One of my resolutions for 2015 is to read more — specifically books about travel and adventure (go figure). I’ve always read in my spare time and usually spend at least a portion of each flight I take reading, but I’ll admit, sometimes it can take me awhile to get though a book. You know how it goes, life gets the way, you get busy and the list of excuses goes on. So to accomplish my goal to read more in 2015 and catch up on the backlog of classic travel and adventure books I embarrassingly haven’t read yet, I decided some structure and accountability were in order.
Enter the TMT Required Reading List (I’d call it a book club but I don’t want to sound like Oprah or remind you of the middle aged women that meet in your mom’s living room).
The TMT Required Reading List entails me selecting a new book to read every two months. Why every two months? Well, I don’t want to set myself up to fail, plain and simple. Maybe I’ll ease into one book a month down the road.
Now for the accountability part. Joining me in reading these books throughout 2015 will be my brother and my dad. Every two months I’ll be sending them each a copy of the TMT Require Reading selected book. We’ll all have two months to read it and can talk about it whenever we see each (so no pretending to have read it allowed).
To kick things off, I selected a book I’ve been meaning to read for years — Peter Matthiessen’s National Book Award winning The Snow Leopard.
Here’s an intro to the book as it reads on the book’s back cover:
In 1973, Peter Matthiessen and field biologist George Schaller traveled high into the remote mountains of Nepal to study the Himalayan blue sheep and possibly glimpse the rare and beautiful snow leopard. Matthiessen, a student of Zen Buddhism, was also on a spiritual quest to find the Lama of Shey at the ancient shrine on Crystal Mountain. As the climb proceeds, Matthiessen charts his inner path as well as his outer one, with a deepening Buddhist understanding of reality, suffering, impermanence, and beauty.
I’ve spent time in Nepal, love a good trekking/mountain climbing story and secretly sometimes want to give up all of my possessions and live in a monastery in the Himalayas — so I’m looking forward to reading this.
If you want to join me (and my brother and dad) in reading TMT Require Reading books throughout the year, I encourage you to do so. If you do, let me know what you think of the books on social media (you can find me though the links at the top of this site). Or if you have a recommendation for a travel and adventured themed book that you love and think I should read this year, let me know!
Photo credit: top photo by Christopher Michel