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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All These Wonders, Edited by C. Burns

Terrific short stories from storytellers. Eye-opening and profound. A book you read and grow from as a person… these are my favorite types of books. Hector Black on forgiveness of his daughter’s murderer; Amy Blancolli on the suicide of her husband and the aftermath re: their wedding rings; Jessi Klein’s experiences as a writer on SNL.. “SNL taught me you can’t be afraid to put something out into the world that’s yours, something’s that totally different and that you believe in.” Amen.; Hasan Minhaj’s heartbreaking story of his prom night and the lesson of being brave in life; Peter Pringle’s story of being wrongly convicted and on death row. He got out…. and out in nature…”Oblivious of the

Ego is the Enemy, Ryan Holiday

This book covers a topic we should all practice - humility. Most of what I read I’d already either experienced first-hand from others, try to practice myself, or teach to corporations. Genghis Khan topic was interesting – always a student in ruling and war, his love for ideas and convergence of cultures… all contributing to success for him and his country. The topic of money: if you don’t know how much you need, the default easily becomes: more. And so w/o thinking, critical energy is diverted from a person’s calling and toward filling a bank account. To experience what the Stoics would call sympatheia – a connectedness with the cosmos….the “ocean feeling”. A sense of belonging to something

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