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This post has nothing to do with parenting.

No, wait!  If I say something like “Parenting is rough.  We all need to escape from the diapers and snotty noses sometimes.” then it becomes a parenting post, right??

Aha!  See how clever I am?

So yes.  We all need to escape at times, because dangit being a parent is exhausting and totally draining.  And one of my favorite escapes right now is reading.  I’ve always loved reading.  I was rarely seen without a book in my hand during elementary and middle school.  I read during all of my free time — in the car, at home, outside.  My favorite birthday as a child was the year that my mom got a  great deal on Apple paperbacks (through the school system she worked for) and his about 30 individually wrapped books all throughout the house.  Ahhh, it was a nerdy girl’s dream!

Now, I go through phases where I can’t get into any books OR it’s all I want to do!  Right now, I can’t get enough books and I’m going through a few of them a week!  I’m trying to keep track of all the books I read this year but I know I’ve already missed a few on my list.  (Click here to see my list on Pinterest!)  I’m really loving Young Adult Fiction right now (should I be embarrassed by that?  Oh well, I’m not.) and I have a bunch of them on my Must Read list while I wait for them to become available at the library.

There are some great stories that have stayed with me for days after reading them, like Candor by Pam Bachorz, about a town designed to be perfect, where everyone is fed subliminal messages to fix any problem.  Or Uglies by Scott Westerfeld, about a society where teenagers are forced to undergo an operation at 16 to become beautiful, fixing any bodily flaw.  And then Brain Jack by Brian Falkner, a fast-moving story about hackers and cyber terrorism.  GREAT plots and incredibly hard to put down!

I’m heading to the library today to hopefully pick up a few more books and I would love your suggestions!  What have you read recently that you loved?  What should I read next?

Edited to add:  In case anyone is wondering, I do have an actual list I use.  I have a “shopping list” in Cozi, the free online calendar and organizer, where I keep up with books I want to read!

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About Krista

Krista is a full-time working mom of two boys, currently aged 6 and 7. She lives in Kentucky with her husband, Brandon.


  1. We still are so much alike in this aspect, even years later. I also go through phases where all I want to do is read and other times where nothing I pick up gets me interested. I’m really enjoying reading books about parents of children that have autism and YA books right now. I was a little embarrassed that I was getting YA books on my kindle, but now I don’t feel so bad!!

  2. Haha, that’s funny! Yeah I always feel a tad creepy spending my time in the YA section of the library. The teenagers kinda look at me like “What’s with the old lady??”. But its nice that I can talk to our youth group girls about the books they are reading!