Gifts for the Adventurous

Books To Travel With

"The man who doesn't read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them."
- Mark Twain

Last year I wrote a synopsis of a list of books I was deciding to read next.

Here are some new options:

Colonel Roosevelt - The last in the biographical trilogy of Theodore Roosevelt.  I have read and enjoyed Theodore Rex and am looking forward to reading the new installment also.

River of Darkness - Buddy Levy - The story of conquistadors traveling the length of the Amazon River.

Buddy Levy's previous work Conquistador looks like another good exploration adventure book.

Everyone Loves You When You're Dead: Journeys into Fame and Madness - Neil Strauss - Author of my previously recommended book Emergency, put together snippets from his early interviews with the music elite, including Oasis, Snoop Dogg and Lady GaGa, and shares never-before-published insights into what make these stars tick as opposed to some of the more risque activities in his previous books about rockers.  I have already started reading this one and it actually is hard to put down.  

Manvotionals - By the writers of one of my favorite blogs - The Art of Manliness.  Their second offering, first one here, features more of the great writing found on their blog and delves into (subtitle) "Timeless Wisdom and Advice on Living the 7 Manly Virtues".  See the cover art here and pre-order here, you won't be disappointed.

American Assassin: A Thriller  by Vince Flynn - The new Mitch Rapp spy novel.

Blood Meridian: Or the Evening Redness in the West - Cormac McCarthy - Author of better known novels; The Road, and No Country for Old Men, some have said this is his best work.

Giants: The Parallel Lives of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln - Learn some history.  Without it, you will never know if people are telling twisted versions to benefit themselves.  

How to ride on city streets  - The Art of Cycling

And finally, Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity - everyone should read one of these better-yourself books every year at least.