Book Reviews: June

Since my initial Christmas wish list of running books, I have been lucky to come upon MANY, MANY more wonderful and inspiring books. However, I have been rather lax in reporting all my great and bad finds to you…but with summer vacations you need to know!!

FOR RUNNING relentless
Relentless Forward Progress: A Guide to Running Ultramarathons
by Bryon Powell
Moving forward is the obvious goal of any run, but the idea of “relentless forward progress” is a complete mindset about our activity.

I recently had a chance to read this book from Bryon Powell about Ultra running! Have I signed up for an ultra, well not yet but I have to admit the book makes you think it’s entirely possible and might just be fun. Plus, I received the book the week after meeting Scott Jurek…do you think the heavens are aligning to tell me something??

This book is a great how to for anyone that is considering an Ultra and I think even a good read for those doing a marathon. It’s just small stories and tips that come together to remind you we can do this without injuring ourselves if we do it smart.

Distance running can seem very intimidating or be riddled with the family and friends who are concerned for you because of injuries. I like the way this book really breaks it down to help you overcome those concerns, while providing a steady dose of motivation!

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrandunbroken
All I really knew about this book was it involved the story of Louis Zamparini a legendary American runner…so mostly I expected another, I came, I ran, I conquered;I couldn’t have been more off the mark this book is so much more.

In the first few chapters you are introduced to Louis, his crazy childhood antics and his unforgettable journey to the Olympics. Then the book makes a sudden shift to World War II and after a few chapters I almost gave up thinking this was simply a historical review, which while well written isn’t exactly my type of reading. I am so glad that I went just a chapter farther because I would have missed one of the greatest stories of survival, grit and human spirit.

I chose to listen to this as an audiobook and can guarantee you the desire to hear what would happen next is how I ran 8 milers 3 days in a row. It’s a very long book and will provide you with details about war you never imagined…but mostly it will make you realize the strength of the human spirit and make you want to dig down deep to push through any little things in your life.

I don’t want to give away any major details, but just one example of how this type of story speaks to the marathoners brain: At one point Louis is stuck on a raft in the ocean with two other soldiers for not days, but MONTHS without water, without food, without movement…with sharks, with sun, with dehydration..and yet he found mental tricks to help him survive and continue onward.

FOR FUN bossypants
Bossypantsby Tina Fey
I have to be honest, I just couldn’t figure out the point of this book. I think it’s a biography, but basically told like a night time comedian. I was trying to listen to this as an audio book, but just couldn’t get through it because I had no real need to know what would happen next. I think as a hard copy it might be totally amusing. I mean it is Tina Fey afterall.

A Discovery of Witchesby Deborah Harkness
I LOVED this book and wrote a complete review for BlogHer book reviews. I didn’t know it when I read the book but it’s actually on the New York Times top 10 list…I can totally see why. Definitely check out my review if you love a book that’s a little different, you can’t put it down and you want to relax all weekend!discovery

The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenmentby Eckart Tolle
Seriously, I have now tried to listen to this audio book 3 times and read it once… I just can’t. I know Oprah loves it and half the world jumped on the wagon…but I just can’t make it work for me! This seems completely bizarre since I am all about doing things to heal our spirit and live with more joy. Maybe it’s his voice, I don’t know…can’t do it.

So there you have it…a little more of the summer reading and listening that has been happening around here. I actually have about 4 more books already finished, but how many reviews can you really handle?
Gratitude Journal
June 26
I am grateful for egg beaters (so easy)sig
I am grateful for hard boiled eggs
I am grateful for deviled eggs
I am grateful for sunny side up eggs
I am grateful for scrambled eggs

Preventative Foot Care
Gael Inspires ME


  1. says

    I haven't made it through the Power of Now either. I find with some audiobooks to listen on a faster speed is helpful and some audiobooks the author shouldn't be the reader.I think I'll get Unbroken on audiobook and try listening during runs.

  2. says

    I started listening to Bossypants this morning on my long run, so I got 3 hours of it all in a row. I don't think it has a point per se, it's just Tina Fey talking about stuff and being funny. I totally enjoyed her honeymoon story! I've been on the fence about Unbroken. I have it on my list, so maybe I'll read it soon!

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