Thursday, March 19, 2009

Filling life with Books

When life becomes too full of stuff, something has to take the backseat. As it has been with reading for me over the past few weeks.

Reading helps me live vicariously, if only for a little while. I have to read something everyday...even if it is only a paragraph out of a book or a magazine. Compared to other bookworms, I am rather conservative...I am not a speed reader and I don't (interpret as can't) absorb more than 2 or 3 books at a given time. But I always have anywhere between 5 and 10 books lying around waiting to be read.

Right now, I am juggling between 3 books...one at dinner, one in spare moments on non-running days and one before I hit the sack. As you can imagine, I only have time to take a nibble out of each one every day. Unless a story gets so gripping that I abandon all sense of time and read straight through the night.

1. In the Heart of the sea (the story of the Nantucket whaleship Essex) by Nathaniel Philbrick - Dinner read.
This book won the National Book Award for non-fiction. Philbrick is my favorite author of non-fiction. He knows how to tell a story. His tales are full of so much intricate detail that you feel you are right there with the characters, living their lives. This one is no different. I have only started gnawing on this one, but I already know that one of these days, it will be an all-nighter.
2. Run Faster from the 5K to the marathon by Brad Hudson and Matt Fitzgerald - Non-running-day read. I can't wait to start customizing my workouts, Brad Hudson-sytle.

3. The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle (I'm reading this for the second time) - Bedtime read. Great stress-reliever and gives me hope that I am not a lost cause, after all!

Cookbooks give me great recipe ideas and are filled with glossy pics that make me drool...when it comes to food, I am a visual creature. My most recent creations come from these very handy books.


15 comments:

Melanie said...

looks like some good reads! :)

Abby said...

Moosewood cookbooks are the BEST!

D10 said...

I love reading, but I am a one at a time kinda reader!

Roisin said...

I really want to pick up that Running Faster book...might do it today actually...

lindsay said...

i love reading too but lately it takes me months and months to get through a book. occasionally i can pick up a book and read it in 2-3 sittings/days but lately, too busy :(

J said...

Wow three books at once! That is awesome! I love to read too! I found your blog a while back and I love how you talk about the books you read as well as running! have a good weekend!!

The Happy Runner said...

Yum, Moosewood! Those cookbooks are great. Have a nice weekend!

Tammy said...

Awww, dang, now I have to add more books to my queue!

I also have a pile of books laying around waiting to be read... the 5 or so from the library have to go first.

Ali said...

Perfect timing I just finished reading a book last night and need some recommendations.

lauren said...

The simple suppers cookbook looks cool...I am definitely visual with food too - love cookbooks full of pictures!

Cindy said...

i love seeing what people are reading! i love it too, and usually have a few in rotation--unless one is REALLY good and gets my undivided attention.

X-Country2 said...

Mmm Moosewood. Excellent call!

Heather said...

I love to read too . . . still working my way through all the books I got for Christmas!

Pearl said...

i LOOVE to read, too; but because of that, i can read everything, and when i have my computer on, it's usually articles/blogs on my computer. i have a book that's set up for me to read, so i should really put the comp aside some night so that i can get more of that in :) thanks for inspiring me!

Denise said...

lately life has been so hectic I haven't had a chance to read just for fun. I'm looking forward to things settling down, studying to be over, etc. Then I can curl up with a good book!