Happy happy Friday! Today marks just {nine} days until IMMT!  I will be completing my last long ride tomorrow (4 hours) and a brick run.  Starting on Sunday I will be in official TAPER mode!

I’m back today for the YOU Challenge and today’s list is FOUR BOOKS. This is an interesting topic for me since I haven’t had time to read in probably six months now. I’ve been receiving magazines in the mail without having read the previous month’s issue.  For example, the September Triathlete Magazine arrived this week and I haven’t even finished July, or opened the August issue. As far as books go… forget about it- no time.

10 day you challenge

I’m also going to be totally honest here, I don’t really like reading books (unless they are cookbooks).  I wish I did, because I think it would be valuable, but I just don’t like reading.  Oh and I have a really bad habit of starting a book and never finishing it… happens to me all the time!

After IMMT, I will definitely have more time to read books, but I can’t say that I actually will. I rather spend my free time outside, unless it’s raining of course, then a book might be a good option, ha. Frankly I just can’t sit still, like ever, and reading books is too ‘still’ for me. My favorite kind of books are cookbooks, because I love to cook fun, healthy meals!

Here are two books that I would like to read at some point plus two favorite books that I’ve actually read:)

Books I want to read:

Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Wild is about a badass hiker chic who hikes the Pacific Crest Trail solo.  As a girl who loves hiking and the outdoors, I have a feeling I will love this book.  It’s actually one of my books that I bought and haven’t read yet… need to get on that.

At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother’s death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life. With no experience or training, driven only by blind will, she would hike more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State—and she would do it alone. Told with suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humor, Wild powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.


A Life Without Limits by Chrissie Wellington

Just because it would be fun to read a book written by someone I idolize…

A LIFE WITHOUT LIMITS is the story of her rise to the top, a journey that has taken her around the world, from a childhood in England, to the mountains of Nepal, to the oceans of New Zealand, and the trails of Argentina, and first across the finish line… Wellington’s first-hand, inspiring story includes all the incredible challenges she has faced–from anorexia to near–drowning to training with a controversial coach. But to Wellington, the drama of the sports also presents an opportunity to use sports to improve people’s lives.


Two  of my Favorite Books

Following Atticus by Tom Ryan

This is one of my favorite books of all time and I have honestly thought about reading it for a second time. Todd, Oliver (our dog) and I are working on our (48) 4,000 Foot peaks in New Hampshire.  It’s a badge of honor for anyone to accomplish this task, nonetheless a small dog.  Attitcus, the lead character, just like Oliver, is a smaller dog and throughout the book works on his 48 peaks (and more!).  If you love dogs and you love hiking, you will love this book! I also recommended checking out the Following Atticus blog… it’s very inspiring.

Following Atticus is the remarkable true story of a man and a dog embarking on the challenge of a lifetime. This is author Tom Ryan’s inspiring tale of how he and his miniature schnauzer companion, the “Little Buddha” Atticus M. Finch, attempted to scale all forty-eight of New Hampshire’s four thousand foot White Mountains twice in the dead of winter. It is a story of love, loss, and the resilience of the human and animal spirit that’s as thrilling as Into Thin Air and featuring the most endearing and unforgettable canine protagonist since Marley and Me.

Last but not least… my favorite cookbook lately…

Oh She Glows by Angela Liddon

I love love love this cookbook!  Lately, I have been trying to eat less meat in my diet, and this cookbook has been my saving grace.  There are tons of delcious vegan recipes like her Protein Power Goddess Bowl with lemon tahini dressing (yummy!).  If you like a good vegetarian meal , I highly recommend this cookbook!

After a decade of struggling with an eating disorder and subsisting on diet, low-calorie processed foods, Angela Liddon vowed to get healthy once and for all. Done with feeling sick and tired, she threw out her fat-free butter spray and low-calorie frozen dinners. Instead, Angela embraced whole foods that made her glow from the inside out. But first, she had to learn to cook—and eat—right.


What are some of your favorite books?

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  • Reply Desiree August 8, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    I’m like you, not a huge fan of sitting and reading a book. I always think of other things I should be doing. However I have read “A Life Without Limits” and I highly recommend it for you. I’m only a runner but totally was inspired by Chrissie and her story. Also I was just talking with a friend on FB today about the Oh She Glows cookbook. Her teen daughter has decided to become a Vegan and I recommended that cookbook for her. I don’t have the cookbook yet (birthday month for me) but I have made some of her recipes from her blog. We plan to take Jack on Fall hikes in the N. GA mountains this fall. So I might have to check into “Following Atticus”.

    • Reply Kristin August 25, 2014 at 8:51 pm

      I definitely need to read Life without Limits now! You will love Following Atticus, especially if you hike with Jack:) The Oh She Glows cookbook would be perfect for a newbie vegan.

  • Reply Tami August 10, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    Audiobooks!!! Our library is part of a consortium and we have access to tons of free audiobooks

    • Reply Kristin August 25, 2014 at 8:49 pm

      Good to know Tami, thank you!

  • Reply erin August 11, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    Wild and A Life Without Limits are two of my favorite books! I saw Cheryl Strayed speak a few months ago, too… so inspiring! I’m currently rereading Brene Brown’s Daring Greatly… a must-read! Also love Quiet, Swimming to Antarctica, Eat Pray Love, Bossypants… too many others to list! 🙂

    • Reply Kristin August 25, 2014 at 8:49 pm

      oh I forgot about Eat Pray Love… loved that book!! Jealous you saw Cheryl speak in person… so awesome! I love so many of her quotes.

  • Reply Lee@tri*inspired*life August 12, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    I can relate to magazines stacking up and not being able to touch one before the next issue comes in the mail! Since I am post-IM, I have made my way through one issue of Lava and have started reading the first book of the year!

    I highly recommend Life Without Limits!! Read that first after your race!! When I was in Kona last year spectating the World Championships, I met Chrissie and had her sign my book and had a great photo taken! It was a fun meeting and I was so excited that I had the opportunity!

    • Reply Kristin August 25, 2014 at 8:45 pm

      I will definitely check out Life Without Limits now that my IM is over! can’t wait to read it and I’m so jealous you met Chrissie!

  • Reply Leslie @ Triathlete Treats August 12, 2014 at 6:19 pm

    I love to read. Like you it has been less in the last 6 months. It has gotten quite low since I started my blog almost 2 years ago as well. I did read Without Limits after I got into a bit of a bike crash a couple of years ago. When all of my training partners were out riding a century to the Oregon coast I was stuck on the couch reading. It was awesome and not awesome at the same time. I read IronWar to get me pumped up for IMC. It was a great read! Totally motivating. I am reading Amanda Beard’s memoir right now. I like romantic suspense books mostly/usually.

    • Reply Kristin August 25, 2014 at 8:35 pm

      oooh I need to check out IronWar and Amanda Beard’s memoir.. I love memoirs (when I actually read that is:) )

  • Reply Kristen @ Glitter and Dust August 12, 2014 at 11:23 pm

    I loved Wild. It is a must read, especially for those who appreciate hiking and independent souls. I can’t wait for the movie to come out in December. Reese Witherspoon was in Central Oregon filming at various locations, so it will be fun to see areas that are familiar. I am exactly like you in that I don’t read often and tend to let books and magazines pile up before I get a chance to finally open them. I read most when I am on vacation or flying/traveling somewhere – it forces me to slow down and relax. 🙂

    • Reply Kristin August 25, 2014 at 8:31 pm

      Good to know you loved Wild, I’m dying to read it/finish it! I really need to get out to Oregon someday… soon!

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