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I signed up for Plinky prompts. Ever heard of that? It’s a site that gives you blog post prompts. I was going to try one out today for the first time. The prompt was, “What book could you read over and over?” Since my answers are Stargirl and Cat’s Cradle, and you already know that, I tried to think of others. But that’s pretty much it. Since I’ve entered the world of book submissions, it’s changed how I read considerably. Right now, I’m all about what’s new or notable in YA literature. I like to track new books like I track new movie releases. I even watch trailers. And because there are soooooo many good books coming out, they’re stacking up.

I’ve also begun noticing which publishers I end up reading most often. I usually don’t check when I’m ordering the book, but when I go to read it, I notice it immediately. The publishers you’ll see on my shelf most are (in this order): Knopf, Arthur A. Levine, Delacorte, and Flux. I don’t know why. I’m just attracted to their books.

So, wanna know what’s in my queue? This is as exciting to me as the Netflix queue. Often I shuffle the order of what’s next. I realize if we’re Goodreads friends, then you can see what I’m reading and reviewing over there, but making lists is in my blood. (Thanks, Mom.) It is the way of my people. Okay, in this order:

Everlasting, by fellow Upstart Crow, Angie Frazier. Why? There’s romance and adventure. I want to fall in love with a handsome sailor.

The Deathday Letter, by fellow Upstart Crow, Shaun Hutchinson. Why? Hilarity and suspense will no doubt ensue. Teen boy leads fascinate me.

A Love Story Starring My Dead Best Friend, by Emily Horner. Why? I have a feeling this will remind me of an Ellen Page movie. I love quirky done well.

The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak. Why? It will be extraordinary. I’ve been saving it up, and it’s nearly time!

The Cardturner, by Louis Sachar. Why? It’s about the game of Bridge and features old people, which I can relate to.

Sea, by Heidi Kling. Why? Romance again. What can I say, it’s my thing.

amy & roger’s Epic detour, by Morgan Matson. Why? This romance seems sweet and the writing appears more subtle than usual. I could be wrong. Recommended by Tammara.

Some Girls Are, by Courtney Summers. Why? Heard great things about the characterizations by this author.

So Punk Rock, by Micol and David Ostow. Why? I’m a sucker for band books. It makes me feel cool, even though I have the world’s shittiest taste in music.

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