Book Club

Welcome to the Taking the Long Way Home Running Book club!

I'm really excited about starting this running book club! We're going to read one book per month and comment or review it collectively on my blog or link to your blog! You don't have to be a blogger to participate. And you don't have to read the selection of the month if it doesn't interest you. Any running or fitness related book is welcome. 

Just a couple of rules:

1. If you do link to my blog, all I ask is that you link back to me via your blog or whatever social media you participate in. Sharing is caring, after all! Plus the more people that participate, the more fun and lively the discussion will be! The link up logo is below and on my facebook page.

2. Please keep your comments friendly. Honesty is welcome, but try to keep it nice. 

3. The book I choose is just a suggestion. I'll try hard to appeal to everyone, but it doesn't always work that way. Any fitness/running/nutrition related book is welcome.

4. And if you have a book you want to suggest, please let me know! I'm open to suggestions.

5. I'll post the book suggestion on my review on the 3rd Friday of each month. 

6. The link up will be open on the 3rd Friday of each month and stay open for 2 weeks. 

7. I'm going to try my best to have authors participate as well, so if you have questions for them, don't hold back! Now's your chance to get all your questions answered.

You can also join the Goodreads group that I've started. But all the discussions will take place on the blog. It's just another place to connect!

Please use the Book Club linkup photo on your review and link back to the blog or grab the code and insert into your HTML:

Instructions: Select all code above, copy it and paste it inside your blog post as HTML

And contact me if you have any questions!

Upcoming books:
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August: Here's a fun light read for the summer beach season! A CEO of a couture company is told to lose 30 pounds or lose her job. Her journey through the fitness industry sounds hilarious and totally relateable. Fitness Junkie: A Novel is being released July 11, and won't be availble to read before then. Too bad because I'm really looking forward to this one! 

July: TBD. If you have any suggestions for this month's selection, please let me know!

June: Catarina Menzes-Pike decides to train for a half marathon on a whim and finds more than just fitness. Her journey sounds like one we can all relate to! The Long Run: A Memoir of Loss and Life in Motion is being released May 23, so it isn't available to read before then. Stay tuned. 

May: If one of my sons came to me and asked me to run a marathon with them, I'd say "hell yeah". Even with only 16 weeks to train. That's what happened to Tom Foreman, only it was his 18 year old daughter and he hadn't run a marathon in 30 years. Sounds like a great premise for a book, and from all reviews, My Year of Running Dangerously: A Dad, a Daughter, and a Ridiculous Plan looks to be entertaining! 

April: Dean Karnazes is a living legend. He's an ultramarathoner who runs the world. Heck, he was at Big Sur when Kristina and I ran it in 2016. His new book The Road to Sparta: Reliving the Ancient Battle and Epic Run That Inspired the World's Greatest Footrace chronicles his journey to recreate the ancient marathon in his native Greece. This sounds like a fascinating read and I cannot wait!

March: Here's a fun, light read for runners of all levels! Your Pace or Mine?: What Running Taught Me About Life, Laughter and Coming Last, written by 100-time marathoner Lisa Jackson is a lighthearted look at the joys of running. Perfect for the mid-winter doldrums when we are all struggling with motivation, I'm really looking forward to reading this one! 

February: Frank Shorter is one of the most accomplished US marathoners of all time. His autobiography My Marathon: Reflections on a Gold Medal Life is sure to provide plenty of inspiration. This book was recommended by another blogger and I'm excited to feature it as February's selection! 

January: You probably know Matt Fitzgerald from his articles and books on running and nutrition. His newest release, The Endurance Diet: Discover the 5 Core Habits of the World’s Greatest Athletes to Look, Feel, and Perform Better shares strategies to help us all perform better on the road. I've been struggling with my endurance and I'm looking forward to learning how I can improve my diet. 

December: Cory Reese uses humor and mental toughness to persevere through the long, lonely miles of the ultramarathon. He's a fellow Tailwind Trailblazer and I feel like I've gotten to know him a little bit through my encounters in our group! He's a funny, positive person and I'm looking forward to reading his book,  Nowhere Near First: Ultramarathon Adventures From The Back Of The Pack.

November: We all know running makes us a better person, on the road and off, right? In his new book The Inner Runner: Running to a More Successful, Confident, and Creative You,  Jason Karp shows you how running can make you literally be all you can be. Jason is a well-known exercise physiologist and running expert, and I'm looking forward to reading this one and applying his lessons to my life off the road. 

October: Becky Wade is an elite marathoner who took her love for running across the globe. Her book, Run the World, chronicles her journey and all that she learned along the way. I cannot wait to read this one. 

September: Alisha Perkins is the wife of 3-time All Star Minnesota Twins closer Glen Perkins. She's also a mom. In Running Home: Big League Wife-Small Town Story, she chronicles her struggle with anxiety and her road to recovery through running. Since anxiety is the reason I started running 25 years ago, I was intrigued by her story. I'm excited to read this one and I hope you are too! She's also agreed to an interview on the blog so please forward any questions you may have for her!

August: You all know I have Boston on my wish list. Elizabeth Clor, author of Boston Bound, reached out to me to ask if I'd be interested in reading and reviewing her book. Of course, I said yes. Clor is like us, only faster. But it took her 7 years to qualify for Boston. She has a blog, Racing Stripes, and you can follow her to learn more about her journey. I'm excited to include her book in our book club and she's agreed to an author interview.

July: It's the thick of fall marathon training and so I picked something on the lighter side! Mark Remy of Runners World and Dumb Runner has a new release which sounds hilarious. Runners of North America: A Definitive Guide to the Species will have us all laughing and labeling all the runners we see at races. I'll be curious if you find one in the book that sounds like yourself!

