your thoughtful comments <3

There are so many more I consider friends, inspirations or both. Some I have never even talked to, but they are an inspiriation to me. Others I have talked to, and I really hope it stays that way.
Amanda, Rashika, Aimee and Faye, Emily, Jaz, Giselle, Kara, Lyn and Bekka, Zoe, Siiri, Dre, Bieke, Nara, Jamie, Sam, Wendy and many, many more: thank you.

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La rules:

1. No cheating! All duplicate entries will be removed and you will be disqualified.

2. You must be 13 years or older to enter any of these giveaways

3. YA Midnight Reads is not responsible for lost items in the mail

GIVEAWAY 1: AUS/NZ ONLY

This first giveaway will have TWO winners. Each will receive 6 YA novels each which were kindly provided by the Aussie publishers. No, I’m not going to reveal the books that are included in these PRIZE PACKS, but here are a few clues to which some of the books you should expect…

  • The one with 2014’s most beautiful cover (IMO)
  • A book by the author who wrote one of the most well known angel series
  • The Bell Jar…but not The Bell Jar…
  • One of 2013’s most (admittedly) overhyped alien/post-apocalypse novels
  • And MANY MORE
  • (Plus some totally awesome swag from Melanie because she’s TOTALLY AWESOME like that)

I’d like to thank HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, Penguin, Hachette, Allen & Unwin and Bloomsbury for providing these books for giveaway! YOU GUYS ARE THE BEST! MWAH <33

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GIVEAWAY 2: INTERNATIONAL (SEE? I DIDN’T FORGET YOU GUYS!)

I am offering any one book up to $15 from The Book Depository for you international peeps. Aussies and Kiwis, you can enter this giveaway, too. >.<

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Melanie

Owner (and crazy nut) at YA Midnight Reads
Melanie is one of the totally fabulous bloggers at YA Midnight Reads. She's a 16 year old student from Melbourne, Australia. She is normally found binge watching TV series, reading , blogging, procrastinating or fangirling about how Percabeth is the best ship ever. She's also a lover of caps lock and uses it excessively.

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171 Responses to YA Midnight Reads Turns 2 Years Old

  1. Alreem says:

    happy blogversary and thanks for the give away 😀
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  2. HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY!! I’ve had so much fun reading your posts (even if I don’t comment as much as I should). I can’t wait for more awesome in the future 🙂

    P.S. Remember that tweet about how you’d post a picture of yourself today? Even though it’s pretty much useless now I still have the screenshot saved somewhere on my computer XD
    Bec @ Readers in Wonderland recently posted…2014 End of Year Book SurveyMy Profile

  3. HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY!
    Thanks for all the awesome – I look forward to another 2 years (and more) 🙂
    Kristy @ Book Nerd Reviews recently posted…Christmas Inspired By Fiction #7My Profile

  4. Happy blogoversary! *throws confetti and offers cake* You three always put up so many amazing bookish posts, from fantastic honest reviews to really insightful discussions. Best wishes for the upcoming year 🙂
    Eugenia @ Genie In A Book recently posted…Genie’s Weekly News (14)My Profile

  5. HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY YOU GUYS!!!! *tackles all three at once* I absolutely love coming on here and reading all your posts/reviews. Never change because you girls are awesome! Love reading all about how you came to read, especially you Mel, bad girl! *throws sparkles* Here’s to many more awesome years of blogging for YA Midnight Reads! xxx
    Joy @ Thoughts By J recently posted…Where can you publish and read stories online for free?My Profile

  6. HAPPY BLOG BIRTHDAY! I have to admit I’ve only been following/reading your blog from this year, but I’ve still enjoyed reading your reviews and discussion posts. 🙂 Thanks for the fantastic giveaway!
    Kara @ Diary of a Teen Writer recently posted…Sunday Weekly Wrap Up (42)My Profile

  7. OH THANK YOU FOR SAVING THE WORLD, MEL. WE WOULD BE DEAD AND GONE WITHOUT YOU. *cheers and stuffs face with cupcakes*
    You guys are AMAZING and I remember coming onto your blog the first time (I think I just tripped onto it when it was just Mel) and thinking, “Woah, this is a huge famous blog and I can’t hang out here.” SERIOUSLY. You can hit me with a shovel. But, I admit, at that point, I didn’t really understand book blogging and I thought little blogs could only hang out with little blogs. Intelligent = me, for sure.
    *ahem*
    BUT LET ME TACKLE HUG YOU ALL. Larissa and Celine: YOU GUYS MAKE ME SO HAPPY. I might’ve squeaked a little. N’awwww. *smushes cake in your hair*
    PLEASE DON’T EVER STOP BLOGGING, OKAY?! I would miss you, you are all so so fabulous, and also the world might end again. Mel, don’t ever run that risk, okay?! OKAY.
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    • Melanie says:

      YOU SHOULD, LIKE, GET ON YOUR KNEES AND BOW DOWN TO US FOR SAVING THE WORLD AND ALL THAT. AND GRAB ME A COFFEE WHILE YOU’RE AT IT. 😛

      Aw Cait xD I don’t really believe in big blogs and little blogs, but thank you. That is such a HUGE compliment. Especially since I don’t think we are lel.

