I am a voracious reader, and I read several books every month. Each month, I will give a short list of recommendations based on books I’ve read recently. I will try to keep the list limited to books I’ve read within the last 30 days as much as I can. The main reason I want to do this is because I love sharing what I’m reading. If I read a great book, I want to be sure someone else has a chance to enjoy it as well. Also, It gives me the motivation to keep reading more and more. With that in mind, here are my February book recommendations:
Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer- The book that inspired a movie by the same name, Into the Wild is the tale of Chris McCandless, also known as Alex Supertramp. McCandless was a 24 year-old, college graduate whose idealistic vision was to live minimally and not rely on money or worldly possessions. He believed he could travel to Alaska (by hitchhiking), enter the wilderness, and survive off the land. He succeeded for a few months, but a lack of adequate preparation and a couple crucial blunders spelled disaster. Whether you admire McCandless for his ideals and fortitude, or you think he’s an idiot for going into the wilderness alone and untrained, Into the Wild is a great read.
The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival by John Vaillant- I read this book in January, but it’s worth listing here. This is of a group of hunters tracking a man-eating Amur tiger through the Siberian wilderness. It is as fascinating as it is terrifying. The narrative alone is worth reading, but Vaillant also provides the reader vivid insight into the psyche of post-communist Russia and their relationship with the tiger.
Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser- I have been trying to make improvements to my diet, and this book was a great way to get motivated. Schlosser examines the fast food industry and implications of its globalization. He explores the impacts on agriculture, the health concerns for consumers and the safety and sanitation issues in meat packing plants. It has forever changed the way I think about my food and where it comes from. This book is a bit to stomach (pun intended), but well worth the read.
The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene- As the title suggests, Greene outlines 48 laws for gaining, maintaining and using power. Each law is accompanied by historical anecdotes of historical figures who were either in observance or transgression of the law. The book can be read in a couple different ways. It could be read as a how-to book, although you’ll find many of the laws to be manipulative and amoral. It could also be read as a guide to uncovering those around you who are trying to gain power at your expense. Finally, you could just read it for the historical anecdotes which are entertaining enough in their own right.
If you have read any of these books, let me know what you thought of them in the comments. Also, if you have any book recommendations based on the ones listed above, please pass them along; I’m always looking for new stuff to read.