Wednesday, January 6, 2010

So Many Books To Read, So Little Time

Well, since it is a new year that means it is time for a new reading list. I feel like I didn't get much read in 2009 but when I look back over the list I certainly read a wide variety of literature. My new lisst for 2010 will be on my sidebar and you can still see reviews from everything I've read in 2008 and 2009 if you follow the links.

I ended 2009 with an excellent book entitiled, "Born to Run". The book begins with the author asking the question, "Why does my foot hurt?" and ends with him running in $10 shoes through the maze-like canyons of the Copper Canyons in Mexico as he discovers just how and why human beings were born to run. I highly recommend this book to anyone who run recreationally. It will change everything you think about running and convince you to run more....not less. But even if you aren't in to running this is a good read. The characters that McDougall meets along his journey are larger than life than extremely interesting. He writes with humor and skill and made the entire book (even the scientific explanations) a page turner. I give it a perfect 10.

My first book of 2010 was "The Constant Princess" by Phillippa Gregory. I've read several of her books and I have thoroughly enjoyed all of them. She writes about the British royal family of the 16th and 17th century. The constant princess refers to Katherine of Aragon and her 2nd husband King Henry the 8th. Their relationship is a stark contrast to the relationship we know that he had with his other wives and it is interesting to see how his life as a boy and the early days of his reign made him in to the deadly husband he later became. Of course the author guesses at many of the personal relationships of her characters but all the events of the book are based on historical fact. I recommend any Gregory book for readers who like to educate themselves while being caught up in a great story at the same time.

I'm currently reading "Healing Stones" by Nancy Rue and Stephen Arterburn. I"ll have a review of that up soon. Just watch the sidebar.


Jill said...

Perfect 10, huh? Well, we'll see if I agree. I really can't imagine enjoying a book about running, but I trust your judgment so I'm willing to give it a try. Just reserved it online at our library.

CZ said...

I'll have to challenge you on one thing: I really enjoyed "Born to Run" and I HATE running. For better or worse, the book piqued my interest in running and I've actually clocked a few miles since reading. But it was a great book despite not liking running.