polar opposite

reading books as much as I can, which is never enough.

The Luminaries - Eleanor Catton A Wizard of Earthsea - Ursula K. Le Guin The Imperfectionists - Tom Rachman Imbibe!: From Absinthe Cocktail to Whiskey Smash, a Salute in Stories and Drinks to "Professor" Jerry Thomas, Pioneer of the American Bar - David Wondrich, Dale DeGroff The Book of Life - Deborah Harkness The BFG - Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake

I've been reading The Luminaries since before my baby was born (not that long... but over 7 months ago) and while I've been picking it up and putting it down again, it's been thoroughly enjoyable. A long weekend up in Baxter State Park helped me get through much more of it and now I'm feeling in the thick of it. Somehow I've managed to get tangled up in so many books all at once, and usually that would frustrate me but right now I'm enjoying alternating between books as the mood suits. Martin and I took turns reading the Wizard of Earthsea out loud on the car ride up and back to Baxter, which if you haven't tried before I highly recommend. It inevitably leads to a booming voice and fun interpretations of how dragons would talk to lowly humans. The BFG has been fun to read to Juniper too, but less foreboding (not so many dragons either). 

 

The stack keeps growing as I add in more books, and I would spend all summer reading if I could.

A Girl of the Limberlost

A Girl of the Limberlost - Gene Stratton-Porter Enjoyable, with lots of great descriptions of moth hunts in an amazing sounding forest. Some of the messages were pretty heavy-handed, and the characters would drive anyone crazy in real life, but a fun read.

White Heat: A Novel

White Heat - M.J. McGrath I reviewed White Heat for Newfoundland's Independent, go check it out!
http://theindependent.ca/2011/09/19/white-heat/

Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen - Christopher McDougall McDougall does an amazing job inspiring you to start running, mostly by convincing you that it is what humans evolved to do. Throughout this book I found myself actually wanting to go out for long distance runs, something I have never, ever wanted to do before – I hardly run at all. Through describing his own issues with running throughout his life, extensive accounts of extreme races and the people running them, and his visits to the Tarahumara deep in Mexican caverns, he creates a highly enjoyable book devoted to running.

I definitely recommend reading this if you are wanting to learn more about ultrarunning, have an interest in anthropology, or just want to read about people crazy enough to go for 100 mile runs for fun. The only downside to the book is the author makes a lot of claims about science that has studied the evolution of humans and running, running form, and diets, without really citing the studies or talking about any opposing evidence. That being said, it is a great book, and I'll be looking in the literature for more information – and, apparently, running for fun.

Currently reading

The Gathering
Anne Enright
Imbibe!: From Absinthe Cocktail to Whiskey Smash, a Salute in Stories and Drinks to "Professor" Jerry Thomas, Pioneer of the American Bar
David Wondrich, Dale DeGroff
Anna Karenina
Leo Tolstoy, Louise Maude, Alymer Maude