Little known fact:  I'm an avid reader.  And now that I've actually started to think of myself as a writer as well, I realize that the two go hand in hand.  The more I read, the more I am inspired to work on my own projects.  It's a nice balance.
Book discussions with whoever is willing are quite a regular thing for me these days.  And as anyone who knows me will tell you, I'm quick to pass along a recommendation when I stumble across something I find worthy.  So, here are a few highly recommended treasures that I was lucky enough to pick up and addicted enough that I didn't want to put them down.  

The Hunger Games Trilogy, by Suzanne Collins
If you have not heard of these books by now, then you obviously have a very good place in which to hide from the outside world.  Whenever I am asked for book recommendations, these are always at the very top of my list.  The way this story draws you in and renders you incapable of putting them down is insane.

The Mortal Instruments series, by Cassandra Clare. I really can't say enough about this series. A very addictive story about the world of "Shadow Hunters", aka, the descendants of angels devoted to protecting we oblivious humans from the dark forces. It will have you choosing sides and making guesses--then proving you wrong--the entire time. (And "Jace." Need I say more? It's not often we gals run across a character that could give the esteemed Mr. Cullen a run for his money!)

Also, the  prequel series, The Infernal Devices.  It tells the story of the Shadow Hunter's origins with a steam punk theme.  Equally as great!  It's like reading a separate, yet closely related story.

The Uglies Series, by Scott Westerfeld

What can I really say?  Scott Westerfield is by far one of my favorite authors and this series was AMAZING.  It's one of those stories that leaves you questioning yourself for the opinions you form and the alliances you pledge to the characters.

The Maze Runner trilogy, by James Dashner.  I really can't say enough about this series and how it manages to suck you in.  I've convinced quite a few people to read it at this point and each one of these quickly became as obsessed as I did!

Zero Regrets, by Apolo Anton Ohno.

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