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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Daring Greatly, Brene Brown

I skimmed through this book… just trying to get her perspective on how she writes and if anything popped out out to me. I much prefer books where people have been in the ring with blood, sweat, and tears… risked life and limb to come out the other side. One thing she hits on – when we stop caring about what people think, we lose our capacity for connection. When we become defined by what people think, we lose our willingness to be vulnerable. If we dismiss all criticism, we may lose important feedback to grow.

Escape From the Land of Snows, Stephen Talty

The story of Dalai Lama’s escape to freedom to India from Lhasa, Tibet as a teenager. I’ve read the story before, even have maps of the exact route. Stephen brought me back to when I was in Tibet… the Monasteries I visited really hit home. Imagine being ascended to the throne as a teenager leaving your adolescence behind to lead a country that was preparing for war, with no training in politics, n leadership philosophy, no close advisers he could trust implicitly. He was alone. 10 Mar 1959 – how rumor and false reports can spread like wildfire… even back then. Discussed how one soldier, who knew he was going to die by a Chinese soldier’s bullet, decided to drown himself. In Buddhism the id

From The Corner of the Oval, Beck Dorey-Stein

A great book that gives an insightful look of what working in the White House is really like, traveling with a President (Obama), and the day-to-day. She admits, and rightfully so, that her job was truly special, a one of the kind that she actually got through a job posting on Craigslist. Her honesty is refreshing. The team were professional stalkers, a congregation of believers who followed the President around the world. The goal of traveling with the President was essentially to do your job and to stay out of his way. But it also showed what a true President does… his team would be sitting backstage or in an air-conditioning room having drinks and snacks while Obama was on for 15 hours st

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