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August runs and reads

August ended with 168.25 miles.  Two weeks were 50 miles or more, which is the highest mileage week I’ve done yet!  In general, it was a pretty great month for running, with a lot of really cool mornings, although the heat and humidity returned at the end of the month.   think this was also my highest mileage month since pre-pregnancy?!

As for books this month, I went on a big Charles Finch kick.  I read A Beautiful Blue Death last month and loved it, so I wanted to read the rest of the series.  The books read fast but are all so great – awesome characters, interesting mysteries that aren’t SO complicated you can’t figure it out but not so easy that you know what’s happening either.  I love them.  I’m hoping he’s planning on writing more!

  • Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

Grade: C.  To be honest, the book just didn’t wow me.  Peter Pan came off as really unlikeable and just in general it was hard for me to get into the story.  It was oddly one of those times where I think I prefer the movie, although reading the book and seeing the differences was interesting.

  • The Perfect Mile by Neal Bascomb (nonfiction)

Grade: B.  Story of when/how the four-minute-mile got broken, which was neat to read about.  And it was really cool to see the different training methods and approaches!

  • The September Society by Charles Finch
  • The Fleet Street Murders by Charles Finch
  • A Stranger At Mayfair by Charles Finch
  • A Burial At Sea by Charles Finch

Grade: A+.  Love.  Love love love.

What have you been reading lately?  I love book recommendations!

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5 thoughts on “August runs and reads

  1. Awesome mileage month!

    What are the Finch books about? They sound like something I would like based on hearing they are not too complicated. Ha ha.

  2. You are such a rock star. I just re-read “The Giver” – love it – and read the companion “Gathering Blue.” I really liked the follow-up, and I’m looking forward to borrowing the third, “The Messenger.” I also read Scott Jurek’s “Eat & Run,” and I was intrigued by his recipes and inspired by his tenacity.

  3. I pretty much gave up watching TV this summer (except for my addiction to America’s Got Talent!) and have been reading instead. I’ve read a ton of really good books but this book is a stand out!

    “Wild : from lost to found on the Pacific Crest Trail” by Cheryl Strayed. This woman decides the way to fix her screwed up life is to hike solo for the summer on the PCT. She has never backpacked in her life. It is a true story which makes it even more amazing!

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