Yeah? Good for you. Reading is a great way to open your mind and escape reality if only for a couple pages at a time. Reading takes to all kinds. Fiction, Non Fiction, Fantasy, Mystery. There is a genre for everyone. Now I understand reading is not for everyone. I was never a big reader. But when I was interning in NYC and commuting from Long Island everyday I had all that time on the train to do something. So instead of doing nothing, I decided to read. The first real book I read, that wasn’t for class and was over 100 pages, was Russell Simmons’ semi-autobiography ‘Life and Def.’ I had always been a fan of hip hop and hip hop culture but never knew any real history about the genre and lifestyle. It was also about his rise through entrepreneurship and business ventures. It was a great read. I actually didn’t want to get off the train each day so I could continue reading.
With that said, here are a few books I have read in 2009 that might spark your interest in 2010. Now remember, just because I enjoyed them doesn’t mean you will. But I did enjoy these.
Secrets of the Tomb: Skull and Bones, The Ivy League, and the hidden paths of power By Alexandra Robbins
This book gives you a look at one particular secret societies at one of America’s most prestigious universities, Yale. She goes on to talk about conspiracies, attempts to dominate the world, and questions if this, or any of them could control everything. Robbins is a Yale alumna and member of one of the secret societies there. The back of the book says she was, until recently, on the staff of The New Yorker. Interesting.
If Football’s A Religion, Why Don’t We Have a Prayer? By Jere Longman
Longman, a 50 something sports writer from Louisiana has lived in Philadelphia for the past 23 years and wrote for the Inquirer for the first 11. This book starts on December 17, 2004. The Eagles are 12 and 1 and sitting nicely atop the NFC East Division in a city that is starving for a championship. He takes us through the rest of the season. To the delis, the radio stations and parking lots and talks to the fans, young and old to see how they feel about their beloved Eagles. This is a story about Philadelphia sports fans and how being let down is just as common as Sunday dinners, but any true fan can relate somehow somewhere in this book.
A Fighter’s Heart By Sam Sheridan
This was by far one of my favorite books to read. Sheridan is a Harvard College graduate, ex Merchant Marine, and someone who was very passionate about knowing what ‘fighting’ really was. So he set off to find out. He studied muay Thai in Thailand, jiu-jitsu in Rio, mixed martial arts in Iowa, and boxing in Oakland. This book, which started off as a piece for Men’s Journal, is his story about going across the globe and back again studying the worlds most incredible fighting systems. He trained with some of the best teams like Brazilian Top Team and the Miletich camp. A great read!
Some other books that might spark your interest.
The Last True Story I’ll Ever Tell: An accidental soldier’s account of the war in Iraq By John Crawford
Into the Wild By Jon Krakauer
On Call in Hell: A doctor’s Iraq War story By Richard Jadick with Thomas Hayden
The 33-Year-Old Rookie: How I finally made it to the Big Leagues after 11 years in the minors By Chris Coste