All the reading and none of the running

Well, my hip still hurts.

debbie downer

I ran three miles on Sunday. The first mile was ok but I felt a little pain during the second two. After the run was over, my hip was hurting the rest of the night. I’m worried I won’t be able to run my race (Best Damn Race Orlando) at the end of February. I don’t care so much about a DNS than I do that it’s the end of February and just about the end of race season. So if I can’t run it, then I’m most likely waiting until October when race season starts again (and the temperature is lower than the pits of hell). Right now, I should be speed training and that’s not happening.

Anyway, I’ve been spending an obscene amount of time reading to soak up all that used-to-be-running time. Now that school just started again, I’m sure that will slow down, but here’s what I’ve read in the past six weeks.

Still Alice by Lisa Genova

still alice

Here’s a Goodreads link to the summary.

I was a few chapters into this book and convinced myself that I wouldn’t like it but I ended up really liking it. It’s a super fast read and the movie comes out next week. (Julianne Moore just won a Golden Globe for her performance.) I’m a little apprehensive about seeing the movie because I’m a crier and the book was so sad but it also makes you really appreciate what you have. Alzheimers is a scary thing.

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty


Here’s a Goodreads link to the summary.

I liked this one too. It took me awhile to get into it. For many chapters, I had no idea what was going on and I hated all the characters but that turned around just as I was about to made the decision to not finish it. In the book, you know someone was murdered but you don’t know who did it or who was murdered. You find out through a police report/storytelling of a close group of wives and husbands. There’s also a good message about domestic violence and it’s interesting to see inside the head of someone who is abused but can’t leave the relationship.

City of Thieves by David Benioff

city of thieves

Here’s a Goodreads link to the summary.

First Cely loved this book. Then Lindsay loved it. So fine, fine, I’m a sheep. I was a little worried going into this one because I know very little about history and this takes place during the Nazis’ siege of Leningrad. It’s the story of two boys that have a chance at saving their life by finding a dozen (very rare) eggs for a Soviet colonel. I didn’t understand a lot of the historical/art references but that didn’t detract from how much I liked the book. It’s a coming-of-age story with a little bit of everything – it’s gut-wrenching and funny. The guy that wrote this is a co-creator of Game of Thrones and is married to Amanda Peet. You are welcome for that knowledge that may help you win a bar tab some day.

The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey

girl with all the gifts

Here’s a Goodreads link to the summary.

I LOVED this book. It’s a different take on a zombie story and it’s just so good. Basically, the children that become zombies can still think, learn, talk, and have feelings even though they will eat your face off. So, it’s about scientists trying to find out why children (and in particular one girl) are partially immune so they can find a cure.

The Arcana Chronicles 1-3 by Kresley Cole (Poison Princess, Endless Knight, and Dead of Winter)


Here’s a Goodreads link to the summary.

I am obsessed with this series. My friend, Cheyanne, recommended it but I didn’t want to read a book called Poison Princess because that sounded lame. A month passed and I decided to finally give it a shot and I got hooked in hard. I read all three of them in a week. It’s a young adult series, which I’ve been trying to stay away from recently. The third book just came out this month so now I must wait a torturous year for the next one. If you like love stories and teens/twenty-somethings with powers of the Tarot cards fighting each other to the death in a world that’s become a wasteland, then you’ll want to read this. And then tell me when you do so we can talk about it.

P.S. There’s a free 150 page preview of Poison Princess on Goodreads, so you have just run out of excuses.

The Martian by Andy Weir (I just accidentally typed “Weird” – I bet he got that a lot as a kid.)

the martian

Here’s a Goodreads link to the summary.

I just started this one and so far I love the writing. It’s not unputdownable, but maybe that will change. So far it’s interesting. Also, the movie is coming out in November with Matt Damon, so I’ll be looking forward to that because he rarely screws movies up.

Next on my list: The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August; Veronica Mars (Book 2); and Golden Son (Red Rising #2). By the way, if you haven’t read Red Rising, you should probably do that too. Smile

What have you read lately?


