My Renewed Love of Reading

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

I’ve always been a big reader. I spent many a family road trip as a child buried in a book while my parents raved about the sites around us (this was mostly after my sisters graduated and went to college). I come from a very prolific line of female readers. My mom and oldest sister are likely known by name in their town libraries.

When I had Logan, I took a hiatus from reading. It was one of those things that as life gets crazy, just dropped to the bottom of the priority list. We started a book club for awhile, but I barely was able to finish those books in time for our meetings. When I was traveling a lot for my last company, I started listening to a lot of audiobooks and found I enjoyed that a lot, as long as the narrator was good!

A little over a year ago I discovered how nice it is to read books my iPod Touch. Since then I’ve gone a bit out of control. I’ve read seventy books in the last 16 months - best I can tell from looking at my Goodreads and Kindle accounts. Crazy! That’s a lot of lost sleep. :) Of course I've been doing just as much "reading" with audiobooks, thanks to lots of car time during the day (I have lots of projects around town, so I'm always driving to and from meetings).

I’ve learned a lot about what I enjoy about a book in that time. Apparently I have a thing for the Young Adult genre of books. I think the Hunger Games is what made me realize it!

All my adulthood I've tried to like the books I thought I was supposed to like. But now I’m willing to accept that it is OK to enjoy the books that I enjoy and that there is nothing wrong with that. I don’t need to trudge through the most popular book on the charts just because I feel like I should enjoy it. So today, I thought I’d share a few of my most favorites in the off chance that you might have similar tastes!

The Fault in Our Stars

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green - This book may have been one of my most favorite books ever. It’s incredibly inspirational, hilarious, touching, and yet devastating. It's the first book in a LONG time that I can remember making me both laugh out loud AND sob. I listened to the audiobook, which I highly recommend (although the laughing out loud and sobbing might have been weird for the people in the cars next to me in traffic). The narrator was fantastic! This book is a must read - truly!

Slammed (Slammed, #1)

Slammed by Colleen Hoover - This was one of the first young adult books I read (post Hunger Games series), purchased on a whim based on an Amazon recommendation. This is one of those books that kept me up all night because I couldn't put it down. I kind of became obsessed with slam poetry after reading this book. Check out this slam poetry performance if you are interested in the art. LOVE!


Hopeless by Colleen Hoover - This is Colleen's most recent novel. It's a heartbreaking story, but very touching. Another one that kept me up late at night reading just another chapter!

Callum & Harper (Sleepless, #1)

Callum & Harper by Fisher Amelie – I adore both the characters in this book. All of them, but definitely the two main characters. Definitely one of my favorites!

Have you read any of these? What’s your guilty reading pleasure??

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