By: Melanie | July 19, 2015 | (51) Comments

midnight madness newsletter

This meme was created for YA Midnight Reads to showcase our latest hauls and what’s been going on in our lives.

Latest Happenings

HELLO, PEOPLE OF THE INTERNET. It has been an incredibly long time since we’ve done a Midnight Madness, so firstly, my apologies.

While the majority of you are having the time of your lives underneath the sun us Aussies are totally suffering in the cold. Honestly, this winter has been one of the coldest yet. Just this morning we were going out and had to spend a good 5-7 mins scraping the ice off the car windows which, NEVER happens in Melbourne so yes, COLD. COLD COLD COLD COLD COOOOLD. CAN YOU FEEL THE COLDNESS THROUGH THE INTERNET BECAUSE YOU REALLY SHOULD.

In other awesomeness, I should let y’all know that I’m an Inky Judge for the Inky Awards this year! EXCITEMENT!! For those of you who don’t know what the Inky Awards are, it’d dedicated to recognising “high-quality young adult literature” and spreading awareness of YA literature to teens in Australia. The Inky Awards were created by the people behind Inside a Dog and the Centre for Youth Literature and if you’d like to find out more information, click here. I am so honoured to be one of the judges this year and basically I have the opportunity to read the 20 books on the longlist and discuss with the other judges to create a shortlist which will then by put to a public vote to see which two books will win the Silver and Gold Inky Awards.

I’m also moving house soon! Soon… as in maybe another month or two, heh. I was really excited at first, but now I’m feeling all kinds of sad/nervous/still very excited/annoyance at the fact that I must actually contribute and pack stuff up. It’s lovely, really. I pretty much grew up in my current house which I’ve been in for 11 years now… which is pretty much most of my life if you think about it, so yes, LOTS OF MIXED FEELINGS. My little sister, on the other hand, is practically jumping on her toes in excitement as she claims that “two storey houses are cool”. Well, okay then. But this does mean I’ll be getting NEW BOOKSHELVES!! Expect a bookshelf organisation/tour related post-thingy sometime in the future.


Recent Reads


I’ve read some pretty good books lately. I ended up giving Captive a 3.5 star rating – I wasn’t a huge fan of Kitty in this one (she made some really stupid decisions which made me face palm) but the story was just as thrilling and intriguing as the first. Pieces of Sky was another decent read. I think I may have set my expectations a tad too high, unfortunately. I’ve already started to forget bits and pieces of it. (HAH. My pun game is on point today.) Emmy & Oliver! A book I loved through and through. I reviewed this one yesterday and you can find the review here. As for The Sacred Lies of Minnow – Larissa and I have a discussion review coming to you very soon. I really liked it and it had this Orange is the New Black vibe to it which I loved. 4 stars.

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Newest Arrivals



Because I haven’t done one of these wrap up posts in a while, I obviously couldn’t include ALL the books that I received because a) I have already put them on my shelves and I honestly cannot remember some of the ones that I received specifically this month and b) we’d be here for quite a while. ANYWAY. BEHOLD, I here present to you the majority of my recent acquisitions.

The Devil You Know: I’ve had a rocky relationship with Doller’s novels so I have my fingers crossed that I’ll like this new on of hers! Seriously adoring the cover, though.

An Abundance of Katherines: Thanks to Romi for this one! We traded a couple of books and this was one of them. Such a lovely hardback to accompany my other John Green books.

Because You’ll Never Meet Me: I am curious about this one… people have said the end gets weird? I’m a weird person so maybe this book and I will get along fine *strokes imaginary beard thoughtfully*

Royal Wedding: This one looks like a total cute-fest. I’m a HUGE fan of The Princess Diaries movies, so I am hopeful.

Dumplin’: I’ve heard excellent things for this book already! Totally loving the cover as well, it’s so simple yet lovely.

The School for Good and Evil: Also a book I traded with Romi.

The Last Leaves Falling: I got this one from Romi as well. Thanks, girl!!

In the Skin of a Monster: Never heard of this one before but I like the concept. We shall see if I read this…

Adrift: Also a book I hadn’t heard of prior to receiving. I think I’ll wait until some reviews of this one show up before reading it.

