I have been reading a lot lately. Love it. I could read for hours and hours if I had the time. I have read a few good books lately (and one not so good), so I thought I would share.
If you love running, live (or have lived) in Eugene or Portland, or just want a good book to read, you should read Running After Prefontaine. The book is a collection of essays about the authors life through running. He talks about running his first marathon with very little training, running in the neighborhoods in the area he grew up in (in Portland), his experience running in Hood to Coast, running on the cross country team in high school, etc. There is even an essay about the race Katie and I just ran in Portland last month.
For book club last month we read The Mistress of Spices. We had around two months to read this book and I didn’t start it until a couple weeks before our meeting. This turned out to be a mistake because it was a really difficult to get into and I didn’t end up finishing the book until a week after our meeting.
The book is about a woman who decides to devote her life to being a mistress of spices. It talks about the process to become a mistress of spices, and her life after she decides to take this path. I didn’t enjoy the book until I was about two thirds through it, and even at that point it wasn’t great. I’m glad I finished it, but I would not recommend it. It’s slow and I didn’t enjoy the writing style.
I think I have owned the first Hunger Games book for at least a year and I finally decided to read it. It took me a little while to get into the first book, but once I did I couldn’t put it down. I think it took me around three weeks to read all three books, which I think is a long time compared to some people. I know of someone that read all three within a couple of days! The first book was my favorite.
After reading the first book, I decided it was about time I bought a Kindle. I have been debating this purchase for a couple years and finally bought one.
Best decision ever! I love this thing. It takes 10 seconds to purchase a book. It’s really easy to take places. And it makes reading and eating at the same time a lot easier!
I read This is Where I Leave You for book club. Our next meeting isn’t until April, but I thought I would get a head start since I didn’t finish The Mistress of Spices for our last meeting. This is another book I couldn’t put down. It is about a guy who is going through a divorce and the death of his father. After his father’s death, his family sits Shiva for seven days and nights. It’s the first time the entire family had been together in years and things get out of control with the family in one house for a week. This book is so funny. As I was reading this book I realized I don’t think I usually read books that are funny. Seriously, pick up this book and read it. So good.
I just started Bowerman and the Men of Oregon last week. This book has been on my list to read for a while and I’m finally reading it! I decided it is the perfect time to read this book since the track and field Olympic Trials will be happening in Eugene in June.
I’m excited to learn all about Bill Bowerman and the history of running in this area. When I moved to Oregon in 2000 for college, I had no idea there is so much running history in Eugene. My freshman year I was on the crew team and we had our winter running practices at Hayward Field. To me it was just another track. I knew of Pre’s Rock, but I didn’t really know his story, or the impact he had and still has on the running community. After living in Eugene for a while, I finally started to realize that there is a lot of running history here.
Have you read any good books lately?