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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Acid for the Children, Flea

I was expecting a memoir of Flea’s life up to today… most curiously, what his life was like in the Red hot Chili Peppers. But, I didn’t get that… the book covers up till RHCP was formed. Another surprise was how well this guy can write and how well read he is. Books parented him, gave him a sense of what it was to be a descent person, without any of the usual hypocritical rhetoric. As books do, they fired up his imagination and opened him up as a person. How he had to learn faith, honesty, and forthrightness to survive an eclectic childhood and teenage years. How books saved him from being a junkie, crucial to his sense of self was the sanity, moral guidance, and intellectual stimulation fro

Little Weirds, Jenny Slate

Little weirds is right! This book must have been written in stream of consciousness, just in paragraph form, trying desperately to organize incoherent thoughts. My first impression was of poetry… the kind of poetry that makes completely no sense. She must have been high when she wrote this, because it’s as if she opend her skull and words just dribbled out on to the laptop keys. She covers every thought, feeling, growing up, work, pain, beauty of life… but the way it’s presented, was not fond of. Perhaps if I did drugs I’d get it… but I don’t.

Calypso, David Sedaris

I’m not much into nonfiction works that’s major theme is humor, but thought what the hell… I laughed my butt off in sections. First book I’ve read from author Sedaris, and his stories are a wild ride into dark humor. His emotional observations about mortality and middle age are funny for those of us in that category, where the body no longer performs the way it used to. His chapters, ‘A Number of Reasons I’ve Been Depressed Lately’, and ‘Why Aren’t You Laughing’, our classics. His observations: “Whenever I see a young woman boarding a plane in her pajamas, or a guy in a t-shirt that reads “Your Hole is my Goal”, I always wonder what their Mom would think.” Exactamundo David.

There, There. Tommy Orange

Been hearing a lot about this novel so when it finally became available in the library, I jumped on it. Each chapter is a character study of life as an urban Native American Indian. Eye opening and profound. It’s heartbreaking to think how our past ancestors treated a culture, and even today, how in this multifaceted and upsetting history, American Indians are still paying the price for lands being taken by settlers and the US government. It dives deep into each character, there are twelve in all, through their trials and tribulations, as they all head from different parts of the country to the Oakland Powwow. His voice is something I haven’t read before, and for a debut novel, I am anxious

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