READING

 

I’ve always been an avid reader… especially when I began going on long expeditions and needed to keep preoccupied during storm days, rest days, loss of sanity days. One of my favorite things to do, still, is going to the library and check out a book. It’s like Christmas morning, especially if I’m fortunate to be the first to read a brand-new book they’ve just acquired.

 

The reason I’ve decided to start posting books I read is a selfish one.  If this gets one person to put down their smartphone, turn off their laptop or TV, and sit for an undisturbed period of time to enjoy a good book, then it’s worth it. The benefits are abundant.

 

Most books I read have been suggested to me by other readers, admirers, or in magazine reviews. Not every book I read I like… though a majority of those won’t be posted because I just can’t finish them… too boring and won't hold my attention.

 

Get outside, sit under a tree or pop in a tent, and read.

Skål,
Sean

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Tribe, Sebastian Jung

If I was only an author, this is a guy I’d emulate. He seeks adventure, but most importantly, compelling stories. Here he writes how the tribal connections we all once had are now disappearing. Also, the tribes of the military… and why a soldier has no problem laying down his life for another brother. He explores and details what can we learn from these tribes, and does it well. I get it Jung, I understand it, and I too long for it.

Fantasyland, Kurt Andersen

How did America go haywire within its 500-year history? Kurt navigates the history of America, and how “fake news” today is nothing new, it’s been going on throughout the history of our country. He covers it all - religion, politics, media, etc. He debunks Dr. Oz as a modern-day witch doctor – dispenser of make-believe potions and supplements; the joke that is ‘The Secret’; once you ‘believe’ something you can always find new evidence to support your beliefs; apocalypses, fantasists; how we now seem to create our own reality not based on facts; gullibility of people – example… increase in UFO sightings after Close Encounters of the Third Kind movie; when the GOP went off the deep end both w

Wild By Nature, Sarah Marquis

I was put off almost immediately - in the first few pages she describes Mongolia is an unsafe country where “my safety would be threatened just about every day.” She is critical of a country I have been fortunate to go to, where I found most to be warm and generous. She discusses moving tent several times during a night due to the winds. Myself - you find the right spot safe from winds and commit, otherwise you’ll never get much needed sleep. She also mentioned Mongolians dista in for foreigners. Again, something I did not find to be true. She mentioned on her travels that local men and women did not like her… oh, I wonder why? She came across as arrogant and not abiding to the customs of

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