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!