One: I am a huge fan of Sarah Crossan’s, so I am so excited to pick this one up.

What You Left Behind: I have enjoyed Verdi’s books in the past and after reading some pre-reviews for this? Totally sold.

This is Where it Ends: I saw this one all over Netgalley so I just requested it on a whim. And after actually reading the synopsis, IT SOUNDS LIKE MY NEW FAVOURITE BOOK.

This Raging Light: Not going to lie, the cover totally drew me in.

The Suffering: This is the sequel to The Girl from the Well. AHHH!!!! *flails*

~ Huge thanks to Sourcebooks Fire, Bloomsbury Australia, PanMacmillan Australia, Allen and Unwin Australia, Penguin Australia, Text Publishing Australia, HMH Books for Young Readers and Romi @ Where the Writer Comes to Write! ~

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And that’s a wrap! Anything exciting happen in your lives lately?

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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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51 Responses to Midnight Madness Newsletter (85)

  1. Congrats on being a judge in the Inky Awards, Melanie! That is amazing 🙂 You should feel both honored and proud 😉
    Moving can be such a drag, but at the same time, it’s such a good way to figure out what things you want to keep, what things should be put in a box in the attic, and what could be given away… And YAY for more bookshelves!
    I hope the temperatures will become a little milder, just as we here in central Europe hope it will become a little bit cooler – it’s been around 40°c in Geneva for the past three weeks (I haven’t had to suffer through that, seeing as I’m in Spain…) and it’s so humid with not even a little breeze to cool people down.
    I hope you’ll enjoy your new books 🙂
    Have a fantastic week and happy reading.
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    • Melanie says:

      Thanks, Lexxie <33 I totally am, haha 🙂 Yeah, I have never moved before so I'm pretty excited by this whole thing - mainly just excited about the fact that I can redo my room and try not to make it look like a pigsty 😛

  2. OOH MOVING. I’ve been in like 8 houses during my lifetime so it’s not a big deal to me, but lots of my friends have lived in the same house their whole lives. CONGRATS on being an Inky Awards judge! I didn’t go for it this year because of HSC and stuff, but next year’s my last year so fingers crossed! 🙂
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  3. Congrats on being an Inky judge – sounds like a really great opportunity. Lots of great books! I really enjoyed Because You’ll Never Meet Me – weird ending and all. Dumplin!!! Can’t wait to hear what you think on that one – Enjoy them all!
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    • Melanie says:

      I’m reading Because You’ll Never Meet Me very soon and am super excited to pick it up! I shall have to prepare for a uber weird ending, heh. YES I AM SO EXCITED FOR DUMPLIN I CANNOT EVEN CONTAIN THE EXCITEMENTTTTT

  4. Wattle says:

    Ugh moving, I do not envy you that. We used to move every 2 or 3 years, which sort of made it routine for much of my childhood/teen years. Now we’ve been where we are for over a decade, and I wouldn’t know what to do with all the stuff I have accumulated D: although, it IS a rather good incentive to clear things out and organise (yay? lol)

    Congrats on being a judge for the Inky Awards 😀 that’s cool!
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    • Melanie says:

      Haha, yes that’s what I’m thinking! Most of the stuff we have at our house is sooooo outdated but now that we’re moving we’re planning on buying a new TV and all ahahahah

  5. Good luck with moving! I’ve lived in the same house for my entire life, so I don’t really know how stressful it can be, haha. And while I don’t really envy the moving situation, I really do envy the cold weather you’re getting; it’s been so hot where I live and I’m done with it, I want it to start getting cold again >.<

    Congrats on being an Inky judge, I hope you have a good week and enjoy your books 🙂
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    • Melanie says:

      Thanks, I’ll need the luck, ahahah!

      OH MY GOSH HOW COULD YOU ENVY THE COLD??? It is dreaaaaadful. But I suppose really hot weather is worse.

      Thanks, Louise! 🙂

  6. Hilary says:

    Dude, your pun game is ALWAYS on point. CONGRATULATIONS ON INKY JUDGE! My parents are also considering moving houses and while I’m like “YES! NEW HOUSE. I can reorganize my room now.” it’s sad since I’ve been here for more than 10 years.

