Heartless: A Heart Once Stolen Can Never be Given Back

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This morning, I completed 13.1 miles and submitted my finish time in fulfillment of the requirements for the virtual Christmas in July Half Marathon.  My race shirt and my flashing Christmas tree finishers’ medal should arrive within a few weeks.

I started early this morning so I could return home in time to watch the Wimbledon Men’s Championship match (go, Roger!).  There was a chill in the pre-dawn air, the sky was blue, and a slight breeze was coming out of the north.  This morning’s listening selection was Heartless by Marissa Meyer.  Less creative and captivating than The Lunar Chronicles, Meyer’s take on four traditional fairy tales, I am barely enjoying Heartless.  I’ve read reviews that say the ending “left a bad taste,” Ten more chapters to go — I will let you know how it turns out.

Back to races and challenges and other tales of self-shellacking.  In a surprising turn of events I went to visit a chiropractor to ease an acute numbness in my left hand, but the 18584855treatment has done much more than help my hand.  Dr. Troy has turned out to be a godsend — physically and mentally.  He “gets” the reason behind the miles I put in and the weight training.  Best of all — he has a plan to help me improve my performance.

What’s next on the race schedule?  My first, and probably last, ultramarathon with two more marathons on the schedule in the fall.  2018 will start with my one and done Dopey Challenge at Walt Disney World.

What’s next on the reading list to get me through the miles?  Apollo 8 by Jeffrey Kluger and Once and For All by Sarah Dessen.

32 of 51 books completed in my Goodreads Challenge for 2017
49.5 of 6,800 miles completed on the American Discovery Trail
83 of 100 lifetime half marathons completed

 

 

A Little Romance with Nicola Yoon

Last year, I read a debut young adult novel by American author Nicola Yoon.  I selected to read Everything, Everything because it was a New York Times Best Seller, it appeared on the YALSA 2016 Best Fiction for Young Adults list, and it had an attractive 18692431dust jacket.  Isn’t that how everyone selects books to read?

Seventeen-year-old Madeline suffers from severe combined immunodeficiency and is confined to the sterile environment of her home.  When a new family moves into the house next door, Madeline befriends the son and the two begin communicating online.  Both teens have complicated family relationships.  As circumstances draw Madeline and Olly closer, both teens take chances that lead to surprising revelations.

Everything, Everything was the best of the best I read in 2016.  It had romance, it had intrigue, and it was loaded with teen rebellion.  Well done, Nicole Yoon.

28763485Onward to 2017 and Yoon’s second young adult novel, The Sun is Also A Star.  Natasha believes in science and facts, not love at first sight.  Enter Daniel, the good son and dreamer who believes that everything happens for one reason only—fate.

The novel takes place over the course of one day in New York City, with two teens that have nothing in common, share the hushed details of their lives and fall in love.

In a story told in alternating points of view, The Sun is Also a Star transported me to a “what if” time in my teen years.  A time when passion defied reason and illogical love felt nothing less than logical.