Sunday, June 30, 2019

June Books

I can't believe my goal of reading 17 books in 2017 (ha, I ended up with 88 in 2017 and 77 in 2018!) has morphed into this passion for books. Let's be real, not having cable TV to keep me "entertained" also gives me more free time to dive into a great book or seven ;) {PS One of my goals for 2019 is to read 19 books, let's see how many times over I can do that.}

There were THIRTY-ONE books in the first five month, so when I add June's TWO that brings my total for 2019 to THIRTY-THREE thus far! If you're interested in what I read (or how I'd rate them and whether I'd recommend you giving them a read), check out my recaps! {January's Books, February's Books, March's Books, April's Books, May's Books}

  • Outlandish by Morgan SjogrenRemember last month when VeloPress sent me Running Outside the Comfort Zone by Susan Lacke?! Well, they hooked it up again this month with another great read. I hadn't heard of Morgan before, but you better believe I am following her on social media now! She's an awesome (dirtbag) runner who lives out of her bright yellow Jeep and shares about her adventures. If you don't know already, I would absolutely be fine living in an AdventureMobile and exploring as a full time job... but apparently you need money to fund trips like that and for the time being we are tied down to North County San Diego. Anywho, reading about her experiences (and delicious recipes) got me amped up to go on our next trip (we have a camping trip scheduled for September, but we want to put a few more on the schedule for this summer once our home renovations are done). I am definitely not as skilled as Morgan (not only is she speedy, but she also is versed in climbing, mountaineering, etc), but maybe one day I can go on some similarly epic adventures! Also, I'm stoked to give some of the recipes a try (once I vegan-ize them of course). (FYI - I've been making peanut butter and banana wraps for a while now, but love that she calls them "Monkey-ritos" or "Monkey Dogs" if you use bread.) I would give it a 9 out of 10.

  • Reborn On The Run by Catra Corbett - I have been following Catra (aka Dirt Diva) and her trusty wiener dog sidekick TruMan on social media for almost as long as I’ve been on social media. She is a ROCKSTAR! When I saw she wrote a book about her story (a journey from addiction to ultramarathons) I added it to my Amazon wish list almost immediately. Although no one bought it for me for Christmas, I decided to treat myself and order it a few days ago - and I’m so glad I did. Although I know much of her story, I was enthralled from the start and couldn’t put the book down. Catra has gone through some crazy stuff and has lived to tell about it (not only that, but she has come out stronger on the other side). I won’t give away all of the details, but trust me when I say her story is one worth reading. I am hopeful that the next time the hubby and I are in Yosemite or Bishop that we will be able to get in some miles with her and TruMan! I would give it a 9 out of 10.

With that, June has come to a close. My reading may not be going gang-busters like it has in the past (thanks to our condo renovations taking over our life a bit recently), but I hope it never completely stops. If you have any suggestions, let me know! I'm always willing to add them to my library wait list!

PS I created an Amazon list that includes all of the books I've read and would recommend to others. Check it out!

What was the best book you read this year?

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