Caught Reading at the Gym, February 2016

Few things can take your mind off your sore muscles for that last 10 minutes on the exercise bike or the final climb on the StairMaster like a good story! That's right, we caught you reading at the gym this month. Let's take a look at what you were reading.

Slowly cycling along on the exercise bike while—ahem—we were waiting, we saw you leisurely reading The Story of the Lost Child, the fourth and final installment in Elena Ferrante's epic series examining the lives and friendship of two women, Lila and Elena.

The Story of the Lost Child is available in other formats.

Waiting outside the classroom doors for Zumba class to begin, we spied you reading the biography of a musician who probably was not featured on the soundtrack to that class, Jewel. Never Broken tells the story of the singer-songwriter's unconventional Alaskan upbringing and the trials and tribulations that shaped her life and songs.

Never Broken is available in other formats.

In the back row where the StairMaster machines are, you were climbing so hard you dropped your book, which let us steal a glance. Fodor's Peru made us think you might be climbing so hard now in preparation for climbing the stairs at Machu Picchu later this year!

We promise we weren't trying to distract you from perfecting your lifting technique when we crept over to the weights area to sneak a peek at the book hanging out of your duffle bag. It's no surprise you were interested in the story of a heavyweight brain, Mark Watney, also known as The Martian. When the astronaut finds himself stranded and alone on Mars, he has to use every bit of physical and mental strength to stay alive in this gripping story, recently made into an award-winning movie starring Matt Damon.

The Martin is available in other formats.

In the locker room waiting for lap swim to start, we spied you wrapped up in Tail Gait, the latest mystery from Rita Mae Brown and her cat "co-author" Sneaky Pie Brown. The latest installment in the Mrs. Murphy series, Mary Minor "Harry" Haristeen and her crime-solving pets—cats Mrs. Murphy and Pewter, and dog Tee Tucker—set out to solve the murder of a beloved professor.

Tail Gait is available in other formats.

And, of course, we caught you reading magazines too: Runner's World, Rolling Stone, O and Chicago Magazine, to name a few. Find these titles and many more online in Zinio for Libraries.

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