YA Books I'm (Probably) Taking to College

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Hey y'all!

It's Grace here to discuss something that's been weighing heavily on my mind for the past few months: what books am I going to take with me to college?I have a three-shelf bookcase and two invisible shelves to go on my walls. (I also have an ottoman and a few wicker baskets which I guess could fit some titles if I got desperate.) I calculated roughly how many books I can bring with me. Then I cross-referenced my personal literary collection with that of the Washington and Lee library to see whether any of my books overlap for maximum possible selection. With that in mind, there are a few that I'm bringing despite being able to access there: because they're sentimental or annotated or a comfort. Plus, I can be inexplicably picky about formatting. I'm thinking I'll probably bring more of my YA books than anything else because a library's more likely to have academic, classic, and modern fiction titles that I'd feel like reading. (Side note: hopefully I can indulge my science kick because a ton of those from my TBR are in the database!)Although I'm publishing my list, I'm not sure whether I'll change it later. I've been informed by my mother that the Travel Fairy might be visiting if she were to be provided with a list of possible titles to gift. (The Travel Fairy is a mechanism from when we were little - when we'd go on long trips, we'd find a small bag of books, movies, and Twizzlers in the car to keep us occupied.) As we've gotten older, the Travel Fairy is less of a mysterious entity who'd leave us a canvas tote in the middle of the night and more of a mother-sponsored trip to Barnes and Noble. Either way, it's a lovely tradition.In any case, I do unfortunately have to root through my books and decide which ones make the cut. It's a balance between wanting to bring all my favorites vs. having a variety to choose from in all my differing moods. (I'm a mood reader.) Plus, what about all the books coming out this fall that I want to promote?Thinking strategically, should I bring short books or long books? With short books, I can fit more in the limited shelf space that I have and presumably keep fresh content on the blog. With long books, I can thoroughly sink into each of them and be satisfied with the amount of books that I have.This list is just - for now - the YA/MG favorites I'm bringing with me. I'm deciding on fall ARCs and general fiction/classics later. Links to come later as well!

YA/MG Books I'm Bringing

Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn AndersonRevolution by Jennifer DonnellyFamous in Love by Rebecca Serle*Truly, Madly, Famously by Rebecca SerleThe Dharma Bums by Jack KerouacThe 13th Reality by James Dashner (series)Before I Fall by Lauren OliverEven in Paradise by Chelsey PhilpotThis Song Will Save Your Life by Leila SalesWinger by Andrew SmithGraceling by Kristin CashoreVampire Academy by Richelle Mead (series)Lament by Maggie StiefvaterBallad by Maggie StiefvaterThe Scorpio Races by Maggie StiefvaterShiver by Maggie StiefvaterParanormalcy by Kiersten WhiteThe Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemoreAnatomy of a Misfit by Andrea PortésThe Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye WaltonSecond Chance Summer by Morgan MatsonRuby Red by Kerstin Gier (series)Small Damages by Beth KephartBlood and Salt by Kim LiggettThe Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee StewartFingerprints of You by Kristen-Paige MadoniaEyes Like Stars by Lisa MantchevAll-American Girl by Meg CabotBetween the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve TucholkeBetween the Spark and the Burn by April Genevieve TucholkeHex Hall by Rachel Hawkins (series)Rites of Passage by Joy HensleyOrigin by Jessica KhouryThe Tail of Emily Windsnap by Liz KesslerThe Sky is Everywhere by Jandy NelsonImpossible by Nancy WerlinAmelia Anne is Dead and Gone by Kat RosenfieldImaginary Girls by Nova Ren SumaBone Gap by Laura RubySimon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky AlbertalliThe Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle HodkinEvery You, Every Me by David LevithanI'll Be There by Holly Goldberg SloanThe Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. LockhartSaving June by Hannah HarringtonSpeechless by Hannah HarringtonJellicoe Road by Melina MarchettaThe Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider*The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-DoyleDreamland Social Club by Tara AltebrandoDaughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini TaylorThe Heartbreakers by Ali NovakThe Accidental Hero by Matt MykluschLetters from Rapunzel by Sara Lewis HolmesCinder by Marissa Meyer (series)Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian (series)Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCourGeorge by Alex GinoHush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick (series)An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa TahirVenom by Fiona PaulLovely, Dark, and Deep by Amy McNamaraConversion by Katherine HoweWanderlove by Kirsten HubbardA History of Glitter and Blood by Hannah MoskowitzJuniors by Kaui Hart HemmingsThis Is the Story of You by Beth KephartAll Fall Down by Ally Carter (series)Moonglass by Jessi KirbyThe Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh (series)

*I have discussed this with my roommate and Laney will be bringing her copy for both of us! Shoutout to book sharing, y'all.

That was actually a colossal failure becuase I ended up adding significantly more books throughout the process of composing this. I have some more cuts to make, I suppose?

What do y'all think of my list? Balanced enough or no? A ton of these are thoughtful, sad contemporaries and magical realism - with some paranormal tossed in there. Should I add more high fantasy or horror? More light-hearted laugh-out-loud reads? Not quite sure.

What do y'all think?

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