Category: Books

It’s Time For A Change

It’s Time For A Change

I just bought the macrobiotic cookbook, Mayumi’s Kitchen. Going to try and detox myself. Joined my friends for a macrobiotic Thanksgiving and felt great. I was totally burnt out from turkey and I didn’t want to feel gross after gorging on Thanksgiving dinner. Will keep you posted on my progress. I hope to not only have more energy but lose a few pounds too!

Born To Run

Born To Run

Why do my feet hurt? Over the past eight months I have been suffering from what I think is plantar fascitis. Whenever I walk, jog or run any kind of distance my left heel is killing me and I can barely walk on my foot. A friend of mine advised me to stretch a lot and wear comfortable shoes. I have tried to do as much as I can (without seeing a doctor) to cure this injury but I am at a loss. Not only that, I’m very flat-footed, which probably doesn’t help.

All that said, I just recently finished a book by Christopher McDougall called Born To Run: A Hidden Tribe, Super athletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen. It begins with McDougall complaining about his foot pain while he’s running. He sees the top sports medicine doctor in the country and is told to stop running. Instead of taking his advice, McDougall went looking for another solution to his problem.

His search takes him to Mexico in the Copper Canyons where the greatest long distance runners live: the Tarahumara Indians. With the help from a mysterious loner named Caballo Blanco, McDougall uncovers the secrets of the Tarahumara and is inspired to discover the ultra-athlete within himself. McDougall speaks to sports coaches, athletes, doctors, scientists and biologists to find out more about human beings and their relationship to running.

This book is captivating and inspiring. Even before I got to the last half of the book I felt like going for a 10k run. The story is exciting, and the people that he writes about are fascinating, a little mysterious and very entertaining. The high point of the narrative is the 50 mile marathon in the Copper Canyons against the Tarahumara and some of North America’s best ultra athletes. There is no advertising, no sponsorships, no publicity or attention from the outside world—nothing except a group of individuals who love to run.

I found the discussions of running barefoot especially interesting. According to some evolutionary biologists, we started off as barefoot hunters running down our prey, a form of hunting still practiced today by some peoples, such as the Kalahari Bushmen. How did we come to believe that we needed $200 Nike shoes to go for a jog? Months ago I read an article about running barefoot that raised some of the same questions, and I was so intrigued by the concept of walking around barefoot that I still plan to experiment and hope that maybe I can get rid of this nasty pain in my heel. Whatever the case, I highly recommend this page turner. If it doesn’t get you off your ass to go for a little spin around the neighbourhood then I don’t know what will.

Inkheart Trilogy

Inkheart Trilogy

Yesterday was a gross, rainy and windy day—the best kind of day to sit on a comfy couch (mine is not so comfy but whatever) and read a book. At 4:00pm yesterday I finished the final book of the Inkheart Trilogy called Inkdeath. I am a sucker for a good story and this trilogy did not disappoint me. The trilogy begins with a young girl named Meggie and her father Mortimer, or as Meggie calls him, “Mo”. Meggie discovers that she and her father have a magical gift that brings the characters in books to life when they read the books aloud. Unfortunately that gift has some disruptive consequences. Mo discovers his magical abilities when he unknowingly reads out—that is, brings into this world—some of the characters from his favourite book, “Inkheart,” but in the process loses his wife, who falls in the other direction into the book.

Already I feel like I’ve said too much. I just don’t know how much to say when writing a book review. I guess when I look back at the other reviews I see that I barely say anything except that I like it or didn’t like it. How do you explain a book without spoiling it? What I’d like to do is raise your curiosity so that you just have to read it. I can say that in each of these books the main characters change and evolve in ways that I find very satisfying. Meggie starts to grow up and finds out that the world is not always a beautiful, safe place (something we all learn as we grow older). Also, we see characters who have good hearts show a dark side (we all have a dark side). In each book, Inkheart, Inkspell and Inkdeath, at least one character experiences loss and realizes things are not always what they seem. Even when there is a happy ending, hard lessons are learned and innocence is lost. If you like fantasy and magic, this is a book for you. It has darkness, hope, heroes, villains, love and hate—all the elements you need for a fun adventurous story.

Maybe I have to come to the acceptance that I can’t really write a good book review. I can only tell you to go out and read or don’t. Maybe I’ll get better at it and maybe I will just have to put in those spoilers. What can you do?

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