      HERE’S THE DEAL. YOU DON’T STOP BLOGGING, AND WE DON’T STOP BLOGGING, THEN WE CAN ALL BE HAPPY CHAPPYS.

    • Larissa says:

      Yeah really, we all do need to take a second out of our busy lives and praise Mel for saving the world.

      AWWWW CAIT, YOU’RE AMAZING <33 I actually felt the exact same way about your blog, that you were too well known to even notice a little new blogger like moi.

      YES OKAY, LET'S MAKE A PACT. NONE OF US CAN EVER STOP BLOGGING. EVEN IF WE ARE LIKE EIGHTY CELEBRATING OUR 74TH BLOGOVERSARY OR SOMETHING

  8. Hi Mel, Celine, and Larissa! Happy blogoversary. I wish my blog would last two years or more just like yours. I have been following your blog and reading your posts through Bloglovin. I know not anyone of you have talked to me but you three inspired me on blogging. YMA is one of the reasons why I built my blog. Everything in here inspires me a lot. Thank you and have a blast! 🙂
    Yani @ paperboulevard recently posted…2015 YADN: Temple of Doubt by Anne Boles LevyMy Profile

    • Melanie says:

      Thanks, Yani. OMG, we did?! WOW, I AM SO HAPPY THAT WE DID BECAUSE WE NEED EVEN MORE AWESOME PEOPLE IN THIS BOOK BLOGGING CULT. I hope we can continue to inspire! And welcome to the blogosphere xD

    • Larissa says:

      Thanks Yani <33 I hope your blog does too c: Awwww it really means so much that you're inspired by US. I'm going to check out your blog right after I'm done replying to all of these comments.

  9. HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY!

    You said before that when you started, you had some bloggers and blogs you looked up to. I definitely look up to your blog! You girls have such great content and reviews and I especially love the discussion posts. I hope that one day, I’ll get to my 2 year blogoversary too!

    Keep writing and thanks for the amazing giveaway 😀
    Jolien @ The Fictional Reader recently posted…My Fall Wrap Up (Looking back at my Fall TBR)My Profile

    • Melanie says:

      Ooh really? *blushes* Thanks, Jolien! And best of luck to you on the giveaway. xD

    • Larissa says:

      Thanks Jolien (love the spelling of your name okay) (:

      It means a lot that you looked up to us. Honestly I feel like that is the best compliment anybody can give us as I have other blogs that I look up to and that whole circle of love is just great okay.

      I’ll totally be there for your 2 year blogoversary [;

  10. Happy blogoversary, guys! Man, it has been that long already? Just want to say that ou guys have been great friends, bloggers, and reviewers, and have been an inspiration to all of us as well. I hope you girls never change and that you always keep striving and becoming better and better, which I have no doubt you’ll be able to do 😉 I love you three!
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    • Melanie says:

      Right back at you, Faye! I LOVE your reviews so much, by the way, they’re so detailed and fun to read 😀

    • Larissa says:

      Thank you Faye <33 It has been quite some time hasn't it, even from when I joined the blog. Honestly, everything that you said gets a ditto from me. I can't wait to talk to you more and experience more brilliance

  11. Ellis says:

    Omggggg Mel secretly loves me. What an amazing Christmas present. I should comment more often to actually show this but YMR is one of my favourite blogs and your posts/reviews/words are always so ON POINT. Mel and Celine, love you right back and absolutely same re: conversations with you putting a smile on my face, though I still think it’s very rude you have such violent fantasies about me sometimes, Meanlanie. AND I WILL ALWAYS BE HERE TO FLAIL ABOUT LAINI TAYLOR OR ANYTHING ELSE BASICALLY. Don’t worry, I still sometimes take a 5-minute break from talking to Meg because Rogue was given me perpetual trust issues and she’s partly to blame for that. I COMPLETELY UNDERSTAND. Larissa, I don’t know you that well (and I’m pretty sure I’m a total rando to you) but I think you’re hilarious, to the point that I sometimes (read: often) find myself participating in embarrassing levels of snorting when reading your words. I hope YMR is here to stay for a very, very long time. You know, with the it preventing the world from ending thing and all. It’s not like I have any personal investment in this or anything.

    • Ellis says:

      OH YEAH HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY

      • Melanie says:

        UM. UM. WHAT. I NEVER SAID I LOVED YOU, PSHHHHT. ALSO, YOU ARE SO NOT ALLOWED TO CALL ME THAT ON MY OWN BLOG *SHOOTS DAGGER EYES AT YOU* Trust me Ellis, the world will be crashing and burning if we stop blogging. And you don’t wanna even put that to the test.

        AND THANK YOU!!!

    • Larissa says:

      brb crying because Ellis said we were on point.

