Posts Tagged ‘reading’

What I’ve Been Reading Lately

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

I’ve been trying to read more lately, and I think I’ve been doing a fairly good job. And since I’ve been a bit lax about posting actual articles here, in their absence I’ll share what I’ve been reading.

For a while there I was reading some more serious books, some non-fiction and some travel/adventure books, but I decided I needed a break, and have read a few novels since then.

The non-fiction books of note that I read were Eating Animals, What Should I Do With My Life, Rich Dad Poor Dad, Dark Star Safari, and Into Thin Air.

Eating Animals by Jonathon Safran Foer is a fairly quick read, but there are parts that may be hard to swallow (no pun intended) depending on your stance on eating meat. That said, I would recommend it either way. If nothing else it is a good reminder about where your food comes from, and [...]

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What I’ve learned about running by reading about running

Friday, August 14th, 2009

There are a few things that I’ve recently learned about running that have me excited. I’ve always been a casual jogger, but have never been all that thrilled about it. Really it has been more of an activity to stay active than something that really intrested me. But after reading the book Born to Run, I have a renewed interest in it. I have been taking tips and drawing inspiration from where ever I can, including the book, a DVD called Chi Running, and some of the Superatheletes that were written about in the book Born to Run.

And so far, I’m happy to report that it seems to be working. My issue is still with my conditioning, but my runs — short though they may [...]

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Shantaram – Gregory David Roberts – Book Review

Thursday, August 6th, 2009
Shantaram - Gregory David RobertsShantaramGregory David Roberts

As promised last week, here is my review for one of my favorite books of all time, Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts.

The book is very long, over 900 pages (!), but because it is so action packed it can be a quick read if you have the time to let yourself get involved. In brief, the book is about a man who escapes prison in New Zealand and ends up in Bombay working as a slum doctor. Thus the book is about the life he build in Bombay, and follows him over several years, first as a slum doctor, then moving on to mafia man and then mujahadeen fighter. The twists and turns of the [...]

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My first Top 10 List — Top 10 books

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

I always enjoy reading other people’s Top 10 lists, and I thought to myself that I’ve never done one. Usually I’m not great at picking favorites, but just for fun I decided I’d put together a list of ten books that I’ve thoroughly enjoyed over the past few years, plus a few extra just because I can’t narrow it down to ten.

Keep an eye out for some reviews of these books in the future. I have actually written some for another site I used to run, so over the next week or two I’ll try to get a couple posted up here. Also, for a list of all the books I’ve read over the past couple years, take a look over here.

Here is my list (in no particular order). What are some of your favorites?

Shantaram – Gregory David Roberts
Dharma Bums – Jack Kerouac
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An inspirational quote for today – Scott Stoll

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

Falling Uphillby Scott Stoll

For the last two months or so I have slowly been reading my way through Scott Stoll’s book, Falling Uphill. It is quite an enjoyable and inspirational book, and the fact that’s it’s been taking me so long to read it actually bodes well for the book, ironically enough. I find that if I am enjoying a book, I tend to take it slow because I am not ready to be done with it. The exception to this rule is for novels that end each chapter with a cliffhanger, in those cases I have been known to sit and read for hours.

In Scott’s book, there is plenty of substance, and quite a bit that gets you thinking about life. I particularly enjoyed the following quote of his, and [...]

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Book Review – Eat, Pray, Love

Saturday, September 27th, 2008
Eat, Pray, Love

Eat, Pray, Love
Elizabeth Gilbert

I just finished reading the book Eat, Pray, Love, by Elizabeth Gilbert, and I must say, it was a very good book. I was a tad embarrassed to be seen carrying this book around because it is a bit of a “chick book”, however it was a great book.

Funny, witty, serious, inspiring, it really kept me interested. In brief, it is a biographical book about the author documenting her travels over the course of a year. This year is following several difficult years prior, in which she went through a difficul divorce, another failed relationship, and the hardships faced in coming to terms with being a newly single 30-something woman in New York. As the title indicates, the book describes her four months in Italy eating, four months in India praying, and four months in Indonesia loving.

A very good read, especially for anyone looking for direction or support in their own life.