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Posted on Tuesday, May 23rd, 2006 at 9:18 am. About Books.

More Books Read

I have fallen horribly behind on my reading – it looks unlikely that I will read 50 books before the year’s end; however, I will strive to read as much as I can between hospital shifts and training runs.

Book #5: Marathon: The Ultimate Training Guide by: Hal Higdon; pages: 256.

Book #6: Freakonomics by: Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner; pages: 242.

Book #7: Devil in the White City by: Erik Larson; pages: 447.

I had read Higdon’s Marathon two years ago while considering training for the London Marathon of 2005. I revisited the book a few weeks into training for the Portland Marathon (I’ve been blogging about my progress with this on my running blog). Much of the focus is on injury prevention, which I can appreciate.

Freakonomics is a fascinating book that demonstrates, with raw data, some startling findings, such as a correlation with the drop in violent crime and the implementation of legalized abortions following Roe v. Wade; numbers demonstrating that realtors get more money for their own homes than for those of their clients; and evidence that children may not benefit from being read to by their parents.

Devil in the White City was one of the most interesting books I’ve encountered in quite some time. The author very effectively juxtaposes the construction of the Chicago World’s Fair (Columbian Exposition) of 1893 with the violence created by H.H. Holmes, America’s first known serial killer. I’m highly recommending this one. 


  • 143/365 – 39.17% of 2006 complete
  • Books Read – 7/50 – 14.0%
  • Pages Read – 1343/15000 – 8.95%

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