#CritYourFaves Sign Up Post

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Introduction:

Often, it’s too easy for us to turn a blind eye to the flaws in our favourite books or series. Although there is no such thing as an objectively perfect work of fiction, it’s difficult to confront issues in the things we love. While it may be uncomfortable, or at times painful, I think it’s essential to point out lack of representation or perpetuation of harmful tropes and themes – no matter what kind of media you consume.

The #CritYourFave blog event encourages you to post discussion throughout the month of October, analysing your favourite book or series through a more critical lens. It’s not my intention to tell you to stop the things you love, but to acknowledge any misgivings they may have. If this sounds like something you would like to do, then sign up below!

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When?

Sign up will open from now until the end of September. You can post from any time between the 1st – 31st of October.

I will be posting a link up at the start of October with the names, blog links, and subject for all those who signed up, so anyone interested can keep an eye on their blog for their discussion post.

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What Do I Need?

Anyone can sign up as long as they have some sort of platform to post their discussion on, be it blog, tumblr, or vlogs. Please use the hashtag #CritYourFave when you promote the post on social media so that others can find your post.

A twitter account is not necessary, but I will be hosting a twitter chat during the month of October. I will also be retweeting and promoting everyone’s post on my own twitter.

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Prompts

Here is a list of possible discussion topics, but of course, you can choose one of your own.

  • The lack of diverse representation in a book series
  • Problematic faves and how to deal with it
  • Discuss a series you love and what issues you had with it
  • Discussion of a harmful trope and how it’s detrimental to the book and its readers e.g. woman in the fridge, racial stereotypes, toxic masculinity
  • Tokenisation in book(s)
  • Post-series revelations (e.g. Dumbledore being gay, Hermione could be black) and why they are not good enough
  • Queer baiting in fiction
  • Unhealthy romance in fiction

I really could go on, but anything goes here! The only thing I ask is to AVOID AD HOMINEM. Please critique and analyse the work, not its creator or authors. Encourage honest discussion, but avoid personal attacks.

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Sign Up

Just fill out the Google Form below.

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If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to throw them my way. For now, happy reading!

Book Review: Nevernight & Recap Of The Melbourne Book Launch

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Title: Nevernight

Author: Jay Kristoff

Series? Yes. 1 of 3.

Rating: 4.5/5 stars

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Book Depository // Amazon // Dymocks // Booktopia


Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Harper Voyager Australia in exchange for an honest review.

I posted a list of ‘5 Reasons You Should Preorder Nevernight’ a couple of months back, so it should come as no surprise that I absolutely adored the book. Nevernight has just the right blend of nostalgia and fresh, original elements. It dares to go dark places, but is also never afraid to poke fun at itself and its genre, making it one of the best fantasy I’ve read this year.

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The book starts off with a bang, seamlessly mixing sex and death in a memorable opening sequence. It’s a hint of things to come, as Nevernight is filled to the brim with both lust and love, violence and despair, and ceaseless heartstopping action. Within the book itself, Jay Kristoff also employs a myriad of different story telling techniques, from occasional changes in point of views and narration, to the use of those clever little footnotes. Like the story, the craft employed within this book is unpredictable and ever-changing. Despite employing all of these narrative techniques, the book never becomes confusing, and the narrative voice is usually a perfect fit for a the scene at hand.Read More »

Pokemon Indigo League #ReadThemAllThon Sign Up

Hi all, I am back with another reading challenge inspired by Pokemon Go. I have recently become quite obsessed with read-a-thons as a way to tackle my TBR, so combining these two things is the natural progression of things.

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Disclaimer: Pokemon belongs to Nintendo. I make 0 monetary profit from my blog, please don’t sue me!

What Is It?

The Pokemon Indigo League #ReadThemAllThon is a 3 weeks long reading challenge based on the Kanto’s Indigo League. Long-time fans of the series would recognise this as the first set of gyms Ash Ketchum had to conquer in his quest to become the Pokemon Master. Now you, my friends, will also embark on a journey to become the very best. Instead of fighting gym battles, you’ll be reading books instead!


When Is It?

The read-a-thon will run for 3 weeks between Sunday 14th August to Sunday 4th September.

You can sign up anytime between now and the end of the read-a-thon.


How Do I Join?

