This month's book choices for the Book of the Month Club had some tough decisions to pick from! I ended up choosing "The Sun is Also a Star" by Nicola Yoon. Goodreads gives this book 4.5 stars and NY Times also has a great review!
Here's the book blurb from Goodreads:
Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.
Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.
The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?
I am kind of a romantic...so this little love story might be just what I need to warm up my holidays.
On a little bit more of a sad note, last month's book was Swing Time by Zadie Smith. I was really getting into the book! The characters are really so real. They feel like every day peope you really could meet on the street and become friends with. The story was deep and was just beginning to really spiral in regard to the relationship between the two main characters when guess what happened....
I spilled my lunch (which happened to be soup) all over in my backpack! I destroyed the book, my planner, and my pride all with one can of hearty chicken noodle soup! Luckily, the Book of the Month Club let's you purchase additional books for only $10.00 with your BOTM membership! So I can get my book back at another time. Still, it was a rough day and I can't give you a proper review of November's readings.
To end on a happy note and make this a positive sandwhich, I discovered a amazing site where you can get AMAZING STEAL deals on Ebooks! I have already got many books for FREE and Ive been browsing for 30 minutes and haven't found anything for over $4.00 yet! The site is free and you should probably check it out if you're a book worm! https://www.bookbub.com/home
What's on your December Reading list?! Share with me!
NOVEMBER is finally here! I feel like I have been waiting for this month for a LONG time! I love November. I love when the weather really changes and I can put on my boots and cute scarves and WEAR BEANIES! I love that Christmas is just around the corner and so is CHRISTMAS BREAK! )More time for me to read and run! )
This month I will be starting a new running book and also a new book with BOM! The November books for the Book of the Month Club are available-but I am having a hard time choosing which book I want for this month's reading! Can you help me out? Right now I`m in debate with three choices:
The Trespasser by Tana French: This is Tana French's sixth novel that links characters from all of her writings about the Dublin Murder Squad. It's a mystery book...that I feel like my mom would be really into. Detective Antoinette Conway and sidekick Moran the lead characters in this novel. I like a good mystery, and maybe by reading this novel-I`ll get hooked and HAVE to read the other 5! I don't want to provide to lengthy of a review yet...so get some more info by checking out the NY Times review here:
The Trespassor: Tana French
Swing Time: Zadie Smith- I feel that if I don't choose this book for my Book of the Month reading, I will probably order it and read it later. I can already see myself relating to the characters and the story line. This is a book about two brown girls, Aimee and Tracey, that dream of being dancers. It's a close but complicated childhood friendship that ends abruptly in their early twenties, never to be revisited, but never quite forgotten, either. Tracey's story stays in London while Aimee's story is told in West Africa. But their connection to dancing is what keeps the story together. NY Times did a fabulous article that will connect you to the author and probably inspire you to read ALL of Smith's books. Read the article here: The Pieces of Zadie Smith
My final choice was actually this month's guest judge Anthony Bourdain, famed American chef, author and TV personality, book pick for November. His selection is the wickedly entertaining novel A Gambler's Anatomy by Jonathan Lethem. This is Lethem's 10th novel, and is about a Backgammon hustler named Alexander Bruno. Apparently he can't be beat and he has psychic abilities? It sounds like a thrill story. Something I would read in place of watching Fast and the Furious or The Prestige or something. Here's the NY Times review for more information: Jonathan Lethem: A Gambler's Anatomy
The three I mentioned are my top choices for this month's BOM pick! I need your help choosing which one I should read! Follow me on Instagram: She.Runs.This.World and Facebook! Comment on this post with your choice and please also share any good books you are reading! Don't forget to join the Book of the Month Club and start reading your book choices too! It's only $10 for books that are excellent and ALWAYS cost $15 or more on Amazon and all other book store sites! Join me in my reading obsessions! :)
Thanks for stopping by! I`ll reveal my book choice at the end of this week!
Today I received my FIRST book from the Book of the Month Club! The Wonderer by Emma Donoghue is about a Lib Wright, a young English nurse trained by the legendary Florence Nightingale on a strange mission in a impoverished Irish village. She is caring for a young girl named ANNA just like me! :) Anna has been said to have eaten nothing for 4 months. Anna is becoming a attraction to tourists, skeptics, the press, and everyone in town. All Lib has to do is watch Anna at all hours and find out the truth about this strange phenomenon...
I just got the book so I can't give a review yet! But I am looking forward to this month's reading! If you are a box club lover, consider checking out the Book of the Month club subscription! Also, if you love to do reviews on your blog and write about books, consider joining the BOM affiliate program! There are some GREAT perks to that as well!
