Running... Again?

  If you know me you know there was a time about 10 years ago or so where I was running. A lot. At least 5 days a week and at least 5 miles a run. I wasn’t training, I wasn’t preparing for a race or a marathon. I just found myself enjoying the time spent running. I wasn’t obsessed with numbers, but I kept track of them all and liked seeing improvements in time and distances. It was good physical health and mental health. Then I tweaked my knee. Not bad enough that I couldn’t walk on it, just a tweak that told me I needed to back off of running for a little bit. So I decided on 2 weeks. At the end of 2 weeks I aborted a run very early as the pain was still there. 2 weeks became 3, became a month, became 5 years. 

The Time Keeper Review

The Time Keeper
by Mitch Albom
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom. I can't remember how I came across the book, to be honest. I might have seen it profiled on some book site earlier in the year and picked it up as an If I Have Nothing Else To Read book. I picked it to read because I was looking for something quick and to wipe my palate of The Hobbit that I had just finished. Again. And at roughly 200 pages, according to my Nook, it seemed to fit the bill. And boy did it.

There's a certain quality to the way the book was written that made it really easy to jump into this novel about Father Time. With three main characters and separate (at first) stories, I was worried this was going to be Cloud Atlas all over again. But we can easily see how the three stories come together, and though there were no big surprises throughout the book, the book was satisfying at the finish.

The book looks into the concept of Time; from the earliest attempts of breaking the day down into measurable units to how time runs our lives today. It's characters have different amounts of time left, have different ideas on how to spend the rest of their time.

It's a very different read, for me, and reads a lot like a Paulo Coelho book, or at least how I remember them. It's been a while since I've read him. If you're looking for a quick read I highly recommend this. One of my favorite reads of 2012.

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