The other r in my life

I am a runner, as I am sure you are overly aware. Sorry, if you don’t post about running your miles don’t count..right??? I know you might be sick of seeing so many running posts but they are stopping anytime soon. However, I do have other interests! One of them is reading.

There is nothing better than curling up with a good book and by book I mean something physical with pages you turn, none of this e-book stuff. I have said it many times before but I prefer an old school book than any e-book. I love the feel of turning the pages and taking in the smell of the book.

I challenged myself to read 35 books this year (and I already hit that goal, yay me). Here is the first half of what I have read (or listened to as an audio book) in case you are looking for your next read. You can also friend me on Goodreads to keep track of all my reading adventures.

  1. A Gentleman in Moscow– My first book of 2017 and so far my favorite. Highly recommend. You should read this book!
  2. Our Revolution: A Future to Believe in- This is the book Bernie Sanders wrote after the 2016 presidential campaign. It was fun to read but it made my heart ache that he didn’t win. I think our country would have truly benefited from his leadership.
  3. Superficial: More Adventures from The Andy Cohen Diaries- I am a sucker for behind the scenes looks of celebrities so this was a must . Plus he is from STL baby!
  4. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay- duh! Harry Potter fan that I am, this was another a must. It’s a super quick read. I still haven’t seen the movie, I am not a fan of Eddie Redmayne.
  5. Scrappy Little Nobody- (vacation book 1)This is Anna Kendrick’s book. I listened to this one. She reads the book, I love it when the celebrity author reads their book. I enjoyed it, she has a great sense of humor – and she gives out a shout to pumpkin lovers!
  6. Behind the Scenes at the Museum- I had high hopes for this one but it was a bit of let down. Not the intriguing story the book jacket portrays.
  7. The Lola Papers: Marathons, Misadventures, and How I Became a Serious Runner- (Vacation book 2) If your a runner you will enjoy this book, it’s down to earth and I got a kick out of her running stories. I like that she has it all in there – the good and the bad.

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8. Fangirl- (vacation book 3)This is from author Rainbow Rowell, I have read several of her books and really enjoyed them.  You should check out her books. As you can tell I read this on vacation as well. The photo also highlights my library card. The library wants you to show the places you take your card.
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9. Eligible: A Modern Retelling of Pride and Prejudice (The Austen Project, #4) – (vacation book 4). This was a fun read and as a result I have added many of her other books to my “to read” list. Plus she now lives in St. Louis!

10. Sick in the Head: Conversations About Life and Comedy- Another chance at getting in some celebrity gossip but also to see how comedy has changed over the years. This book is made up of a collection of interviews Judd did with comedians when he was a teenager and as an adult. A little long for me but I still enjoyed it.

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11. Dare Me-  I listened to this as an audio book. It was first Megan Abbott book and I have since added her other books to my “to read” list. This a thriller and keeps you guessing to the end.

12. In the Company of Women: Inspiration and Advice from over 100 Makers, Artists, and Entrepreneurs.  While I am not looking to start my own company I love reading about women who have succeeded in turning their passions into thriving businesses. This was an inspiring book!

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13. Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker- This is a work of historical fiction. I really enjoyed this book, it didn’t feel like a history lesson. The story followed and kept me interested.

14.  The Hopefuls- I liked this book, I wish it would have ended a little differently but I would recommend this as a good summer read.

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15. The End of Everything- (listened as audio book)Another book by Megan Abbott. A thriller but at times I felt it dragged a little. The ending was a little anti-climatic. Not my favorite but  a good listen while in traffic every morning.

16. My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry- This book took me a little while to get into. Interwoven into the story is the fantasy story the little girls creates with her grandmother and it sometimes I found it irritating.

17. A  Game For All The Family- (listened as audio book).   A suspense thriller. As the story goes on it felt a little corny.

18. The Sudden Appearance of Hope- I had high hopes for this book but it ended up being a dud. The ending very blah and I couldn’t connect with the main character. I would skip this read.

Some winners, some losers. Stay tuned for more of what I have been reading.

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What to do about 35…..

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So I just celebrated a birthday….but I wasn’t really in the mood to celebrate 35. It just seems so old and I don’t feel 35. But the more I thought about it the more I realized I should celebrate it. Maybe not in the traditional sense with a big party but in acts of kindness. And because it’s me I thought it would be fun to do it in increments of 35. Through Facebook, magazines and blogs I have come across the following organizations that are doing great things and I am happy to support. So here is how I am taking 35 to a new level and you can take part if you want to as well (and might just help with your spring cleaning).

The first is Medals 4 Medals http://www.medals4mettle.org/ Medals4Mettle (M4M) is a non-profit organization that facilitates the gifting of marathon, half marathon, and triathlon finishers’ medals. Runners from around the world give their hard earned medals to Medals4Mettle. Their worldwide network of physicians and volunteers then awards these medals attached to a Medals4Mettle ribbon to children and adults fighting debilitating illnesses who might not be able to run a race, but are in a race of their own just to continue to live their life. It is in honor of this mettle and courage in bravely facing these challenges that they are awarded a medal.

My goal is to collect at least 35 medals to donate. If you any medals you want to donate let me know! 

The second is Heart Strides http://heartstrides.org/our-mission/. This group provides running shoes and gear to moms caring for children with a critical/chronic illness or a special need. They are looking for the following gear donations

  • Running shoes
  • Athletic pants/running pants/yoga pants
  • Athletic tops – sleeveless/short sleeved/long sleeve
  • Socks (new only)
  • Miscellaneous gear – headlamps, visors, etc.
  • Exercise DVDs (yoga, pilates, core/strength, etc)

Aside from monetary donations, they also accept gently used running gear, as well as gift cards to stores that sell athletic gear (they’ll scope the sales and buy new gear to send to Moms!). They also send gift cards for chain restaurants/coffee shops to families in the hospital with critically ill children, encouraging them to take a break for a few minutes without the guilt (of their time or their money). Gift cards are in high demand on the wish list!

I am hoping to collect 35 items and plan to send a few gift cards that total 35.00 dollars. If you would like to make a monetary donation I will use it to buy gift cards. 

The last is Girls Helping Girls. Period http://www.girlshelpinggirlsperiod.org/. Over the summer I collected feminine hygiene products for this group. I will take further feminine hygiene products but they are on a mission to collect 1000 bras for women in need.  

I am hoping to collect 35 bras to send. Below are full details and a mailing address in case you aren’t near me and want to donate.

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I am happy to come get items from you!  I will collecting through the end of March. Also, feel free to stray from my selected organizations and do your own act of “35” kindness. The most important thing is that we spread kindness!

Thank you for your support!!