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21 responses to “All the reading and none of the running

  1. Wendy

    Boo to hip pain!
    I read City of Thieves. I also thought it was very good, but also had some unsettling dreams during the book. Have you read Unbroken yet….I am not all that into nonfiction, but finally gave into the hoop-la and loved it.

  2. Devoured “Five Days at Memorial” in less than a week, which is basically a book record for me (so sorry, so addicted to Netflix). It’s a very well-researched and easy to read (minus the slew of names) story of what happened at one New Orleans hospital during Katrina and its aftermath. Completely riveting, but I suppose I’m also into that kind of thing (which is the qualifier I would add to basically any book review, so take that for what it’s worth).

    • Paula

      I’m not sure if I’m into that kind of thing, I don’t think I’ve ever read non-fiction now that I think about it. So I’ll try it out!

  3. I don’t read much, unless you count things on the Internet – FB, articles, news, blog posts, etc. 😉 I’m still reading A Clash of Kings, and very determined to finally finish it early this year. LOL. The Girl with All the Gifts sounds very interesting to me…so I might start making a list of books to read. The Arcana Chronicles also sound interesting (and quick reads to me). Maybe I’ll make this the year I (try) to read at least 6 or 12…instead of 1 or none or 3. 🙂 Thanks for the inspiration.

  4. Melissa

    Ha! I just finished Big Little Lies and felt the exact same way about it! I am reading Looking for Alaska by John Green (of The Fault in Our Stars) right now. I like it, but it’s definitely YA. I think I’ll read Still Alice next . . . and then City of Thieves since everyone seems to lurve it.

    • Paula

      After reading Fault in our Stars, I read Paper Towns by John Green and did not like it (hated the girl and couldn’t understand why the guy would like her). So I skipped Looking for Alaska. But, if you like LFA, you should probably try Paper Towns. It’s YA too.

  5. So glad you liked City of Thieves! I got it for Evan for Christmas and he could not put it down, and then he bought it for his friend for his birthday. I wish I could read it for the first time again.

    Also LOVE Still Alice so much. I lent it to all my friends and they all lent it to their moms and sisters and it took me a year to get it back. Cannot wait for the movie.

    Thanks for the other recs. I’m excited for new books!!! Adding to my to-read list.

  6. Well, while I do hope that your hip feels better, I do like this reading list you have personally made for me. (But seriously, feel better hip ASAP.)

  7. My sis in law gave me Still Alice to read, it didn’t suck me in right away, but I guess I should power on! I’m reading All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr- another WWII recommendation from Cely!

  8. Lee

    I thought Still Alice was so depressing and scary. Have you ever read Never Let Me Go? It sounds a little like The Girl Without the Gift (though I’ve never read that) but not about zombies.

  9. Boo-urns about your hip still hurting! Hopefully it gets better soon. I’ve read Still Alice and Little Big Lies, and both were great!

  10. Marcy

    I’m halfway through Big Little Lies right now. It did take a little while to figure out what was going on but now I’m really enjoying it. Still Alice is next on my list.

  11. I really really like Lisa Genova. Liane Moriarty, however, is not my taste. Her stuff is so popular, so I always think that I want to read it, but no. I really wanted to comment because of what you said about Red Rising. One of the DJs on my favorite morning show is obsessed with Red Rising.

    I just read a book of poems called “Here, Bullet.” It was intense but really good. I’m working through a science book by Stephen Hawking, but it’s just so damn smart. I should probably stick more to science fiction, like The Martian, which I really liked, too.

    • Paula

      Red Rising was great! However, it’s hard to get into because they have their own language and I felt like I was reading the Cones of Dunshire instructions (Parks and Rec reference?) for the first several chapters. Once you get past that, it’s so good. I’m reading the second one next.

  12. Erin

    I saw Big Little Lies at the airport and picked it up after your review. I agree it was a little difficult in the beginning and I didn’t see the end coming! Good read!

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