February Reading Romp

What’s up with it my fellow bibliophiles? I hope your February treated you well and offered up plenty of time for you to read. I didn’t get as much reading done as I would’ve liked. Between my birthday, a trip to stay in the mountains with my family, and then a week long trip to Austin there was a lot that kept me from being able to read.

But the reading I did was absolutely excellent. A mix between some classic works from classic writers, new age fiction, and some obligatory nutrition brain gainz.

Without further ado, let’s get the party started.

Ultimate Diet 2.0 – Lyle McDonald

Lyle is known as one of the ultimate authority figures in the world of nutrition, and his UD2.0 is known as one of the best works when it comes to putting theory into practice with cyclical dieting.

He does an excellent job of breaking down some very complex things that take place within the body, and for someone who spends so much time talking about research I found his writing to be very accessible. It’s clear that this book was written in hopes that even the lay person would be able to read it and know what they should be doing.

The book comes with a decent little plan to follow, and though I didn’t follow it, it was a nice confirmation to know that much of what I’ve been trying with myself and clients for recomposition is very similar to what one of the smartest guys in the nutrition world is doing.

If you’re interested in getting your learn on when it comes to nutrition, then I highly recommend giving this one a read. It’s a little outdated with some things, but still a great overall read. You can get it from Lyle’s site here.

 

Ready Player One – Ernest Cline

A good friend of mine (love you Deanna) started texting me in January and telling me how she was flipping her shit about this book. She was adamant about the fact that I HAD to read this book. I’d heard of it before, but when one of my best friends in the world insists that I read a book, obviously I must oblige.

After finishing, all I can say is: holy shit.

This very well might be my favorite book of the entire year. It’s some of the most fun I’ve had in a long time while reading a book.

Your set in a post apocalyptic world 30-40 years in the future where everyone interacts via a virtual reality system called The Oasis. The Oasis started as a game, but now functions as a place for people to do business, learn, go to school, hang out, etc. The fun begins when one of the enigmatic founders of the Oasis dies, and starts a massive easter egg hunt within his game.

The winner gets his fortune.

Our young hero, severely lacking in real world social skills, begins his hunt. The best part of the hunt? Everything is based on 80’s pop culture. Music, movies, tv shows, games, etc. It’s all 80’s. I couldn’t stop smiling while reading this whole freaking book.

Of course a post apocalyptic world wouldn’t be complete without an evil multinational corporation threatening the very existence of The Oasis, and there’s even some lessons to be learned about spending all of our time online.

If you’re looking for a really fun read this year, and want to read a book before they screw it up with a movie, then this is a must read. You can grab it off Amazon here.

 

For Whom The Bell Tolls – Ernest Hemingway

In my pursuit to read more classic writers, and some of their best works, I finally got around to pulling this one off my bookshelf.

For Whom The Bell Tolls is a story of young Robert Jordan, an American bomber who has been attached to a group of antifascist guerrillas in the Spanish mountains. There, in classic Hemingway fashion, Jordan proves himself a man, falls in love, and fights some fascists.

That’s on the surface. Below the surface of the book, we see the death of an ideal, and how that slowly dawns on many of the guerrillas. Jordan grappling with allowing himself to love while knowing that he’s bound to die, and the atrocities of war.

In typical Hemingway fashion the book starts off slow with it’s short, punchy sentences. Before you know it you’re sucked in and living in the world of Robert Jordan, and imagining the life him and Maria will create together.

I enjoyed this one more than A Farewell To Arms, I think. They’re both fantastic war time novels, tell beautiful stories of love and heartbreak, and are must reads. You can grab it on Amazon here.

 

Blood Meridian – Cormac McCarthy

This was my first time reading McCarthy, so I wasn’t exactly sure what I was getting into. At first, I found reading his writing style to be a bit more challenging than I expected. He doesn’t use quotes to mark dialogue, for example. So there were some stylistic things I had to get used to.

After I adjusted to his writing style, I fell in love with the book. Blood Meridian is the story of a young Tennessean, simply known as Kid, and his journeys through Texas during the 1850’s and the western expansion.

From bar fights, gun fights, and fights with Indians, Blood Meridian has it all. Kid has no idea the world that he’s stepping into, but adjusts quickly to the lawless west, and helps usher in the expansion of the west. No matter how many people he has to help kill in the process.

I’m going to read this one again soon, because I’d like to get more of a handle on his writing style and then hopefully come away with some different insights from this particular book. If you’re looking for a fantastic story of death, violence, and the wild west, then this is where it’s at. You can grab it off Amazon here.