Thursday, August 23, 2007

Book Nook-Summer 2007

Man, it's still pretty dark out at 5:30am these days. When I go for my daily run. In preparation for the half marathon (that's (involuntary gag) 13 miles, if you're wondering). Please excuse me while I go ram my head into a brick wall....what the *&^%$ was I thinking?

Peer pressure with a bit of sibling rivalry. From my Sis. We're running it together. She's in the "rah rah running" stage right now. I'm in the "crap, I have to go for a run so I don't die when I attempt this stupid half marathon" stage.

Anyway, it's a little eerie to be out running so early. I confess, I'm a little skittish being alone--just me, the fog, and my iPod. And after reading this book, no one could blame me. I admit, I change my running route each day as a precaution to thwart the imaginary stalkers.

So....the book. Now, I'm not trying to be bossy but you seriously should read this. I thought the Kite Runner was my favorite summer read of 2007. I was mistaken. It was The Double Bind.*
I'm dying to tell you all about it. I don't want to give anything away, but OH MY GOD!!!

So go read it NOW (bossy, was that forceful enough?). And then come back and comment, okay?


*This certainly wasn't a summer of fluffy chick lit reading for me. No sireee. I'm currently reading A Thousand Splendid Suns. And up next? The Great Gatsby. Why? You'll totally understand after you read The Double Bind.

20 comments:

Jenn said...

Oh thank you, thank you, thank you.

I was in the bookstore the other day; so completely lost on what to get.

Am going back and getting both.

I know I'll love them.

Carla said...

I haven't read the book, but I want to comment. Sorry.(If it's about stalking, murder, rape etc. Not for me.)For all of the reasons you listed I choose not to run outside at 5:30am. Rah Rah Run!

Deb said...

Wait... are you me, just with more kids? Those are ALL the books I've read this summer, along with Harry Potter! They all rock, too.

Annie said...

Thanks for the recommendation - I will check this out. Gatsby is a great book!

Michelle said...

I've put it on my reading wish list - thanks, friend!

my minivan is faster than yours said...

My husband ran a 1/2 marathon a few years ago. He came across the finish line after pushing himself way harder than he trained to do, and swore he would never, EVER do it again.

After complaining for three hours, he announced later than SAME DAY that he was running it again the following year with his new strategy, which I had to listen to for DAYS!

FYI he never ran it again :-)

Angela said...

I also worry when I am out alone. I have been doing some reading lately. I may see if they have the book on CD.

Jennifer aka Binky Bitch said...

I'll add it to my ever growing need to read book list!

Janet said...

Sounds like a good read. I'm in the middle of a good book, but I'll try that one next. Thanks for the recommendation!

Also? Good for you on the running. Because earlier this summer I said, "I'm going to get up at 6:30 a.m. and go for a run three days a week." After two days of that, I was like, "My pelvic floor is too lazy for running, I'm going to get up at 6:45 a.m. and go for a brisk walk." Now? When the alarm goes off? I'm like this: ZZZZZZZZZ.

I suck.

Shell in the City said...

Thanks for the book idea. I will definitely have to get it! I loved the Kite Runner as well!! I've heard that A Thousand Splendid Suns is even better than the Kite Runner - which I can't imagine. You go girl with the running. I wish I could get up early and work out....excuses, excuses for me!!

Pinks & Blues said...

Thanks for the book recommendation. This summer has been light reading and then business reading and then I read The Secret. I am embarrased to admit it... but I have been glued to Danielle Steel and the Shopaholic series this summer. LOL! My husband keeps asking me if my book club consists of my, myself and I OR 80 year old women!?
And GOOD FOR YOU with the running!! I commend you!! Jane did a 1/2 marathon last November on her birthday and I was so impressed!! That is so AWESOME!!
- Audrey
P.S. - I live in Warwick, maybe 30 minutes from RI?MA border

painted maypole said...

sigh. Another book to add to my long list of "to reads" A Thousand Splendid Suns is currently waiting on my nightstand.

ed's girl said...

like your new look here---NIce! i haven't been on in so long--too freakin' busy! you're never gonna believe what i did now....come read my story..."just for shits and giggles" as you say :)

Jenny said...

I enjoyed Kite Runner also. I've passed it on to a friend. I'll have to add The Double Bind to my ever-growing list. I get so overwhelmed at times with all the books I want to read...yet I keep on adding titles! lol!!

I've enjoyed visiting...

suburbancorrespondent said...

I love The Great Gatsby - best book ever. I'm impressed you get all that reading done!

Suz said...

Just ordered it from Amazon, thx!

Joy, of course said...

Alright Chick, You sold me. It's next on the reading list. You know if I ever actually finish a book. How does anyone have time to blog, read, and raise children? I haven't figured it out yet.

Christine said...

I ran a 1/2 marathon two years ago. Hated it. Signed up to do it again this past summer and BLEW IT OFF.

I've got the extra blubber to show for it.

(blogrolling you)

MadMad said...

I run at 5:30, too - and it IS scary. Double Bind creeped me out even more, I have to say. I take my dog most days. (Like he'd really help - though maybe I can throw the bag of poop at the killer/rapist/kidnapper who just happens to be up at 5:30...)

jenny said...

My book group read The Double Bind and I liked it alright...not enough to recommend it to anyone, though. I felt like he kept jamming the idea of The Importance of Advocating for Mental Illness right down our throats. I think the author's a bit heavy handed like that.



Loved, no wait, LOVED A Thousand Splendid Suns, though.

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