After my explosion of negativity at the world (well okay, just at Hungry Girl) yesterday, I thought a little feel-good post would be appropriate tonight. And nothing says feel-good like a good book!
If you read Marley and Me and secretly enjoyed it (*raises hand!*), then you’ll love The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein.
The basic premise: The story of a guy, as narrated by his dog. Seriously. I know – it has so much potential to be bad. But it’s actually really good. It’s heartwarming without being sappy and thought-provoking without being overly intellectual. And it’s a super easy read – it would pair nicely with a lounge chair and a Pina Colada.
I actually think Stein does a superb job of walking a fine line with this novel. Personally, I love books that make me think a little bit, but I don’t love trudging through thousands of pages of heavy prose. Like, Anna Karenina was great, but I really had to force myself to stick with it.
And on the flip side, most books that are “easy reading” are kinda vapid and useless – I’m looking at you, Chick Lit. Not that Chick Lit isn’t fun to read once in a while, but those books are so utterly forgettable.
Then there’s that sweet spot, right in the middle – the prose is simple and fluid, but not shallow. I’d put Life of Pi by Yann Martel in this sweet-spot bucket as well. And The Curious Incident of the Dog in Night-Time by Mark Haddon.
The true test, though? The hubs loved The Art of Racing in the Rain as well. Four thumbs up from the EDR household. 🙂
Today’s EAT: I give myself a D tonight in terms of healthy cooking/eating. D for delivery.
Sometimes it happens, though:
Patsy’s Pizza. NYC institution. Those crispy pepperoni discs. That sauce. There are no words.
On a more interesting note, have you tried these Trader Joe’s Chili-Lime Cashews??
I’m sure I’m behind the ball on this one, but holy hell. These are good.
To be honest, I usually don’t buy nut snacks because I tend to overdo it. These TJ’s nuts, though, are so packed with flavor that it’s impossible to inhale them like I would regular cashews. Majorly satisfying snack with just a few of these. Major win.
Today’s DRINK: We’re pinkin’ it tonight with our pizza.
Umm…hmm. I’m trying to think of something nice to say about this Mas de la Dame Rose, but I keep getting stuck on one word: Franzia.
Today’s RUN: Five miles in CP. Coach TR is constantly reminding us of the importance of running on soft surfaces – which isn’t easy to do in downtown NYC. But today I had to go up to the UES anyway, so I figured it was a good chance to get a nice bridle path run in.
Warm-up – 0.5 miles – 4:30 – 9:00 pace
Bridle Path long loop – 2.5 miles – 21:00 – 8:24 pace
Reservoir loop – 1.7 miles – 13:15 – 7:48 pace
Cool down – 0.5 miles – 4:15 – 8:40 pace
Total – 5.2 miles – 43:05 – 8:17 pace
Achilles was a little dicey. Stiff and sore, as usual. Mehhhhh. Clearly this little issue isn’t over like I’d hoped it would be.
Planning some serious self-diagnostics while I’m at work tomorrow, resulting in a new pair of shoes that hopefully feel a little better. 😦
I’m bummed that these Ravennas aren’t working out, because I love they way they feel and fit. Oh well.
Today’s QUESTION: What book have you recently read and loved? I liked The Art of Racing in the Rain so much that I’m gonna do a mini-giveaway. I’ll pick a comment randomly and pop my gently-used copy in the mail to the “winner” – assuming you’re ok with sending me your mailing address. (I won’t send telemarketers or Census workers to you door – I promise!) Giveaway ends…let’s say, tomorrow night. 🙂
(Really, I am thrilled to pass this book on because it kind of killed me to pay $15 for it at a stupid airport bookstore and only have two people read it!)
(And speaking of giveaways – the Sweet Muse Brownie giveaway ends tomorrow too! So get on that one if you haven’t yet. Giveaway madness!)