This meme was created for YA Midnight Reads to showcase our latest hauls and what’s been going on in our lives.
My life has been pretty crazy lately, leaving no time for blogging or commenting. Which as I did a bit of yesterday, made me realize how much I miss talking to y’all. With school being basically done and just three exams to go I can practically taste summer. I’m super excited and hopefully it’ll give me time to spend doing what I love (talking to fellow bloggers and blogging) before University sweeps me off my feet to a world of pain.
So why was I so busy??? A big part of that was the fact I GRADUATED AND WENT TO PROM. See below for the inevitable pic spam. Today was pretty fun as went to the lake with my best friend, which consisted of us attempting to tan, read and paddle board. We then ended up at Peter’s, which is on the other side of the city but so worth it because oh my god. Best burgers ever. Tonight I’m going out with my boyfriend (!!! being able to now say that still is so exciting hah) for dinner so that should be fun.
Inevitable grad/prom pic spam:
Okay so clearly my life hasn’t been as interesting as Larissa’s, haha! I have pretty much finished with all of my assessment tasks for the semester so this means the blog will definitely be getting more content back, and hopefully we’ll fix this post schedule once and for all xD But in other awesome news, I found out just last week that YA Midnight Reads was quoted on the front cover of Burn by Paula Weston! THIS IS TOTAL MADNESS. Being in the inside of a novel is exciting enough, and now excuse me as I go flail because WE MADE IT TO THE FREAKING FRONT COVER.
I also attended a session of Writing Matters at the State Library of Victoria, last weekend! I got to meet the lovely Sara Farizan (author of If You Could Be Mine and Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel) and Laurie Halse Anderson (author of Speak, The Impossible Knife of Memory etc), who both probably think I am some crazy lunatic because I honestly couldn’t stop fangirling while I was getting my books signed.
It was basically a session hosted by Adele Walsh on YA contemporary with the two lovely aforementioned authors, and they both spoke so insightfully. Among several other things, they discussed what kinds of labels Laurie and Sara’s books get that they really dislike, so I was particularly interested to hear what their responses were seeing as I do use ‘labels’ when reviewing books. Laurie said that the label she disliked for her novel, Speak, was ‘gritty’ whereas she loves hearing it being labelled as ‘honest’ because that’s exactly what she aimed to do. To tell an honest story about a girl’s emotional journey from the repercussions being raped. As for Sara, she hates her novels being dubbed as ‘controversial’. Also, I loved Laurie’s immediate “Oh hell no” response when asked if writers should ‘just write what they know’ and I must agree! In all, it was just a truly entertaining and thoughtful discussion, and I’m so glad that the Centre of Youth Lit organised this. Kudos to them!
Also, can we talk about how IT IS ALREADY JUNE?! I’ve only just come to terms that it’s 2015 but nooooo, the universe is mocking me and telling me that we’re already halfway finished 2015. This is insane. INSANE, I TELL YOU. Before I know it, VCE will be well and truly here. *cries*
Posts on the Blog
- [26 May] Midnight Blogging 101: All About Co-Blogging
- [28 May] The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler
- [2 Jun] Blog Tour: The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly
- [6 Jun] Hidden Huntress by Danielle L. Jensen ★★★
- [7 Jun] Midnight Madness Newsletter (84)
Juniors by Maui Hart Hemmings: This is the most perfect beach read ever, considering it does take place in Hawaii ahhh. Took it to the lake today and read a bit.
Blood and Salt by Kim Liggett: BEYOND excited to read this one. It seems like it’s going to be such a haunting and impactful read.
Tangled Webs by Lee Bross: Requested this one because the premise really called out to me. However, having a lot of trouble getting into it…
Never Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid: This one seemed like another quite beachy and light read so I requested it. I also just want to read about the love interest having green hair okay
Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan: Bought this one for myself because lksdjfdklsjf. It was pretty enjoyable overall! Gave it 3.5 stars
P.S. I love You by Jenny Han: Another one I bought and read right away. So cute guys oh my god, and I related so much. Waffling between 3.5 and 4 stars.
~Thank you Penguin Canada, Harlequin Teen and Disney Hyperion~
So yes, I received A LOT of books over the recent weeks. In which half of them I bought. Because I clearly cannot grasp the meaning of self control. *nods sagely* ANYWAY, I’d be here forever if I were to talk about every single one of these books but in general, the books on the left are all the books I got off Book Outlet last month that (finally) arrived last week! Don’t they just look so gorgeous with they’re beauteous hardcoverness? As for Wintergirls and If You Could Be Mine that are hiding in that stack, I bought those two while I was at the Writing Matters event so I could get them signed. On the right are all the review copies (plus The Program which I traded for with the lovely Chiara @ Delicate Eternity. Thanks, gal!)
~Thank you Hachette Australia, Simon and Schuster Australia, Scholastic Australia and Hardie Grant Egmont Australia!~
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Can you believe we’re already halfway through the year already? IT IS COMPLETE MADNESS. Aaaaanyway, how has your week been?
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