Turned out, I had simply memorized Eric Carle's masterpiece due to hearing it read to me over and over.
While I still learn best through hearing (in college I would record myself reading aloud study guides and then listen to them on CD in my car), I have, to the great pride of my parents learned to read for reals.
Generally, I am a classic fiction kinda gal. My favorite authors are Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, J.M. Barrie, and C.S. Lewis. I recently finished the first set of Shelock Holmes mysteries read by the brilliant David Timson, and consequently am excited for a certain film release next week.
However, since I began seriously working out in the last year or two, I have renewed my timid forray into "books not entirely made-up," otherwise called non-fiction.
What I have I found compelling thus far? I'm pleased you asked.
Runner's World Guide to Road Racing
This guide contained everything a hopeful racer could want, including cross-training ideas, suggested training plans, and injury prevention/treatment tips. The end of the book had a list of the best road races in the country for different distances, and even some fabulous races in other parts of the world. I highly recommend this to anyone preparing for (or considering) a race.
Kara Goucher's Running For Women
Honest and truly, this gal understands gals. Her book is laid out in chapters, but the genius is that each chapter is broken up into tiny segments...often 4 or 5 to a page. Her reasoning is that all women are busy, and she wants you to be able to get something useful out of the book every time you pick it up. She shares advice on good nutrition for runners, how to balance motherhood and runnerhood, and ways to stay motivated in busy or frustrating seasons. I highly recommend this for people who workout mainly for health and sanity. Obviously as a world-class athlete, Kara has great tips on preparing for races, but she really focuses a lot on the benefits of running for the average Jane, and the emotional and physical roadblocks normal women face.
The Great Fitness Experiment: One Year of Trying Everything
If you have ever felt confused or overwhelmed by the ever-changing plethora of fitness and diet rules, products, and trends, this is the answer you have been waiting for. Charlotte Hilton Andersen throws pride to the wind and does the legwork for you...literally. This brave (crazy?) lady tries everything from Crossfit to veganism to Jillian Michaels and reports on her success and failures with great honesty and hilarity. I recommend this book for anyone trying to get in better shape...or just looking for a good belly laugh.
I personally found her persistence in the face of clutziness extremely encouraging.
GIVEAWAY PRIZE - Carrots 'N' Cake: Healthy Living One Carrot and Cupcake at a Time
In her book, Tina Haupert makes the case for being healthy and happy...at the same time. She's open about her own struggles with food, and willingly shares her simple tips for enojying the good things in life without going overboard. She's also got some great business savvy for anyone interested in getting more serious with their blogging hobby.
I loved her book, and now you can, too! Two ways to enter:
1. Leave a comment telling me about a recent non-fiction read you enjoyed
2. Share a link to this post on your facebook, twitter, or blog, and comment letting me know!
Winner will be chosen on Friday, the 16th.