    Sacred Lies and Emmy and Oliver are some of my most anticipated books that I STILL haven’t received from the library. But I’m looking forward to the discussion of Sacred Lies!
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    • Melanie says:

      WHY THANK YOU, GIRL. *bows* *curtsies* *tries to think of another smart pun* Haha that was my reaction when my parents first considered moving last year! AND FINAAAALLY we have found one that we like. YAY for reorganisation!!

  7. Unpopular opinion time: I totally love the cold weather. It’s amazing. The heat, though. Yeaaaaaaah, not so much. 😉 Looking forward to your review on The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly — I SO agree about the Orange is the New Black vibe. So true! 🙂
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  8. Alrighty so… First: Because You’ll Never Meet Me was for me personally one of the best books I’ve ever read. It’s speculative fiction so you need to keep an open mind reading it. 😛 Second: This Is Where It Ends is sooooooo tense, shocking and heartbreaking and I was crying about 90% of the time.
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    • Melanie says:

      I shall keep in mind it’s speculative fiction! I haven’t read a lot of it before so this will be exciting. So excited for This is Where it Ends!!!!

  9. Congratulations on becoming a judge, Melanie! I haven’t heard of the Inky Awards before, but it sounds like it will be an awesome experience. Good luck with the judging.

    I understand how you feel about moving. Because I’m an army brat, I’ve had to move to several houses in various places in the last few years. It can be bittersweet. I have to say, though, that in every new place, there will be new people to meet and new experiences to face. So, good luck with the move too!:)
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  10. ooh sounds like you are feeling exactly what I am feeling right now— I am getting ready to move in three weeks! ahhh! I am not ready..!! But I am excited, yet nervous. lol. 😛 I have started organizing and boxing books..(first thing I started doing) haha and I am thinking how I am going to organize them at the new place. Also I’ll have less space but more bookshelves so that will be interesting. They’ll all be the same color and height though so I think it should look clean at least 😉
    ooh I love the books you got! The Devil you know sounds interesting I’ve heard mixed reviews. and OH I LOVED The School for Good and Evil.
    AND CONGRATS on being an Inky Judge! I look forward to hearing more about that and what happens like who ends up winning. For an indie fiction award (not saying the name because judges are supposed to be anonymous:) , I was a judge two years ago and it was really fun! Interesting to just read read read and then judge but I love d it hahaha :>
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    • Melanie says:

      Ooh moving twinzies!! I think I’m not moving until another month or two though, ehhhh. I can’t wait to crack open School for Good and Evil! Heard excellent things for it all the time. And thanks! I am so excited to be part of the judging process.

  11. This winter is being so cold it isn’t even funny! I cannot feel my fingers or ears like 90% of the time. What is happening to Australia!? Global cooling…?

    Also that is an amazing stack of books. I’m also the BIGGEST fan of the Princess Diaries movies BUT, at the same time, I tried to read the book series last year and (unfortunately) they were some of the worst books I’ve ever read. :”(
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  12. Wow, moving to a new house is a big change! It sounds exciting, and don’t get me started on the new bookshelves 😉
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  13. That’s cool you’re moving to a new house and YAY for new bookshelves, but I can see how it would be weird as you’ve been there for 11 years. That’s a long time! Looks like you got some amazing books – hope you enjoy. Sorry about all the snow!!

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    • Melanie says:

      Right? I don’t think it has really sunken in yet. I shall really miss this current house of mine… Haha it doesn’t snow here in Australia, but it is certainly cold enough to be snowing.

  14. Alyssa says:

    *sends you hot chocolate and cake for the cold* Right now I think I wouldn’t mind a chill to get out of the sun, but we all have our trials. And new bookshelf YAY! I can’t wait to see how you rearrange your books, which is like third in fun to reading books and eating cake.
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  15. Wow, that is one epic book haul that you’ve got there! I really enjoyed your wrap up post Mel, man it has been SUPER COLD and crazy lately! I’m just glad that Winter is almost over soon, I hate it so much. Hope you have a fabulous move too and thanks for sharing the post!

    I just read Because You’ll Never Meet Me and you HAVE to assume that it’s speculative fiction, because otherwise if you think it’s a contemporary then it won’t be good. You’ll love Royal Wedding too I hope!