      AND GIRL YOU’RE NOT A TOTAL RANDO. I’ve definitely seen you around and I also want to be your friend because you seem too cool. And the fact you think I’m hilarious is funny to me because your whole quasi casual feud with Mel cracks me up for days.

  12. Siiri says:

    WHOOOOOOOOOOOP!!!!!!!!!!!! I am so glad that you three found each other, that you have kept going Mel and run this blog through 2 years. That your mom is a book pusher and that Eileen inspired you to do this jazz and finally start a blog <33 Haha! Larissa, most of us got hooked to YA with Twilight, so there's no shame, homie! x Celine, HAHAHAHA I'm glad you've seen the light because I truly hate that series, but it's really nothing to be ashamed of, because you liked what you liked and that's just that 😛 I'm glad your taste has changed though lol! <3 JANUARY 2014 WAS THE BEST THING EVER BECAUSE HELLLLLLLLLLO 3 WIZARDS. I am so grateful for all three of you, because you inspire me so much! Your passion, work ethics, your kind hearts and fangirly souls? I LOVE YOU. Thanks for being you, and here's to many, many more years! *hugs*
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    • Melanie says:

      Aw I COULD JUST KISS YOU RIGHT NOW. *takes the next flight to Siiri*

    • Larissa says:

      LOL yes Twilight was sure quite the influence back in the day. I can’t believe that I’ve been a part of YA Midnight Reads for almost a year now wow. Awww you inspire me too Siiri, honestly you’re such a friendly person (one of my first bloggy friends) and such a fun person to talk too. Totally deserved a place in this post but I was lame and forgot. I LOVE YOU TOO

  13. I don’t have tears in my eyes, nope, it’s just a branch. I wasn’t expecting this when I opened the post. Thank you so much for the sweet words. I’m happy I met you guys and I hope you’ll stick around for many more years <3
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    • Larissa says:

      LOL that was so me reading Mel and Celine’s comments <33

      You're so welcome girl, you deserve them all. I'm so happy that I've met you too and can't wait to interact with you more xxx

  14. Alexandra says:

    Conrats on your birthday! I hope you’ll continue blogging and keep on smiling!
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  15. HAPPY TWO YEARS!! *throws confetti everywhere* It’s definitely a great milestone. We’re only a few months apart in blogging age 😀 I love YA Midnight Reads and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for 2015 😀
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  16. Jillian says:

    Happy blogoversary, you guys!!! Can’t believe it’s been 2 years now. AND I CAN’T BELIEVE YOU MADE A BLOG IN THE END OF THE WORLD. Awesome! Hahahaha. I’ve always wanted to be blurbed and you’re really lucky!! Congrats, all of you ^.^
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  17. Mary Claire says:

    Happy blog birthday! It’s so interesting to hear about how all of you started blogging, especially since this blog was what inspired me to not just read, but to review on my own website. Mel, Larissa, and Celine: you guys are so nice, open, fun, and original in all of your blog posts and comments. Can’t wait to read everything on Ya Midnight Reads in 2015!
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  18. Congratulations, ladies! I love reading about your beginnings. I, too, have Twilight to thank for so I wouldn’t worry about it. 😀

    Cheers!
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  19. Pili says:

    HAPPY BLOGIVERSARY GUYS!! Thank you for saving the world by starting the blog Mel! 😉
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  20. Happy blogoversary, you guys! I love this post and how you shared your blogging/reading history with us. That was really cute. Goodreads is still a second home to me, but I love blogging so much.
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    • Larissa says:

      Thank you Inge <33 and I'm not gonna lie, I actually prefer blogging so much more than goodreads. It means I get to interact on such a deeper level with lovely people like yourself <33

  21. Kelly says:

    Happy bloggy birthday girls! Only two? You’re all like old hands at this blogging gig, are you sure it’s only been 2 years? I’d contact the accounting department, because that just doesn’t seem right 😀

    You’re all lovely little poppets, who clearly buy your sassy pants in bulk. I absolutely love the snark. It’s rare to find three girls that just click and compliment one another, and you girls have it down to an artform. But here’s to another year of buddies, blogging and being fabulous! <3
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  22. Christy says:

    Happy 2 year blogoversary *throws confetti*

    Like you Mel, I used to be the type who didn’t understand why someone would sit and read. And it wasn’t until I was in my 20s when a co-worker forced Twilight on me that I actually gave it a chance and I’m so glad I did.
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  23. HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY, GIRLS! Wow, two years. I have been stalking this blog even before I started blogging myself, so Mel has obviously been a huge inspiration for me. (Thanks for saving the world with your fantastic decision to begin blogging, girl.) And then when Larissa and Celine joined in the fun… BAM! Awesome explosion. I nearly died of it, really.

    You girls are so sweet and fabulous and I just want to meet you all in person so I can give you all bear hugs and cookies. *cries because I wish I could fly* And gah, I just love your dynamics. All you three have so much chemistry together and every visit to this blog is a fun and insightful one.

