reading shifts to thoughts of NYC…

so i got into the NYC Marathon for this November – that’s sort of cool…

“pride of the yankees” – always meant to watch this movie – and there was a book written a year ago about the movie too so i watched the movie and then read the book – both were good – the lady at the library, a lady well into her 80s, was impressed with my movie selection:)

“hurricane season” – great book about the houston astros’ season last year – unfortunately, my seventh grade boys had me confused as who won the series last fall – so this book was good in clearing that up:)

“masters of modern soccer” – great book on how soccer has advanced in recent years – what the trends are at the top levels – great book and well prepared me for world cup:)

“movie night with the reagans” – great book about being a press person with Reagan and watching weekly films with him and the First Lady – most every chapter was about a classic 80s film they watched – although, i left the book thinking i should see a Reagan movie myself – I definitely need to see Top Gun

“the New York nobody knows” – sociologist walked 6,000 miles in the city covering every block – but the book isn’t about his walk so much as about the city – it was excellent and i really enjoyed it


valleys and mountains…

“in the valley of the devil” – local author – actually, a teacher in the area – the second book in his series – i can’t reveal any plot info, but i did read it this week – it’s coming out in july – it’s amazing when you know someone who’s written a book:)

“play on” – book about aging and its effects on performance – looked at the elite level but also had a great chapter at the end on making personal connections – sadly, one of those was not buying a $30,000 sleep suit:)

“soul of basketball” – great book on the 2010-2011 nba season – the author thought basketball made a transition that year – he supported his theory with great stories on the mavs, lebron, kobe – i enjoyed reading it before the all star game

to the moon and back…

“rocket men” – story of the 1968 trip around the moon and back – the men that made that trip are still alive – this was a book my mom and i could share – she loves the space program – so that was an added nice feature

“eunice” – another book my mom and i shared – the kennedy daughter that the author argued would’ve made the best president – had the times been different for expectations of women – her passion for the special olympics and for life was an added bonus

“let’s go exploring” – book on calvin and hobbes – made me want to reread the series – it was a good, critical analysis of the strip and what happened – and why it’s beloved

“those turbulent sons of freedom” – fascinating book on ethan allen and the green mountain boys – learned a lot about vermont – highly recommendable


running through the latest books…

“lone stars” – great YA for guys – highly recommendable – I hadn’t read anything by Lupica, but i’d heard the podcast and tried it – and it was a great read

“educated” – by westover – sad book – makes you appreciate education – and learning to understand other people’s stories – i couldn’t put the book down

“lions” by beasley – great book – loved it – lord of the flies adapted to middle grades – clever – and worth reading – very recommendable

“running is my therapy” – new book on connecting running with fighting depression – really good book – insightful

“fire and fury” – the book on trump that’s been read by lots – good book – read it quickly – interesting – probably can’t say more w/o offending someone:)


after all the snow we’ve been through…

book update…

“this miscalculations of lightning girl” – cute book – story of a math savant who ends up in middle school – you know, nothing could go wrong from that:)

“legends of the court” – book about carolina hoops – duke, nc state, unc – from the 1980s on – enjoyed reading it

“the nix” – adult fiction which i actually liked – it was clever – but definitely for adults

“this close to happy” – disappointed in the book – read a good review but didn’t enjoy the actual book

“beholding bee” – great YA – middle grade – book – and included running spots in the story

“another season” – story of former alabama football coach – his special needs son – read this book almost 20 years ago – well worth reading again

ringing in the new year with an updated book count…

“i am not your sweet baboo” – peanuts book – great book – i actually had read many of the strips – but i really enjoyed it – laughed aloud at many things

“champions” – book on the resiliency of several athletes – large swarth of them – known and unknown – my fave read was on mark prior b/c i remembered his arc – it was good to get an update on his story

“patchinka” – one of the top reads this year from the NY Times in fiction – i don’t read many adult fiction books – so this one was purposefully out of my usual reads – but i did enjoy it – learned a lot about the relationship of koreans in japan

“nutrcaker” – just in time before christmas – i read both versions – technically, there’s only one version – hoffmann – but the book i got had two versions – dumas wrote the second – but he basically translated hoffmann’s account – so i thought that it would be a waste of time to read the second account – however, i didn’t do a great job reading the first version – it was hard to read – so reading dumas was good b/c it helped me get the first version:)

