3 Awesome Books

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Are you having a good day?  I sure hope so.  It’s an easy, run-of-the-mill kind of day over here – and I am absolutely not complaining!  Peaceful days are good days.  <3 


I actually made it to the gym for a legit workout.  Wahoo!  I have been taking it reeeeeeally easy (think: sitting on the bike at the gym for thirty minutes and pedaling so slowly that I don’t even crack a sweat).  But today was different – I actually put in maximum effort.  I elliptical-ed it out for 30 minutes and then rode the bike for another 10.  And I was dripping sweat by the end. 




Our afternoon errand is going to involve the grocery store.  I don’t know what happened this week – I feel like we spent so much money at the store on Sunday and the fridge is already tapped out. 


Scraping the bottom of the barrel with arugula, corn, and crockpot lentils with salad dressing.   Henry was not impressed with his bowl.


Okay – book time!


I’ve had a stash of books on my desk for a while – they were all sent to me to do blog reviews and I wanted to have a chance to thumb through them and try some recipes before posting about them.  Conclusion – I LOVE THEM ALL!


My buddy Tina from CarrotsnCake.com wrote this AWESOME book of smoothie and juice recipes – The Part Time Vegetarian (PTV) Smoothies and Juices.  I tend to repeat the same smoothie recipe over and over but this book inspired me to try some new combinations.  There are over 140 recipes,  all of which are wonderfully photographed.  If you love smoothies and juices, I promise you’ll like Tina’s book!


Speaking of vegan/vegetarian-friendly books, I’ve also been devouring Gena Hamshaw’s Choosing Raw: Making Raw Foods Part of the Way You Eat.  Even if you’re not a committed raw foodie, I think there’s so much to love about this book – ‘cooking’ tips, over 100 recipes, meal plans, and loads of advice and inspiration for finding new and delicious ways to eat.


Again – awesome photography.  And a raw dessert section – WINNING!


And last, but not least, I was super pumped to check out The Bicycling’s new Big Book of Cycling for Beginners.  Of all the triathlon sports, I continue to be the most confounded by bicycling in general – it’s a hard sport to enter into (cost and skill level) and bicycles can be pretty complex machines.  Even though I’ve spent a lot of time on a bike, I learned SO MUCH with this book.


The best part was the chapter on bicycle maintenance.  I know almost nothing about bike maintenance (my version of doing maintenance is taking my bike to the store…) and would really love to know how to clean my own chains, etc.  When I start riding again (NEXT SUMMER WAHOOOOOOOOOOOOO), I will definitely be referring back to this book.


What have you been reading lately?  Obviously, I’ve been more into cookbooks and how-to guides recently and less into fiction, but I’d love to pick up a good page-turner… Any recommendations?



  • Fiona @ Get Fit Fiona August 22, 2014, 6:10 pm

    I’m currently reading Body of Work. It’s been pretty interesting so far.

  • Andrea B. August 22, 2014, 6:38 pm

    I’ve been reading a lot of books that are being made into movies recently. So, if you haven’t read The Maze Runner, The Giver, The Book Thief, If I Stay and The Fault in Our Stars, then you should. I just read The Hiding Place and Sarah’s Key and loved them as well. Oh, and the Rent Collector is amazing!

  • Liz August 22, 2014, 7:19 pm

    Brain on Fire, The Goldfinch, Elizabeth Smart’s book, The Fault in our Stars…all so good

  • Lauren @ La Dolce Pita August 22, 2014, 7:25 pm

    If you haven’t read it yet and are up for a little bit of a time investment, definitely read The Goldfinch – one of the best books I’ve read in a loooong time! I’m currently reading Little Bee by Chris Cleave and it’s pretty good, a quick read (although I haven’t finished it yet so can’t give a definitive thumbs up or down!).

  • Katie August 22, 2014, 8:46 pm

    I just got finished reading the Goldfinch and thought it was really good.

    I also just finished Mindy Kaling’s book Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? Funny and quick — perfect for summer!

    I’m reading The Paris Wife now. It’s good but I wouldn’t say GREAT.

    Happy Friday!!

  • Katie @ Talk Less, Say More August 23, 2014, 7:28 am

    AWESOME! I’m super intrigued by Tina & Gena’s books! I love cookbooks, I’m just so bad about actually remembering to pull them out and try a recipe or two from inside…womp womp. 😉

    I’ve been reading the 4 Hour Workweek which I’m not very far into but it’s already been kind of interesting…

  • Caroline August 23, 2014, 1:14 pm

    I am about to go away so will be packing some new books for then. These all sound like books I might check out at some point!

  • Kendra S. August 24, 2014, 9:51 am

    I really need to read that cycling book! I started biking recently. Just family rides on easy trails so far. I really enjoy it but after a while my hands start to go numb and my butt… Oh man, my hiney starts aching after a while. Is my body just getting used to something new or are these things I’ll have to combat for a while? I jokingly told my husband I need to find a store that sells the “Latina bike seat” for those of us with a bit more junk in the trunk! 😉

  • Gena August 24, 2014, 11:48 am

    Such a treat to be on this list of titles. Thanks for the shout out, Caitlin, and happy weekend!

  • Bobbie August 25, 2014, 4:22 pm

    I can’t wait to check out Tina’s book. As for fiction, I am reading Elizabeth Gilbert’s newest, The Signature of All Things. So far so good. In case you’re not familiar with her she is the author of Eat, Pray, Love. I LOVE her writing.

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