Welcome to…. Monthly Minutes at Midnight!! I finally gave it a name. Yay for it?
Here’s the deal: I’ll share the books I’ve obtained, posts of interest from others, giveaways I have happening, and just general random shenanigans. You know I love a shenanigan.
e-ARCs (Pictures link to Goodreads)
Via author Elise Kova, Edelweiss, Brittany @ Brittany’s Book Rambles Blog Tours, and Netgalley. Thanks to Elise, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, Brittany, Harlequin Teen, Random House, St. Martin’s, and Bloomsbury.
It’s like a fandom explosion. No, you have too many obsessions. 😜
Thanks so much!! ♥♥♥
Shenanigans Since Last Time:
Thirteen books this month. It isn’t bad, per se, but I was on track for like, 16 at least at the start of the month. Idk what happened. I was kind of in a slumpette, so maybe that. (Also, just added slumpette to my personal dictionary, because, tbh, it should have been there all along.)
Also not linking, because time. Google and Goodreads, Google and Goodreads.
The Memory Book and Crystal Crowned.
- Amanda @ Nellie & Co. shares an incredibly brave, honest, and raw post about why it is not okay to use rape and assault as a plot device
- Kelly @ Diva Booknerd has some wonderful guests help her discuss diversity in YA!
- Jess @ Princessica of Books ponders a world without ARCs
- Christy & Erica @ Novel Ink are celebrating their 4th Birthday!
- Val @ The Innocent Smiley wants to know if rage-inducing characters make or break a book for you.
- Pamela @ A Writer’s Tales wonders if there are too many advice posts out there
- Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction has a hilarious post about spam comments!
- Jenna @ Happy Indulgence wants to know where all the fierce STEM ladies in books are! (Me too, girl!)
- Nereyda & Nick @ Nick & Nereyda’s Infinite Booklist share some characters that they think need a good throat punch.
- Laura @ Boats Against the Current wants to know how you came up with your blog name!
- Kyra @ Blog of a Bookaholic is going to to help you survive a book buying ban!
- Zoey @ Uncreatively Zoey asks if maybe we are a little too quick to jump on a blogger’s faux pas
- Rachel @ A Perfection Called Books shares four signs you know you’re a book blogger!
- Lola @ Lola’s Reviews talks about how she comes up with discussion posts.
- Eva @ All Books Considered asks how you view author-blogger interactions
- Inge @ Of Wonderland explains why authors need bloggers (and probably shouldn’t bash them on the internet.)
- Becky @ A Fool’s Ingenuity asks if sometimes romance can actually ruin a book
- Liza @ Quite the Novel Idea wants to know how you feel when a book series suddenly expands.
- Tasya @ The Literary Huntress asks if book adaptations alter our reading experience (I think yes, personally)
- Cait @ Paper Fury tells you what the heck the book blogger person actually does.
- Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction wants to know if celibacy-shaming is a new “thing” (sadly, I think she is right)
- Tonyalee @ Lilybloombooks discusses her own insecurities as a blogger
- Lexie & Natalie @ The Honest Book Club post their favorite non-canon ships… And I LOVE THEM!
- Kristen @ Moonlight & Metaphors talks about why the label of “strong female character” is a huge double standard.
- Christy @ Novel Ink is looking for a brand rep for her awesome Etsy line!
- Sue @ Crushing Cinders doesn’t love starting new books ::whispers:: me either.
- Cynthia @ Bingeing on Books asks if it is easier to hate than to love a book when reviewing (spoiler: yep!)
- Shay @ The Story Goes… tells you why you should join her Camp NaNo cabin… and what she is working on!
- Aly @ Of Wonderland wants to know if fantasy books can be done justice as standalones.
- Liselle @ Lunch Time Librarian contemplates writing diversely using #ownvoices.
- Rashika @ The Social Potato shares seven ways to be sure you’re in a blogging slump
- Bee @ Quite the Novel Idea talks about Pride Month, and awesomely shares her own coming out experience!
So, I did a lot of posts this year for Rachel’s Meet the Newbies event, which was SO much fun! Now, if you have read the posts, I promised that since I asked all the authors the questions, I’d answer the ones (well, the ones I could!) after the event, which is right now! So if you missed any #MeetTheNewbies posts, find the master list on Rachel’s blog, and the list of lovely authors I hosted here!
My Q&A With… ME!
As a Teen
What was your high school experience like?
I loved every. Last. Minute. Look, I know that’s probably weird. I was really freaking terrified at the start because I was going to a Catholic high school where I didn’t know anyone and also I wasn’t Catholic. But no worries, I ended up loving it. And then being the saddest little human on earth when it ended. Spoiler: I hate when stuff ends. Here, have a picture!
If you had the chance to go back and do it again, what would you change?
I would not be as completely awkward and uncomfortable in my own skin. Figured out sooner that everyone else felt that way too? Actually, if we’re wishing for stuff, maybe I could have had like, a boyfriend and won states or something. Let’s dream big!
As an Author
Alas, not being one of these prohibits me from answering the questions. I can tell you how to procrastinate/have a marginally respectable half of a draft? No, you’re good? Fine, be that way.
As an Everyday Woman
What are a few things you simply cannot get through the day without?
Iced coffee. The internet. You people (no, really). Hummus. Thinking about The 100. Getting Hamilton songs stuck in my head- actually, mash-ups of several songs. “My name is Alexander…. helplesssssss“. I could probably do without the last one.
Describe the absolute perfect day for you- sky’s the limit!
Kidding, kidding. Ish.
Well, this day would immediately proceed AND precede days of sleep. I hope that’s allowed, but since I made up this post… it is. Then what would I do? Go somewhere cool. I mean, okay, first I would go pick up my friends, and neglect the whole “24 hours in a day” conundrum. Actually- we could get on a plane, meet in the Caribbean, and go on a cruise. You didn’t say that I had to be home at the end of the day, right? Anyway, there’d be swimming and drinks involved.
Add in some friends, and it sounds perfect. I’ll check in with the small humans too, of course. 🙂
As a Reader
What book has made the most impact on your life (in any way, really) and how?
Shit, I should have remembered that I was going to ask myself these… Remember that time I was obsessed with The Hunger Games? I know I joke, but honestly, that series did change my life. We wouldn’t be speaking if Suzanne Collins hadn’t played matchmaker. No joke.
Is there a book that you could read over and over again and never get tired of?
Yes. We know this. But guess what, now there is a show I can watch over and over again and not get tired of. Bonus points because it’s based on a book! (And yes, I am telling you that my obsession with The 100 is entering THG levels of seriousness. Be scared, friends. Be scared.)
Thanks to Rachel for letting me take part in this awesome event, and special thanks to the awesome eight women who took time out to come play with me!
Fancy & New Since Last I Saw You!
I love looking at pretty covers! So here are some new ones that I have fallen in love with since our last update!
Things we need to talk about at this juncture:
- The results from my The Indecision Games post are final! You can find the books I will be reading here!
- I’ve been rewatching The 100 seasons. I finished Season 2 too soon; Season 3 won’t be out until mid-July. I started watching True Blood Season 6, but it isn’t the same. If you missed it, Holly and I recapped the season!
- Shattering Stigmas Part TWO is in planning mode! I emailed everyone who filled out the form… so if you didn’t get an email and did fill out the form, let me know- and if you didn’t but still want to participate, please do let me know! It’s only a month or so away!