I saw this book more than once on our visits to the giant book store, Powells Books, in Portland. (I just realized, I need to do a Blog post on this store! Next time I am there I will take pictures and do so, but I digress)
Reading the back of book, it was the story about a man who started his ride on the Oregon Coast and rode to Patagonia. How could I not read a book that starts at my home town??
During our last visit I finally picked it up and, last night I finished it.
Readers of mine, those of you who have been around a while know I like to read books. Since I was in the 4th grade I have read westerns by Louis L’Amour. Science Fiction has been, and continues to be a mainstay genre for me. As does good sword and sorcery fantasy. Old school adventures like early novels from Clive Cussler will always suck me in.
I also like historical fiction, adventure travel and cycling yarns.
There are times I have stretched my reading chops a bit. As part of a Facebook Book club, I did in fact read a Nicholas Sparks book (Michelle says it made me VERY cranky) and I once got suckered into a book written by the author who wrote about vampires that sparkle. DOUBLE UGH!!
There are times I will take a leap of faith with my reading though. (But as god as my witness I will NEVER read Nicholas Sparks again! ) I like to try new books. They aren’t always easy, but in the end it is most often worth it.
This recommendation came from my bestest blogger buddy Sarah Burch of Honoring My Compass. She recommended A Tale for the Time Being, about a month ago. She also wondered if it would end up as a book review blog post.
Well last night, after a marathon session, I finished it, I liked it and it is worth the post! Here you go Sarah…
Ladies and gents, LONG before there were kindles and Ipods with Kindle apps, in fact, before there were e-readers of any type. I read these things we used to call books! In fact, back then, when I would come to the Oregon coast, I would scour used book stores for additions to my adventure library.
I have mountain climbing books, river conquering books, and arctic survival essays.
And, of course, in addition to all of these, I have cycling adventures.
You know its been a long time since I did a book review post when I have NO idea what or when the last one was! (I just checked, it was back in August!) A month ago I felt the need to read a cycling book.
Recently I realized something. Even though I have continued being an avid reader this year, as always, it has been a long time since I have read a cycling book. So, a week ago I went perusing Amazon for a good choice.
After a bit I stumbled upon Downhills Don’t Come Free (One Man’s Bike Ride from Alaska to Mexico) by Jerry Holl. I loved the title! It may honestly be the best bike book title I’ve ever read. Anyone who has ever reveled at a fast long downhill after climbing for hours would understand why.
Finally, after using every trick I know, I got “Larry” Michelle’s MacBook to connect to Starbucks WiFi. I swear if I was 7 years old this would be much simpler!
OK, on to the post. I am here today blogging away, while Michelle is out walk/running 8 miles to get ready for the Seattle Halfmarathon coming up Sunday after Thanksgiving. I hang here at the end, tracking her progress and ready for rapid response, or with an Ice Tea at the end. It’s a hard job!
While coming back from dropping her off, I was listening to NPR. YES there was political news (NO FAIR I ALREADY VOTED) but being NPR it also had real news! Today was a story that reminded me of my, hands down, favorite book ever… Continue reading “The books that stay with you”→