Six books to start the year


The past was a great year of learning, not the least of it coming from some amazing books. As 2020 begins, I am even more excited for a year of fantastic learning. With that, here are the books I am excited to start the new year with:

The Quick and the Dead: Total training for the advanced minimalist by Pavel


I have been trying hard to get my hands on this one for a while now and am very excited to finally have it. Quick is from Old English, to be alive. Pavel's latest book on kettlebell training simplifies training even more and offers and aging athlete like me new hope along with a new way to train. Looking forward to trying out what the book holds and trying out the promises for myself.


Range: How Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World by David Epstein


A constant debate between strength and conditioning coaches and sport coaches is which is better, to specialize early in one sport or to be a generalist for as long as possible. Sport coaches and parents love the specialize approach. After all, the more you play, the better you will get, right? Well, not necessarily. The strength coaching community has been crying hoarse over the opposite, and this book makes the case for us. A must-read for any parent or young athlete. Looking forward to this one!


Deep Nutrition by Catharine Shanahan


I started this last year but then other priorities took over. The book introduced me to the field of epi-genetics. Epigenetics is the notion that our genes are not static, but the firmware to our hardware (our body). Genes will express themselves based on the environment and the stimuli we provide. According to the book, what we eat is the most profound way of how we interact with the environment, and so our nutrition affects our genes. It gives a whole new meaning to we are what we eat.


The 4-Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss


I heard of this book years ago, I wish I had read it then. Looking forward to finally absorbing the lessons in it, and untethering myself from the 9-5 :)


The Body by Bill Bryson


Bryson wrote one of my favorite and most profound books of all time, "A short history of nearly everything". I am a huge fan of his style of writing. I did not know this book existed, but was an awesome birthday present from my brother-in-law.


Lifespan by David A. Sinclair


Another birthday present and befitting as I begin the second part of the first half of my 40's :). Anything to increase the number of years and to fill in more in the ones remaining is welcome. Looking forward to my best life yet!


So there you have it. I am calling 2020 the #YearOfDreams. But what are dreams without learning., right? Will update you with the review as I go through them through the year. So do stay posted.


What books are you looking forward to in this new year? What are you excited to learn? Leave your comments.

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