    Mel, DUDE. We need to meet in real life ASAP so we can have a long discussion on how amazing Percabeth is. <3 Oh, and it's wonderful finally seeing what you look like! You're super adorableeeeee!

    Larissa, you leave the most fabulous comments to read and I probably have this weird happy face every time I see your name on my comment notifications. ^_^ They're crazy-ass long but they leave lots and lots of thoughts in my head.

    Celine, your discussion posts make me really think and go, "Oh, yeah!" pretty much every time. Your brain must be full of crazy yet awesome and creative ideas. 😉

    Thank you girls for remembering us! It's been a while since we've talked (G chat, people, it's awesome), and hopefully in the future I'll get to know you three even better. ^_^

    Happy blogoversary again! And happy holidays! <33
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    • Melanie says:

      Aw thanks, Aimee <33 I am so happy that I inspired you, and very touched. Your blog actually inspires mine from time to time, just to let you know xD OMG we DO need to meet in real life to discuss Percabeth among other things. I can already imagine this convo going down, and it would be totes awesome.

    • Larissa says:

      Thanks girl <33 We really do need to appreciate Mel and her supergirl skills.

      I really do want to meet you Aimee, you're such a sweetie and I feel like if we all met there would just be too much awesomeness and fun to be had. The compliment about our chemistry honestly just made me smile so big (:

      I always love commenting on your blog so that is why they end up usually being so long ;P So you have yourself to thank for those comments girl, it's all because of your quality content.

      happy holidays <33

  24. Lily says:

    Oh HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY GIRLS <3 The blogosphere has definitely been so much fun with you guys around and I just love checking up on your reviews and latest thoughts on books on the blog! Here's to many more blogoversaries 🙂
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  25. Annie says:

    HAPPY TWO YEAR BLOGOVERSARY YOU GUYS!!!! Seeing a post from your blog always brings a smile to my face, I love everything that you guys do and I can’t wait to see what else you have up your sleeve in the years to come! 🙂
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  26. Happy 2nd Blogoversary! I still have yet to celebrate my first blogoversary. Ah! Yes! I remember what I was doing on this day two years ago. I took a picture of myself holding a newspaper that announced the end of the world, and I still have it to laugh at. Mel, it’s so cool how you went from despising reading to loving it. I’ve always loved reading, but I could see how someone could hate reading and then start to love it. Books just are going to win people over, and that’s a fact.
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  27. Congratulations, guys! I’m so happy for you! It’s great to see how far you’ve come and how you all did this together, with those close to you by your side. THANKS FOR THE GIVEAWAY 🙂 And again, congratulations!
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    • Larissa says:

      Thanks Madiha! And yeah, that timeline is crazy isn’t it. So strange to think that prior to last January I wasn’t a part of this lovely blog. Good luck with the giveaway <33

  28. Happy blogoversary! That’s quite the milestone you’ve reached 🙂 May it be the first of many many more!
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  29. Jasprit says:

    Congratulations on the blogoversary ladies! I can’t believe that it’s been two years already! It’s so great that you’ve been able to develop such a brilliant friendship between you all. I’m especially glad that you became such a voracious reader Mel! Here’s to many more brilliant years to come! 🙂
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  30. Amir says:

    This is such a beautiful post. I love reading how people started on…well, reading. Every story is different and it’s always so interesting to see how one’s relationship with reading get started. I love this blog, you guys are so young (compared to lil old me anyway lol) but so brilliant in your reviews. And yes. I do agree that you saved the world Mel, you little genius, you. 😉

    Thank you for the sweetest mention Larissa and I hope to get to know you more Celine! You guys have an awesome third year ahead, that’s for sure! Congratulations and Happy Blogoversary!
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  31. Congrats on two years! that’s fantastic. I really like the name you have for the blog now- it’s different. 🙂
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  32. HAPPY Blog Anniversary!!!! *throws virtual confetti*
    Aw, I remember Eileen, it’s sad that she just completely disappeared from everywhere 🙁
    Evernight was one of the first YA series I got into too.
    I look forward to more years, more reviews and more fangirling over The 100.
    (Have we talked about the mid-season finale yet????)
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  33. Amber Elise says:

    Oh man, I totally forgot that the world was supposed to end in 2012. Weren’t there like two D-Days that year?

    Congrats on the 2 year anniversary ladies! I can’t wait to read more from you! 🙂
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  34. Awesome post! I loved reading how each of your started reading/blogging. I think my start into reading YA was more like Mel’s. I didn’t read much at the beginning of high school until I picked up Twilight one day and then searched the library often after that. Twilight actually lead me to Evernight and I really liked that series too! Finding goodreads after that was amazing 😀
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  35. HAPPPPPPPPPPPY BLOGOVERSARY YOU THREEEEEE. You all deserve cake. I’ll bake some in your name and consume it 😀 But seriously, congrats on two years! You guys churn out some of the best content out there! I adore all your reviews and discussions. AND I loved how you included a little story about your reading journey.