Create a sign-up post on your own blog/booktube/booklr/etc with the books you will read for the challenge below and title it #ReadThemAllThon TBR or something similar. Then add your link to the link widget below. Please add a link back to this post!Read More »

Pokemon Go Book Tag

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Disclaimer:  Pokemon Go belongs to Niantic and Nintendo, please don’t sue me.

By the time I post this, you’re probably already well aware of the global sensation that is Pokemon Go. This blog and other parts of my life have been 100% neglected in the name of catching them all. I thought I should combine my two loves of books and Pokemon in this one tag, and I want you to join me in spreading this across the lands!

Rules:

  • NIL. Link back to my blog is appreciated but optional. Feel free to use my graphics. Tag people, don’t tag people, whatever. Just have fun!

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Starter Pokemons have such great nostalgic values. I love all three of the original, but I chose Bulbasaur when I started this game (WHY?! I have not even seen a single Charmander so far, I am CRUSHED!)

For the bookish equivalent, some of my first English language books were by Roald Dahl, I especially love Matilda. I also loved R. L. Stine’s Goosebumps series! The first book I ever read on my own, though, was the Vietnamese edition of Dragon Ball volume one 😉Read More »

TBR Takedown Wrapup & Make Me Read It Poll

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I managed to read 4 out of the 5 books I set for myself in TBR Takedown – a feat I’ll pat myself on the back for because I have never managed to stick to a TBR so closely before. Here are some of my thoughts on the books I read, and I will be doing more full-length reviews for them later on!

I also have a poll at the end of this post, please help me fill it out, it will literally take you 2 seconds and will let you pick what I’ll be reading next month!

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The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater: 5 Stars I absolutely loved this, and all I can wonder is how on earth did it take me so long to read this book? I forgot how beautiful Maggie Stiefvater’s writing is. It’s descriptive, vivid, and she has such a masterful command on human emotions and characterisation. Ronan just jumped up to being one of my faves, his development was phenomenal in this book. Also, all the ships! I absolutely can’t wait to get started on Blue Lily, Lily Blue.Read More »

Read at Midnight 1st Blog Anniversary & Giveaway

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I can hardly believe it, but it’s been one entire year since I started Read at Midnight. Thank you so much to everyone who has visited, interacted, and supported this blog in these twelve months. Every day, I wish that I started blogging sooner and found all my like-minded bibliophiles a little bit earlier!

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  • Never be afraid to interact with new people, even that super uber popular blogger you admire from afar is a person, and they would love a chance to connect!
  • I blog best when there are no schedules or demands, it’s OK to not read for a week, or to disappear and not post for a month or so – people will understand.
  • Social Media is a black hole, as much as I love twitter and Instagram, sometimes it’s good to step back. I don’t have to comment on every single *~drama~* of the day.
  • It’s incredibly rewarding to give back to the community. Recommend a new blog, rave about a lesser-known book, comment on a post you love, donate some books, create fan work, it will open doors to so many opportunities!
  • Don’t stress too much about those ‘guides’ or ‘how-tos’ about blogging, if what you’re doing feels right – then keep steaming full force ahead.
  • The people is always my favourite part. I have loved talking to you all, meeting some of you in person, and fangirling over books with you these past months.

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Potterhead July Blog Festival Sign Up

As the release date for the Cursed Child draws closer, I wanted to write some blog posts focusing on Harry Potter and what it means to me. I asked around on twitter and several others wanted to join in, so I declare it Potterhead July Blog Festival Time!

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The Event

Each day between the 1st to 31st of July 2016, we will host a series of blog posts across all the different blogs, each discussing an element of Harry Potter that is near and dear to our heart.


How To Join

  • Sign up via the Google Form below, choosing your preferred dates of posting.
  • SIGN UP NOW CLOSED as we already have 80 people onboard. If you really want to be squeezed in please shoot me an email readatmidnightreviews at gmail dot com OR DM me on twitter (@readatmidnight).
  • Full schedule to be posted shortly after.
  • Anyone can join, as long as you have a blog to host your post on! I do not care whether you’re new or veteran, young or old, as long as you’re interested in Harry Potter.
  • I will maintain a directory of all the different posts somewhere on this page.

The Topics

I can write Harry Potter discussion prompts for days, but here’s a couple to get you thinking. You can obviously write your post on anything to your heart’s content.

