By: Melanie | August 2, 2015 | (50) 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


*clears throat* Um, hi… Do you guys still remember me? 😛 I’ve been really absent lately, for which my apologies! I’ve been dealing with some *situations* in real life and haven’t had much/any time or energy for blogging (or even reading!). Aside from that, I’ve been working my ass off and am now finally able to afford a new laptop for university, which I’ll be  starting next month! (HOW?! It is NOT August. Je refuse.) I’m planning on getting a Macbook Air, AKA my new true love <33 (don’t tell this to my boyfriend, though) I’m also exhausted because of all this working (worked a lot of early mornings, so serious lack of sleep over here), which is why I’m very happy that I’ll have a couple of weeks of starting this Monday 😀 I’m planning on enjoying books, the weather, and long beach rides with my horse. Oh, and if anyone has some recs (summery, beach-y, or just plain amazing books), those are very welcome!



I just came back from watching Paper Towns with my friends and guys… I LOVED IT. Some of my friends were ‘meh’ about it but I found that it was really true to the book and I maaaaay have even liked it a bit more than the book, whoops. Also I totally flailed when Ansel Elgort showed up – who knew he was going to be the cashier dude! I think I laughed too much but Q, Ben and Radar had the best dynamic of ever. And Ben… oh my gosh he cracked me up so much I’m pretty sure the whole cinema was giving me judge-y eyes. Whelp.

I’ve been in a cooking phase of the late. I think the boredom that I experienced over the school holidays triggered it, and now I have pretty much just become obsessed with cooking. I guess it was a good idea to take Baker’s as an elective at school. xD I have made brownies, pizza, apple crumble and stirred custard, blueberry muffins and probably the thing I am most proud of is the strawberry mascarpone trifle.

In other exciting news my new throw pillow arrived! (Pictured above.) I have been obsessed with all things from Society6, particularly things by BookwormBoutique. They basically sell a lot of awesome relatable bookish things in the form of clothing, mugs, throw pillows etc. I have also bought a laptop sleeve which I am waiting to show up soon.

Recent Reads


Read by: Celine Rating: 4.5 | Read by: Melanie Rating: 5

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Newest Arrivals


Because I’ve been saving for my laptop, I haven’t bought *any* books lately. Can we all be proud of me for a moment? I didn’t know I could do it. However, a while back the absoluely fabulous Ellis gifted me The Piper’s Son, for which once again an enormous amount of thanks <33




How to Be Happy: I got an email from Text Publishing talking about how they have some YA non-fiction releases coming up and when I saw this one, I got really curious! I don’t read a lot of non-fiction because it normally just goes in one ear and out the other but I feel like I will enjoy a good memoir. Fingers crossed!

The Wolf Wilder: This is the new book by Katherine Rundell. I bought Rooftoppers a few months back after hearing how amazing it was, so this was a nice surprise! I can’t wait to begin this.

Stray: Whoooooop! I seriously enjoyed Spark when it came out last year and my hopes are high for this one!

Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer: HECK YES. I got this one in the mail on Friday and was glued to it till Saturday. This was my number 1 most anticipated read of the year and it delivered, obviously. You can find my brief thoughts here. I plan to do a pre-review and a full review sometime soon. And there’s a photo of me taking a book selfie (sort of… it’s only like 1/2 of my face) with it.

~Thanks PenguinTeen Australia, Bloomsbury Australia, Text Publishing Australia and Walker Books Australia for the review copies!~

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That’s it for this week! Have you watched Paper Towns yet? Anything interesting happen to you in the past week?

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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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50 Responses to Midnight Madness Newsletter (86)

  1. Just going to go cry in a hole. Magnus Chase!!!! OMG. I need. So Jelly, haha.
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  2. Oh Mel, it’s so good to hear that Sword of Summer was great! I have a review copy myself and instantly thought of you and hoped you’d get one too, since you’re the big Riordan fan, so that’s awesome news! Celine, do not worry about not being around, you’ve got things to deal with, and you need to deal, so don’t let it all get you down, okay? Life likes to kick us sometimes. You girls, have a great week, and hopefully thing look up in the future with a great Summer! 😀
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  3. I loooved One Man Guy! It was sooo cute!

  4. Oh my Macbook Air is the best!! And I love cooking too and it’s a good hobby to have. Love the throw pillow – I want a lot of the mugs they have since I am a huge coffee drinker. Also glad to hear Paper Towns was good – Have a great week guys!
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  5. I really want to watch Paper Towns! But… if I’m being honest, I haven’t heard all that much about it yet. xD And oooh, Straaaaay! Loved Spark — so hopefully the sequel will be just as fantastic. Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer also looks BRILLIANT… although it’s been ages since I’ve read a RR book. (Do you have to read the others before this one? Or can it be read as an individual series?) Have a brilliant week, you guys!!
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  6. Celineeee! We remember youu <3 XD And yes I'm so excited for Paper Towns, dying to watch it. Though what with what's happening to my life I'm probably not going to see it anytime soon. Le sigh. AND YES OMG MAGNUS CHASE. Since catching my eyes at the rating (and my standing stalkering with Rick's books xDD) I'm super excited for this now.
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  7. MAGNUS CHASEEEEEE. IT’S #1 ON MY MOST ANTICIPATED LIST I’M SO JEALOUS xD Cooking is great, though I can’t cook because I’m afraid of fire haha. Anyway, hope you guys have a great week!
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  8. Jasprit says:

