Ready Player One - Ernest Cline

The most fun I have had with a book in decades. My teen years were spent during the 80s. This book seems like it was written to take me back to a simpler time but never forget the complex present I live in. The book, movie, music and video game references are things any Generation X person can relate to. But what really made to book special was the mixing of near past technology and culture with the potential dystopic near future that is evolving as technology progresses and our culture becomes increasingly virtualized and unequal.

My hope is that Steven Spielberg movie adaption of the book does the story justice. I can’t think of another filmmaker better suited to take on this project.

Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less - Greg McKeown

Not your traditional how to be more organized and be a better business person book. The author presents arguments for living in the moment and clearing your life of the things that are not core to your success and happiness. The emphasis is on finding and living your critical path. Focusing on those things that will bring you happiness and success.

As we move through life we are presented with more and more opportunities, many of them good. But the simple, and hard to acknowledge fact, is that you can’t do and have it all. You need to make choices. You can do many things poorly or focus on doing a few things well. By using the power of ’no’ you can find more peace and satisfaction in the things you choose to pursue. Removing the clutter from you life can clear your mind and lead to better performance in life and at work. "Less, but better." - Deiter Rams

Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth - Reza Aslan

A historians take on the life of Jesus. This book provides a historical context to the story of Jesus that is not dealt with in the bible stories we are taught about the man. By explaining the politics, power struggles and social dynamics of the region during the time before, during and after Jesus the author presents Jesus as a man of his time. An agitator, a rebel, a zealot.

This presentation of Jesus makes him more accessible, understandable and real to those of us who do not blindly believe all that we are told.

Kettlebell: Simple & Sinister - Pavel Tsatsouline

If you are interested in a challenging and accessible workout program read this book. It provides an introduction to Kettlebell training and focuses on 2 primary exercises, the swing and the get-up. These exercises focus on the development of usable core strength and can serve as a great foundation for any training program and is suitable for athletes of all types and ages.

There are a lot of resources available for those looking to get started with Kettlebell training. This book is useful for beginners as well as more advanced kettlebell enthusiasts.