“baby bombers” – in honor of my first period – book on the new NY Yankee players – lots of good stories with those guys

“dreamer” – YA book on pablo neruda’s early life – easy to read – very recommendable

“race everything” – book from retiring runner’s world editor – bart yasso – everything from 5k to ultramarathons – his second book – i enjoyed it, of course

“alou” – book on a great baseball player – his life – both as a player and as a manager – he’s had an incredible life

“jordan: a life” – finished the break reading a 600 page book on MJ – the hero of my childhood – i’ve already read several things on him – this was still a good book though – sad book in ways

so i’m now caught up:) happy new year to everyone:)

a merry reading christmas…

“gulf” – great book on the history of the gulf of mexico – although, rather depressing and dark b/c we’re not doing a great job taking care of it – the book won some notoriety though and i could see why

“magic misfits” – loved this book – by Neil Patrick Harris – great middle grade novel – or something fun for all ages to read – and i now know a magic trick!

“tru and nelle: christmas” – second book in this series – i didn’t read the first one – but we’ve all read “A Christmas Memory” now that i’ve moved that story to sixth grade so while it’s a middle grade book, i think even middle school could appreciate it

“patina” – book two in the TRACK series – didn’t like it as much as ghost – but it got great reviews so there:)


reading through the snow and running through the rain…

book update…

“finish first” – great book – i read some of it to you – olympic medalist – great motivational book

“i can only imagine” – to fit with the new movie – great book – sad at many spots – but very recommendable

“sometimes you have to cross when it says don’t walk” – another great read by a female pioneer in sports TV – lots of pictures – but recommendable

“Helen keller – biography” – great book to supplement what you know about the miracle worker – helen’s life was full


updating the book total for the month

wow, what a month – it did involve reading though…

“larry norman: why does the devil have all the good music?” book about one of the founding fathers of Christian music – it was a good book – sad – but his music influenced DC Talk – and i’m a huge fan of them – so it was a good read

“lie tree” – BOB – or whatever BOB is – good book – surprisingly good – very recommendable

“grant” – the new book by chernow – the guy who wrote about hamilton – that started the musical – this book was long – super long – 965 pages long – took over a week – probably 1 1/2 weeks – i knew a lot about grant already – i guess i was just reminded of things – and some of the violence that the South was bent on in the Civil War that went unmentioned when we studied it in school

“A race like no other: NYC Marathon” – got through this one real quick after grant – very good – mile by mile of the race i hope to run next year – sad though b/c it was written the year – 10 years ago – when a healthy elite runner unexpectedly passed – i went and found an update on his family – it was good to read and remember

“we all fought in the war” – book on Bama contributions during WWII – Conrad Fowler chapter – and one on the guy who wrote the fight song – good reading – big book though – nearly 400 pages

“turtles all the way down” – i haven’t read everything by john green – but i’ve read most – this one was good – coupled with a piece in runner’s world on him, i like him more and more:)

hope everyone had a happy thanksgiving


up to 23,500 words in Gifted in Space

thought I’d add a bit of what I worked on this week:

Ichabod, humiliated, left the story stage in search of comfort food and finding it all cleared away was on the way out the door headed for the truck when one final storyteller began with a story so great Ichabod was stopped dead in his tracks.

“Stop dead in your tracks,” the storyteller began, “And listen to the tale of the Headless Horseman.”

The storyteller continued with a tale that was honestly not very scary to the crew of the Starship Mayfield: there was a guy, he was headless, he seemed only to appear at nights and he just basically ran with people and scared them before disappearing. The story, however, had a terrifying effect upon the residents of Sleepy Hollow – and Ichabod.

“Didn’t anyone notice that Brom seemed to be the hero of that story?” Captain Patrick said to his crew once the story was told and everyone raided the kitchen for comfort food.

“Yeah, it sound suspicious that there’s only one person not scared of the thing and he’s known for his practical jokes,” Abbey said.

“Sir, the whole thing reminds me of a show I used to watch on the Hallmark feed,” Jade said, “There was this guy who liked this girl only he didn’t have the words to express his feelings. He did though know when a potential rival was in his midst and so when one arouse he played on the rival’s fear of some vegetable, I think it was broccoli…”

Captain Patrick shuddered at mention of his arch-enemy.

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