I love to read. If you need recommendations, scroll through my recent reads or feel free to ask me! Iā€™d love for you to leave your favorite books in the comments. Iā€™m always looking for good books.

Teri’s bookshelf: read

On The Divinity Of Second Chances
This book was hard for me to get into but once I figured out the different characters, I really enjoyed it. There were some fun twists towards the end and some really great quotes throughout the book.

Catching Fire
this wasn’t quite as good as the first book but there was a twist that i didn’t see coming!

Running on Empty: An Ultramarathorner's Story of Love, Loss, and a Record-Setting Run Across America
This guy’s story about running across the US is crazy and also inspiring – I can’t imagine the kind of pain he can endure and the level of mental fortitude he has. While I enjoyed the stories of his run, I enjoyed more reading about his re…

The Hunger Games
It was a light, very quick read. I think it’ll be a fun series.

Must Have Been Something I Ate
The writing style was a little "trying too hard to be sassy" for me but I liked the structure of the book. It’s organized by different areas of health and provides information to help specific issues. I especially liked the sectio…

The Sweet Life in Paris: A Recipe for Living in the World's Most Delicious City
This was a funny take on Parisians’ quirks but it still made me want to live there. And eat and eat and eat there. I love how he interspersed recipes throughout the book; they all sound amazing.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
I found this fascinating because I had no idea about the HeLa cells but it started to drag on after a while…

I liked the story line but it was kind of slow at times. But I still think I’ll continue the series…

The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite
A little repetitive at times, but overall a fascinating look into the processed food and restaurant industry and why sometimes, we really just can’t help ourselves.

The Runner's Rule Book: Everything a Runner Needs to Know--And Then Some
This book is quick to read and will make you laugh out loud. A lot. Assuming you are a runner that is. And if you’re not a runner (or a if you’re a new runner), you’ll learn some good tips. And probably still laugh.

The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals
This book explores three different food sources: an industrially raised cow, a small farm (raising cows, chicken, pigs and rabbits) and a self-hunted/foraged/grown meal. Pollen doesn’t preach vegetarianism or carnivorism, but he helped me t…

Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust
This story is incredible. The book is horrifying and inspiring at the same time. A MUST read. I couldn’t put it down…literally carrying it to and from my office building, reading it as I walked. šŸ™‚

Water for Elephants
I really enjoyed this story. It had a great opening scene, moved quickly and had lots of surprises. I also like the switch between the voices of old and young Jacob. I would have given it five stars if it had left out some of the sexually-r…

The Lost Continent: Travels in Small-Town America
I thought this was hilarious. The first half was funnier than than the second half, likely because his tone and commentary was more surprising at first. But after awhile, his descriptions started to all sound the same. Overall, I liked it b…

The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America
My favorite part of the book was all the interesting things that happened during this time period and learning where a lot of things started (e.g. Shredded Wheat, Pledge of Allegiance, Ferris Wheel).

Eat Right 4 Your Type
I was very surprised and impressed when this book aligned with some of the things that I’ve figured out myself in the past few years in regards to certain foods and how they make me feel (i.e. vegetarian diet, dairy upset my stomach – both …


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    Kim @ Everstrong

    If you liked Into this Air: by John Krakauer, you would really enjoy Into the Wild, by John K, also. It is a fantastic read! ..also based on a true story. You may have already seen the movie, but the book is so.much.better. – a little bit about the book-
    In 1992 a young man from a well to do family hitchhiked into Alaska and walks alone into the wilderness, leaving behind all his possessions, burns his cash, and invents a new life for himself…

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      I’ll have to read the book – I LOVED the movie!

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    Oh gosh, your a girl after my own heart. 90 % of these books are some of my favorites. You should check out The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver. One of my favorites : )

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      I actually read that book about 7 years ago and I loved it! We do have similar taste!

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    Ally Lynn

    Great list! I saw a handful I’d like to try in the near future.

    I really enjoyed Bethenny Frankel’s Naturally Thin. It’s along the same thread as French Women Don’t Get Fat. While heavily emphasizing a non-diet approach, she presents an alternate way of thinking about food. No matter if someone’s trying to lose or maintain their weight, it’s a good read. I highly recommend it.

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      I’ve heard a lot of people recommend her book which totally surprises me – although I know nothing about her! Guess I was just judging based on the fact that she’s a celebrity! šŸ™‚ I’m adding it to my list. Thanks!

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    I’ve read (and loved) so many of these…looks like we have the same taste in books, which means I will probably LOVE the ones you suggested that I haven’t read yet. Hooray!

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    April @ Motor City Runner

    You’ve read Outlander?? That is one of my FAVORITE saries. I am flat out obsessed. I’m actually rereading the whole series. I’m on #5 (again!!) I know very few people who know what this series is so I’m glad to have “met” you šŸ™‚

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      Teri {a foodie stays fit}

      I haven’t read ALL the Outlander books. I read the first two and then kind of fizzled out! But seriously, I’m amazed that the series isn’t more popular! Jamie is so dreamy! In my mind at least. šŸ˜‰

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