Let me preface this post with the fact that I’m not a big reader. I enjoy reading but it’s not something I usually make time for. I value reading and appreciated it but I don’t always love it. Unbeknownst to me, this past year I’ve read more books then ever.
I thought I would share with you some of the books I read as they all are great books (and great gift ideas for the holidays). This is not a sponsored post, nor was I asked to promote these books. I either bought the book or went to my local library and loaned it out. Most of these books I saw through social media shares from people I follow as recommendations. You know what they say about like minded people? Well, you tend to like the same things.
Fitness Junkie: I’ve seen this book time and time again on social media and figured I’d give it a go. My local library didn’t have it in stock so they ordered it and I was the first one to read it. Nothing like cracking open a book from the library for the first time. It’s a funny read about the fitness world and all the crazy (yeah, crazy) trends out there and the length people will go to obtain “the look”. It’s a fun and easy read that I think anyone would enjoy.
Strong – Kara Goucher. This is one book I will use and reuse year after year. I’m only half way through it but I can see how it can be used over and over again. It’s a very goal-oriented, motivational tool you can have in your back pocket as a runner. But also, not just as a runner. I think any sport / athlete could use this book to help you set goals and reach them.
I highly recommend reading it and taking the time to sit down to write out your goals. When I read it on my car ride to the city last weekend, my mind was popping out goals and ideas for next year with excitement. Since 2019 is approaching fast, now’s a great time to set you goals for next year! I’ve started to set mine because of reading this book. Some are lofty goals but ones I want to reach as a runner.
North – Scott Jurek. I was able to snag the audio book this summer from my local library. Over a period of three weeks, I listened to the book while driving around to meetings. Sometimes, I’d be in my car for 1-2 hours one way, so it was easy to listen to the book and get through the chapters.
This book is an amazing story to read (listen) to. It’s about Scott finding his way while running along the Appalachian Trail, along with his wife being his support crew. He tells it like it is, honest, funny and engaging. I loved that his wife…Jenny was part of the storytelling. It brought a whole other perspective when hearing a female voice telling her part of their story. To be honest, it was “their” story that was told. I’d love to buy the actual book and read but really enjoyed listening to the audio book. I’d really recommend the audio book as a nice change and a bonus to hear their actual voices tell their story.
Redefining Realistic – Heather Moyse. Nothing better then reading a motivational book from a “local” Olympian. By local, I mean from the Maritimes, not Nova Scotia.
Heather is an extremely inspiring Olympian (bobsled) but successful in other sports: rugby and track cycling. Her book dives into redefining your realistic perspective, your potential and how to own your story. It’s the kind of book you feel like your just having a conversation with her and learning about her life experiences and how they brought her to where she is now – in a realistic kinda of way. I liked hearing about the impact people made on her life – whether is was good or bad. It’s not just for the athlete, her knowledge can apply to anyone.
Sweet Ride by Ann Barry. Now this is local! It’s a really cute book about these four women who ride their bikes from the South Shore in Nova Scotia to Prince Edward Island and back again through the Annapolis Valley back in the 1943 (World War II). Not an easy trek by any means.
It shares their story along with some adventures and challenges they faced. I enjoyed reading about their adventures but also knowing the routes they took and the communities they road through and places they stopped. If you are from Nova Scotia, are a cyclist or just enjoy local authors, this is a great little book to read.
If you are like me and don’t always love to read but kinda enjoy it and want to read more, give one of these books a try. I’m hoping my new interest in reading this past year will continue to grow and I may actually love it one day. I’m always looking for book suggestions so feel free to leave me one of your favourite books in the comments.
What are you reading right now?
What’s the number one book you’d recommend right now?
Any favourite local books you want to share?
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I have the Kara Goucher book on my list of books to read. Look forward to adding a few more. Thanks
It’s a good one!
ooh! I think I need to add some of these to my Christmas list especially Strong by Kara Goucher!
Yes you do! Strong is a great one to add!
I plan to read Deena Kastor’s book. I heard that it is great.
I’d like to read Kara’s book as well.
Oh I haven’t read Deena Kastor’s book yet.
I’ve been listening to Girl Wash Your Face on audible lately and I’ve been loving it.
I just bought that book on the weekend. Can’t wait to read it!
redefining realistic sounds like a really interesting read. Thanks for the fun list and gift guide
It’s a good one!
I definitely don’t read for pleasure as much as I would like to. My son and daughter in law are avid readers (literally 1-2 books a week), so they keep me inspired and always have good recommendations. Right now I am reading Devil in the White City, which I absolutely love. I grew up in the city of Chicago (where the based-on-truth story takes place), so it is fun reading and being so familiar with the area.
Me either. This year was abnormal for me to read so much but I quite enjoyed it!
I love to read, but just have a tough time finding the time to sit still and do it. I spend so much of my “reading” time reading blogs (which are great, but not the same thing).
That’s what I was doing too until this past summer. I guess I wrote and read less blogs but read more books.
I havent read in probably a year. This year has been so hectic. You reminded me I miss it. I think Im going to check these out.
I normally don’t read books much so it was kinda refreshing to read them this year!
Great suggestions. I’ve read a lot of fluff this year and also Sn American Marriage and The Hate U Give.
I saw the book “The Hate U Give” and thought about reading yet…just haven’t yet.
I added ‘Strong’ to my Amazon.com book wishlist for the holidays and I’m hoping my parents or sister will gift it me for Christmas!
Fingers crossed you receive “Strong” for Christmas. I think you’ll like it!
These are great ideas! I have not read any of them, but would like to check out Kara Goucher’s book!
Strong is a great goal setting book!
these sound really good actually! I haven’t read anything but a textbook for a long time 😦 I do want to read more and actually the Kara Goucher and Heather Moyse books sound like something I could really get into. I actually started reading Ultramarathon Mom by Holly Zimmerman. Holly is an immigrant like me, an American living in Germany and she wrote about her experience at the Marathon du Sables… it’s pretty incredible!!
I haven’t seen Ultramarathon Mom but sounds like an interesting book! I’m going to check it out!
Ohhh, some great books to add to my list!
Right now I am in the middle of Body Kindness and Perfection Detox!
Oh, I haven’t heard of either of those books. Going to have to check them out.