Born to Run by Christopher McDougall

4/5 stars.
ebook, 311 pages.
Read from August 29 to September 09, 2013.

This was an outstanding read. As a runner, this book was not only informative but inspiring. I definitely feel the need to ditch my running shoes now!

We are truly born to run. This book explains why we are and what we can do to get back to our running roots. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had someone practically tell me that running was bad for me and it’s because runner’s get hurt. A lot. This I knew, but I didn’t understand why so I found myself asking the same questions as the author in regards to the injury rates of runners and how something just didn’t add up. The author provides the reader with facts about our anatomy and how that make us running creatures and just how the creation of the running shoe has brought about most running injuries. The author also goes in the psychological aspects of running. Like why it is that runners crave to run and why the challenge of a marathon is becoming so increasingly popular.

Along with all of this information the author was also able to detail his amazing journey to find the answers to these questions with his pursuit of the world’s greatest runners, the Tarahumara. I found myself truly wishing that I knew how to run like these tribesmen so I paid close attention to the lessons the author received. At least I have one thing in common with them, that I love to run too.

I loved the personal flare that the authored added to this book and the information that he provided but I did not find that the transition between the two transitioned well. I found myself getting lost a bit and having to go back just make sure I didn’t accidentally skip a few pages as I felt so thrown into the next paragraph at times.

Overall, a must read for anyone who loves to run.

Bear by Marian Engel

4/5 stars.
ebook, 128 pages.
Read from August 27 to 29, 2013.

I could easily see how someone would struggle reading this novel due to the content but for me, I felt that I was really able to connect with what the story was trying to get across.

This story is about a woman discovering herself. Lou has come to stalemate with her life. It is lacking in substance and adventure. She has meanless sex with men and doesn’t allow herself to connect with anyone, especially herself. Lou does love what she is doing for work but has taken very little joy out of it recently so she agrees to take up an assignment in a cabin out in the middle of no where to document the history of the family that lived there. What she didn’t know was that during her stay there that she would be required to take care of a bear who has been living on the property for years.

The progression and building of her relationship with the bear is an exploration into herself and who she is. She learns to explore her own sexuality, get rid of the meaningless relationships and assert herself. She tests her own capabilities, reassess the things that are important to her and ultimately learns to take control of her own life. She finds so much clarity after leaving the cabin and the bear.

Overall the story is short, potent and phenomenally written. I would recommend this book to any female.

A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

4/5 stars.
Paperback, 811 pages.
Read from May 29 to July 09, 2013.

Well, I finally got around to reading this novel after many recommendations. I felt that the story did, for the most part, meet the expectations I had been told. What I fear now, based on what I’ve been told, is that if I continue to read the series all of the characters that I thoroughly enjoyed are likely going to die so I’m hesitant to continue the series, though I’m sure I will eventually.

I really enjoyed Martin’s writing style and didn’t find that I had any issues keeping up with all the details of the story as I progressed though the chapters. I loved intricacies of the plot and the differences that each chapter offered from the previous one as it was narrated by different characters. I particularly enjoyed Daenerys Targaryen character and story the most, I especially loved how the booked ended in regards to her. The ending alone makes me want to pursue the rest of the series.

Overall, I’m glad I finally got to read this one and can now relate to all of the hype surrounding it.