By: Melanie | February 1, 2015 | (70) Comments

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Today’s my last day of freedom as tomorrow I’ll be back at school starting as a Year 10 student. A.K.A. in which I’m going to die because some of the classes I’m taking are VCE courses and they’re gonna take the life outta me. I actually ate an entire KitKat block to stuff my emotions down my throat. #truestory I know some of you guys have said that I shouldn’t be worrying about Year 10, but at my school things get pretty intense from here on being a selective school. *cries*

Other than the sad school news and the fact that I am being world’s most unhealthiest person in the whole wide world, not much is new. OH but I did go to Tasmania last week! I’ve posted a bunch of pictures of the food we had on Twitter, too 😀

In all, I had an excellent time in Tasmania. I wish that we could’ve stayed for longer, but it was a fun experience nonetheless. The people there are so welcoming and the entire state just felt like a small, tight-knit community. The food was excellent, and now I’m officially sick of oysters, and the scenery was absolutely gorgeous! I still haven’t had the time to upload the pictures of the scenery as they’re on my camera, but hopefully I’ll get to that soon.

I also didn’t post anything this week, which was incredibly strange because I’ve never done that before but look at Celine and Larissa, totally rocking the place xD Anyway, I actually did do a lot of blog stuff this week, despite not posting anything. I’ve scheduled a few more reviews and non-review posts, and it’s a great feeling! I’m finally get my foot down on some things (for now at least).


Hey guys! Feels like it’s been awhile since we did a MMN. Haha, so I’m now eighteen which is awesome. Thank you all for the super sweet birthday wishes, you made my birthday even more special. You all rock <33 I had a blast and luckily working the next day was decent enough haha.

Besides my birthday, more exciting news in my life is that I got my first acceptance letter to a university. It’s my second choice but it’s still super exciting. If I go there instead of my first choice, I’d be doing public relations for four years than apply to law school. My first choice school would be a little more direct, with four years in law & society than I’d again apply to law school. Both of these universities are in my city, I honestly think staying at home for the first four years of my education is the best move. However, for law school? I’m applying to all of the cool places.

I’m also finished my exams now! Woooo. I go back to school on Monday though, so I’ll be back on that grind soon enough. It marks the start of a new semester though, and that’s always refreshing. I can’t honestly believe it’s my last semester of my last year of high-school 😮  Grad photos are also coming up ahhhh, it seems so surreal yet it’s all happening at once.

Other than the aforementioned I’ve been spending time working and just relaxing haha. I went to this amazing frozen yogurt place the other day and oh my god. I want to go there everyday now.

Hope you guys are all well <33

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This Shattered World: I bought this one AGES back from Books of Wonder. Basically, they had this deal going on that if you preordered the HB of This Shattered World and waited until January, they’d send you a signed copy of the book along with a signed poster and bookmark. So I totally leaped at the opportunity and now my pretties are here!

There Will Be Lies: I was actually meant to receive this one ages ago from Bloomsbury but apparently something happened along the way in the mail and I didn’t get it until now. I can’t wait to start it!

All the Bright Places: Same thing with this one except with Penguin. Clearly, something is incredibly messed up with my mail delivery lately <.<

Unwanted: I’ve never heard of this one before but apparently it’s a Aussie YA debut author! I’m very curious.

Havoc: Apparently this one the Text Prize for this year? I’m confused, because it doesn’t have the gold badge thingy that all the previous book winners have.

Cress: My US paperback preorder finally arrived! I actually completely forgot that I preordered this, so it was a nice surprise when it arrived.

The Bell Jar: I didn’t break my book buying ban, I swear! I HAD to buy this because it’s for required reading this year.

Red Queen: IT’S A FINISHED COPY!!! I’ve already read and loved this book–Celine will be reviewing it on the blog in a week’s time, so keep your eyes peeled, people!

My True Love Gave to Me + all the pretteh classics: Gifts from my friends! We finally met up about two weeks ago and exchanged (belated) Christmas gifts. They know me so well *wipes tear*

Stephanie Perkins tote + Heroes of Olympus mug: I may be on a book buying ban so buying bookish items totally doesn’t count, right? (I’ve completely cheated myself <.<) Anyway, I’m completely in love with the tote and mug. I recently found out through Ellis and Gillian that THE TOTE IS ACTUALLY DESIGNED BY GILLIAN. Like HOLY CRAP, right? I’m even more happy that I bought it now, especially because it was designed by a fellow blogger. If you wanna check out Gillian’s amazing merch and buy it, click here.

