Ever notice how Friday comes a lot sooner when you have two days off at the beginning of the week? Since we had Monday and Tuesday off because of the snowy weather, Friday is upon me just like that, and I don’t hate it. We’re heading home for the weekend so Dad, Justin, and I can run the Cowtown Half on Sunday. I also get to see Mom and Joel plus possibly my favorite aunt, and I haven’t seen any of them in months so I’m very pumped!
Quick update on the feet situation: I had an appointment with an ortho doctor on Wednesday, and the good news is that I don’t have any stress fractures which was worst case scenario, but good to know for sure. Basically he told me what I already knew-by running up on my toes I am putting a ton of stress on that part of my feet, and my best bet is to try to change my foot strike. He was also amazed at how tight a muscle in the back of my calf is (sorry-I don’t remember the scientific name is!), and said I need to stretch like it’s my full-time job to loosen it up. He was hopeful that could take some of the pressure off. So, there you go! I’m going to keep working on my strike, and this weekend will be a true test!
Ok, so it has been a good while since I did an installment of the 10 Day You Challenge. Technically it’s time for Five Foods, but food posts bore me to tears so I’m skipping right on to Four Books. As I tell my students often, I’m mad with power.
I’ve been a life-long reader, and the feeling you get when you find a really good story is almost incomparable so narrowing down the list to just four is a bit of a struggle. I did manage, however, to come up with those few books that have meant a great deal to me at certain points in my life and are still ones I love to read over and over again.
1. The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough
I have no idea why this epic historical novel had such an effect on me, but it is unfailingly the answer I give when someone asks what my favorite book is. This novel can only be described as romantic. Not in the love story sense (although there is certainly plenty of that), but in the way in completely romanticize the Australian Outback. I read this when I was pretty young, and I believe it was the first book I had read that truly made me understand what it was like to be transported to a completely different part of the world than the one you inhabit. It’s beautiful and breathtaking, and I highly recommend it.
2. Anne of Green Gables
Oh, Anne (with an e, of course). I have loved her since the first page, and it is a kindred spirit relationship that has lasted ever since. Between the lovable characters and the setting of Prince Edward Island, which I still would desperately love to visit, this entire series is one that never loses its appeal for me. I reread all eight books every couple of years, and I love it when I’m able to convince one of my students to give her a try. They’re never disappointed!
3. Harry Potter
Yes, I’m one of those people. I didn’t discover Harry Potter until I was in early adulthood, but it didn’t stop me from falling in love with the boy wizard. These stories are magical is every way you can use that term, and I’m in awe of the incredible writing J.K. Rowling did to give them to us. Even now I listen to the audiobooks pretty regularly. If you love Harry Potter like I do, definitely give the audio a listen. Jim Dale is masterful.
You knew it was coming, right? It’s no secret that I have a deep level of respect for this book and it’s author. Of course, it speaks to me as a backpacker, and it is largely what I credit for planting the idea of a thru-hike in my head, a goal that I hope to accomplish at some point in the future. More than that, though, I’m always struck my her bravery and her desperation to pick up the pieces. Sometimes having the courage to save yourself is the most heroic action you can take.
So everyone should read a great book this weekend, and now you have suggestions! Have a great one!
What are your favorite books?