Books That Inspire A More Adventurous Life

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On podcast #13 of The “Just Go” Network, our guest Kaila from The Content Castle coin toss landed on a challenge. She whipped up the idea to visit a small bookstore and choose a book from an unfamiliar genre. Or pick a book about an unknown topic.

 

This challenge immediately had me thinking about the last couple of books I consumed. Most of them tend to be adventurous and inspiring, but the common denominator is usually the genre.

 

I prefer non-fiction.

 

For some people that sounds boring compared to science fiction, fantasy, and even American literature classics. I’ve always said that I would read the Game of Thrones series but I always end up choosing something that hits closer to home.

 

What do I mean by that?

 

I love the Game of Thrones series on HBO, along with Westworld, and some other sci-fi entertainment. I’ve read plenty of books that are fiction BUT, there’s nothing like reading a story that’s true.

 

It’s fun to read or watch a superhero flying on his magical turtle to save the love of his life. All while tasked with stopping the world's’ most diabolical villain from unleashing hell on earth.

But guess what.

 

It’s f$@!king imaginary!!!

 

Nothing compares to the real thing. But I do wish the flying magical turtle was real.

Can someone work on that?

 

It doesn’t get me all jacked up and ready to hitchhike my way to Alaska, or explore the Amazon jungle. The books I’ve listed are ones that inspire you to do more because others had the courage. Not that we don’t have the marbles to do something crazy but there’s always someone more inspirational.

 

Unless you think you’ve already accomplished your life’s goals.

Not me.

 

These are the books I’ve read that made me question my drive, endurance, spontaneity, wanderlust, etc. Books like these usually get me looking at flights to another country. The same can be said for documentaries because they’re friggin awesome.

 

Have you read any of the books I recommended?

What books would you include on this list?

After reading, be sure to comment.

PS: Check back on our VLOG this week to see what we end up choosing.


Natural Born Heroes: Mastering the Lost Secrets of Strength and Endurance

Christopher McDougall

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I can nerd out a little bit when it comes to feats of strength and exercise physiology. After all, I did pay for all that in my college tuition.

Natural Born Heroes chronicles the incredible story of World War II resistance fighters on the island of Crete. The author masterfully traces the steps behind one of the most incredible military operations and the people that pushed their bodies to limits nearly unheard of during those times.

If you’re into triathlons, mountaineering, parkour, etc., or just need something to get off the couch-- then this is for you.

 

 

 

 

 

 


The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon

David Grann

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This was the last book I had time to read. That was last summer! I’ve heard good things about this one and it lived up to the hype.

Follow the story of Percy Fawcett and the New York Times writer that attempts to recreate his last known expedition into the Amazon. As if World War I wasn’t tough enough for Lieutenant Colonel Percy Fawcett, he had to spent months on a boat just to get to the Amazon, only to search for a lost civilization that was rumored to be the world’s most advanced civilization.

Percy Fawcett's mysterious disappearance has been studied for decades, but newly discovered material uncovered during the author's expedition can help with some of those questions. This book has everything.

 

 

 


Into the Wild

Jon Krakauer

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One of my favorites, along with a million other people. This book made me lust for Alaska and I’m happy to report that it’s finally time to visit this summer.

Christopher McCandless, aka “Alexander Supertramp”, graduates college, burns his life’s savings and departs any comforts of the modern world. Reading “Alex’s” handwritten journal doesn’t just transport you to his side, but it adds another polarizing element.

Was he visionary?

Brave?

Stupid?

Naive?

You be the judge. One of those books I’m happy was made into a movie because it didn’t disappoint.  

 


Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

Cheryl Strayed

Ever feel like you just need to leave in order to reset your life? Well, Cheryl Strayed did. She trekked 1100 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail after her mother’s death, divorce from her husband, and years of drug abuse. She brings the readers along for the darker periods of her life and the rollercoaster of 3 months on the trail, with no experience.

Nature, self-discovery, and fear are just some of the themes.

 

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It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War

Lynsey Addario

Lynsey Addario was just a young photographer when 9/11 changed everything. She was one of the few photojournalists to actually work in Afghanistan before the war and was called to return. She documents some of the most brutal moments experienced by everyone involved, including herself.

It's thrilling, raw, adventurous, and motivating. Her words sufficiently describe the people, places, and events, but her photographs make it all more real.