    AND UM, MEL, my love of reading came from my mother as well! She used to book push me all the time hahaha In fact, she still does now. I kid you not, I just got a text from her the other day nagging me about finishing Gone With the Wind. I told her I wasn’t rich in the time department and she told me she’d pay me so that she can finally have someone to discuss it with hahahaha

    I want to give the three of you ALL THE HUGS IN THE WORLD. AND YOU, LARISSA!! YOU ARE THE SWEETEST THING IN THE WORLD. That’s it. I feel like we are just twins. It’s the only explanation. The wait for uni is just the worst BUT it’ll be worth it! And just so you know, I still have 1989 on replay hahahaha! But seriously, so much love for you <3 x
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    • Larissa says:

      THAAAANK YOU JESSSS <33 I will gladly take cake [; I'm also so happy to hear that our content we work so hard on is considered 'quality' by you.

      *gives jess all of the hugs* Awww girl you're making me blush over here. We must be twins, there's no other reasoning that can make up our likeness. 1989 is forever on replay really. Love for daysssss <33 Can't wait to talk to you more when I'm not crazy busy with life

  36. Congrats and happy blogoversary ladies!! <3 Your blog has become one of my favorites! 🙂 To many more years of blogging!
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  37. Emily says:

    AHHH!!! HAPPY BLOGVERSARY BEAUTIFUL LADIES!! 😀 I’m so proud of you three, look how far you’ve come! And yes YA Midnight Reads is definitely a world-saving blog 😉 If I could run to all three of you, I would bring you guys more awesome cupcakes with lots of pretty candles so that you guys can partaeeee. It’s awesome to see all of you on your journeys in reading, and how all of you have blossomed and grown! 🙂 So proud of you guys, keep it up! 😀 Here’s to many many more years to come! <3

    And yes Mel I totally remember our hashtag competition ;D (I completely win by the way… but you know because it's your blogversary we can just say that you did :P) You're definitely like my non-blood related twin, and you're one of my favourite people <3 Love you girl!!

    • Larissa says:

      Thank you Emily <33 I really do believe I've come so far in terms of blogging. I can't believe it was just last January when I joined the blog. LOL we can totally liken YA Midnight Reads to a savoir of sorts [; I really would love some cupcakes right now, come on Emily. I'm waiting girl.

  38. Stephanie B says:

    Has it really only been two years? Wow. That blows me away. So glad we met on Goodreads and found each other again when I started blogging! Congrats on two years, girls. And hopefully there’s be many more years to come!
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  39. Awww! *hugs you three* Your blog is one of my favorites, and I always smile when I see a notification from you. Each of your posts are all unique and well-written, while being critical and on-point at the same time.

    Much love to all three of you, and here’s to much more bookish extravaganzas in the coming years! ♥ Can’t wait to see what you have planned for this coming year! 😉

    P.S. Larissa & Celine – thank you so much for mentioning me; it made me day! <33
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    • Larissa says:

      *hugs Zoe* Your blog is actually one of my favorites too shhhh. Every compliment you gave us goes right back atacha times 32980923840932. You’re amazing girl.

      <3333 Love you and so glad we could make your day lovely

  40. Linda Romer says:

    Happy 2nd Blogoversary! I love your blog! Thank you

  41. OMG Guys. You are giving me SO MANY FEELS from all of the love, support and inspiration you give each other and to us other bloggers in the blogosphere.

    I remember when I first stumbled upon YA Midnight Reads, and just being totally amazed that Mel was only 14 at the time. I know I couldn’t write like you do when I was 14, and your reviews are so considered and sassy and I LOVE THEM.

    Then you brought on Larissa and Celine, and you guys are seriously inspiring with how you work with each other, and how you clearly love and support each other. It’s really beautiful to see a strong friendship evolve through blogging, and I love that about you guys.

    Celine, I remember following you through your original blog and seriously I am always impressed with your reviews! I was so happy finding out that you were chosen as a co-blogger here, and you’ve just grown stronger since.

    Larissa, your comments always leave a smile on your face because they are so thoughtful and considered, and I love your discussions in every Midnight Newsletter about what you are up to and your hometown.

    You girls are all amazing and an inspiration to everyone and I’m so glad you are a big part of this amazing blogosphere! <3 Happy blogoversary and here's to many more to come.

    • Larissa says:

      Awwww <33 Glad you can feel that love. Because truly we love the bloggy world and we just want to give love back. #cycleoflove

      I KNOW MEL HAD SOME CRAZY 14 YEAR OLD VOODOO MAGIC. Because I wasn't writing epic reviews at 14. More like being an annoying 14 year old girl embarrassingly into Twilight and justin bieber.

