Monday, May 29, 2017

It's Monday | Week of May 29, 2017

I've been reading a bit. Specifically, I've finished one book this week, which makes one book finished since the middle of March. That sounds bananas, I know, but it's true. I knew the urge would come back in its own time, and here we are.

Running: A Love Story: 10 Years, 5 Marathons, and 1 Life-Changing Sport, by Jen. A. Miller, was the perfect choice to pump me full of inspiration to a and get back on my health and wellness journey. I'll post more about it later in the week, but I'm sliding back into physical activity and getting my food choices just right.

While Miller's book is chock full of failed relationships and relationship concerns I left behind quite a few years ago, I still found her plight inspiring. I need to see other people's struggles to work through my own sometimes, and at the end of the day, this book helped me get my mind right to internalize the running and wellness challenges that have meant so much to me in the last year or so. I'm ready.

Right now, I'm on to N.K. Jemisin's Inheritance Trilogy, the first book of which is The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms. I downloaded the whole 1,000+-page trilogy, and I'm happily eating up this first volume. 

Whatcha reading? 



It's Monday! What Are You Reading is hosted by Kathleen at The Book Date


22 comments:

  1. Yay - that's awesome you're getting back on the healthy train! Hope your running is going well...it's always tough to come back from a long break from running. I'm doing the same thing right now - coming back from back injury.

    And Running sounds like a good audio choice for me...will keep that in mind...so, thanks!

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    1. My running is starting slowww. I actually decided to do some strength training before I start the running super hardcore because it just feels better to go out there with a strong core and some extra leg work. I feel really ridiculous coming back to running as we're creeping toward 100 degrees in Texas. Definitely going to try and incorporate more bike riding and kayaking to supplement when I just can't handle the heat.

      I bet RUNNING would be a fun audiobook! Hope you like it if you get to it!

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  2. As a beginning runner, Running sounds good to me. Keep up the good work with the health and fitness activities - you can do this!

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    1. It's a lot of fun. For a really good beginning runner book, check out Running Like a Girl by Alexandra Heminsley. So much fun.

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  3. Perhaps my greatest anger with Donald J Trump is that ever since he was elected, my reading has taken a hit. Coincidence? I think not. Just when I needed it most. Glad you're finding your way back!

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    1. RIGHT? It's the terrible cherry on top to not be able to read during this shitstorm. I hope you can find your way back! It'll come.

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  4. Glad you're able to get back to things that bring you pleasure, reading and running. I've found reading to be a great escape these past few months. Ugh!

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    1. I wish it'd been a great escape for me, too. Unfortunately, up to now, I just haven't been able to focus. It's such a drag!

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  5. My husband likes to joke that I walk faster than he runs .. think I've always been a wanna be runner. Glad you're back on the health and wellness journey! Maybe Running: A Love Story might inspire me, too.

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    1. LOL, I love that, JoAnn! It was a fun book, but I still like Run Like a Girl just a tad more.

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  6. After years of dance, my knees can't take running, but I walk a really, really fast mile. :) Yay for reading books that inspire us.

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    1. I bet you do! I wish I could say the same re: a really fast mile! lol

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  7. Yay to getting back to books! I'm also thrilled that you're enjoying the Jemisin books -- I read an excerpt from The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms before it first came out and I've been a fan of hers ever since. It's made me a total NK Jemisin hipster; now that she's hella famous I can't stop telling people what an early adopter of her I was. :p

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    1. SO DAMN GOOD. I finished it last night, and I'm just hoping it doesn't throw me into a book hangover slump. I might end up continuing on with the next in the series. I hope it's just as good!

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  8. I used to run but now I hike and I take along my camera to document the journey.

    I'm getting ready for Armchair BEA this week. Come see what I'm reading.

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    1. Ohhh, that sounds fun re: hiking and taking pics. So relaxing!

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  9. This sounds like all good reading! I really want to get running again - but I'm nursing and I get so paranoid about exercise/supply. The mom guilt is all over. That trilogy is one I've had my eye on - 1000 pgs of reading sounds delightful to me right now.

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    1. I can imagine re: exercise and supply. I would be hesitant, too. Get ON the trilogy! The first book was SO AMAZING. It had some issues, but overall, just what I needed to get my heart racing and grab me.

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  10. Glad you enjoying yourself. Have a good week.

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  11. I haven't been here in ages so I didn't realize you've been through a slump. So glad you're emerging from it. I just started reading Shrill by Lindy West and The Winter of Our Discontent by Steinbeck. Loving both, so far. Shrill had me laughing so hard the bed shook, last night.

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    1. The election flattened me. It's so sad, but true. I really want to read Shrill! Sounds like just my kind of book. I started Sex Object by Jessica Valenti last night, and I think I'm going to test out some Fredrick Backman today.

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