Recently Read: Books from my CA Trip

Hey guys!

recently readAs you all probably already know I love to read, and one of the best things about traveling in my mind isn’t just the experience of taking the trip, but that there’s always all sorts of down time, whether on a plane or a bus or whenever, when I can pull out a book and devour it.

Recently, I’ve gotten really into listening to audiobooks when I travel, since I can just put them on my phone and then pop in my headphones regardless of where I am.

It’s better than physically reading when you’re on the go, and I listen to them while I run and stuff as well. Any way, here were the two I took on for the trip.

A Song of Ice and Fire

Yeah, yeah, I know I’m behind the times and most of you read the Game of Thrones series years ago when it first came out. But, I just got hooked on the HBO series a few months ago, and after going through and watching all of the episodes last summer, I decided to pick up the books…err…audio.

So, I downloaded the entire A Song of Ice and Fire audio series to my phone and many, many hours later, finally finished!

All in all this one took me about 3 weeks to get through, and most of that was during travel and exercise time. It’s something that is easy to listen to, and you don’t really have to think, so you can pop it in for a few minutes here and there and still pick up exactly where you left off.

Get a sampling of the audio with the video here.

Great Expectations

Since I was indulging with a light, easy read with the Game of Thrones series, I decided to make my second book a little more intellectually interesting.

I read Great Expectations over ten years ago, when I was in 9th English and, though I hate to admit it, I hated the book and honestly didn’t really remember anything about it…except that I hated it.

But, I thought the same about all of Dickens’ novels back then, only to be proved wrong when last year I re-read A Tale of Two Cities and absolutely loved it. So, I downloaded a Great Expectations mp3 and set off with an open mind!

To be honest, I didn’t love love it, but it wasn’t nearly as bad as I remembered. Two Cities is still my favorite Dickens work by far, but the point here is simply that you shouldn’t write off the value of a book just because you were forced to do a boring report on it in high school!

Anyway, that’s it for today and I’ll catch up with you, I promise.

Pics from My California Trip

Hey Guys!
Even though I got back from my California trip a few weeks ago, I wanted to take a minute to put up a few pics on the blog from the trip!

We had a really great time in San Francisco and exploring the Northern California coast. A week was definitely too short a time and I can’t wait to get back out there! While I took literally hundreds of photos, I just thought I’d post a few of them here to give you a sample of the trip.

I’ll try to edit more and get them out to you later, or put them up on my facebook page!

View of the Presidio and San Francisco Bay!

Late afternoon sun beginning to set from Hawk Hill, across the bay!

I think we all know what this one is!

Another great pic of the Golden Gate Bridge with the fog coming in! I love it!

Wonderful colorful sunset over the Pacific!

Best Books of All Time?

I know there’s always a ton of debate out there about which books are the greatest novels of all time, and I always think its interesting to see the different compilations that people come up with.

In fact, one of the greatest cinematic lines of all time captures this fact, in the very obscure Tristram Shandy movie, an interviewer asks why the book is being made into a movie, and the lead says it was ranked 8th in a list of top 1,000 books of all time!

Sounds great, until the interviewer points out that it was a chronological list!

At any rate, here’s a quick video of some of the top 10 novels of all time, which includes novels only, so Shakespeare is out, along with many other famous playwrights and poets!

Anyway, worth a watch: