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june runs and reads

Hope you all had a great July 4!  Ours was fun and sweaty… and tired.  Leo is bringing back the 3:30am wake-up calls.  I think Dave and I are feeling it more than he is.

Before July gets too far ahead, here’s the round-up from June!

June running total: 99.15 miles

And of those 99 miles, I think 90 of them were with the stroller.  I did a handful of solo runs, but not very many at all!  Leo is a great running buddy.

I’m actually pretty sure I ran more miles than that.  There’s a block of about 4 days where I don’t have any mileage recorded.  I’m almost certain I ran those days and forgot to log it.  Oh well.  It really only matters to me!

June books:

  • Still: Notes on a Mid-Faith Crisis by Lauren Winner (nonfiction)

Grade: B.  I love Lauren Winner’s book Girl Meets God and I appreciated her honesty in this book.  It definitely had some good application and thinking points, but it didn’t wow me quite as much.

  • I am the Cheese by Robert Cormier (young adult)

Grade: A.  I heard about this book on NPR – an author says it was the formative book of his life that made him become a writer.  It was SO good.  Really unexpected, kept you guessing, with a good twist to it.  I was impressed – and needed to read parts of it again afterwards.  You know it’s a good twist when you have to go back to try to see if there were clues you missed!

  • I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith (young adult)

Grade: A.  This one took me awhile to get in to, but once I did I loved it.  The narrator is funny and really likable and the story was great.  Awesome characters.

  • Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward

Grade: A.  Each chapter is a day leading up to Hurricane Katrina.  Really rich characters.  A really refreshing and engaging book.

  • Left Neglected by Lisa Genova

Grade: B.  I didn’t like this one nearly as much as Still Alice, but it was still good.  The woman’s actual condition was the most fascinating part to me, more than the character herself.  Part of the writing felt cliche, but it definitely still kept me reading.

  • Rora by James Byron Huggins (historical fiction)

Grade: C.  Not the best writing but an interesting storyline, especially because it’s true.  I want to do more research to find out how accurate of a story it told.

What have you been reading lately?  I currently have no books – I really need to get to the library!

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3 thoughts on “june runs and reads

  1. I think I’ll check out some of these books – I haven’t been to the library in weeks! I need some good books. Thanks!

  2. Nice mileage! And I love that so many of your runs were with Leo!

    Ugh. Just magazines and blogs for me. So lame!

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