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RTW: Best Book of June 2012

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Today is Road Trip Wednesday! What is that? It is a blog carnival where the contributors of YA Highway post a weekly topic and participants write their responses. You can jump from blog to blog to see each blogger's take on the question. 

Topic of the week:

What was the best book your read in June?

I post a list of the books I've read over the month and give mini-reviews to them in The Heroine's Monthly Reads. I want to take more time to review books, however, I'm trying to focus on my actual writing for the time being.

I'm really trying to jump around more with what I'm reading. However, I've been dying for some satisfying fantasy after reading Kristin Cashore's Bitterblue. When I heard about Leigh Bardugo's Shadow and Bone, I knew that I had to read this as soon as I could get my hands on it. I was lucky enough to pick up the book at my local bookstore, Mysterious Galaxy, the day after it came out during the the Fierce Reads tour. Even though I hadn…

RTW: The Summer after Graduation

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This is my firstRoad Trip Wednesday put on my YA Highway! They post a question that you can answer on your blog, and go check out what other people have to say. Cool, right?

This week's question is:

How did you spend/how will you spend the summer after graduation?
I recently read The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour and Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard that involves the summer between graduation and college, and so I thought about my more than I previously have have in the past. Here is my story. 

I graduated from high school in the year 2000. The year before, at age seventeen, I decided to join the North Dakota National Guard. My eldest brother joined fourteen years earlier and encouraged me that it was a good way to pay for college, and to have a part time job during college since that is what he did.

I admit, I was scared about the future. I lived in a small town all my life (population 15) and I was the youngest in my family. I had a lot of wisdom coming down the lines about how I sho…

Camp NaNoWriMo: Give It a Little Time

"I tell you all these things to show you that working is not grinding but a wonderful thing to do; that creative powers is in all of you if you give it just a little time; if you believe in it a little bit and watch it come quietly into you; if you do not keep it out by always hurrying and feeling guilty in those times when you should be lazy and happy. Or if you do not keep the creative power away by telling yourself that worst of lies-- that you haven't any. "
 --Brenda Ueland, "If You Want to Write: A Book about Art, Independence and Spirit"

This quote helped bring into perspective, and I recommend this book to writers. If you don't want to take my word for it, seriously would you deny the wisdom of Felicia Day via The Flog? I thought so.

After college, my husband worked while I planned our wedding. I traveled with him around the upper Midwest while he did photography. During that time, I also focused on writing my first novel. I had started it in colleg…

The Heroine's May 2012 Reads

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May was a great reading month! I read more books by authors of the YA or Bust! Tour that didn't disappoint and a few books I've been dying to read. So here we go!

YA or Bust! Authors
Where She Went by Gayle Forman
This is the sequel to If I Stay from the perspective of Mia's boyfriend, Adam. It takes place three years after the first book. It is showing us how they coped with the events in the first book. I have to say that the two books fit so well together with their internal struggles despite one  was in a coma, or the other awake in the middle of New York City. They are just as important since they belong to that person and I really love how Forman approaches their worries, hopes, disappointments, pain, and love.

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
I'm going to admit that Stephanie Perkins has become one of my favorite writers ever. She writes some of the most refreshing characters ever. Anna and the French Kiss blew me away (since Paris IS ridiculously ro…