~Thank you Text Publishing Australia, Penguin Australia, Bloomsbury Australia, Hachette Australia and my loverly IRL friends!~


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This Shattered World by  Kaufman and Meagan Spooner (AUS)
Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen (INT)
A book of your choice (INT)

And that’s all for this week! How are you all?

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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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70 Responses to Midnight Madness Newsletter (79)

  1. Alreem says:

    what a lovely haul:) hope you enjoy all these great books!!
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  2. Inlove that new edition of classics!! *-* I have Prode and Prejudice and the one by Charles Dickens, they are so beautiful!!

    And that swag of the Stephanie Perkins’ books?? It is soo cute!

  3. Tasmania! That must be one mean heck of a place. I’d love to go there someday, although not sure about oysters because oysters for some reason really make me sick :S But it makes me just excited to even imagine what the view could be from there!

    And Larissa, congraulations on your being accepted into universities! Man, I already miss uni. I used to live in the countryside and decided to take a big leap of faith by applying to the big universities in the country, which are all cool but are located far, far, FAR away from home. Luckily I got into all of them and made the best decision ever since because UNIVERSITY ROCKED. I mean, I was stressed all the time, put on some pounds due to stress eating and all that, but the people I met and the things I learned were well-worth it. Enjoy your last days of high school and I can’t wait to know of your uni stories on Gchat ^.^
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    • Melanie says:

      aw it sucks that they make you feel sick. If i have too many I feel ill as well–but go there for the scenery and other fresh produce and amazing people! I wouldn’t have minded staying there longer

  4. Cynthia says:

    Melanie, so glad you had an awesome time in Tasmania! Jealous! Such a great haul of books for both of you. All the bright places was such an amazing book.
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  5. Tasmania sounds fantastic Mel! And don’t be worrying about year 10, even if it’s hard the only way out is through, time will pass and so will year 10! You go some great books too. I really want to read The Bell Jar this year too as part of my Dust off Your Classics challenge and your Stephanie Perks tote is adorable! Enjoy 🙂
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  6. Tasmania sounds like such an awesome place to visit 😀 Good luck with school Mel, you got this!
    Congrats on getting approved on your second-choice university, Larissa. And it’s good to hear you had such a fun birthday.

    God, those classic editions are so pretty. I really want to get some too.
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  7. Pili says:

    Tasmania sounds amazing! I really need to visit Down Under at some point but I’m more drawn towards New Zealand than Australia, Middle Earth and all that jazz, you know? 😉

    YAY on final semester of high school Larissa, uni years were more awesome for me than high school! I hope you’ll get approved for your first choice of college!

    So many awesome books! I also preordered This Shattered World from Books of Wonder, but they must have run out of posters because I got a tote bag instead, which I’m NOT complaining about at all!

    Happy reading ladies!
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    • Melanie says:

      Oh yes you need to come to AUS! Ooh yeah New Zealand is somewhere I need to go–and it’s pretty close by too so I have no excuses. Ooooh a tote bag? Sounds pretty awesome as well 😀

  8. Tasmania sounds like an interesting place to visit! I actually never went to Aussie before, but I hope soon. Ooh you got many interesting books too, and those classic books are so prettyy I want to buy it too, though theres like 90% chance I wont read it since im not a fan of classic. (ps: im in year 10 too so i totally understood how hard it is!)

    Larissa, congratulation for got accepted in college! Enjoy your high school while it last:)

    • Melanie says:

      Hah I’m glad that you can empathise with how stressful Year 10 can actually be. I don’t read any classics either but I’ve made a new years resolution to change that!

  9. Amazing haul! I’m seriously in love with that tote <3 I'm actually getting ready to start All the Bright Places today, I've heard wonderful things about it 🙂
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  10. Larissa, congrats on getting your first acceptance letter! I’m only a freshman, so I don’t have to worry too much about college yet, but I’m thinking about it.