June: Another new release, Amby Burfoot (of Runner's World) has written First Ladies of Running: 22 Inspiring Profiles of the Rebels, Rule Breakers, and Visionaries Who Changed the Sport Forever. This book highlights stories of epic pioneering women runners. Being a bit of a rule breaker myself, I'm all excited about this one. If it weren't for these ladies, we'd still be banned from marathoning. And worried about our lady bits falling out when we run! 

May: Running has been there for all of us. Through good times and bad, as fitness, as therapist--I think a lot of us will relate to Jen Miller's new release, Running: A Love StoryBeing released on March 22, I cannot wait to read this one! 

April: I've made no secret about my struggle with mental training! In fact, I devote a lot of my training time to building my mental toughness. So when renowned trainer and author Matt Fitzgerald released his new book, How Bad Do You Want It, I knew I had to add it to the book club. I've heard so many good things about this one, and I hope you all enjoy it as much as I hope to!

March: Diana Nyad, best known for her swim from Cuba to Key West, tells an inspirational life story. She was 64 when she completed this momentous feat. Find A Way isn't a story about running but it is a story about endurance and pushing beyond your limits. I cannot wait to read this one. 

February:  Not a running book but a topic very closely related, It Was Me All Along: A Memoir by Andie Mitchell, is written by a food blogger who shares her story of food addiction and body image issues. This was an Amazon best book for January 2015. There's sure to be a lot of inspiration in this one. I've had this book on my to-read list for a while, and now that race season is winding down, I think the time is right.

January: Fast Girl: A Life Spent Running From Madness by Suzy Favor Hamilton. This former Olympic champion chronicles her struggle with mental illness. She spent time in LasVegas working as an escort. I'm intrigued...

December: The Runner's Brain: How to Think Smarter to Run Better by Jeff Brown. It's no secret how I struggle mentally with my running. I've worked hard to overcome my mental blocks and anxiety. This book was recommended to me by a friend, and it's advice we can all take to the finish line. Plus who can't use a little calming advice to help cope with the holidays?

November 16: After meeting Bart Yasso at the Chicago Marathon Expo and getting him to commit to an author interview, I picked his book My Life on the Run: The Wit, Wisdom, and Insights of a Road Racing Icon for our November Book of the Month. I'm looking forward to reading this one and getting to know this personable guy a little bit better!

October 16: I switched it up a little bit, because I discovered this book and thought it was a light fun read to get all of us through the fall race season! Confessions of an Unlikely Runner: A Guide to Racing and Obstacle Courses for the Averagely Fit and Halfway Dedicated by Dana L Ayers is a hilarious account of Dana's adventures on and off the road. If you liked Run Like A Girl, you will love this one!

Click here for the author interview
Click here for the book review

September 15: On my to-read list for a while, Daughters of Distance is written by Vanessa Runs, an accomplished ultramarathoner. The book is directed to women athletes, not just ultrarunners, and the reviews are overwhelmingly positive. I'm really looking forward to this one!

August 14: This inspirational story, Marathon Journey, An Achilles Story, about a young Kenyan boy who has the opportunity to be placed with an American family, caught my eye. I haven't read it yet, but it sounds like the perfect inspiration for anyone training for a fall race!

July 15: Another light summer read, this inspirational tome by Alexandra Heminsley, Running Like a Girl: Notes on Learning to Run, is supposed to be funny, light, and inspirational! If you need a push to get out the door, I think this will be the book for you!

June 15: Just for fun and laughs, a little light reading for the summer from the Oatmeal. We'll be reading The terrible and wonderful reasons why I run long distances by Matthew Inman. Don't be put off by the graphic book format. Inman's comics are funny and I think all runners can relate to his struggles.

May 14: Mother's Day is May 10 and what better way to honor mother runners than to read the latest book by the most famous mother runners of all. We'll be reading Tales from Another Mother Runner: Triumphs, Trials, Tips, and Tricks from the Road  by Dimity McDowell and Sarah Bowen Shea. Advance reviews have been positive and I know everyone wants to read this one. 

April 13: In honor of the Boston Marathon, I've picked 4:09:43 Boston Through the Eyes of the Runners by Hal Higdon


  1. Your choice for April is a great book and one I read last year after I qualified to run Boston. Unfortunately, I gave my copy away or I would reread it for the discussion/book club! Enjoy it

    1. Feel free to comment on the review, tho! I'd love to hear your perspective!

  2. Found your page via Femme Fitale's Workout Wednesday Link Up. :) This is a great idea!! I recommend Haruki Murakami's "What I Talk About When I Talk About Running."

    1. It's on my to read list! I'm mulling over choices for June, so I'll check it out too.

    2. It's a slim volume but it has a lot of insights. I highly recommend it. :) If you don't mind, I'll create my version of a book club too for my wellness blog. :) Thanks for the great idea again!

    3. Not at all. Glad you like the idea! I'll follow along.

  3. What a great idea. Would love to join the book club!

    1. There's no formal process to participate! Just read and post your review. Of the book club book or any running/fitness related book!

  4. I love the idea of a running book club! I may have to join up some day :) Currently I'm reading mostly non-running books except for one: "You (Only Faster) by Greg McMillan. It's been a great help for my marathon training!

    Bart Yasso's book sounds great - and so do many of the others on your list.
    Amy @

    1. Feel free to jump in at any time. It's really loose and fun. And if you don't read the book of the month, you can link up any fitness or running related book!

  5. Hi Wendy - I have a goal of readin more books this year so I'll definitely try to link up if my book is related to running/fitness/etc!

    1. Yes! And if you come across any that you think I should share for the book club, let me know!