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I apologize, I failed to post the book of the month for March, so this will be a dual post about the book I read in March and the one I’m about to read for April.

For March’s book of the month I read “My Abaondonement” by Peter Rock. Initially I was drawn to this book because it’s of the local significance – this novel is based on a true story about a father and daughter that chose to live a transient lifestyle in Forest Park,which is located in Portland, Oregon.  It was quite a sensational story when they were discovered and I was very curious to read this book since it was based on these events. The story is mostly told from Caroline’s point of view, a teenager, who is living in the margins of society with her father.  It becomes evident from the onset of the story that she is very innocent and naive, in a way that you might think she was younger, but  her point of view lends a simplicity and honesty to the story that I found touching and raw.  This book is a quick read but it really leaves a lasting impression. I wanted more once I had finished, and found that I was thinking about it quite a bit.   I’m not sure if this is because of my familiarity with the true story it’s based on or because it’s a unique story told well.

Now on to my book choice for April, “After Dark” by Haruki Murakami.  I thought I would stray away from my norm and choose some postmodern literature.  This book has been on many a bestseller list and I’ve wanted to a read this author for quite some time. His stories have been said to have  “magical and dreamlike qualities” which sounds intriguing to me. Who doesn’t like magical dreamy stories – right?  The book is about the interweaving of the characters and their stories as events unfold during the  nighttime hours in Tokyo. I’ll be honest, so far I’m having a bit of hard time getting into the story, maybe it’s because I’m unfamiliar with his writing style or that it seems quite ordinary from the onset.  I’m hoping I didn’t choose the wrong book from this author as a first read, since so many of his books are critically acclaimed.  However, once I start a book I can’t not finish it, so I’m hoping it will get more “dream like” as I read on.

I sometimes find that I feel overwhelmed with choices when looking for a new book to  read and often go on recommendations from others. How do you choose new books to read? Possibly you have a good recommendation for May’s book?

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Right now I’m reading “Born to Run” by Christoper McDougall. Many of my friends have recommend this book, and I decided that now was the prefect time to read it since I’m working on getting re-motivated to workout and start running again, after getting injured multiple times, and it’s working!  This book is very inspiring, a little bit science and personal experience,  it really makes me want to give running another chance. The author has created a compelling argument that what we know about running techniques may be wrong, especially when you look at Tarahumara Indians of Mexico’s Copper Canyons who run hundreds of miles in difficult terrains with little or no injuries.

I realized I forgot to post my book of the month for February and since there is only one day left of the month I figured I should get on it! I won’t actually finish this book until mid-March  – a little slow going because February was a really busy month.

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In honor of my recent resolutions for 2011, one of which was to read at least a book a month, I’m reading Patti Smith’s “Just Kids”.   It’s a memoir about her and Robert Mapplethorpe coming into their own as artists together during the late sixties and seventies in New York and the world around them at that time.

 So far I’m really loving this book – I can’t put it down, thinking about it while I’m at work, wishing I had it with me to read on the sly loving it.  Patti Smith also has a way with words that really seduces you and sucks you in.

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