Book Review: To Shake the Sleeping Self By Jedidiah Jenkins

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.

I was really excited to read this book… Continue reading “Book Review: To Shake the Sleeping Self By Jedidiah Jenkins”

Book Review: The Masked Rider: Cycling in West Africa By Neil Peart

My Buddy Rob, from riding the Oregon Coast fame

Texted me one day earlier this month and told me about this book. All he said was, “I am halfway through and it is good writing.” Rob is pretty damn picky when it comes to food, wine and books, so if he reaches out to recommend something, it is worth taking a look. I am DAMN glad I did… Continue reading “Book Review: The Masked Rider: Cycling in West Africa By Neil Peart”

Book Review: The Worlds Fastest Man, by Michael Kranish

I need to go on record here. I am a bit disappointed with myself. Here I was a member of the Cascade Bike Club in Washington State, a club that had a Major Taylor ride every year. But, until I read this book, I had NO idea who Major Taylor was! I know who he was now, and this was an excellent book… Continue reading “Book Review: The Worlds Fastest Man, by Michael Kranish”

Book Review: The End of Ice, Bearing Witness and Finding Meaning in the path of Climate Disruption, by Dahr Jamail

Fair warning folks, this not my normal book review.

I generally do cycling books, with a few exceptions. This one though, is without a doubt, the BEST book I have read on climate change, and the effect mankind has and is having on the planet right now.

My compatriots out there who know we are messing up the planet would love this book. However, for those who don’t, read the post Maybe it will get you to read the book. And reading the book might, just might, shed better light than I have done trying to convince you. It is THAT good a book! Continue reading “Book Review: The End of Ice, Bearing Witness and Finding Meaning in the path of Climate Disruption, by Dahr Jamail”

Book Review: A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

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…

Continue reading “Book Review: A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki”

Book Review: Off the Map (Bicycling Across Siberia) by Mark Jenkins

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.

These books were in our attic for years, but now that we have moved, Michelle made sure I had space for them. Last week, I felt myself drawn to reread and review one of my favorites…. Continue reading “Book Review: Off the Map (Bicycling Across Siberia) by Mark Jenkins”

Book Review: Into the North Wind by Jill Homer

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.

When it comes to cycling books, I am happy to read about any bikes. Trikes, road bikes, recombinants or mountain bikes. Racers, and those just seeing country are all fun. This one combined mountain biking racing AND crossing some serious country… Continue reading “Book Review: Into the North Wind by Jill Homer”