I`ll be back soon with a review on The Wonderer as well as Born to Run! In the meantime, check out these 4 new Running Books on the Reader's List for this year! I am going to have to add to my list! :)
When I was growing up, I lived in a very small town out west on the border of New Mexico and Arizona. It was a farming town. The kind of town that everyone literally knows everyone and kids can run safely in the streets. The kind of town where there are dirt roads and no stop lights. The closest large grocery store with variety and ALL the items you need is Walmart and a Safeway, which is a hour drive away. A town where one of the most exciting things of the year is to sit on your porch and watch bicyclers from around the country ride in a race called the "Javelina Chase" (pronounced ha-va-lena chase). This is so exciting because there are actually people doing something interesting and they are FOREIGNERS !(even if they are literally just from northern Arizona or New Mexico) I grew up in a REALLY small town that most people don't understand, until they go and spend even a week there.
My family is a large family. Although we were surrounded by farms, my parents were not farmers. My dad worked as a accountant for the local copper mine that literally was the workplace for about 80% of the town and the surrounding towns as well. If you didn't work at the mine, you were a farmer. Lunts and Jones were the farmers for basically---ever. My mother did foster care, which is why our family grew in numbers after I hit 5th grade. Even though my family didn't farm, we did own a garden and my brother and I raised pigs to show in the fair for extra money. We started working as soon as we were strong enough to push a lawn mower. We would have to wake up super early to pull weeds and read scriptures before dad went to bed. We learned to work early in our lives.
In junior high my sister and I cleaned houses for a bit of extra income and often times we would babysit our cousins up the street. In high school, I moved out of my house and helped a family who I have come to love and call my 2nd family. I assisted the grandma during her Alzheimer stage, and the mother with her house keeping. Later I helped nanny one of the daughters children. By the time I hit college, I had scholarships for school and had bought my own car and cell phone.
I`m only giving you a bit of a background on my life to show that I had a childhood not like a lot of youth and especially different from the youth of today. When I go home, I am so shocked at the difference of how I was raised in comparison to the way my niece and nephew are being raised. (Not just because my parents are getting old) We didn't have TV so I only watched movies on occasion with the family. My dad was big on education and read a lot of books. He was a musician so we watched musicals on cassette. Later we did get into DVDs and now we have lots of those! My mother read a lot too. I would often find her in bed reading something like Agatha Christie or some mystery. I loved to read as well. I also was really active in school so sports and clubs kept me busy. TV was never really a temptation.
Since getting older, I still rarely watch TV. On occasion I`ll find a show I become hooked to like Poldark from the BBC and PBS Channel. But I find myself filling my time with other things like working out, starting businesses, doing coursework for my education, working, and now blogging! There are still a lot of times in the day where my mind finds time to wander into pity mode and think of all the things I don't have that I want. It's during those down times that I realized I needed to find a distraction that was productive and still helped me reach a goal so I felt accomplished. READING! What could be a better distraction than a good book?
I have to say I am loving listening to books and also reading them while I travel. My commute is very long and not having a car these days has really connected me to public transportation. I hate wasting time! Sometimes commutes frustrate me because 3-4 hours of my day are spent trying to get from one place to another. But now I have filled those hours and minutes with something that literally energizes me. My conversations can become more interesting and I have something new to think about everyday. I also find myself feeling less lonely as the characters in the book become my new friends. Books really are wonderful!
I have been cramming my library full of running books and thought that on occasion I might want to read something in addition to biographies, memoirs, marathon stories, and training books. So I signed up for The Book of the Month Club! How this club works is on the first of each month, they announce five monthly selections, carefully chosen after they pour through thousands of books and feel they have found the best ones! You choose which books you would like to receive by the sixth of the month, or easily skip the month if you prefer. Your membership comes with 1 book each month but you can add additional books for $10. This is a great way to try new reads and build up your library slowly for a great price! You can also join a discussion board on each month's books and share your insights as well as get the feels for the books you may have not chosen!
Join the new addiction! :) Sign up for the Book of the Month Club! I`ll be getting my first book soon and OF COURSE I`ll be sharing with you what I have chosen and my reading experience! Don't forget to come back and share with me what you are reading in the comments section. Also, check out @she.runs.this.world on Instagram for more running and reading inspiration!
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I recently was chatting with a few individuals about my new running obsession and how I started a Read and Run Book Club on my blog. One person asked me, "So, do you listen to inspirational running books while running? Because that would be ironic." His comment peaked a interest in me. I usually run with my favorite tunes blasting in my head. I never thought about running with the sound of a book playing in my head. I wondered if I would be able to focus? Would I be distracted from run enough to keep going and maybe run for a longer amount of time? What would be my brains response? I am sure that many people run with books playing in their head, but I have never done so. So this was something I HAD to try.