    Celine I’m glad that you’re finally getting a bit of a break, I know how things can be overwhelming at times, I hope you’re able to get to some great books soon. The Piper’s Son is one of my all time favourite reads, and I so need to get myself that edition as it is pretty stunning! I wish I had more time for cooking Melanie, I’m always browsing all these recipes, but never get around to making anything. I hope you both have a wonderful week!
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  9. Looks like you guys have had a great month! Mel, those baked goods loook sososososo good *grabby hands* And the yes, the strawberry mascarpone trifle has definitely succeeded. Haha so jealous! I can’t even make eggs 😛 Cel! So glad you’re back, we definitely missed you. 😉 Thanks for the wrap up guys and hope you have a great August!

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  10. Vane says:

    I need t read and watch Paper Towns!! I have it but… I guess this is a case of so many books, so little time, haha. Also, I love your passion towards Magnus Chase, lol… which reminds me I still need to read Percy Jackson, even if they’re not related. 😛
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  11. WHO IS THIS CELINE POPPING OUT OF NOWHERE? Haha…just kidding! 😉 I’ve missed you and your thoughtful reviews so much, and am crossing my fingers that everything in your personal life gets sorted out and that everything turns back to normal for you.

    AND OMG MEL YOU LUCKY DUCK. I am so jealous you got Mangus so early! AHHH! *flails* Part of me can’t wait to read it, but the other part of me is scared that it’s not going to be as amazing as PJO & HOO, you know? 😐 But your rating has made me so excited for it.

    Thanks for sharing girls and, as always, fabulous recap! ♥
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  12. Laura W says:

    I just saw Paper Towns too Mel and that totally threw me when Ansel showed up! Me and my friends were the only ones in the theater and I was just like ‘Did you guys see that?? It’s him!!!’ I’m weird… 😛 But anyway it was a really good movie!

    Laura @BlueEyeBooks
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  13. Hi Melanie 🙂 You have such a lovely blog! I am so glad you visited with me, otherwise I would not have stumbled upon it!

    I am glad to hear that you enjoyed Paper Towns! I find it is usually a lot more easier to have contemporary films stay true to the book, because it doesn’t require a lot of special effects and what not. Like, The Fault in Our Stars! I thought they did a wonderful job with that movie 🙂

    Hope you have a wonderful week ahead!
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  14. YAY HELLO CELINE I HAVE MISSED YOU. I hope things are alright though. *hugs* Awk, where is Larissa tho. SHE IS ALWAYS GONE TOO. 🙁
    Omg, Mel, I’m so obsessed with Bookworm Boutique’s instagram. :O I want to buy all the things, mostly all the mugs though. xD WHEN I’M A RICH FAMOUS AUTHOR…YESSSSS. Ahem.
    I’m so excited for Mangus Chase! I just have to stop calling him Magnus Bane in my head and thinking of glitter and I’ll be good. *nods*
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    • Celine says:

      HI CAIT I’VE MISSED YOU TOO. Everything’s better now, thank you <33 Oh and btw, I also haven't had time to comment on people's blogs but I just wanted to let you know I definitely still read yours and KEEP UP THE FABULOUSNESS!


    Hi Celine! Stuff can be hard but that’s why we’re here *hugs* All the best to you for August.

    OMG Magnus Chase. To be fair, it wasn’t really on my radar but I know how much you were anticipating it. SO GLAD YOU GOT IT MEL! And as for cooking – HELLL NAW. I gave myself food poisoning once. Nevah again!
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  16. It is hard to blog in the summer! I’m so jealous that you got to read Magnus Chase! I NEED it now please. Is Percy in it at all? Annabeth?
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  17. Looks like you got some awesome books. Glad you’re able to get back and blog! I need a new laptop, but fortunately I’m able to use my work one, which is a MacBook Air, and now I want my own! You can check out my Sunday Post in the link below!
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  18. no, I haven’t watched paper towns, nor have I read it, so I should get to that. Nice to hear some good reviews though! Besides, it’s not out here yet. I didn’t know Ansel Elgort was in it.
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  19. Looks like you guys have had great reading months. I have not seen Paper Towns and I am not sure if I will. I was only meh about the book anyway. I am glad you enjoyed it though!
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  20. Omg, I love your blog! It is super cute! I am so glad you stopped by one curvy blogger 😀 I am glad you enjoyed Paper Towns. Have yet to read the book but I loved TFiOS 😀
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  21. Yay Celine good to hear from you, I have missed you! Hope you enjoy the new mac book, a new laptop is the best!

    Mel can I come over and eat your baking? It sounds so delicious! Exciting you got Magnus Chase as well, my one arrived yesterday!
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    • Celine says:

      Thank you Jeann, I’ve missed you too <33 Really excited about my Mac Air! It'll be my first ever laptop that's entirely mine and I won't have to share with family so yay!

