summer reading.

28 Jul

It’s been awhile since I’ve written a “what I’m reading” post…and it’s not like I gave up books altogether or anything (although now that I’m without a metro system, my captive time with my Kindle has sadly decreased substantially). Here’s what I’ve been reading recently:

This book was incredible. It was a quick read – even though the subject might initially seem boring (a health and fitness writer learns of a tribe of indigenous people in Mexico who run insane distances insanely fast…and often barefoot so he searches for the tribe, befriends a few key members, and learns to run with them), but it is fascinating and inspring. It made me want to run for sure – even though my measly 4 or 5 miler paled in comparison to the 100+ mile distances the protagonists were running. McDougall also chronicles the lives and races of some of the great ultra-runners of our time – and they are just as interesting and entertaining as they are fast. I’d recommend this book for just about anyone who runs, is athletic, or enjoys compelling non-fiction.

One of my roommates in Madrid, Kerren, had this book’s Spanish edition laying around and I picked it up and couldn’t put it down. This memoir follows the life of retired supermodel Waris Dirie. She was born into a nomadic tribe in Somalia where female genital mutilation is still practiced. Dirie describes her life in Somalia and her desire to break free of everything she had known. She describes her struggle, her luck and entering into the world of high-end runway modeling, and her efforts to end female gender mutilation (FGM) in countries throughout the world. This book was inspirational and fascinating, although a little bit hard to read in parts. You can learn more about Waris Dirie’s Desert Flower Foundation here.

I’d heard about this book for years and finally made the plunge and hit “purchase” on the Kindle. It was pretty repetitive, but overall funny and offered some solid advice. There were definitely moments when I thought “they’re right…girls DO do that ALL THE TIME.” Not a must-read, but not a waste of ten bucks, either.

Want some more book suggestions? Here’s what else I’ve reviewed:


Three Cups of Deceit

Secret Daughter

Critical Race Theory: An Introduction

Something Borrowed

The Undercover Economist

The Alchemist 

Question: What’s the best thing you’ve read lately??

6 Responses to “summer reading.”

  1. Kristen - Anywhere There's An Airport July 29, 2011 at 11:51 am #

    I’ve had Born to Run on my list for a while… one day… He’s just not that into you was a great movie! I assume the book is even better – as they always are 🙂 The Alchemist is one of my favorites! Right now I am reading a mindless murder mystery. So good I can’t even remember the title 🙂

    • gillian August 1, 2011 at 6:44 pm #

      I’ve heard He’s Just Not That into You is a great movie – i’ll need to watch it! You should definitely read Born to Run! 🙂

  2. leftcoastcontessa July 30, 2011 at 11:37 am #

    Oh my GOD you read Critical Race Theory?!?! I’m in the Critical Race Theory program at UCLA Law. Very cool that you’ve read that and are familiar with CRT.

    • gillian August 1, 2011 at 6:45 pm #

      That’s awesome! What’s funny is I applied to UCLA Law and the Critical Race program but unfortunately ended up getting wait-listed in May. I had a phone interview during the process with CRS’s director – it sounds like a great program!

  3. Caroline August 2, 2011 at 9:51 am #

    I’ve been needing some new books to read, thanks so much for sharing these! I’ve only seen the “He’s Just Not That Into You” movie, but I’m thinking I should read the book, considering how obsessed I am with the movie. Definitely one of my guilty pleasures. 🙂


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