Finished reading The Brave Athlete for book club. 5 stars

Still think all endurance athletes should read it. SO GOOD. Our last meeting is this weekend, so I finally finished it. Many of the comments and stories are for cycling/triathletes, but it is relatable across all endurance sports. I am a runner and definitely related to a lot of the info in the book. I’ve also caught myself falling into some mental traps presented in the book. I’m definitely more aware of my thoughts, why I’m having them, and how to work on them. I would definitely recommend this to anyone that wants to improve their mental game in relation to athletics.

Finished reading A Map of Days by Ransom Riggs 3 stars

I really wanted to like this book. I loved the first books in the series, but this one just fell flat. It felt forced. I will read the next book(s) to finish the story because I need completion. I gave it three stars because it’s not horrible. It’s still the same writing, but the storyline didn’t work for me.

Dying of Whiteness by Jonathan M. Metzl 4 Stars

Another book I don’t think those that need to read it will. The book looks at three different issues (guns, health, and education) in three states (Missouri, Tennessee, Kansas). The gun/Missouri section was interesting and detailed. There were lots of stats and interviews, but the health/Tennessee section was much shorter. I wish there had been more stories and interviews. It was mostly stats. The Kansas section also seemed much shorter than Missouri. It was still interesting, and the author had stats and stories to back it up.

White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo 4 stars

Again, one of those books that those that need to read it won’t, or they won’t get it. It was much shorter than I thought. It was easy to read and from someone highly educated in her chosen area.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by JK Rowling 5 stars

Although a screenplay, it still had the feeling of the original Harry Potter books. The characters came alive for me and I wanted to meet Newt, Jacob, Tina, Queenie and especially the niffler! I was cracking up at Newt chasing this little guy (or girl) around 1920s New York City. Now I can finally watch the movie!

What did you read in August? Let me know and the comments!

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Jenna Volden has a degree in business and has spent the last 10 plus years working for others. She believes it is time to start her own photography and writing business. She enjoys running, coffee and helping others achieve their goals. Gluten-free foods are a lifestyle, not a choice, for her due to celiac disease. She is currently based in Phoenix, Arizona.