Category Archives: Books

Review: Joe Biden’s Promises to Keep

Surprised to find this review here? Me too. I’m still semi surprised to find this book on my Kindle. I was a late convert to Joe Biden, but quickly fell in love the night Joyful Heart Foundation honored him in 2016. It wasn’t that I didn’t like him as VP-I did- I just don’t have… Read More »

Review: First Ladies of Running

I read a mix of fiction and non on a recent beach getaway: fittingly all the non fiction was about running and I started Amby Burfoot’s First Ladies of Running on the plane on the way home. I wished I’d started it sooner as it was such an engaging read, but I had no time… Read More »

“Getting Real About Running” and Workouts week of 2.5

You know those books that stick with you? It doesn’t happen with every book for me, but generally when it does it’s a sign of a good book. This time, I’m not sure. The book in question is Gordon Bakoulis’ Getting Real About Running: Expert Advice on Being a Committed Athlete and that is basically the… Read More »

Review: Rolf Potts’ Souvenir

This was a NetGalley title and I was previously unfamiliar with Bloomsbury’s Object Lessons series. Souvenir completely fit Object Lessons’ profile of being a series that “paints a picture of the world around us, and tells the story of how we got here, one object at a time.” Besides the cover, what caught my attention… Read More »

2018 in pages

I’m going to fall short of my reading goal for 2017. It’s 100% because I’m running at the gym and not bicycling so maybe I should add “learning to like audio books” to my 2018 goals? It’s going to be a must as treadmill runs get longer I love that Goodreads tells me my reading… Read More »

Review: Runner’s World Race Everything

How do you know a book is going to take you on a wild adventure? I’d say a subhead like that one is a good indicator! Oddly, Antarctica was on my bucket list back when this was actually a travel blog, so in some ways this has come full circle. I really love all that… Read More »

Review: Run the World

I can’t remember when Becky Wade’s Run The World  first crossed my radar, but it made a visit to Mt. TBR prior to this reading as when I downloaded it from the library, I was 4% in. I didn’t recall any of it, so re-started and finished it this week. If I had any quality… Read More »

Review: Run Less, Run Faster

  I’m not sure exactly when I added this to my wishlist, likely in either June or July when I realized I couldn’t run daily due to hip/foot. It came off the library waiting list yesterday and I quickly posted about it to a runners’ reading group that I have come to love. Between people’s… Read More »

Review: The Courage to Start

I really identify with John Bingham. His No Need for Speed was among the first running books I read when I got into all of this.  Although this is a short intro to some of the topics he covered at length in his other books, I felt like I learned a lot. I also felt… Read More »

Review: My First Coach

I’ve read and enjoyed Gary Myers before so when his new book, My First Coach, showed up on NetGalley I was eager. I knew that there would be some overlap with Brady vs. Manning in both of those chapters, but I was pleased to see that this book covered the 2016 season so would be… Read More »

Review: The Fortune Cookie Chronicles

This book took me way too long to move up Mt. TBR and then once I was reading it, way too long to finish. Not because it wasn’t good — but because July is when two of my “must read now” books are published and a few library books hit too. I don’t recall when… Read More »

Review: House of Spies

The British prime minister owed his career to him; the pope, his life. Even so, he was not the sort of fellow to shamelessly collect on an old debt. The truly powerful man, said Shamron, never had to ask for a favor. aka Gabriel Allon takes on Morocco. Aside from the typical concern for Gabriel… Read More »

Review: Running Like a Girl

this may be the quintessential “don’t judge a book by its cover”, or, by its title. When I first stumbled on it, I disregarded it as probably patronizing. The “Bridget Jones-like writer” endorsement from The Washington Post didn’t really help matters. I was pleasantly surprised to be completely wrong. “You don’t run,” he corrected me. “But you’re… Read More »

Review: Prisoners of Geography

Has been a while since I reviewed a book in a more in-depth fashion than on my Goodreads, but this one is really resonant. It was also bought on my first venture to the new Amazon Books store at the Time Warner Center. While I don’t love everything about the store and don’t frequently buy… Read More »

2017 in pages

May finish another book or two, but for 2016 I’m at 82/75 and 61 for #2016TBRPile, both of which I’m happy with. I stumbled on an amazing roundup of 2017 reading challenges for which I’m glad because it doesn’t look like the 2016 one will be back in 2017. I’m definitely going to do another… Read More »

Preliminary Review: The Black Widow

Sweet 16. The Black Widow, published on July 12, is the sixteenth Gabriel Allon book. It really seems like just yesterday I fell in love with the Prince of Fire/Arcangel while in Kagoshima over the New Years holidays.

2016 Q1 in Books

  I’ve nailed 2016 steps wise, how about books? Specifically my #2016TBR challenge. Through the end of March I’ve read 30/75 books which Goodreads designates as 11 books ahead of schedule. Of those, 25 count toward the TBR challenge. I’m pretty happy with both of those numbers and I’ve since finished another that counts toward… Read More »

January in steps, miles and pages

So there must be something about an end of month rush. Last year at the end of February I did a mad dash of exploring NYC and yesterday? More of the same.  I needed 14K for my stretch goal and came home with 16K January, you were amazing. 301,695 steps 124.2 miles walked 85.14 miles… Read More »

2016 reading challenge

At least the one I’m planning on at this moment.  Level: 50+ Married with Children I think the reason I’m struggling with finishing the A-Z challenge is an issue I’ve had since high school. I hate being told what to read. If I have to read something, I won’t. That’s why I end up avoiding things… Read More »

2015 Home Stretch: Reading

so I realized today that at the end of 2014 I said I wouldn’t read 54 books again. About that. I’ve read 88 so far. That is, in a word, insane. 11.5 books this month is going to be hard with work eating the first half, but I’m going to push hard. I really want… Read More »

Q3 update: Alphabet Soup reading challenge:

77 books read so far in 2015. Could 100 really happen? 21 in Q3 and I’m currently in the middle of 3 so very possible. 35 unfinished puts me over so technically I’ve started more than 100 books already. On the A-Z front, I have no idea so let’s see. I was missing the following… Read More »

Review: Orange is the New Black

The 63rd book I finished this year was certainly among the most intriguing. I never had much interest in the show of the same name, and only added the book to my library wish list after watching Pablo Schreiber as Lewis in SVU Season 15. Some 700 people later, my turn came up in the… Read More »

Review: Daniel Silva’s The English Spy

AKA, Daniel Silva, you make me absolutely crazy but I love every word you write. Oddly, this is the first one in a few books where I’ve read the book as soon as it came out. Usually I save Allon for my December beach reading binge, but I couldn’t wait. A lot of that came… Read More »

Q2 update: 2015 Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge

I fell off on my challenge updating, but as I briefly noted earlier, I’ve read 56 books this year. Together with the 23 I didn’t finish (or saved for later as a friend said), that’s amazing. I’m slightly ahead of my Q1 pace and have the following letters still to go: O Q U X… Read More »

about the million step goal?

On June 2, I set a “kind of ridiculous but possibly attainable June goal” of 320,089 steps. On June 27, I beat that goal, although I didn’t realize it until June 29. FInal June totals: 347,231 steps 143.14 miles walked 42.68 miles biked Final Q2 totals: 1,027,142 steps 422.97 miles walked 85.43 miles biked I… Read More »