[Dreaming of Antigone] Robin Bridges

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Absolutely LOVE this cover.

I want to tell everyone I meet about this book. It’s taken me several days to work up to writing a review purely because I was afraid that if I wrote it immediately it would only end up being solely composed of “ILOVETHISBOOKSOMUCH” and “YouHAVEtoreaditNOW”s. There will still be a fair amount of that, so this is your warning.

This is the first book in the contemporary young adult genre that I’ve loved unconditionally in a long time. Robin Bridges’ writing really reminds me of Deb Caletti’s style. Any time she comes out with a new book I read it because I know I’ll like it.  But this. This. I’ve never read a Robin Bridges novel before, and in the middle of reading this I knew I had to read everything that she’s ever written and will write.

Dreaming of Antigone is about Andria, a girl who has recently lost her twin and who finds a kindred spirit in Antigone when they begin to read the tragedy in class. For a girl who lost her father when she was a baby and blames herself for the death of her sister, Antigone’s family tragedy is relatable. Andria has always been the weird twin, the one who looked more likely to have a drug problem with her all-black wardrobe. It wasn’t meant to be Iris, the one who had everything. She had her life put together. Like many things, what you initially see on the surface is not what lies beneath. As Andria rediscovers how to live in the wake of her sister’s death, not everything that appears perfect is as it seems.

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Happy New Year!

Starting off the new year: Follow my blog with Bloglovin

I hope everyone had a good holiday!

Although it seems like I have been missing in action and  slow on reviewing for the past couple of months, I have been reading in an attempt to make my reading goal for 2015.

Spoiler alert: three books off. Sadface.

However, I feel pretty good about my reading and reviewing milestones in 2015! I’m a notorious slacker when it comes to posting on my personal travel / living in Japan blog (I’m fairly certain that I haven’t posted since early 2014–and I only remember this because I posted about the monumental occasion of my first local Shinkansen ride, which was a pretty big deal). This is different because I feel like I’m working toward something.

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But in a really good way, of course! I really hope to work with publishing in some capacity in the future, so I’m proud of what I’ve created here. I’ve come a long way from just reading books and remembering them fondly (or in the case of a really good book, rereading them multiple times). I am still so excited whenever I can talk with the authors of books that I’ve enjoyed. I love doing this. Even if there’s times when it seems really quiet here, know that I will be back!

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[Reasons why my bookshelves are overflowing] Upcoming Fall and Winter titles to curl up with

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I decided to check out Buzz Books 2015: Young Adult Fall/Winter, a publication that has excerpts of up and coming releases from new authors and established authors. When I’m looking for a new book to read (or in this case an advance reading copy or read-to-review copy) I often struggle with deciding if it’s going to be something I enjoy. When I’m deciding on an ARC to request from NetGalley, the synopsis is obviously a huge part of my decision. Sometimes, however, the synopsis teases just enough to get me curious, but it may not be something I’d normally be keen on. This Buzz Books publication is a nice middle ground. I’m able to read a short excerpt and decide how I feel about the writing style and story without having the pressure of a full book to read. When you write, you need a hook to grab the reader. It’s what keeps them reading. These excerpts are one quick shot to show readers what kind of book it will be and if it’s worth their time. It’s only the hook.  I hated the short length of some of these (because I really wanted to finish it!) and my book list got significantly longer.

The only excerpts I skipped were those of sequels. Here are some of the novels that I want to check out on a scale of desperate-to-read-where-is-my-wallet to this-sounds-interesting/cute:

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