I checked my book list and thought since I was already reading through two books during my rides to and from work on the DC Metro, I could download the next book on my list and listen to it when I was working out, running, or getting ready for the day, or getting ready to sleep. At this rate, I should be able to get through 3-4 books a month! Which would be excellent! I also have my religious studies each day. Those combined with my book list reading should fill up any time I might be tempted to watch TV or Facebook and encourage me to do something more educational and fulfilling! I downloaded Audible after doing some research on audio-book downloads. It turned out to be the best deal and price. Plus the first month is free and you get a free book!
So this month, in addition to my Book of the Month read and Bonus Read, I am listening to BORN TO RUN on audio! So far, I really love the narration of this book! Tonight will be my first run with a book playing in my head as well! So I will be back to report on how that goes soon!
Thanks for reading! Share with me if you listen to books while you exercise or run? How do you feel during and after?
It has been a lot of fun for me researching books about running and amazing runners. I got really gitty when I came across "Marathon Crasher" by David Davis- a biography about Merry Lepper, the FIRST American woman to run a marathon! I am always amazed at the strength of women! We truly have done so much in history and in the present! I am thrilled to see what the future holds for us!
You can read Marathon Crasher with me this month! It is the bonus book of the month! You can read it for only $1.00! Which is another reason why it came up next on my read list! :) Here's a little preview of the book:
"At a time when television was pushing male-dominated sports coverage into living rooms across America, women were struggling just to set foot onto the playing field. Barred from officially registering for long-distance running competitions, some women ran anyway, defying the authorities and the rules. Still, no American woman had ever successfully completed sports' ultimate endurance test: the marathon.
That changed in December of 1963, when Merry Lepper became the first. Leaping out of her hiding place in the bushes at the start of the race, dodging cars and infuriated race officials, Merry Lepper challenged the status quo and defeated it, years before the ban on female competitors would be revoked. This is the story of the arduous journey women distance runners had to endure to reach equality with men, and the story of how one woman overcame tremendous hurdles to fulfill a shared dream, paving the way for generations of female marathon runners to come."
If the preview alone didn't get you thrilled about reading this book, you can get a bit more information about the author and this story by checking out this short article written in 2012 by Runner World Magazine:Mary Lepper-The First Woman Marathoner.
"Lepper never ran another marathon. She moved away from her training group to attend college, eventually completing a PhD in ecology. Two decades later, she also received a degree in veterinary medicine. Now 69, she lives with her husband deep in the mountains on the Arizona-New Mexico border. Her big passion in life is horse-riding."
This book review will be available in a couple of weeks when I finish the book! If you have read this book and want to share your insights, please feel free to share them in the comments section! If you have any other good reads to share, please share them as well! Don't forget to follow me on IG for more running inspiration: @she.runs.this.world
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Who is this Dana Ayers?
"Witty, observant, and full of cringe-worthy confessions and heartwarming encouragement, Confessions celebrates both running and life. Part Bridget Jones, part Forrest Gump, Dana Ayers chronicles her awkward mishaps and adventures in transitioning from childhood bookworm to accidental accomplished athlete.
A self-proclaimed ambassador of slow runners, Ayers has completed dozens of endurance challenges, including Tough Mudder, the Ragnar Relay, Muddy Buddy, Warrior Dash, Run Amuck, the Army Ten-Miler, the Country Music Marathon, and many more mud runs, obstacles courses, and races.
For anyone who has considered trying a marathon, an obstacle race, or simply taking up running for the first time, Ayers is your ambassador. If she can do it, you can too."
I am excited to read this book and build a relationship with Ayers as I follow her on her fitness journey! I have always been a athlete. I ran both in my youth and during my undergrad in college. However, I am a sprinter. I am just learning to embrace the long run scene. Over this upcoming year, I will be having my own FIRST experiences with races. I hope I can find humor in my struggles the same way Dana has!
I will write a full book review when I complete the book! Read along with me and share insights by responding in the comments section!
This is the FIRST book of the Read&Run Book Club series! There will be many more! If you have a suggestion on a book to read please share that as well! Don't forget to follow me on Instagram for more running inspo! (@she.runs.this.world)
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I love to read! Education is such a powerful thing! I didn't know there were so many running books out there! I decided I would read 1 book a month and share it with my followers. I would love to hear about books that you have read that inspire you on your fitness journey. Share in the comments and don't forget to follow me on social media to know when a review is up and ready to read!