This meme was created for YA Midnight Reads to showcase our latest hauls and what’s been going on in our lives.
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.
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.
Posts on the Blog
- [30 Jun] Things To Say To Piss Off A YA Reader
- [3 Jul] Best Books of 2015 So Far + Giveaway
- [4 Jul] Survive the Night by Danielle Vega ★
- [6 Jul] Mini Reviews: The Netgalley Roundup
- [7 Jul] Hyped Books We’ve Never Read
- [8 Jul] Burn by Paula Weston ★★★★★
- [11 Jul] Jesse's Girl by Miranda Kenneally
- [15 Jul] When You Need to Cry Over a Book in Public
- [18 Jul] Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway ★★★★½
- [19 Jul] Midnight Madness Newsletter (85)
Around the Blogosphere
- Paula and Rhea @ Her Book Thoughts are celebrating their first year blogversary! And also awesome co-blogger news!
- Miel @ Bookish and Awesome tells us 14 things we didn’t know about Robyn Schneider, author of The Beginning of Everything and Extraordinary Means.
- Jillian @ Jillian’s Books shares us some of the blogging things she claims she isn’t good at.
- Lola @ Lola’s Reviews talks about cliffhangers, the good and the bad!
- Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight reveals a totally awesome bookish event she’s been brewing about books on mental health! Come and find out more about it.
- Jeann @ Happy Indulgence is celebrating her 3rd year blogversary! What an accomplishment!
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! ~
- Best Books of 2015 (so far) (INTL OPEN)
- Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo and Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas (INTL OPEN)
And that’s a wrap! Anything exciting happen in your lives lately?
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