I just bought this bestseller book by marie kondi: the life changing magic of tidying up. It is about the japanese art of organizing
Seven days of no swimming makes one week.
At the moment I am reading Crisis Four by Andy McNab.
It is an action thriller about an ex special forces soldier who now works on deniable operations. He is chasing down a rogue agent, the problem of course is that the rogue agent is the only woman he has ever really loved.
It isn't brilliantly written, McNab will certainly never win any prizes for literature, but it is written well enough to flow. The pace is fast and the language appropriate for the character.
The nice thing is that as an ex SAS sergeant who was the most decorated soldier on active service for a while it has the feel of authenticity.
All in all I like it, if you want a book that doesn't tax you to read, but grabs you by the throat and doesn't let go then give it a whirl. You could do a lot worse
I just finished reading "Station Eleven" by Emily St. John Mandel. I enjoyed it, although I didn't think it was outstanding. Now I'm finally getting around to reading "The Goldfinch." It's been on my list for a while. So far it's excellent. I'm a sucker for a good bildungsroman.
The other thing I liked about the book was the description of the technical ins and outs of crew (and boatbuilding in an age when it was still more art than science).
Yes, that one has been on my list for a while!
edit: Trainspotting is great. I think it fits the category.
I am not quite halfway through Marc Reisner's Cadillac Desert. It is both a fascinating and depressing story of our (unsuccessful, misguided, pick your adjective) attempts over the past 100-150 years to turn the desert of the American West into an oasis. It's a particularly timely read today, given the horrible drought conditions which prevail in the Western US. More amazing perhaps, is that Reisner originally published it in 1986. It's not like nobody has known the trouble the West is in.
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The opinions expressed in the above post are mine and not those of U.S. Masters Swimming.
I'm about halfway through Empty Mansions, which is a non-fiction story about the recluse daughter of copper magnate, W.A. Clark. She was the daughter from a second marriage and the will of millions is in contention with many of the grandchildren from Clark's first wife's children. The heiress lived in a hospital, willingly, her last 20 years, leaving several mansions being cared for without anyone in them for over half a century in some cases. Fascinating history.
"If your ship doesn't come in, swim out to meet it." - Jonathan Winters, actor and comedian