Category Archives: Non-Fiction

Two Awesome Hours by Josh Davis

Two Awesome Hours: Science-Based Strategies to Harness Your Best Time and Get Your Most Important Work DoneTwo Awesome Hours: Science-Based Strategies to Harness Your Best Time and Get Your Most Important Work Done by Josh Davis
My rating: 3 of 5 Tophats

Nothing revolutionary but Josh Davis from the NeuroLeadership Institute has caused me to do something that tons of other self-help books haven’t and that is to make a conscious change.

The first 69 pages made a strong enough impression that I’ve now posted a note so I am always reminded of the principles of decision points:

” *Savor each decision point.
*Plan your decision points in advance.
*Don’t start a new task without consciously deciding it’s the right one.”

Good stuff!

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The Terrible and Wonderful Reason Why I Run Long Distances by Matthew Inman

The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long DistancesThe Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances by Matthew Inman
My rating: 4 of 5 Top Hats

I’m not sure if this is reverse inspiration or full frontal…either way this is a great book in comic form that perfectly expresses how I’m guessing most of us feel about running.

Favorite quote:

“Running is a way of standing up to all the stupid shit in your life and saying: I don’t know how to fix you so I’ll just bend you into workable shapes….I chose not to combat my monsters, I chose to put them on a leash and take them for a walk instead.”

Definitely a winner!

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The Power of No by James and Claudia Altucher

ARC from Net Galley for a non-biased review.

Before you start reading this book make sure you learn to use the highlight and note function on your e-reader.  Or if you have a physical copy go to your local office supply store and see if they have gallon buckets of high-lighter.  I swear my Kindle glowed a little brighter when I was reading this insightful manifesto.

In a yes, yes world we are reminded of the power of no and how much we can accomplish when we learn to embrace no.  This is one of those books that I will read again and again.

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Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed

This was a really well written book which I didn’t like or maybe I did.  I think I tend to agree with much of what Cathy writes here.

But in the same breath it was well written and as another reviewer wrote we all deal with grief in our own way.

What do you think?

Simultaneously published on Goodreads

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The Longest Race: A Lifelong Runner, an Iconic Ultramarathon, and the Case for Human Endurance by Ed Ayres

This is not an easy book to read.  It is dense, intellectual, philosophical, and asks a reader to examine their own beliefs, biases, and prejudices rather than just going along for the ride while the author tells a story.  It is a subtle call to action painted against the backdrop of the JFK 50 ultra-marathon.  I had to read this small book (232) pages in measured doses as there was so much to take in.  I would definitely recommend if you are looking for a book that make you feel as well as think.

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August 24, 2013 · 10:54 am

Freedom is Blogging in Your Underwear – Author Hugh MacLeod

If you’ve seen gapingvoid.com you probably already love Hugh MacLeod. Unfortunately this book has some good basic advice but the cartoons just didn’t have the zing I was hoping for.  Highly recommend subscribing to his blog!

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