  22. Celine: Glad you liked One Man Guy. I really want to read it. YAY for a new, cool laptop too.

    Mel: I really loved Paper Towns too, and I thought Ben was HILARIOUS but I just loved how real the guys’ relationship was with each other. And an Ansel cameo was fantastic. 🙂 I also really love Society6. I want alllll the things!

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  23. Stephanie B. says:

    I had no idea they were doing ARCs for Magnus Chase? That’s really cool and super congrats for getting one! Nice!
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  24. I’m so glad you liked Paper Towns! I’ve been a little worried because so many bloggers have said it disappointed them, so it’s good to see a positive POV!

  25. Rashika says:

    Hi Mel,
    I HATE YOU. I CLICKED ON BOOKWORM BOUTIQUE. I WANT EVERYTHING. EVERYTHING. It speaks to me on a spiritual level *curls up into a ball*

    I hope things become less stressful for your Celine 🙁 It sucks you’ve been working so hard but hey you’re getting a fantastic laptop! 🙂 ALSO YAY FOR The Piper’s Son! That book is AMAZINGGGG and I love it so much. I hope you’ll love it too! 🙂

    I am so happy that you got your most anticipated read in the mail, Mel! :))) I hope it blew your mind away! 😀

    Have a great week, guys!! 🙂
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  26. Pandora Nyx says:

    Ahh I think many are in the book funk including myself!! I think the seasons need to be change to be cuddled up all day reading!! My last book haul was one lonely book that’s still sitting on the shelf.

  27. Yay for Macbook! 😀 Welcome to the dark side, hehe.
    I still need to see Paper Towns! Haven’t read the book but I’m excited for the movie.
    Oh, I really want to try Rachel Craw’s duology. It looks fantastic!
    Happy reading, girls!

  28. Hi Celine! I think we all have those times where we have to be *absent* to have time to deal with real life issues. I haven’t seen Paper Towns, but I have read the book. The book was meh for me, so I wasn’t really looking forward to the movie.

    I really want to get that Magnus Chase book! The cover is love.
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  29. I haven’t watched Paper Towns yet, but I really want to! I didn’t like the book, tbh, but I am curious about the movie because it looks fun, and I LOVE CARA!:)
    Mel, those muffins! That trifle! Pack some up for me and send it to Sri Lanka!:) Or let me come to Australia and gobble it up!:)
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  30. I did see Paper Towns! I agree Mel, it was really good. I LOVED Ben and Radar, just as I’d hoped I would. I laughed so hard I cried at the T-Shirt scene. I LOVED when Ansel came on too- I feel like no one else in the theater (okay, there were like 5 other people but still!) even recognized him! Also- I NEED that pillow!!

    Hi Celine! ::Waves:: I hope you are able to get some sleep soon- and that Macbook definitely sounds drool worthy 😉

    Hope you guys have wonderful weeks!!
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  31. Lyn Kaye says:

    Welcome back Celine!! I hope everything is okay. 🙂

    Mel – make these little beauties. I LOVE them!!
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  32. It pains me to say that school will be starting for me soon too. I need a new laptop myself but unluckily for me – I have no job. Good for you working your bum off to get your true love Celine.
    I can’t believe Ansel did a cameo! That’s hilarious. Like how did you get there? I really wished I lived next to you Mel. Better yet, in your kitchen. Why could I never have an elective like that? Love the throw pillow! Tumblr has helped me find so many bookish items.
    I read The Piper’s Son and basically completely forgot what happened. Wow. I have bad memory. Maybe a reread is in order. I’m proud of you for saving your money. *APPLAUDS*
    Yes, I heard you obtained Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer… I see all those notes and know that it’s going to be amazing. I’m also in awe in all of them.
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  33. @Celine welcome to Macs!! I absolutely love my Mac laptop, it’s wonderful 😀 Yay for university, I know you’ll do great!

    @Mel I love cooking so much, what have you been making? I’m glad you enjoyed the Papertowns movie, I guess I should read the book and watch the movie soon…Ahhh I love the pillow you got!!
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  34. Jaz says:

    @Celine: I hope everything’s settled down and that your ‘situations’ are sorted out. YAY for Macbook Air! They’re soooo good. AND OMG THE PIPER’S SON YES ALL THE MELINA MARCHETTA

    @Mel: CAN YOU BAKE ME SOMETHING PLS. I really enjoyed the Paper Towns movie too! I loved the way they made Lacey smart and CARA IS SO PERF. Ansel’s cameo was amazing I pissed myself laughing. I can’t wait to get into the Magnus Chase book knowing how much you love Rick Riordan 😀

  35. @Celine Congratulation on your Macbook. Looking forward to your thoughts on Piper’s Son
    @Melanie Cooking… Your photos look so yummy. Looks like you have interesting books. I hope you’ll enjoy them.
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  36. Celine, it’s good to hear something from you again! Yeay for buying a new laptop and I hope you enjoyed your time off.
    Mel, I love that pillow 😀
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