2013 Book shelf

Better late than never, and sorry I’ve stopped writing about each book I read.  Been a little busy.

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No Better Time is the fantastic story of Daniel Lewin, and brings back memories of the early days of Akamai…

Yes, I admit it — I got sucked into the Warriors series of cat books because my 11 year old daughter was reading it!  I started and couldn’t put them down.  But there are something like 40 more, and I will not be reading those.

Read The Hunger Games again after watching the 1st movie a 2nd time, before the 2nd movie was released, and then watching the 2nd movie.  Really wanted to go back and compare. Started re-reading the 2nd book, but never finished it.

The Hundred Dresses and Mr. Popppers Penguines are 5th grade reading at HRCA, and I’m reading all of those books along with Riley.

Had to read Life of Pi before watching the movie.

Paleo Manifesto is excellent and is not a typical paleo book in anyway.

I still can’t believe the Holy or the Broken — an entire book about Leonard Cohen’s song “Hallelujah.”

I am Malala is great.

Once a Runner was a re-read, but the “pre-quel” (by 20 years!) to Once Again to Carthage, and I wanted to read the 1st as a refresher before starting the 2nd.

There were a bunch of other books I started but did not finish, or that I’m still working through.




Life of Pi. Yann Martel.

It’s not often that I will read a book with just one passing comment from a Facebook friend.  But that is what I did this time, so I had literally no idea what the book was about.  And even after part I I had no idea what part II was going to turn into!  It was a fun read and I’d like to see the movie sometime soon…


2012 Reading List

I definitely “fell off the wagon” a bit in 2012 in terms of reading…  I suppose I needed a bit of a break from some of the “deeper” reading I’ve done in the past, thus the higher count of “easy” fiction like The Foundation Books, the Hunger Games series, and Ender’s game and following.  I started a few other books that I never finished, but I will work on them in 2013!

The Invention of Hugo Cabret. Brian Selznick.



Riley brought this home from the Library as part of the book of the month club.  We had already seen the movie, which I loved.  The book is beautiful — the hand drawn images are used to tell the story, as are the written words, and it flows really well.  I would add this book/movie combo to the list of those in which I like the movie better than the book…  There was just some small nuances of the movie that I liked better than the book, but I won’t reveal them here.  Contact also falls into that category, and perhaps no others do.

It Starts With Food. Dallas and Melissa Hartwig.

I’d have to say this has replaced “The Perfect Health Diet” as the first book I’d recommend to someone interested in the ancestral health movement (aka paleo diet), though PHD would be second.  🙂  I just received “Practical Paleo” in the mail but at 420+ pages of condensed info, that is going to take a while to work through!  It is getting great reviews, though, and I do like the Balanced Bites Podcast a lot…

I won’t review It Starts with Food as others have done a much better job than I could (Wolf, That Paleo Guy, Kresser, etc.)

But I will include their elevator pitch here, as just that is worth reading…

I eat real food – fresh, natural food like meat, vegetables and fruit.  I choose foods that are nutrient-dense, with lots of naturally occurring vitamins and minerals, over foods that have more calories but less nutrition.  And food quality is important – I’m careful about where my meat, seafood and eggs come from, and buy organic local produce as often as possible.

This is not a “diet” – I eat as much as I need to maintain strength, energy, activity levels and a healthy body weight.  I aim for well-balanced nutrition, so I eat both animals and a significant amount of plants.  I’m not lacking carbohydrates – I just get them from vegetables and fruits instead of bread, cereal or pasta.  And my meals are probably higher in fat than you’d imagine, but fat is a healthy source of energy when it comes from high-quality foods like avocado, coconut and grass-fed beef.

Eating like this is ideal for maintaining a healthy metabolism and reducing inflammation within the body.  It’s good for body composition, energy levels, sleep quality, mental attitude and quality of life.  It helps eliminate sugar cravings and reestablishes a healthy relationship with food.  It also works to minimize your risk for a whole host of lifestyle diseases and conditions, like diabetes, heart attack, stroke and autoimmune.

The Art of Slowing Down. EdwardYu.

The most important running book you’ve (probably) never heard of.

Granted, I’ve not done all the exercises yet, but I’m working my way through the book a second time and will start some of them.  I do think I have a bit of a head start from the years of yoga I used to do (and miss now), that gave me a pretty good body awareness… But these exercises look like a different methodology and I would like to read more about Fendelkrais…