      I'm so glad you appreciate my comments because that makes me feel like they're worth writing c: Because my end goal with them is to make you feel appreciated. Love you chika <33

  42. Happy 2nd Blogoversary! You have such a great blog and I enjoy your reviews. I had heard the story of how you started blogging before Mel, and I just love it! And wow, what a fantastic giveaway. Love the mystery! Hope 2015 brings even more success 🙂
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  43. HAPPY BLOG BIRTHDAY!! I had no clue you guys were only 2! We started so close together…go December blog babies :-)Here’s to many, many more years. <3
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  44. CONGRATS! My blog turned 2 years December 5th and I totally forgot about that until just now so thanks for reminding me. And THANKS CELINE! Yes, we simple folks from Belgium and The Netherlands are awesome like that. I have reviews for 2015 scheduled too. Quite a few. :p
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  45. Ahh Congrats! Happy Blogoversary. Two years is a big milestone. You now know you have your feet under you. I hope you are around for many more years to come.
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  46. Rashika says:

    HAPPPY BIRTHDAY GUYS.
    (I wanted to say Happy birthday okay?!?!?!?! Don’t judge me).

    I cannot believe you guys just turned two! It feels like you’ve been around for ever! Look at all of us growing up *gushes* You guys are one of my favorite blogs in town and I am so glad that one day, I decided to comment here and ended up becoming friends with you guys (wait we’re friends right? I’ll be sad otherwise).

    All three of you ladies are so kind and sweet and I am SO glad to have gotten to know you all! Can you imagine what it would be like otherwise?!?!

    And Lars, I think you got it the other way around, I am pretty sure you helped my addiction since you quit before I did 😛 It was a rough patch in our lives. Let us forget about it!

    Like Celine and Lars, my ‘reading’ story isn’t nearly as interesting although I will admit, I did go through that phase where I picked up the thinnest books to read, I didn’t fake read them *cough cough* but I wanted to read as many as possible (this was in 6th grade. DONT JUDGE ME).

    Thanks for mentioning me guys <3 I feel the love!!! And Mel did save the world. MEL IS OUR SAVIOUR AND QUEEN *bows down to her*
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    • Larissa says:

      RASHIKA <33 NO JUDGEMENTS, JUST ENDLESS LOVE. THANKS BAE.

      of course we're friends lovely. I mean hello, you're fantastic. I'm so glad that YA Midnight Reads has allowed me to meet my favorite night owl

      LOL true. I forgot about that little bit. Ahhh, either way we're done with that dark time of our lives lmfao.

  47. Happy 2nd blogoversary, Mel, Larissa & Celine! You rock! You’re one of my favorite book bloggers and I just love reading everything you post. Please keep blogging, don’t ever stop. No pressure.
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  48. Argh… I don’t know why my comment got cut. 🙁 Anyway, thank you Mel, for saving the world. I remember Dec 21, 2012. It was a Friday. I was a bit disappointed that the world was crashing down and I still haven’t finished my reading goal. So nice save, Mel. Also, thank you for being the most awesome Percabeth fan. Your Percy Jackson-inspired posts make me tear up every freaking time. I hope to meet you in person someday so that I can hug you and talk to you about the bestest demigod of all time.

    And oh, Happy Holidays, girls!

    • Larissa says:

      Awwww it’s okay, I hate when that happens to me though. Too annoying

      Thank you! And certainly not feeling that pressure at allllll [;

      LOL good thing the world didn’t end and you could reach your goal. All thanks to Mel obviously 😛

      Thanks Joy !!

  49. Hilary says:

    HAPPY BLOGIVERSARY YOU THREE! Thank you so very much for all of your hard work and sincerity. I hope I can meet you in person so I can give all three of you big hugs and sob over the feels of various books.

    CONGRATULATIONS! <3
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  50. Valerie says:

    HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY YOU GUYS. Mel your story on how you got into books is so beautiful! Hahahah. AND UNIQUE. I’m glad your mom forced you into loving books!

    AWWWW THANKS LARISSA FOR THE SHOUT OUT. I miss you. We need to talk moreeeee. And yes come to Boston for grad school. LOBSTERS.

    I hope you girls have an amazing third year of blogging :))))) <3 <3

    • Larissa says:

      THANK YOU MUCH BOO <33

      SHOUTOUT FOR DAYSSSS~~~~ And we do! Hopefully I can be more active now in the gchat that it's winter break for me. YES, I'LL BASE MY ENTIRE EDUCATION ON TWO THINGS- LOBSTERS AND VAL (;

      thanks again girly!

  51. Ashley says:

    Happy blogaversary, you guys! Two years is super impressive! I always love finding others who love YA as much as I do. And what a GREAT giveaway! I’m from the USA, so I always love it when the giveaways are through the book depository because I am a pushover when it comes to Rainbow Rowell’s UK covers and it’s about the only place we can get them!

    Congratulations, again! I’m a new follower, but I’m looking forward to another year of great posts!

