June & July in (Reading) Review

Well, it's nearly the end of July...and I'm back in the United States after six months in Australia! The last few months have been hectic and stressful to say the least, but I'm in California for the moment and loving the summer after the Australian winter. Sadly, my reading life hasn't been great. Still, there have been brief spots of shining greatness (starting when I realized that I could check out e-copies of graphic novels - that was marvelous). Without further ado, here are the best of June and July.

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April in (Reading) Review

We've reached the end of another month! Thanks to NOT being completely run off my feet by incomplete projects and querying agents, I managed to put April (my break month, in many ways) to good use and read many books. The best of the crop (again, in no particular order):

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What to Do When You've Finished a Book?

I recently "finished" writing a young adult fantasy novel. I put the word "finished" in quotes because a) books tend to be abandoned more than they are ever finished, and b) it's only finished in that I typed the words "THE END," banged my head against the keyboard a few more times for good measure, and decided that it was done enough to start querying agents.

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Know Me Betterman: Kylie M. Brien

Welcome to the very first Know Me Betterman entry, which comes to us courtesy of Kylie M. Brien, a beloved member of my writing group. (Forgot what Know Me Betterman is? Click here.) I'll let Kylie introduce herself, but I will also co-sign the Fangirl recommendation for all you Harry Potter kids out there. Happy reading!

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Harry Potter and the Months-Long Readathon

It is impossible to encapsulate the breadth of my involvement with Harry Potter. Suffice to say (for the time being, for this pitifully small blog post) that my parents bought the first two books while we were on a weeks-long road trip. My brother and I passed them back and forth over the next several days. By the end of the trip we had each read both Sorcerer's Stone and Chamber of Secrets about five times.

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