    Mel, AHHHH!!! So many pretty classics. I might drool all over my keyboard. I also really want to read Red Queen, which I’ve heard a ton of good things about.
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  11. Maddy E says:

    Glad you had fun in Tasmania Mel! I might be going there this summer (or winter, in Tasmania, ugh science). Also, I feel your pain with tenth grade. For me, that’s when you can start taking AP (advanced placement) classes, and there’s a lot of pressure to take as many AP/Honors classes as possible.

    Also, finding Gillian’s merch store was the best day of my life. I have plans for an Heir of Fire rug when I redo my room for my birthday.
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  12. Jasprit says:

    This is one epic haul ladies! I love the tote that you received Mel, you’ve just reminded me that I need to read Isla soon! I also got a copy of All the Bright Places this week, the reviews have been great so far, so I hope I end up loving it too! Happy reading! 🙂
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  13. kindlemom1 says:

    Wow lots of great books for all of you, congrats!
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  14. Aw. I feel your pain, Melanie. I remember having months of summer holidays and the suckage of the start of a school year. The only think I enjoyed about that time of the year was buying school supplies! Lol. Anyway, I’m glad you had a great time in Tasmania! And here’s to a fantastic Year 10. 🙂

    Great haul, Larissa! How awesome is that stack of Austen classics.
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  15. Hilary says:

    Gillian’s designs are gorgeous!!
    Mwahahaha, join the frozen yogurt club, Larissa. It’s delicious, isn’t it?
    Kit-Kats make EVERYTHING better, Mel. I don’t blame ya.

    Wonderful hauls, you guys!
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  16. Amber Elise says:

    Welcome back Mel! I think I missed all your food pictures on social media. I’ll have to fish them out one day, because I adore food. Food on TV, food on instagram, food on my plate. ._. I also love the tote that you got (and everything else, holy crap). The book blogger world is making me realize that I have to step up my tote game!

    And Larissa, congrats on your university letter! I know people say that high school is the best years of your life, but I prefer university!
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  17. I was really hoping that Kristen Bell would narrate the Veronica Mars audiobook, but she didn’t 🙁
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  18. Ohhh, school does sound tough, Mel. 😐 My sister’s school does an intense years 11 & 12 so she’s like only been back for 2 days and already is SWAMPED. Ahhhhh. I probably won’t see her face till holidays. >_<

    Omg, you are a clever cookie aren't you, though, Larissa?! LAW! WOW! I hope you get your first choice school too though.
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  19. Pretty books! I’ve still not read Anna and the French Kiss or any of those books. I see everyone adore them so maybe one day. That tote is SO BEAUTIFUL. Wow. Mel…good luck with school and Larissa congrats on the acceptance letter!!
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  20. AHHH sick of seafood?! NEVER!! Tasmania is such a cute place, I really want to go back there. Glad to hear that you had a lovely time Mel! And don’t stress about year 10 Mel, seriously! I went to a selective school as well and can honestly say that year 11 is the time you should put your working cap on. Enjoy school while you can and don’t overstress yourself.

    Larissa, happy birthday! I hope 18 treats you well lovely xx

    LOOOK AT ALL YOUR BOOKS MEL!!! You can basically turn your home into a library now 😛
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    • Melanie says:

      At my school, according to the year 12’s, Year 10 is actually the most stressful 😐 But I guess everyone has their own opinion on it! Yes, do go to Tassie! I loved going there so much. Haha, yes that’s the goal! To turn my entire house into a library.

  21. Awesome haul ladies! I hope all is well in school Mel and that you get your first choice college Larissa 🙂

    I loved Red Queen, it’s SO good. I got Darkest Part of the Forest this week in audio and I’m really excited about it. Great looking classic, I’ve read a few of them and I love P&P and Jane Eyre. Happy reading!
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  22. That tote bag is SUPER cute. Omg, I totally want it now.

