This blog is late, but I did some amazing reading in February. Check out what was on my plate a couple months back.
I was excited to dig into Eat & Run because I had heard great things, but I was also really digging into my half marathon training. Scott Jurek really made running (and the idea of running for literally days on end) really accessible to me. His reflections on the sport and on what drives him were really powerful to me. While I appreciate his perspective on food, I’m not ready to give up meat-eating quite yet; though, if I decided to try it, there are plenty of recipes that look great. If you are a runner, I would highly recommend this book. It’s easy to digest, shares some of the grit it takes to do ultra distances, and helps to explain what you need mentally and physically to succeed in running. I will definitely re-read this book at some point and am glad I purchased it (rather than checking it out from the library).
I’m always up for a novel that pulls me in to the author’s world. Christina Baker Kline does a great job of making a historical tale relevant in modern day. I always enjoy reading about connections and the unlikely relationships that form when we are open to hearing one another’s stories. Worth a read.
I’m going to review all three books together because, to be honest, I’m not sure I could separate them since it’s been so long since I read them. I had been trying to wait patiently for Divergent to become available at my library, but eventually gave in and purchased it. Within days, I had purchased the second and third books in the trilogy. It took me a really long time to get into Divergent – over half the book. I definitely hit a point when I considered just putting the book down and moving on. I’m really glad I didn’t, though. Roth eventually pulled me into the world of Tris and the factions. Her narrative became much more powerful once the explanations finished. I truly enjoyed Insurgent and especially Allegiant, where we get to “see” the world through Four’s perspective. Quick reads, and enjoyable once you get into them. I’ll be interested to see how the movie(s) compare to the books.
All images from the pages linked to the book on Amazon.com.