    Congrats again for being an Inky Judge, that is an amazing achievement! <3
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    • Melanie says:

      Thanks, Jeann! Your comments never fail to make me smile 🙂 YES, THE WEATHER HAS BEEN THE WOOOORST. *sobs* Almost over? THERES STILL ANOTHER MONTH OF IT *is very pessimistic*

  16. Johanna Richards says:

    Ooh have fun with the move! While it can be a pain in the ass, it’s always nice to clear out old things and redo the bookshelves! I certainly expect a bookshelf post from you soon, heh. And boo, cold weather!! It certainly is horrid 🙁

  17. Ohh, good luck moving. 😀 I hate moving, aghh, it stresses me out so much and we do it ALL THE TIME. I can’t even imagine living in the same house for 11 years!! SO YEAH. I hope the move isn’t too stressful on you, and afjldksa bookshelf tours YES PLEASE. 😉 DUMPLIN IS SO GOOD. and congrats for being an Inky Judge! THAT IS SO AMAZING!!
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    • Melanie says:

      Yes, fingers crossed it isn’t stressful!! It’s all new to me because the last time we moved I was just 4 and I can barely remember anything apart from my mum and dad lifting some mattress. I know… WEIRD memory.

      Thanks, Cait <33

  18. Congrats on being a judge for the Inky Awards Melanie, that’s so exciting! And moving. Boo. I love the idea of moving and finding a new place, but I do NOT love packing. At all. Good luck!

  19. Nice book haul! I got Dumplin’, Adrift, and This Is Where It Ends! I just finished Dumplin’ and This is Where it Ends and they were great reads. I think I gave both of them 3.5 stars (which translates to ‘very good’ read). I’m pretty sure I’ll get through Adrift this week 😀
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  20. Yaaay on this judging stint, Mel! Congratulations! And stress and struggles (with a dash of emotional conflict) aside, hooray for bookshelves, right? Thank you for sharing my article! Much appreciated! 🙂 Also? DUMPLIN’ and THIS IS WHERE IT ENDS! If the latter’s synopsis doesn’t get EVERYone to read it, I don’t know what’s wrong with them. Probably their hearts. (I’m only half kidding.)
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  21. I really need to pick up Emmy & Oliver.

    PS. I tagged you for the Burn, Rewrite or Reread tag 🙂
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  22. What I wouldn’t give for some snow right now. 😛 I’m only a few hours away from you guys in Singapore, but it might as well be a different planet – I can’t step outside without melting in the raging heat! Honestly, I am SO ready for summer to be over already – I miss the lovely rainstorms during fall and winter.

    Weather aside, though, a HUGE congrats on being a judge for the Inky Awards! That is something truly special, and I hope it’s not too difficult of a decision to choose the winners 😉 Good luck! xx
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    • Melanie says:

      We don’t have snow here but it certainly is cold enough to snow! Yes, aren’t you guys nearly warm all year round? And thank you, girl! I am so happy to have this opportunity to be a judge.

  23. Lyn Kaye says:

    I AM JEALOUS OF THE COLD. Seriously, our heat index here is around 104-108 F (40 C to 42 ).
    It sucks. I hate the heat. I might just move in with you for a few months.
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  24. Romi says:

    Yay! I’m so glad the books arrived and you like them, Mel! Same goes for me all the way.

    Moving house! I have lived in one house all my life, practically; I moved here when I was six months old, so while my brother and sister have memories of two other homes, this is it for me and I can’t imagine growing up anywhere else, in a more beautiful environment. I have helped my sister move houses twice and it’s exciting, sure, but also stressful and I understand a little of how you must feel, just from how I’ve felt and seen her feel. I hope your move is more exciting (shelves!TWO stories- all for shelves, of course) than anxiety-inducing. xx
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    • Melanie says:

      Oh yes, I have planned to have shelves in the rumpus, bedroom and study. I told my parents this and they just stared at me like I was insane. Oh wells, I will see to make it happen. MWAHAHAHA.

  25. Congratulations on being chosen as a judge for the Inky Awards! This is such an awesome thing for somebody who loves literature and reads all the time! It is great that you are moving house, too. I love to move… it is like I start a new chapter of my life 🙂 Wish you all the best! Thank you for sharing!

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