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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Writing My Wrongs, Shaka Senghor

A story of committing a crime, doing time, and spending years in solitude. A life chosen in the gang-infested neighborhoods of Detroit. The author was fearless, didn’t care, and would destroy anything in his path, including himself. A mother who didn’t care about his well-being, his safety…so he turned to the streets. His time in prison was rightfully deserved, but as the years piled on he made the decision to do something about it – reading books on spirituality, faith, meditation – activities to keep himself strong and resolute. And writing… which helped him realize deep emotional issues he’s never before addressed – biggest being the hurt from his relationship with his mother, the physica

The Sun Does Shine, Anthony Ray Hinton

Now this is the definition of a human being. If only everyone had his attitude, strength, and compassion. Wrongly accused of a murder he was placed on death row for over 30 years. Ray teaches us about human dignity, about human worth and value. His story helps us understand what it means to survive, to overcome, and to forgive. Ray was sustained during his long years on Alabama’s death row by the love of his mother and a childhood friend who never failed to visit him over the course of those 30 years. On death row everyone cried at night. One person would stop and another would start. There was no real laughter on death row. Those that could sleep yelled out in their dreams. “I was born wi

Lifespan, David Sinclair

Some people are just brilliant in the classroom.. and surround themselves with brilliant people. This guy is one of them. He knows well, at our end of life: After we draw our last breath, our cells will scream for oxygen, toxins will accumulate, chemical energy released, cellular structures will disintegrate. A few minutes later, all our education, wisdom, and memories that we cherished, and all of our future potential, will be irreversibly erased. Explains why he has come to see aging as a disease, one that not only can be but should be aggressively treated. He introduces steps on how to do this, right now and new therapies in development. Goes in to length on how our DNA is constantly unde

So That Happened, Jon Cryer

I mainly… no scratch that… I picked this book up because I wanted to read about what Jon had to say bout his time working on Pretty in Pink and his relationship with Charlie Sheen on their TV show Two and a Half Men. I’m a huge fan of the genius John Hughes, so anything on that guy I like to read about. Jon seems like the kind of guy you may or may not want to hang out with, but is affable, dependable, and would ride shotgun. He discussed how he and Molly Ringwald just didn’t have flow. Trying to befriend Andrew McCarthy was so tough that he adopted a low-boil dislike toward him. Jon did improvise on PIP such as when he stated, “His name is Blane? That’s not a name; it’s a major appliance”

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