Book/Life Pairings

MultitaskingFinalHow do you fit reading into life? Everywhere of course! Here are some fun suggestions of how to incorporate books into (almost) all parts of your life. I guess there are some events where books don’t belong… But you may be surprised by these multitasking opportunities.

Running/Vigorous Exercise

Some fast paced audio that will make you want to work out every day and never stop!

The Knife of Never Letting Go
The Knife of Never Letting Go


The Knife Of Never Letting Go
(and Chaos Walking series)

(2011 Odyssey Honor Audiobook, 2011 Top Ten Audio Books for Young Adults, 2009 Best Books for Young Adult)

by Patrick Ness and Nick Podehl

The action-packed audio book will help you keep up an energetic pace and be thoroughly entertained all the while.  Podehl’s amazing narration enhances Ness’ Sci-fi world which consists of only men whose thoughts are audible. Bonus: best talking dog voice ever.

Girl, Stolen

by April Henry and Kate Rudd

(2011 Best Fiction for Young Adults)

Here is a thrill ride of a book that will keep you on your toes.  Follow Cheyenne, a sixteen year old girl who is blind, as she gets kidnapped accidentally by a car thief.  Clever Cheyenne methodically and systematically plans her escape while poor mistreated wannabe criminal Griffin tries to do the right thing in spite of his horrendous family.

Divergent (and sequels)

(2012 Quick Picks for Young Adults , 2012 Teens Top Ten )

Divergent Audio
Divergent Audio

by Veronica Roth and Emma Galvin

This nail-biting gritty tale is perfect to listen to and get in shape!  You will run like a Dauntless trying to catch a train as you join Tris on her epic search for the truth in post-apocalyptic Chicago.


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Jukebooks: Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater

SinnerCole St. Clair is returning to a Los Angeles and a life of rock star glory, but it will all be for nothing if he can’t find the infuriating Isabel, a girl he cannot live without. Cole is not an easy person; he is, in his own words, “…a performer, a singer, a werewolf, a sinner.” Isabel wants to believe in Cole’s love, but doubt hardens her heart. When these two thunderclouds collide, expect a spectacular storm of a relationship.

Readers were introduced to Cole and Isabel in the second book of The Wolves of Mercy Falls series, Linger. This book is all about them.

Maggie Stievfater compiled a playlist of the songs she listened to while writing Sinner.  You can find the whole list here:  My favorite is “Unkinder (A Tougher Love)” by Thumpers. It’s a very hip kaleidoscope of sound, combined with video effects that are both nostalgic and surreal. Very L.A.

-Diane Colson, currently reading Dirty Little Secret by Jennifer Echols