  52. Ohmygosh this was the sweetest post ever! HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY! 2 years! That’s an amazing feat! I love how your blog has grown and Celine and Larissa I love your posts so much and How they have made this blog so much MORE amazing! I’ve been following you for two years and I can’t wait to see you through another two ^_^ or more! Lol. When you put the timeline like that it really was amazing how fast your progressed! And your new look is just to die!
    Xoxo love ya! <3
    Ps: Mel, yes I'm reading blood of Olympus and dyinggg already I will msg you when I finish! 😉
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    • Larissa says:

      Awww glad you liked it. AND YES TWO YEARS AHHHHH LSJLKFJSDLKDJ. Craziness. I’m glad you like Celine & I’s post, it’s really such an honor to be a part of this blog. That timeline really did put things into perspective, didn’t it?? (:

  53. oriana says:

    HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY!! this its a great blog!!
    thanks for all the reviews and giveaways!

    Oriana

  54. Kyra says:

    HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY! I absolutely love your blog and I’m so glad I discovered it! I’ve really only spoken to Melanie, but I’d love to get to know Larissa and Celine, too! Melanie, I haven’t been chatting to you very long but I’ve really enjoyed fangirling about Percabeth with you and I really appreciate the sweet comments you leave on my blog! <3 Congratulations, and I look forward to reading all your new posts and getting to know all three of you much better! xx
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    • Larissa says:

      Thank you! <33 So glad you discovered it too and now leave such wonderful comments. I would also love to get to know you better too, feel free to drop me a tweet whenever girly.

  55. Susan T. says:

    Happy blogoversary and many more! Your love of YA is infectious and I love reading your reviews and recommendations. It sounds like you have all had such an interesting journey to get here!

  56. HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY GIRLIES!!!!!!! I discovered your blog this summer and I admit, I was sooo scared to comment at first. I was like “These are pro-bloggers who write awesome posts and amazing reviews, they don’t have time to read your silly comments, Rachel!!” You are all so sweet and nice and I love reading your blog!!

    @Mel Your Percabeth love always makes me smile as do your comments on my blog. I love how you truly make the effort to connect with everyone. You’re such a sweetheart, and I hope I get to know you better soon!! 🙂
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    • Larissa says:

      Thank you Rachel <33 AND BOO AWWW. So glad you got over your initial fears and commented because I completely adore your comments. You're also very sweet and I can't wait to know you better when I'm not drowning due to my currently busy life.

  57. Happy Blog Birthday! That is seriously awesome, and I hope you have many more years of fantastic blogging ahead of you! Goodreads is totally the place that got me connected to this world in the first place, so I totally know what you mean. 🙂

    You guys seriously have an awesome blog, just keeping doing what you’re doing. <3
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    • Larissa says:

      Thanks Danielle. Your compliments are actually killing me right now, you’re just such a sweetie. I can’t wait to get to know you better because you seem like such a great human

  58. *hyperventilates* HAS IT REALLY BEEN TWO YEARS ALREADY?????!!!!! Time has flown SO fast, gah >.< Happy, happy, happy, HAPPPPY blogaversary my lovely sweetpeas! 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 Here's to a thousand more!! 😉

    And you have no idea how much I love you with that first giveaway <33 The world just forgets us fabulous kiwis and aussies. 😉
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  59. benish k says:

    Aww this was such a sweet post – Happy Blogoversary! I’m really glad you enjoyed blogging and all the blog events that came your way 🙂 Thank you for the amazing giveaway <3
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  60. Happy Blogoversary! Your blog is awesome, and its inspired me to make my own blog, so thanks for that <3 i'm glad you enjoy blogging, keep the good work <333
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  61. Larissa says:

    Thanks Tiffany <33 it means so much to hear that we inspired you to make your own blog omfg. I'll definitely be giving your blog a look soon.

  62. Omg I love this post so much! I love how you all found your way to YA Midnight Reads. And how Melanie knew Stephanie before blogging, so cool! I’m not just saying this because you guys are turning 2, I like actually love this blog so much! It’s one of my favourite ever and I always read every single post. You guys just have a way of hooking me in! Best of luck in the future! <3
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  63. Rebecca says:

    Congrats on 2 years! I hope you celebrate and have many more to come! So glad to have found you guys. Keep up the great blog and chatting books!
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  64. Yun-a says:

    This is one of the first blogs I started reading, way back, and so thank you! Happy Blogoversary!

  65. Megan says:

    I AM SO LATE TO THIS PARTY — FORGIVE MEEEEE. BUT-BUT-BUT HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY!!! I can’t believe it’s been two years already, but I’m happy that you three are still going strong! YA Midnight Reads is one of my favorite blogs around, so I’m definitely proud of what you guys have achieved so far. <3 THOSE MILESTONES MAKE ME SO NOSTALGIC TOO BECAUSE I REMEMBER THAT VERY FIRST BLOG DESIGN SO WELL.

    And aww, thanks for the mention. I haven't been that good in leaving comments lately, but yes! Long comments unite! 😀 I'm also kinda proud that I'm following most of the bloggers you mentioned. THEY ARE INDEED WONDERFUL PEOPLE.

