Books I’ve read recentlyPublished on 16 October 2018
I read Unplugged as soon as it was recommended to me by one of my team mates. I was intrigued by the authors’ notion that in an age of fitness-focused apps and wearables, we are in danger of becoming disconnected from the activities themselves. Every time I ride my bike I am monitoring at least my power, heart rate, speed, distance and cadence. I’m definitely a geek for the numbers. Unplugged has inspired me to schedule in rides like this one where I leave my Wahoo at home and only focus on the raw sensations of cycling, which has helped to put me back in touch with the things I really appreciate about riding my bike.
The more I learn about minimalism, the more I connect with it. There really is happiness in having less. Fumio Sasaki is on the more extreme end of the minimalist spectrum and lives in a tiny apartment with only his absolutely essential possessions. This might not be practical for everyone but there are still so many important lessons to take from Fumio’s story.
News anchor Dan Harris suffered a panic attack live on national television which led him to eventually discover spirituality and meditation. What’s great about his story is his natural scepticism for self-help teachings and self-depreciating sense of humour. You could call this book a sceptic’s guide to meditation. In fact, he’s just written a book on that too. Essential reading for anyone beginning their journey into mindfulness meditation.
This one’s been on my wish list for ages so I was really excited to finally get around to reading it. Matt Frazier excellently breaks down the health and performance reasons why athletes might want to adopt a plant based diet. The book also contains loads of great looking vegan recipes for athletes which I’m looking forward to cooking. The last third of the book is a collection of training plans for runners which were not that useful to me, but overall still a must read for any athletes interested in eating more plants.
I had to laugh when this book arrived in the post and I read the blurb for this first time: ‘This Year Will Be Different is a book for and about entrepreneurial women’. Despite not being part of the author’s target demographic, I still took a lot of inspiration from the curated stories of successful female freelancers.