    And Larissa…going to law school? That’s super awesome. Congrats on your first acceptance letter to uni.
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  23. Diamond says:

    wow, tasmania!!?! Sounds so exotic! And that book haul…. *drools* I LOVE that mug. I know you’re stressing’ about school. We don’t use the terms year 10 and all that, but I think I know about what stage you’re at. You’ll do fine, but I know the feeling of nervousness is there bc you wanna do well and you know it’s going to be a crazy schedule!
    Just take a deep breath, and plunge in!
    Larisssa- I’m glad you had a great birthday 😀
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    • Melanie says:


      Thank you, girl! I’m taking a deep breath and hoping for the best xD

  24. OH MY GOODNESS MEL YOU GOT ALMOST AS MANY BOOKS AS ME. Oh, and try not to work too hard in year 10 – save it for year 11 and 12! I know what it’s like at a selective school (omg, don’t get me started about how competitive people get about ranks) but it’s not worth stressing too much over 🙂

    AGAIN, HAPPY BIRTHDAY, LARISSA. This is my last year of school so I’m kind of thinking the same things as you O_O
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  25. Happy Birthday, Larissa! Hope you have a lovely year 🙂 I think you are making an amazing choice going to school close to home (I wish I had!) And Mel, Tasmania sounds absolutely amazing! Hope school is as good as it can be haha.

    The books! My goodness. And The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly… ugh, my poor broken rejected heart. And jeez, Mel, not only are the books amazing, but they are so pretty and colorful! Hope you enjoy all the new additions, and have amazing weeks 🙂
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  26. Kelly says:

    I absolutely LOVE those classics! I can’t stop staring at them. I’m desperate to see the covers though Mel. Damn school, getting in the way of being a vegetable. It’s hard to go back after those Chrissy holidays, and year 10 as well! Have a fabulous week of reading ladies <3
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  27. Jaz says:

    OOOOHMYGOSH MELLLLLL that is so much awesome! I love that signed posted of TSW from BoW, I was gonna get it but argh money 🙁 Yes Gillian’s stuff is gorgeous and that tote is so perfect especially with all your matching copies of the Anna novels. I’m so glad to hear you had a good time in Tas 😀

    Larissa congrats on getting uni offers! I hope you get into law though!

    Happy reading ladies.

    • Melanie says:

      Haha yeah I was too tempted so I ended up buying it because why not, signed poster! And yes ahh I love Gillian’s tote. I can’t believe she actually designed it seeing as I didn’t know until AFTER I bought it. Ellis was actually useful for something and informed me of it 😛 xD

  28. Great to hear you had a good time in Tasmania Mel, and best wishes for the new school year, I’m sure you’ll do great 🙂 Interested to see what you’ll end up thinking of The Bell Jar – I read it myself last year (not for required reading though), but this year I’ll be studying Plath’s poetry so that’ll be interesting. Congrats Larissa on getting an acceptance to university – that’s definitely exciting! Hope you have a fantastic week <3
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  29. Wow you too got some amazing books! And Mel – that BOO mug is amazing! Is that designed by Viria? I think I’ve seen it before on her page. And omg congrats on getting accepted to your second choice, Larissa. That is so amazing.

  30. Ooooh, look at the pretty new Anna covers! I need my covers to match, even though I hated Isla 🙁
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  31. Omg, Mel, all those covers are GORGEOUS. The colors.. I’m drooling over here.

    I hope you guys have a fantastic month! <3
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  32. Oh my god, that ”My True Love Gave to Me” book is so pretty. *.* And did you see those classics??? *grabby hands*
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  33. Valerie says:

    You guys got some amazing books though! SO MANY. And isn’t the US cover of Cress better? (I know nothing about the other covers). AND YAY FOR STARTING YEAR 10! I wish you the best of luck Mel hahaha. AND CONGRATS LARISSA ON GETTING INTO COLLEGE! SO PROUD OF YOU <3 <3 Also that copy of Minnow Bly is gorgeous, I am jelly 😀
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  34. Good luck Mel in year 10! I hope your first week goes well. That mug and tote! I really should own some bookish things other than books and bookmarks 😛 You seriously got loaded with books and your friends are awesome.
    Congrats Larissa on your first acceptance to University! Your goals in life and education are so wonderful. I hope you enjoy what you do in life. Staying at home really has its benefits money wise. I’d recommend it. By the way I’ve never heard of any of the books you received. Two of them lok really pretty! I hope you are able to review them (:
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  35. Nirvana says:

    *gasps* All those Jane Austen books look so freaking gorgeous! So is that bag. And all those books. And that mug. And the Rick Riordan books. EVERYTHING. <3 <3

    Larissa: Congrats on turning officially eighteen 😀
    Mel: Tasmania sounds fab!
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