Best Book Picks by jb @BuildingMoxie
I look over at my wife who is just then starting her second book in as many days and I think to myself, “Wow — I can’t read like that! But wonder if I could . . . just how much richer life would be.” But to her, filter — I say something like — “At that pace, how can you even remember what you are reading?”
Maybe I was trained to be a different kind of reader . . . a cultivated reader – someone that looks at and analyzes each and every word on each and every page — working to brand them into memory. Ha! Nope! Instead, truth — I am just plain slow . . . and more of a writer anyway.
Really . . . (and OK, maybe I’ll come back to that). I am really not that much of reader. Never have been. At least of any sort of “literature” . . . well, other than when I had to be. Some books, sure, but mostly non-fiction. Not a recreational reader, but a reader rather with intent. And is that perhaps where the definition for “literature” is drawn, at or around information?
Now, Lets Blog Off asks for “the best book we have ever read.” Nope, can’t do it. Instead, a few . . . “entrants”:
The Elements of Style (4th Edition): EB White’s classic on usage . . . . I currently don’t know where my copy is, and I am certain he wouldn’t approve of this kind of ellipses usage.
The Great Gatsby: Something about partying . . . in the 1920s, and moral fortitude.
Way of the Peaceful Warrior: A Book That Changes Lives: A prequel to the Matrix trilogy — an inspiring read for a few years out of college or for a still clueless 40something.
Letters to a Young Poet: A collection of letters not even published by the author, Rilke, himself. Makes for a profound doctrine on life, love and art.
The Well-Built House: On topic (with this blog). Clear and well written. While some 25 years old, it remains in my eyes – the gold standard in best building practice and right thinking . . . . I say “thinking” here . . . and as someone who “doesn’t read,” I’d love a good rec on a book that is more “green” mind and current.
Then they’re some books I’d like to read . . . Kelly Morisseau’s — Kelly’s Kitchen Sync: Insider kitchen design and remodeling tips from an award-winning kitchen expert: One time contributor to BMoxie and the keeper of a blog of the same name, Kelly offers kitchen design tips . . . and maybe I pick this one up soon.
Brian Meeks and his Henry Wood Detective Agency (Volume 1), which quietly released on July 20th. While I hadn’t necessarily tracked his progress on this work, and though he did post many of the chapters as he went, I am certain it will be a winner . . . . Brian is simply one of the most natural writers that I have ever met. Also available for Kindle >> http://www.amazon.com/Henry-Wood-Detective-Agency-1/dp/0984248056/ref=as_li_tf_mfw?&camp=212361&linkCode=wey&tag=extreavera-20&creative=380729.
We were somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold.
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: Hunter S. Thompson . . . and really what do I need to say — this book was written in a singularly original style . . . like blogging, but before the internet. Give thanks and oh wait! What about Hemingway or Kerouac or . . . Black & Decker’s The Complete Guide to Plumbing: Expanded 4th Edition – Modern Materials and Current Codes – All New Guide to Working with Gas Pipe (Black & Decker Complete Guide)? Ack! Nonetheless . . . I do feel confident in saying that that line was the best first line… EVER! and anyway, moving on . . .
. . . too many to choose just one really. And maybe if I wanted to force a point, it kinda seems that great books build on other great books or something. And I think when I read, or read, the best book picks I have/had came and went like . . . idk, well, girlfriends. And now a married man, I might leave the best book call-out to my … better half.
Thanks and a good one. Out on one last pick . . . . jb
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About jb bartkowiak (259 posts)
A one-time construction manager, and always handyman, turned blogger and editor. My wife, Jen, and I are on our 6th property (. . . yes, together). She is a real estate agent. We have two beautiful daughters Evyn and Eva. We currently live and are restoring an 1889 farmhouse in Baltimore's Lauraville area.