    Sooo… congratulations again! Sorry for the all the caps, haha, but they're kind of necessary when it comes to celebrations such as this. ;D Not going to enter the giveaway because I have too many unread books on my shelf at the moment, but best of luck to everyone who's entering all the same! Keep pushing on with the awesome girl power, Mel, Larissa and Celine! <3

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  67. Jaz says:

    HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY YOU AMAZING BLOGGERS. AH MEL I AM SO HONOURED I WAS THE FIRST PERSON YOU MENTIONED THAT WASN’T YOUR CO-BLOGGERS. I got a bit emotional reading your post <3 You MUST come to Sydney some time and I am going to take you all over the city so we can gorge on ice cream.
    Larissa I've been reading for as long as I can remember as well, but Twilight started me on the vampire craze and I used to love HoN too Celine! I also hate them now. I stopped after book 5 or 6 lol.

    You guys are one of my favourite blogs to read and you're the sweetest girls all of you. LET 2015 BE EVEN MORE AWESOME.

  68. AHHHHH HAPPY BLOGIVERSARY!!!! I love Mel’s little breakdown (I can’t believe you hated reading! *gasp*). How do you remember that far?! Shoot, I don’t even remember what the first YA book I read was. >.<

    I'm totally jealous that you were quoted in a book! That's something I've always wanted, but alas…

    Here's to another year of awesome ladies!
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  69. Stacy says:

    Happy Blogoversary! I loved seeing how your blog started and how it evolved. I find it especially interesting how you became a booklover after hating reading Mel!

  70. Jaime Lynn says:

    HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY! You getting emotional made ME emotional! Don’t do that! 🙂 I love your blog. It was one of the first blogs I really started following, before I knew about following. I would just type in your address every day and see what was new! Now, it has been 2 years, and your blog is amazing. I love that you are 2 years old, and I really hope you stick around so I can see you turn 5! Thanks for the amazing giveaway!
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  71. Happy Blogoversary! Two years is such an accomplishment and you three should feel totally happy with yourselves for creating such an awesome blog 😀

    This year I promise to comment more (*shakes fist at uni*), because I really DO read and love everything you girls post here on YA Midnight Reads. And hopefully I’ll get to know you all a little bit better, too!

    Here’s to another fabulous two years *toots trumpet*
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  72. Jessica Ho says:

    Mel, Celine and Larissa, congratulations on your 2nd blogversary! I look forward to more from you!

    And thanks to you, I found many more book bloggers to follow! Yay!
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  74. Happy Blogoversary!

    Mel-
    I love that your blog started on the day the world was supposed to end! I always find it interesting to learn when someone got addicted to reading. Goodreads is wonderful! I’m so glad you started blogging! I followed blogs forever before making one too.

    Larissa-
    I’ve always read too! My mom used to read to me as well. There’s nothing wrong with Twilight if you liked it. Especially since it got so many people reading.

    Celine-
    There’s nothing wrong with picking books for their covers. That’s so cool that a book series got you reading English! I’ve always wished I could understand another language.

    I was curious how you all started blogging together. It was cool to learn how the blog progressed.
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  75. *wipes tears* I have absolutely NO IDEA how I missed this post, but all three of you ladies are truly amazing. So much love for all of you and your fantabulous blog!! <33
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  76. Kristia says:

    Happy 2nd blogoversary! Congrats on the good job on this amazing blog, I love it. Thank you for the giveaway:)

  77. Jessica says:

    So you’re saying, most of the books you’ve read have been read 2012 and onwards, Melanie? *faints* THAT, is AMAZEBALLS.
    Plus, I didn’t realise that you liked the Evernight series! I read it back in 2012 as well (I’m pretty sure) and LOVED it. It was one of those simple but really addictive series that you can’t help but become obsessed with. (Yes, I was a vampire junkie *discreetly hides all Twilight fandom swag*)
    I joined Goodreads in 2012 as well! I’d seen it floating around the internet for years, and looked at listopias often for manga recommendations, but it took me until then to actually join – Admittedly, probably one of the best decisions of my entire life 🙂

  78. Daenielle says:

    Congratulations!

    Happy Blogoversary to you. I hope you’ll never get tired reading and reviewing books. :p

  79. Emily Crowell says:

    Happy Blogoversary!! Your reviews have been so helpful- I always look forward to updates (and fun giveaways!!) Good luck in the years to come!

  80. Breanne says:

    Happy Blogoversary girls!! Thanks for hosting an awesome giveaway to celebrate! This is hands down my favourite book blog, and I haven’t hesitated in tweeting Mel to tell her so 🙂 Thanks again girls!

  81. Happy blogoversary!!!! Sorry it’s a bit delayed 🙂
    Yours was one of the first blogs I followed! I have to say that I remember all of those website designs 🙂
    Make sure you keep blogging because I read your blog everyday! I just need to comment more.
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  82. Ashala says:

    Hi *waves*
    Two years?! That is admirably a long time.

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