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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Turn Around Bright Eyes, Rob Sheffield

I enjoyed 'Love is a Mix Tape', so thought I’d read his other book. This one’s not as good, but it’s a worthy quick read, with some chapters receiving more attention than others… how he met his new wife; the enigma that is Rod Stewart; The Beatles “She Loves You”- how in different years of your life, the song changes in meaning; John & Paul losing their mother’s at an early age and how that affected them deeply… the breaking up of the band and starting new bands where they made records with their wives. No other rock stars ever made such a big deal about loving their wives; how the Beatles music will change all through your life like your personality; Bowie being the ultimate Karaoke-friendl

The Wild Truth, Carine McCandless

This book dives deeper into the relationship between Carine and Chris and their parents. It’s an appropriate epilogue to the wildly successful book (and one of my favorites) Into The Wild. Carine shares letters Chris wrote to her, the general insanity of being in a home where the façade of a loving and perfect home was just the opposite. To me, the most telling is how Carine has so much difficulty in her own love life as she’s gotten older. That alone can tell you how disjointed her and Chris’s childhood was. The sadness Carine had/has, and in the end, makes an emotional final break with her parents to severe their relationship. She went beyond what I would have done to mend ties, but forgi

Love is a Mix Tape, Rob Sheffield

“Every mix tape tells a story. Put them together, and they add up to the story of a life.” There’s a lot I miss about the nineties. It was an open, free time of possibilities, changes we thought were permanent. There is nowhere else I could imagine wanting to be beside here in this car, with this girl, on this road, listening to this song. If she breaks my heart, no matter what hell she puts me through, I can say it was worth it, just because of right now. Obscure references to the 70’s pop culture and music through the 90’s. The death of Kurt Cobain and how Rob handles it. About Cobain’s music- hear a boy trying to scare the darkness away. Wife’s sudden death – pulmonary embolism. Their r

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