Books I’m Loving


It’s no secret I loved reading the Hunger Games series. At first I admittedly thought it was a bit strange, but then I couldn’t put the dang books down! I read all three within a week or two, and was ready for more like it. Thus began my hunt for more books of similar styling, and I have found a few I think you would like and wanted to share them with my readers. Here at RWS I believe in physical health AND mental health, and part of mental health to me is sitting down with a good book for some relaxing (and you learn a bit too, right?) So, without further adieu, here is what I have been reading lately:

The Maze Runner Trilogy


“Thomas (the main character) wakes up to find himself in a pitch black elevator called the box. He can’t remember anything but his first name, everything else in his mind is empty. When the lift soon opens, he finds himself surrounded by other kids who welcome him to what they call the Glade, a large expanse surrounded by stone walls hundreds of feet high that move. The Glade is surrounded by an enormous Maze”

I LOVED these books from the first chapter. The way the author keeps you guessing, you just can’t put it down! I loved learning about “what’s going on” along with the main character. Also I must say unlike the hunger games, I loved ALL of these books. I got bored with the third Hunger Games book, but not this series. I was so sad when it was over, I wanted more!



“After a civil war—known as the Second Civil War or the Heartland War—is fought over abortion, a compromise was reached, allowing parents to sign an order for their children between the ages of 13 and 18 years old to be unwound—taken to “harvest camps” and having their body parts harvested for later use. The reasoning was that, since 100% (actually 99.44% taking into account the appendix and “useless” organs) was required to be used, unwinds did not technically “die”, because their individual body parts lived on. In addition to unwinding, parents who are unable to raise their children to age thirteen for retroactive abortion have the option to “stork” their child by leaving it on another family’s porch. If they don’t get caught, the “storked” baby then becomes the other family’s responsibility.”

While not quite as good as the maze runner trilogy, this was still a good and quick read. I read it on our cruise in about three days. It was very intriguing and I liked the characters a lot, it just seemed so short, I guess I am just bias to trilogies lately! Definitely one to try out if this sort of book is your thing, I enjoyed it.

The Selection


“For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in the palace and compete for the heart of the gorgeous Prince Maxon.
But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.
Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself- and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.”

While slightly different than the others listed, it still deals with a post world war world, and a new way of life and a new structure to society. This was an easy read and also very romantic. Definitely more of a girl book than the others, but highly recommended!


Yesterday I went on a run at 9:00 in the morning. I thought it was earlier enough that I would beat the crazy summer heat…I was wrong. It was 82, sunny and humid. The second I stepped out of the garage I knew I was doomed. I went anyway, pushing above normal pace but not “hard”. I had to call it quits at 2.5 miles because I got overheated and dizzy. Wonderful. I will be on the treadmill tomorrow!


Cooling off on the front porch post run. (Check out my post run routine here) Coconut water and a big towel were my friends for thirty minutes after my run! I also made it to the gym last night for my first time lifting weights since May 6th. Feels good to be back!

QOTD: Have you read any of these books? Any other recommendations for me? I love to read!

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  1. Thanks for sharing – I hadn’t heard of hardly any of these, and it’s about time I find a new book.

  2. Thanks for posting this! I’ve been lost ever since I finished the Hunger Games series in a freakishly short amount of time and need new books! I heard about the Maze Runner trilogy and I think thats my next set of books to add to the Kindle. Glad you liked them, I’m sure I will too!

  3. Mindy Bobe says

    Oh I am definitely going to have to check out the Maze Runner Trilogy! I LOVE trilogies because I always want to keep going and find out more and more about the characters! Another series that is similar to Hunger Games and that I really have enjoyed is Divergent and Insurgent by Veronica Roth. There are only these two books so far but there are supposed to be more. Enjoy!

  4. I’ve been thinking more and more about breaking down for Fifty Shades of Grey – the controversy is intriguing 🙂

  5. You make me want to read that maze runner trilogy. I LOVED the hunger games. Such a nice read.

    Thanks for entering my giveaway. I love your blog name!

  6. Thanks for sharing! I haven’t read any of these. Ugh sorry about your run. I did an easy run w/ the stroller yesterday at 3. Umm needless to say it was anything but easy. No more afternoon runs for awhile.

  7. Leah @ Chocolate and Wild Air says

    Love love love the Hunger Games – I’ll have to check some of these out! About to tweet this 🙂

  8. I am going to put The Selection on my must read list, I’ve seen it reviewed many places lately.
    I’m a YA/ Children’s librarian and read a lot. These are the trilogies that I’m in the middle of:
    Across the Universe/A Million Suns-Beth Revis
    Divergent/Insurgent-Veronica Roth
    Delirium/Pandemonium-Lauren Oliver
    Legend-Marie Lu
    Glow/Spark-Amy Kathleen Ryan
    Even/Once-Ana Carey

    Most of these will have another book published this summer or the fall of ’12. And many have also had the movie optioned. I have a notebook where I write the titles and pub. dates if I can find them. I also write a lot of notes to keep the stories straight in my head!

    Some others that have stood out for me this year are
    Blood Red Road -Moira Young
    Shatter Me-Tahereh Mafi


  9. I love the Matched/Crossed/Reached trilogy! I heard disney bought rights to a movie for it too?

  10. I second Kendra and Laura! The Matched series has been awesome so far!

  11. i totally should have picked one of these up to read on the plane!!

  12. Reading machine… I’m reading Meb’s book right now. I know it’s sort of old, released in 2010 i think, but I love reading non-fiction books about athletes, specifically runners. Maybe that’s why I like runner’s blog so much…

  13. thanks for the book recommendations!! Can’t wait to check them out=)

  14. I’m always on the lookout for good books! Thanks for the recommendations!

  15. I also loved the Hunger Games trilogy, so these are books I will definitely be checking out! Thanks for posting them!!

  16. Can’t wait to check these out!



  17. Heather (Where's the Beach) says

    We started listening to the Hunger Games during our drive to the beach. LOVE. I love hearing about new books too so thanks for this list.

  18. ohh i love a good book recommendation and i’m a huge fan of series, so thanks for that!!

  19. Lindsay @ In Sweetness and In Health says

    I’d been thinking of reading The Selection! Now I really want to :). Also, I’ve contemplated reading The Maze Runner but I wasn’t sure I’d like it…I just may have to check it out. You should read Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi! It’s really good!

  20. The Selection looks like a book right up my alley! I am definitely adding it to my “to read” list! 🙂

  21. I just put Unwind on my Goodreads list. Thanks!

    The books I like sound different than what you have on your list, but right now I just started Room by Emma Donoghue. I recently finished Bloom by Kelle Hampton, which was a great memoir about the birth of her daughter Nella who has Down Syndrome. Her blog is, and it’s wonderful. I loved that book.

    I am going to do the 50 Shades of Grey series this summer. I’m a high school English teacher though, and sometimes I need a little break from reading as it’s all I do all day, so that series is for the summer when I have the time and desire to read it quickly.

  22. Add Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi to your list. Read it in a couple of hours!

  23. Well of course I’ve read The Hunger Games and was ENTHRALLED!! I have the Maze Runner series on my TBR list and Unwind, but thanks for the recommendation for The Selection!

    I haven’t read the following but I want to:

    Pandemonium and Delirium
    Divergent and Insurgent
    Crossed and Matched


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