I am a dedicated reader and always wish I had more time to read than what I do, but I manage to get in as much as possible. Below are some reviews of what made my reading cut for 2016.
Again to Carthage by John L Parker Jr.
- This was the sequel to one of the greatest running books ever written, Once A Runner. I really enjoyed this read as a general novel. The first half of the book is just literary with insight into the 70s era as it follows Quentin Cassidy in his work as a lawyer in Florida. The second half of the book is a return to running and training as Cassidy makes the jump from the mile to the marathon. It certainly has less glamour than Once A Runner, but I found it to be an enjoyable exploration of a runner’s mentality!
Healthy Intelligent Training: The Proven Principles of Arthur Lydiard by Keith Livingstone
- Excellent read on Lydiard’s training methods including some modern tweaks that some “Lydiard coaches” have used. I really enjoyed learning about the science behind this training system and applying it to my own coaching. Definitely recommend if you are into running training history or a coach!
Eleven Rings by Phil Jackson
- Talk about a ride through memory lane! I grew up a big Michael Jordan fan and loved following the Bulls, so it was fun to read through Jackson’s musings on all of those golden years. This was a pretty fun read but lacked much in the way of leadership or coaching substance, which was my intent in reading it. I wouldn’t necessarily recommend it for that realm. If you like the Bulls or Lakers or Phil Jackson, it is certainly worth the read.
The John Wooden Pyramid of Success by Neville L Johnson
- I’m a big fan of John Wooden. I’m not a big fan of this book. Multiple grammar and spelling errors and structure make it seem like a note taking version of a biography. I actually stopped the book prior to finishing. Definitely would recommend seeking other books if interested in Wooden’s pursuits as a coach/mentor.
Non Running related:
Better: A Surgeon’s Notes on Performance by Atul Gawande
- This book is a good read if you are interested in the medical field, world health, and acknowledge the limits of perfection. I found it to be a fairly enjoyable read as it told multiple small stories about medical history and the ways certain things have come about.
God’s Hotel: A Doctor, a Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine by Victoria Sweet
- Excellent book reflecting on the medical model and system that I am a part of as a Physical Therapist. I really enjoyed the basic concepts presented as Victoria Sweet researched Hildegard’s old medical methods. Sweet worked a pretty crazy hospital near LA where she saw all kinds of medical mysteries and medically fragile individuals, which makes for pretty good reading if you are into medicine. I would recommend to anyone in the medical field.
The Gift of Imperfection by Brene’ Brown
- I had nearly finished this at my 2015 book review. This is a great read about embracing vulnerability and authenticity. I really enjoy Brene’s honesty and have worked over the last year to really try to be more authentic in my life. Highly recommended reading!
Shift by Hugh Howey
- This is the follow up book but prequel to the Wool series I read last year. Again, this was a very well written novel about a utopian future and gave nice insights into how the world changed prior to the Wool series. I enjoyed this book but not nearly as much as the original.
The How of Happiness: A Scientific Approach to Getting the Life You Want by Sonja Lyubomirsky
- This has been a nice read for me over the last two years. I have stopped and come back to it for insights multiple times. It’s a helpful book to give concrete ways you can help control your mentality toward the day and toward life.
Next post will be a preview of my 2017 reading list! I actually read 4/10 that were on my 2016 reading list, so you never actually know which books will still be a priority as the year progresses :)
Run and read happy!