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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The Traveling Feast, Rick Bass

I’ve read many of his works before so I thought I’d know what to expect with this. He threw me a curveball. His openness about his divorce after so many years of marriage, of feeling alone, the inner search…. it was deep and heartfelt, honest. Traveling around the world and cooking meals for authors he admired as a way to say thank you and provide something solid for the students he mentors was a grand idea. Wish I’d thought of it.

Alone On The Ice, David Roberts

David’s been a climber for a long time. I’ve probably read 80% of his books. If I could only write and climb like he does… oh the places I would go. This story on Douglas Mawson, leader of a Austrailian Antarctica expedition in the early 1900s was fucking inspirational. I’d heard and read about Mawson before, but never in this much detail. That man was a true explorer, a bad ass, who ignored pain on so many different levels I couldn’t imagine. Was pumped up after reading it. Made me long to go out there, put myself in an unexplored region, and embrace the suck.

Chesapeake Requiem, Earl Swift

This guy can write. His book is about Tangier Island, VA, -- a small community with a long history, that is disappearing into the Chesapeake due to global warming. Mapped by John Smith in 1608, this community is a religious one, home to crab and oyster boats. Earl is thorough in his reporting (he lived on the island for a year) and makes you feel as if you’re there with him as he tells the story of the island’s past, present, and questionable future. This story forces you to confront how to respond to the plight of a people who don’t believe in climate change, and significant populations in much larger and more complex issues that continue to face this country. If this small town cannot be s

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