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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Maybe You Should Talk to Someone, Lori Gottlieb

Along with her own visits to a therapist to get over ‘Boyfriend’, Lori Gottlieb (herself a therapist) writes about a few of her patients she’s had in treatment. Most impactful was the story on ‘Julie’, who was dying from cancer. Lori does a great job describing how she dealt with her arising death, all the things she said she’d miss, and Julie’s attitude knowing the fact that she will die… it was inevitable. Devastating. The chapters on her makes you reflect and appreciate the little, mundane things in life. This is why I meditate… to appreciate just those things. The book reestablishes the fact that every action, every memory is a gift. It’s all deeply personal yet common… the human conditi

Woodstock: 50 Years of Peace and Music, Daniel Bukszpan

With all the press this year it being the 50th Anniversary of Woodstock, I too got nostalgic and decided to read the latest book releases this year on the event. Though not yet born in ‘69, the music of that time is what I listen to frequently and have all the Woodstock compilations that have been released throughout the years. Love the original doc too, and just watched the new PBS doc last night. This book does justice with interviews of organizers, members of the audience, and the musicians who performed on a day-by-day set list. Plenty of photos too to take you back to a time when peace was an ideology that actually meant something.

The Library Book, Susan Orlean

Though it’s main hook was regarding the fire that took place in the LA Central Public Library in 1986, and the subsequent case against Harry Peak, an actor blamed for starting the fire, it’s really about a cast of characters that inhabit libraries, those in-charge of LAPL, the history of the library itself, and Susan’s broader story of libraries and librarians. If you enjoy libraries, which I do immensely (I live one block away from mine), the book summarizes why they are needed now more than ever considering the onslaught of social media, and incomplete sentences of the digital era.

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