Running Lit

With the holidays approaching and more “down time” in sight, I got to thinking about what book(s) I’m going to read next. Choosing my next book is incredibly difficult. I most often read fiction before I go to bed each night and while I’m traveling for work. It’s a good way to get my mind off of things and decompress before sleeping. And, without fail, when the weekend rolls around I always have the urge to head to a coffee shop I’ve never been to, curl up in a comfy chair, and read a good book with a hot cup of coffee for a few hours. If I could do that every weekend, I’d be a Β happy girl.

I recently joined a book club (what up..old lady status!?) with a group of girls from all over Chicago. We read The Fault In Our Stars by John Green last month and we are hoping to meet up in December to discuss The Forgetting Tree, which I just started the other day (so don’t give it away!).

I go through phases when a good book about running sounds interesting. In the past few years, I’ve read these running books:

I tend to read books about running that are based on a specific person’s experience, as opposed to a book on strategy, tactics, or training plans.

Guess how many books I have on my “To Read” bookshelf on Goodreads?

:drum roll please:


It’s not a joke. I have a serious addiction to scouring book recommendations and prize-winner lists for my next victim (errr…book). There couldn’t possibly be enough time to read all of them but I feel comfort in the fact that the “next book should I read?” decision will be much easier if I have a narrower selection than the list of every book published by mankind. I skimmed this list of 341 books for books about running this afternoon and have these on the list:

And yet…I don’t feel like reading one of those specific books over the holiday. So, I’m asking for HELP!

What books about running did you really get into? Are there books like the ones I’ve already ready that you’d think I’d like? What’s next on YOUR list!?


7 thoughts on “Running Lit

  1. Pete B says:

    When I saw the blog title, I swear I thought the topic of the post was running while inebriated! πŸ™‚ I don’t really have many running literature books. I have lots of books on how to train for marathons and such. I have a book on Prefontaine, but sadly it is still on the bookshelf!

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