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 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”→
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.
Recently I found myself restless. Not physically as May was a great month for the bike and June has been ok, but in my reading. I have long enjoyed books about adventuring, be it river, mountain or bike. The last book was from Joe Kurmaskie, A Guide to Falling Down in Public (Reviewed here) over a month ago. It was time to find a new one.
I’ve mentioned in the past that I am an avid reader. I’ve been reading damn near every day since at least the 4th grade, and maybe even before. Getting a book for my birthday or Christmas was the perfect gift. What else could you get, for the price of a movie, that gives you many many hours of fun.
Nowadays, I carry my iPad or my Kindle everywhere I go, and I read whenever I get the chance. I usually have 2 or 3 books going at anyone time.
When asked for gift ideas for people, one of the first things I think of is a book! Those who can write and get a book published are to be admired. Which is why I am excited to do this post. Two of my friends, Jim Devitt, and Renee Hazen, have each just published a book that would be perfect for the holidays!