Link Love: Books, Running & the Holidays

There has been so much good stuff on the interwebs lately, and I just have to share.



If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you know I love books and reading in general. Although I’m not a great reviewer of books, one thing I’m really good at is curating To Be Read lists.

This article from Gawker provides a list of book-gift ideas for different types of people: The Best Books to Give this Holiday Season: A Bookseller’s Guide.  (And, if for some reason you feel compelled to buy me a gift this season, Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi is on my TBR list.)

NPR’s Book Concierge names NPR Books’ 250+ best books of 2014 and filters them into lists based on a reader’s subject matter interest and the length of book desired. Fantastic stuff here.



A couple interesting running-related articles I’ve read recently:

The Athletes Who Train with Soda” from the Wall Street Journal.  Hmmm…  Worth a read, definitely, but I will stick to Nuun.

What’s Up with that: Why Running Hurts Every Part of Your Body.” An interesting perspective from the eggheads at Wired. I’m going to try increasing my calcium intake before my next marathon to see if there’s any truth to the hypothetical link between side stitches and calcium deficiency.

I am woman, hear me… pace? Runner’s World’s “Women Are Better Marathon Pacers, on Average, than Men,” has good info but doesn’t really surprise me.  Not that I’ve ever run a negative split in a marathon, but still.  Read this so you can have an intelligent argument with your guy runner friends (who might troll the Let’s Run boards) about how female runners are badasses.

Holiday Season

christmas baby

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Isn’t it? Guys? Did I lose you with the distracting weird baby Christmas ornament? (Sorry for the strange stock photo–I just had to share.)

I love this post from How About Orange about how to make a gift bow from an old magazine. Seriously, guys. This is a good one. I’m going to have my son make these the next time he complains about being bored.

I also like this idea from Design Sponge about DIY copper menorahs. Clever and pretty.

This post about how to make your house look cleaner than it actually is comes from the geniuses at Apartment Therapy. I am not a good housekeeper and, as a result, shy away a bit from entertaining. These quick tips are great for fellow slobs like me who want to entertain over the holidays.

And finally, for something a little darker (but really eff-ing hilarious), read “The 2014 Hater’s Guide to the Williams-Sonoma Catalog.” It’s been making the rounds on Facebook, and for good reason. I’m totally jonesing for that mushroom log and cloche, you guys.  (I kid.)

What’s the most interesting thing you’ve recently read on the internet? The most helpful tip you’ve found? 

8 thoughts on “Link Love: Books, Running & the Holidays

  1. Okay, this picture of you running should seriously be my screen wallpaper…you are hilarious. I’m sure this comes as NO surprise to you, but I also looooove these annual book lists; I’m really getting no work done lately because I keep seeing new ones and I can’t resist looking them up; and now, there’s you. HA! I love the Apartment Therapy folks, and these tips are SO true. Finally, thank you so much for sharing the 2014 Hater’s Guide to the Williams-Sonoma Catalog; this may be the best thing I’ve seen all year and I will be sharing it with as many people as possible. You are brilliant.

    • Ha! My best friend took that of me at a half-marathon last year when it was nearly Mile 13. I was hamming it up so aggressively that I accidentally ripped one of my earbuds out of my ear. Doh! I’m such a dork. 🙂

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