This summer I really enjoyed Born to Run. This book was non fiction, the true story of a journalist who travels to mexico to find a legendary tribe of runners. They are called the Tarahumara. These people have lived in peace up in the the Copper Canyons for centuries, and still remain the best ultra runners ever. The average tribesmen could run 100 miles in a day easily. The journalist sets out to pit the Tarahumara against Olympic runners in an extreme ultra marathon. In this witty told adventure he finds himself with Cablo Blanco, a mexican man associated with them, who leads him on to discover more about the secret techniques and why they enjoy running so much. A couple of young marathoners join in also, and are ready for a challenge. The competition is amazing! I thought it was captivating to see the attitude of the runners, which to my surprise was carefree despite the odds, and i really enjoyed the authors findings about exercise and running as a whole. Much of what the majority would say turns out is wrong. I liked the minority perspective and discussion of ultra marathons in this book, and also reading about the ways of the Tarahumara and their love for running.
The curious Incident of The Dog in the Nighttime. Wow, I thought, what a strange title. The book also turned out very interesting. A number of events occur in the story, beginning with the murder of Christopher’s neighbor’s dog, Wellington. The main character Christopher obsesses over the mystery and decides to write a novel on it. He is afflicted with a form of autism, but is blessed with a photographic memory, making him the perfect detective to find out about the dog. In the process, he discovers lots about his past and his identity, much of which was hidden from Christopher by his parents. The chapters were a bit confusing at first, alternating back and forth from what he is thinking and discovering, and what is happening in the present. He discovers neighborhood tensions, including his parents broken relationship, and why he was told that his mother died. Unable to resist the lies, he runs away to find his mother, and find the source of the letters from his mom that his dad had been hiding from him. This book was deeply psychological; I liked it because it was fast paced and it made me think.
Pendragon was an awesome read also. It was a very futuristic novel, mainly about Bobby Pendragon’s quest. This was the first out of the Pendragon series. Uncle Press, Bobby’s uncle, breaks the news to him that he is a Traveler. Pendragon can go to other worlds. They go together through a wormhole, or porthole, to Denduron. In this world, Bobby is called to save the people and citizens. The antagonist, Saint Dane is intentionally causing unrest and abusive slavery, to topple the state of things in Denduron. Pendragons job is to stop him before it’s too late. Although he’s a bit of a rookie as a traveler , they succeed in the end by chasing Dane away. He is removed from the picture. Believe it or not though, I was left with a couple questions. Where is Bobby’s real family? In the end the reader discovers that the family he had and their files all vanished and that Uncle Press is really just a mentor. The sequel will reveal this possibly, I’m looking forward to it. The creations in this book are amazing. The animals, suits, and characters are highly captivating. Bobby and Uncle Press are also very appealing, seeing as they work together and plot out plans. I’d recommend this to young people or action lovers.
I know that each of these books are different from one another, but I chose them for a reason. I want to be well rounded, even as a reader. I don’t enjoy the same genre over and over, which is why I usually don’t read a whole series. The books that we read, usually influence us and how we act. I want to be able to run forever, so Born to Run, a book about ultra running, is great for me. The more exposure to fitness I get, the more confidence and motivation comes to me. Psychology is also who I am. It’s a part of all of us. How we think about others, what we assume they’re thinking, and how we want them to think about us is all related. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime caused me to look at how other people think especially autistic kids. Books like this give me new perspective but fiction like Pendragon, honestly, was simply for entertainment. That book, satisfied the adventure part of me. Sometimes I just want to explore, discover new things. I can’t image how Pendragon felt, because I would indulge in an adventure like that if I could. That’s just a bit about how books relate to who I am, as a person, student, and reader.