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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Testimony, Robbie Robertson

Pleasantly surprised with this one. Robbie is one of the better musician writers out there. He was smart with this autobiography-- he wrote about his life up to the last performance of his band, ‘The Band’ and the seminal doc “The Last Waltz.” Great stories of him with Bob Dylan, writing and touring together; the band members through the years dealing with drugs and alcohol; his meetings with other famous musicians like Hendrix and Joni Mitchell. He goes off the humble trail every now and again as he describes every recommendation and collaboration he made to other musicians as pieces of gold that they all accepted/used. But you got to give that pass to a very eloquent and original songwri

Iceman: My Fighting Life, Chuck Liddell

This was my one trash summer beach novel. The writing is bad, the story is forgettable, and you’re not going to learn anything from it. That said, I read this book because Liddell was a terrific fighter in the MMA, and I love the MMA. This book tells his life story, goes through each fight up to his loss to Jardine in Sep 2007. As the UFC grew from a small-time, outlawed sport into the greatest sport there is today, he was a factor in making this happen. The fighters are in insane shape, most are respectable classy individuals, and it brings me back to my 25 year history of martial arts. This book was written before Chuck retired, (he should have retired in the end of ’06 afte the TKO of Ort

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