#5 “Into the Wild” by Jon Krakauer
Christopher McCandles was found dead in an abandoned bus in the Alaskan wilderness in 1992. He had left society and family behind, burned his money (literary) and set off on a journey to find the true essence of life, far away from job security, conformity and a monotonous middle class existence.
——- WHY THIS BOOK? ———
It’s a incredible story that stays with you long after you turned the last page.
————— IMPACT —————
Apart from forcing me to ask myself a lot of questions about how life ought to be lived, it also introduced me to the author Jon Krakauer. I have now started my third book by him, “Under the Banner of Heaven”, and earlier this year I read his Everest-book “Into Thin Air”. Good stuff!
Have you read any Krakauer books?
Find more over here: Favorite Books of 2017
Now and then you need something completely different to spice thing up. I wanted to highlight a few cool books that stand out from what I usually read:
Heavy metal, dungeons and dragons, huge egos and code! It’s the the story of Id software, the creators of legendary games like Wolfenstein, DOOM and Quake. It’s fucking amazing and a must read for anyone with a ounce of nerd bubbling within.
I don’t watch TV much, but when I do, I watch Hoarders! It’s a guilty pleasure of mine. This book is about is not an exploitable freak show though, but a deep dive into the psychology behind the behavior. I loved it!
Bondage, drugs and rock n roll! A Hilarious (and sometimes very sad) California punk rock biography. The audiobook is especially awesome since it’s read by the band members. I enjoyed it immensely!
Want more best of 2016? Read the full list with all it’s categories here!
I did a “favorites of 2016” last year on my instagram and I thought it would be a good addtion to my blog. Good book recommendations are always relevant, right? The list for 2017 is coming soon butthese books sure are worthy gifts for loved ones this holiday season!
Favorite Books of 2016 – Self-Discovery
“The Bhagavad Gita” – Translated and introduced by Eknath Easwaran (Audio / Paperback)
One of my many takeaways from Nassim Nikolas Talebs book “Antifragile” was to read original material and books that stood the test of time. So I did just that and it turned out to be pretty sound advice. I naively thought it would be tough to enjoy books from hundreds of years ago, because old school writing styles, but thanks to modern translations I found it to be quite the opposite.
One book that stood out to me was “The Bhagavad Gita”, translated and introduced by Eknath Easwaran. After seeing this ancient Hindu scripture being referenced in more than six of the books I read this year, covering very different subjects, I’d decided to give it a shot. It was well worth it and you can find my “review” of it in my feed. What really stuck with me was the concept of detachment from outcome. “Only the one who is utterly engaged and utterly detached is able to live life fully.”
Read the full list with all it’s categories here!