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Reading Roundup: June 2011

Back on my reading schedule with a new Kindle (after trying to use my first one to break a fall), I found quite a few books to enjoy this month.  With the Tour De France coming up, it may tend to be cycling heavy as this is when all the cycling books come out.  But I read more than just books on cycling.

The couldn’t put down:

  • Quitter by Jon Acuff- One of the best books I’ve come across on pursuing your passions and dreams.  Interspersed with his own story of chasing his dream of being a writer and speaker, Acuff humorously provides real world insight that most other books don’t and won’t.
  • The Pastor:  A Memoir by Eugene Peterson- A thoughtful look back at the things that shaped Peterson into the pastor he became.  He talks candidly of frustrations and surprises, unmet expectations, and the struggle to be a faithful witness to God as a minister.  I don’t often buy copies of books for other people, but I’ve bought a few of this one and passed it around.
  • Jesus, My Father, The CIA, and Me:  A Memoir…of Sorts by Ian Morgan Cron- This book is getting big reviews.  The story and the writing are hilarious as well as tender.
  • Nemisis and The Devil’s Star by Jo Nesbo- Great, great crime/mystery fiction.  In the process of reading all of Nesbo’s works.  One of my new favorites.
  • Hell On Two Wheels by Amy Snyder- I found it hard to believe that The Race Across America (RAAM) existed.  A bike race from one end of the country to the other.  The first place finishers complete the course in 9 days and subsist on an average of 1 hour of sleep per night.  It’s a story of dedication and lunacy.

The still good:

  • The Taliban Shuffle:  Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan by Kim Barker
  • Lost Vegas by Paul McGuire
  • Thanks, But This Isn’t For Us:  A (Sort of) Compassionate Guide To Why Your Writing Is Being Rejected by Jessica Morrell
  • The Art of Enchantment by Guy Kawasaki
  • Running On Empty:  An Ultramarathoner’s Story of Love, Loss, and a Record-Setting Run Across America by Marshall Ulrich
  • The Belgian Hammer:  Forging Young Americans Into Professional Cyclists by Daniel Lee
  • How I Won The Yellow Jumper by Ned Boulting
  • Hungry For God by Margaret Feinberg
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