Saturday, July 22, 2006

Can you recommend a good book?

I'm in vacation mode and am especially interested in fiction. I don't like romance novels, though I do enjoy relationship and coming of age stories. I like adventures, especially fond on solo voyages and the like. I haven't been able to stay interested in anything lately and I really miss getting lost in a good read.

Any recommendations?


Fe-lady said...

Hi! I just finished "The Book Theif" by Markus Zusak and I guarantee you will fall in love with the characters and get lost in the way he writes. It's supposed to be a "young adult" novel, but some of the content is pretty heavey. Takes place in pre and post-war Nazi Germany and the main character is an 11 year old girl named Liesel.

Fe-lady said...

That's supposed to be "Thief"- I have an excuse! I raced a tri this a.m. and am very tired! :-)

Jennifer said...

I'm finally responding to your question on my blog...

Nutrition- During long trail runs I carry HammerGel and gummy candy and water in my camelbak. If I make a loop back to the car during a long run (over 3 hours) I may have some bagel or animal crackers and some Powerade. During longer trail races (25K plus) I used to just refill my water, but now I'll drink the sports drink, grab some e-caps if they have them, and some pretzels or saltines. It seems to help with my energy level and I don't crash anymore a few miles from the end. During the 50K I did gels and gummies for the first 18 miles, had a bagel from my drop bag, and then picked up a few pretzels or crackers and Powerade at every aid station. My legs huuurt by the end, but I still felt like I had the energy. One of the guys in our training group really drilled it into our heads that we needed to replace those calories- and I'm glad he did...I'm not sure I would have eaten that much otherwise! Hope that helps?

Anne said...

Ugh. I tried posting a long list of recommendations and Blogger ate it. Anyway, here are a few of different genres that are great for vacations:

"Never Let Me Go" by Kazuo Ishiguro. Disturbing novel about the cloning, but every good.

"The Glass Castle," a memoir that still makes me mad. A good read, even if it's about rotten people.

"Sapphire and Garlic," another memoir about a former restaurant critic for the New York Times.

"Beach Road" which is perfect for escaping -- and being glad you aren't in the Hamptons.

Tuco said...

life of pi
by Yann Martel! : )