A Cheap Escape: Reading!


I know being a parent leaves less time to do things you did before you had kids. One of my favorite things to do is curl up in bed and read.  I spent the last few months of my pregnancy doing that. We don’t have a television in our bedroom so I spend the last few minutes of my day reading a book. It might be a few pages or twenty – depending on how tired I am. I prefer to find a book series – so I am not painfully looking for a new book every few weeks or learning new characters all the time – I like familiarity. Like it or not – I am going to share a few of my favorite series with you!

[typography font=”Satisfy” size=”24″ size_format=”px”]1. Divergent Series by Veronica Roth[/typography]

Beatrice Prior lives in a society that’s divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue – Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all 16 year olds must select the f action they will devote the rest of their lives to. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family or being who she really is – she can’t have both. Beatrice renames herself Tris and completely transforms. This is a great SERIES and the first movie comes out in 2014. If you liked the Hunger Games Series – this is for you!



 [typography font=”Satisfy” size=”24″ size_format=”px”]2. The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare[/typography]

While the first book has already been a movie – still read the books. The movie did NOT do the first book justice. City of Bones is a young-adult fantasty book about a 16 year old, Clary. She goes to a club with her friend, Simon, and sees a group acting strangely. She follows them and sees the kill someone although no one else seems to see it. Clary learns there is another world out there and she is part of it – part of the Shadowhunters. Ok – again – it’s young adult – but they are fun and an easy read – which is what I am looking for when I am TIRED.

Mortal Instruments

 [typography font=”Satisfy” size=”24″ size_format=”px”]3. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak[/typography]

Narrated by Death, the book is set in Nazi Germany, a place and time when the narrator notes he was extremely busy. It describes a young girl’s relationship with her foster parents, the other residents of their neighborhood, and a young Jewish man who hides in her home during the escalation of WWII. Okay- so it’s not uplifting – but it’s an amazing story!



I hope you enjoy some of my top picks and I would be interested in some books that you love to read as well!


  1. I love The Book Theif! And the Allegiant series. I just finished Code Name Verity and Rose Under Fire (a YA …. not series, but companion books). And I also read You Before me over the break (so, I’m haven’t exactly been selecting light reading material). Next up, I think, is The Goldfinch.


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