Submitted by bookshelf on Wed, 01/09/2013 - 2:50pm
Looking for a way to make your resolutions stick this year? Try reading your way through your resolutions; the opinion of experts just might give you the incentive you need to accomplish your goals. We've got a few recommendations to get you started, especially if you're hoping to be more fit and active in 2013.
- The First 20 Minutes by Gretchen Reynolds; Reynolds, a writer for the New York Times, focuses on the science and psychology behind how and why we exercise, then tells us how to do it better.
- Wild by Cheryl Strayed; You won't find Strayed's memoir in the health & fitness section, but her solo hike of the Pacific Crest Trail will inspire you to take an adventure of your own.
- What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami; Creatives will appreciate Murakami's powerful and thought-provoking look at how his two passions -- writing and running -- intersect.
- Born to Run by Christopher McDougall; No more excuses. McDougall begins his in-depth look at the sport of running by asking, "Why does my foot hurt?" Born to Run then explores his answers and proves: Anyone can be a runner.
Submitted by bookshelf on Wed, 12/12/2012 - 11:26am
When I was a little girl, my dad would read aloud The Night Before Christmas every Christmas Eve while my brother and I sat in rapt attention. We would snuggle together on the couch, listening to our father's lyrical voice quote the poem we probably now know better than any other. We'd ooh and ahh over our book's illustrations, then giggle at Santa's "little round belly that shook when he laughed, like a bowl of jelly."
Now, my brother and I are adults, but I still make my dad read us The Night Before Christmas every Christmas Eve. My brother rolls his eyes, but I know he loves it too. It's a tradition, and traditions, if done often enough, can become sacred. One day, when I have kids of my own, I hope I'll get to share this tradition, this precious holiday classic, with them.
Maybe you're hoping to start your own holiday tradition this season. If so, we'd like to recommend our favorite holiday classics, books you can read aloud to your children as you sit, cuddled on the couch, celebrating the magic of the season.