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Reading for Research

Look at any agent or publisher submission guidelines, and most of the websites say the same thing.  “As you wait for a response from us, you should be continuing to do research in your genre…by reading!”  I’d have done this anyway since I love reading.  It’s like I eat books for sustainence!  But particularly now while I have more time, I’m doing a lot of reading in my young adult (YA) and new adult (NA) genres as research for my own writing–to see what I think works, what makes characters come alive, etc.

In the past three weeks I’ve read:

  • Reached by Ally Condie
  • Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
  • Delirium by Lauren Oliver
  • Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver

And I will be reading the following books soon:

  • Wool by Hugh Howey
  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  • Bossypants by Tina Fey

I really liked Ally Condie and Lauren Oliver’s books, but I can’t help falling in love with the main characters from Veronica Roth’s DIVERGENT series more.  Her portrayal of the male lead, Four, is so good that it had me pining for him and inspired to make my male leads all the more enticing.  I felt the same way about Stephanie Meyer’s Jared from her book HOST.

What YA or NA books have you read lately that you loved?

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