Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Book Lust/List for 2013

Last year, I made this post, largely for my own use at times of bookbuying and it helped me minimize my excursions at bookshops. Due to a combination of self-restraint, lack of availability of the books and tight finances, I didn't manage to clear that list out. So I have updated it for this year. Lets see how this year goes.

Books I want to own 
The Runner's body by Ross Tucker and Jonathan Dugas 
Best Efforts - Kenny Moore
Running and Being - George Sheehan
Train Hard Win Easy by Toby Tanser
The Meaning of Tingo by Adam Jacot de Boinot
The Wonder of Whiffling by Adam Jacot de Boinot
The Age of Insight by Eric Kandel
The Professor & Other Writings by Terry Castle
My 26.2-Mile Journey from Unknown Grad Student to the Top of the Running World by Bill Rodgers (Author), Matthew Shepatin (Author)
Command and Control by Eric Schlosser
The Undercover Economist Strikes back by Tim Harford

Running in literature - Roger Robinson
Which Comes First, Cardio or Weights?: Fitness Myths...by Alex Hutchinson
Two Girls, One On Each Knee: The Puzzling, Playful World of the Crossword  Alan Connor
Taj Mahal Foxtrot (the story of Bombay's Jazz Age) by Naresh Fernandes
Hansons Marathon Method by Luke Humphrey with Keith & Kevin Hanson
R.D. Burman: The Man, The Music 1st Edition by Anirudha Bhattacharjee, Balaji Vittal
Pilgrim's India: An Anthology Edited By Arundhathi Subramaniam
The Man of Numbers by Keith Devlin 
In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto by Michael Pollan 
CV Raman, a biography by Uma P
The Information by James Gleick

Books I am happy to read (maybe I will buy them if I like them as much!)
14 minutes by Alberto Salazar (with John Brant)
Radioactive (a graphic novel about Marie Curie)
Hark! a vagrant by Kate Beaton
National Geographic’s Wheels of Change: How Women Rode the Bicycle to Freedom
Masters of Mystery: The Strange Friendship of Arthur Conan Doyle and Harry Houdini
The Night life of Trees
I am feeling lucky by Doug Edwards
Calories and corsets: a history of dieting by Louise foxcroft
Guy De Lisle's Shenzen
Guy De Lisle's Jerusalem* 
Fun Home by Alison Bechdel
Self made olympian - Ron Daws
Marathon - Clarence de MarCorbitt - John Chodes
Thirty phone booths from boston - Don Kardong
The Fast Men - Tom McNab 
The Olympian - Brian Glanville
Anything for a t-shirt  - Ron Rubin
The runner's guide to the meaning of life - Amby Burfoot
First marathons - Gail Kislevitz
Running on Empty - Marshall Ulrich
The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan
Pretty Girl in Crimson Rose (8): A Memoir of Love, Exile, and Crosswords by Sandy Balfour
The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance by
David Epstein
Soccernomics by Simon Kuiper & Stefan Szymanski

Posted for the 1st time on 26th Feb 2013
Last updated on 2nd Jan 2014

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Books from Blossom

Thanks to a coupon won at the KQA History Quiz last week as well as another coupon given away by a generous team-mate, bought the following

The Emperor by Ryszard Kapuscinski
The City and the City by Chine Mieville
Always Unreliable by Clive James
Moonwalking with Einstein by Joshua Foer

Mostly since I had some change left after the above, also ended up buying my 1st comic in years, Kadambari by Amar Chitra Katha (based on Banabhatta's classic)

This buy also wiped out 2 more from my book lust/list for 2012. I shall post an updated list soon


Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Is running a marathon really that impressive these days?

My post on the Running Blog of the Guardian got published today. Give it a read and let me know what you think


Bounce by Matthew Syed

Got the book as a gift from one of the people I coached in the last season. Simultaneous Ego-massage + gratitude


Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Books from the Landmark sale

For once I can say  that the books on sale are good deals esp the nonfiction selection

Since my budget was limited by my credit card points I bought the following

Instant City by Steve Inskeep
Mountains of the Mind by Robert MacFarlane
Grand Pursuit by Sylvia Nasar


Saturday, February 02, 2013

Runalyze This - Episode 4

Have you heard the latest episode of Runalyze This?

Click here for the iTunes page.

Do let me know your comments.


The St. Joseph's Literature Festival ushered some welcome happiness into this weekend, thanks to a nice and easy books quiz.
Due to my star team-mate we managed to come 2nd and win coupons to Blossoms Book Store. And that led to the following babies coming to their papa

Hitch-22 by Christopher Hitchens
Maskerade by Terry Pratchett
Speak, Memory by Vladimir Nabokov

Utter coolness. Thanks to Arul Mani for yet another lovely quiz.

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