Friday, May 10, 2013

Honey, Do You Need a Ride? (review and giveaway)

Honey, Do You Need a Ride? Confessions of a fat runner is a new memoir by Jennifer Graham that will make you chuckle, whether you're a runner or not.

Yes, Jennifer is a runner. A self-proclaimed fat runner (which, if you take a look at her photos, is totally not true, in my opinion). She is also a divorced mom. And one heck of a funny woman.



Her whole package works in this book. She writes in that fast, funny style that makes the book easy to read and hard to put down, simply because you're having so much fun reading. She writes about how "skinny people . . . have no idea what a gift it is to move around with your thighs rubbing together like a couple of superglued hams." And in a chapter titled, "How Nike Made Me a Terrorist" she writes:

"I might be a redneck, not only because I consider Walmart a vacation destination, but because I run with a second-generation iPod strapped to my arm. Also, I own, and sometimes use, a heart-rate monitor even though an eleven-minute miler needs a heart-rate monitor like a single mother of four needs a donkey.
"I am running white trash, a smashed Gatorade cup on the sidelines of life."
But the book is not just about her weight as it relates to running. She also writes about going through her divorce and other ups-and-downs of life and how running has been with her throughout. Graham doesn't run to lose weight -- although she repeatedly talks about how it would be nice if all those miles she's logged would result in weight loss. Instead, she runs for what running gives her: a sense of achievement.

"At its core, Pre said, running gave him a sense of achievement. Here, all these years, I've been thinking I haven't achieved anything because I haven't lost any weight, but there it is. A sense of achievement that didn't come from my children, or my writing, or my oft-admired ability to remember birthdays. A sense of achievement that comes from the simple fact that I run."

I enjoyed this book. True, I enjoy most running books, but this one had the added feature of an interesting story and Graham's light, relate-able writing style. I recommend it!

Would you like to enjoy a copy of the book?

Lucky, lucky. I have a giveaway for you! One reader will win a free copy of the book. To enter, just leave me a comment and let me know you'd like to win!

If you share this giveaway (twitter, pinterest, facebook, etc.), let me know in another comment for an extra entry.

This giveaway will run through Tuesday, May 14th and the winner will be announced on Wednesday.

Good luck!


Thanks for stopping by!


Review disclaimer: I was sent a copy of this book for review but was not otherwise compensated. The opinions expressed are entirely my own.






26 comments:

Shelley said...

As a mother runner who would love to lose a few pounds and who is going through a divorce, I would love this book!

Ria said...

This book sounds great! Would love to read a running book that had a cookie on the front!

Karen Orozco said...

I have heard of this book a couple times now, it sounds really interesting! I'm in!

laura pignataro said...

Sounds like a nice, light book. And I can definitely identify with not losing any weight while running high mileage!

J said...

Sounds like a great book, I would love to read it!

Sarah said...

I'm a librarian and would love to read this book and then donate to our library!

Melissa Running It said...

Funny, I was just telling my friend that I'm sure I'm the only one that can run back to back to back half marathons and gain weight! ;)

Melissa Running It said...

I tweeted :)

https://twitter.com/melissyk/status/332894273622126592

Melissa Running It said...

And shared on FB

https://www.facebook.com/MelissaRunningIt/posts/600730183280074

Miranda said...

I would love to read this book. I'm over half way through training for a half marathon, and need a little pick me up. Love your blog, thanks for writing!

Sherry @ Life from my persective said...

I read this book today after seeing your post! Cute book!

Ivayla Wadsworth said...

I would so want to win this book!

Ivayla Wadsworth said...

I would so want to win this book!

Unknown said...

I would be so interested in reading this (by winning it would be a huge perk!)

Flaming June said...

I read a few of her blog posts and now i really want to read the book! Very witty and insightful!

Selena said...

I'd like to win a copy of the book.

Yuri Artibise said...

"A sense of achievement that comes from the simple fact that I run." THIS is why I run, and i'd love to get to know the mind of somebody who feels the same way by reading the book!

Erica said...

I am also an 11-minute-miler who uses a heart rate monitor! Would love to read more of the book!

Luz said...

This book sounds like something I need right about now (recovering from an injury) anything that would make me laugh relating to running will be awesome lol

RunJillyBean said...

We all need laughs wherever we can get them. Thanks for offering.

RunJillyBean said...

I tweeted, @runjillybean.

Amy Glass said...

I would love to win the book!

Amy Glass said...

I also shared on twitter! https://twitter.com/MrsGlass/status/334030172418351104

runodonnell said...

I would love to win this book. And now that school is almost out, I'd actually have time to read it!

Jessica said...

This book sounds hilarious. Just what I love to read.

Running In Boise said...

Ooh what a fun book. I would like to win! running. in. boise@gmail.com

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