Recent Running Reads: Cinder and The Selection

Something I rarely talk about here is reading, but it’s something I have loved for as long as I can remember. As I got older and further into my career, I found I had less time to sit and read than I would like. Then one day, I heard a friend talking about listening to audiobooks when they ran.

That was 19oish audiobooks ago back in July 2008. I listen to audiobooks on runs, during my commute to and from work, and sometimes while I cook when it’s a really good book. I am often reading 1-2 audiobooks at a time – one for commuting and one for training. I would never be able to read as much as I do without them!

But before you get any crazy thoughts about my reading heavy historical non-fiction, I more of a YA girl (or Young Adult Fiction). You might also remember I’m a huge Disney & Nickelodeon fan, so this really isn’t that surprising. Think Hunger Games or Twilight – both popular YA series.

I thought I’d share my thoughts on a couple YA books I listened to during training for my last two marathons. I don’t know about you, but I love discovering new series to read!




This book is an interesting twist on the classic Cinderella story. In this rendition, Cinder is a cyborg who is a genius with machinery. In this reality, people become cyborgs as a way to be saved from series injury. Unfortunately, cyborgs are also looked down upon by the rest of society and often owned as property. She meets the prince and becomes involved in a situation that’s much bigger than her.

I listened to this book during training for the New Orleans marathon. The next book in this series is scheduled for release in February 2013.

The Selection


The Selection is about a cast society where the main character, America Singer, gets chosen to participate in a competition to marry the Prince. While she’s supposed to be winning the heart of the prince, she’s still in love with a boy from a lower cast back home. The longer she stays in the competition, the more money her lower cast family receives. And the more she questions what she really wants for her future.

It’s a light read, but the characters grow on you and by the end I was NOT ready for it to be over. I listened to this book during training for the Marine Corps Marathon and I’m anxiously awaiting the next one in April 2013. And apparently the CW is shooting a pilot for a tv series based on this book.


When I think of a book, I will think of a memorable run while I was listening to that book. And sometimes I’ll pass a spot and think of an important points in a book. I love the memory association!

Questions for you:

  • What book should I read next?!
  • Do you listen to book while you work out?
  • What is your favorite genre?

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  1. Miranda @ Biting Life says

    I loved The Selection! I’m really interested to see what the CW does with it… and I can’t wait for the next one in the series to come out!!

  2. tim says

    I like to listen to old time radio when I run. One of my favorites was Mystery Theater. It ran for many years, so there are hundreds of plays.

  3. says

    Cinder is on my Christmas wish-list, looking forward to that one! YA rocks, although I’m also a sucker for epic fantasy and most any good modern lit. You should read Night Circus next! It’s not YA, but it’s still an easy magic-filled read.

    I’d love to listen to audiobooks while working out–but I’m a sucker for angry dubstep while lifting, it just makes me want to push!
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  4. says

    For awhile I was listening to audio books when I would lift weights at the gym…I don’t know why I never thought to try them out while running! This is so simple..and yet blowing my mind. Also, I love YA fiction, so I’m very excited to investigate these titles, in whatever form. :)

    [And I still watch shows on The CW. I am a Gossip Girl devotee forever.]
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  5. says

    I like to spend even just a few minutes reading an actual book at night before I go to sleep (it also makes me close the laptop and relax…), and for those I like fiction.

    I love to listen to audio books – and find myself saving the non fiction for those – right now I am listening to a John Kennedy book and re listening to Freakonimics :)
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