Blog Post Prompts example:
1. Hogwarts Houses: Do they create division or unity?
2. Fandom-Created Shipping: What drives fan interpretations?
3. Snape: Villain or Hero? Thanks Rita Skeeter
4. Your head-canon of Maurauder days or new gen kids
5. How has HP shaped your reading experience.
6. House Pride Post: Which house are you in? Why do you love it?
7. Character Appreciation Post: write all about your fave!
8. New readers: experience on reading an instant classic of our time after it’s all over.
9. Hopes and Fears on HP spinoffs such as Cursed Child and Fantastic Beasts
10. Collector’s Showcase: let us see your book collection (we all know you have multiple editions of HP) and merchandise.
11. Diversity in Harry Potter: how do you feel about the post-series additions.
12. From Book To Screen: how do you feel about the movie adaptations and which was your favourite of the films?
13. Fanfiction Recs/Fan Art or Fan Graphics post.
14. Your journey with Harry: memorable life events revolving the book e.g. Release nights, signing, events, visiting Universal Studios.
15. From Muggles to Wizard: why do all muggleborn children like Hermione choose the wizarding world, can you imagine one that won’t?
16. Wizard VS Muggle bigotry and how the book dealt with it.
17. Slytherins & Their Portrayal in the book.
18. Sirius Black: Good Godfather?
19. Remus Lupin: the last of the Maurauders & his insecurities
20. How HP series deals with bullying: from the outright eg Snape to Harry & co. to the more subtle.
21. The Family Dumbledore made: his relationship with Hagrid and Harry.
22. Dumbledore’s Choices and Mistakes.
23. The Sorting: assign all your fave characters from other series to a House
24. Parallels: Between Harry/Voldemort, Harry/Neville, and all the other characters.

I would love to see varied posts but of course, you can choose whatever you’re most passionate about, I don’t mind double ups on post ideas!


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Please fill this out if you’re interested in joining!


Hope to see you all there, I am already so excited to see everyone’s post! Let me know of any comments or questions on the form or in the comments below ❤ It would be a fantastic chance to meet some new bloggers and relive the magic before the release of Cursed Child!

Discussion: 7 Things Bloggers Should Almost Never Apologize For!

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In my experience, being apologetic over the way you blog is the first step on a fast track towards misery. Ever since I reached my 6 months milestone in blogging, I have been taking a step back and putting things into more perspective. Personally, I want blogging to remain first and foremost a hobby. In the previous months, blogging was increasingly taking a toll on other parts of my life, I have yet to learn time management. I found that the surest way to stop stressing over my hobby was to quit apologizing for imaginary flaws. This is more a post to myself, but I hope that others will find it relatable.Read More »

Blog Graphics Tutorial For The Thrifty: Canva & Freepik

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I’ve previously done a post recommending the apps I recommend to create blog graphics, but as I still get questions about how to make graphics – I thought I’ll make a more detailed post. I hope you’ll find this useful and go off to create your own work. I would also love for you to show me when you’re done :D!

Warning: Very Image Heavy!
Sorry mobile phone browsers!Read More »

Audiobook Review: The Name Of The Wind

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Title: The Name Of The Wind

Author: Patrick Rothfuss

Voiced by: Rupert Degas

Series? Yes. 1 of 3.

Rating: 4/5 stars

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Until quite recently, I was 100% convinced that audiobooks were not suitable for me. I always found it hard to concentrate on them, and they just seemed so slow! I mean I could read The Name Of The Wind in 3-4 days, but I spent over a solid month listening to this audiobook.

Despite this length, I found that audiobooks are growing on me – I feel they’re an indulgent way to ‘read’ when you’re just too tired to use your eyes. Besides, The Name Of The Wind has a narrative that is particularly suited to audiobooks. In fact, I think I liked it more than the printed format.

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“Words are pale shadows of forgotten names. As names have power, words have power. Words can light fires in the minds of men. Words can wring tears from the hardest hearts.”

I read The Name Of The Wind when I was in high school, while waiting for the next ASOIAF book to be released. Patrick Rothfuss’s name was on everyone’s lips – and he was catapulted to stardom with this single volume. I can see why, I enjoyed his writing immensely, he writes lyrical proses that translates particularly beautiful in audiobook format. Read More »