A Runner’s Summer Reading List

IMG_5805Summer’s in full swing, and I need a new book to read on the beach. Normally, I’m a Stephen King kind of girl, but every once in a while I like to throw in a novel about running. I’d love your input, but below are the top five books that I want to read in the near future:

1. Once a Runner by John L. Parker Jr.—This originally self-published author was well ahead of his time in 1978 when he published this novel, now in its eight printing. From Amazon.com, “Inspired by the author’s experience as a collegiate champion, the story focuses on Quenton Cassidy, a competitive runner at fictional Southeastern University whose lifelong dream is to run a four-minute mile.”

2. Running on Empty: An Ultramarathoner’s Story of Love, Loss, and a Record-Setting Run Across America by Marshall Ulrich—I’ve always wondered what goes on in ultramarathoners’ minds. You’re a crazy bunch, y’all!

3. Train Like a Mother by Sarah Bowen Shea and Dimity McDowell—I read Run Like a Mother, got caught up in the podcast, and now want to read AMR’s next book!

4. The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen—Yes, this is a teen book. I’m a sucker for a good inspirational story. This one features Jessica who “thinks her life is over when she loses a leg in a car accident. She’s not comforted by the news that she’ll be able to walk with the help of a prosthetic leg. Who cares about walking when you live to run?”

5. Sole Sisters: Stories of Women and Running by Jennifer Lin and Susan Warner—I love short story collections when I have a limited amount of time to read. From Amazon, this book “appeals to all women who know what it means to have the support of others who share their trials and triumphs.”


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