These are books I’ve recently read or am currently reading:
The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
Quick Overview: This book will get you off your butt and get you to start doing the work you need to be doing.
Thoughts: This is the only book any creative needs to read. I’m serious. The book just gets me. Every. Since. Sentence. Is. Spot. On. I recently brought this book with me to Vietnam and read it for the second time. It only got better. I will read this book at least once a year for the rest of my life.
Rating: 1,000 out of 10
Shoe Dog by Phil Knight
Quick Overview: Follow the journey of a young, lost 20-something from Oregon to Japan and back as he builds the ultimate shoe company: Nike.
Thoughts: I listened to Shoe Dog on CD from the library. No idea how it would read (probably a hair long). The founding of Nike is fascinating for anyone trying to build a business or that’s in the startup world. What hooked me was at the very end of my first commute listening to it the main character landed in Tokyo. I just so happened to be severely missing Japan that day too. You will know more about Nike and the shoe industry than you thought was possible after reading (or listening) to this book.
Rating: 7 out of 10
Where Nobody Knows Your Name: Life in the Minor Leagues of Baseball by John Feinstein
Quick Overview: Follow the journeys of players, managers, coaches and umpires through the ups and downs of life in AAA baseball.
Thoughts: A must read for any hardcore baseball fan. It’s Moneyball with more story and less statistics.
Rating: 8 out of 10
Walden on Wheels: On the Open Road from Debt to Freedom by Ken Ilgunas
Quick Overview: Follow a college grad with student loan travel to Alaska and across the US working weird jobs and then living out of his van in order to pay off his student debt.
Thoughts: The book is…okay. I listened to it and know I wouldn’t have made it through it if I were to read it. I felt the author tried to play a victim to the system instead of being responsible for his decision (and other people’s decisions) for taking out large student loans.
Rating: 2 out of 10
All Aboard: The Complete North American Train Travel Guide by Jim Loomis (*currently reading)
Quick Overview: This is the definitive book for anyone planning a cross-country train trip (like I am). The book tells you literally everything you need to know about riding AMTRAK in the US.
Thoughts: I’m about halfway done with the book. More details soon!
Rating: TBD out of 10
Odd Man Out: A Year on the Mound with a Minor League Misfit by Matt McCarthy (*currently reading)
Quick Overview (from Amazon): “Hailed by critics as one of the great books about baseball, Odd Man Out captures the gritty essence of our national pastime as it is played outside the spotlight. Matt McCarthy, a decent left-handed starting pitcher on one of the worst squads in Yale history, earned a ticket to spring training as the twenty-sixth-round draft pick of the 2002 Anaheim Angels. This is the hilarious inside story of his year with the Provo Angels, Anaheim’s minor league affiliate in the heart of Mormon country, as McCarthy navigates the ups and downs of an antic, grueling season, filled with cross-country bus trips, bizarre rivalries, and wild locker-room hijinks.”
Thoughts: I’m just starting out so no thoughts yet besides I love books about baseball.
Rating: TBD out of 10