Welcome to MyBookshelf — see what I did there? This is a collection of books that I’ve read, enjoyed and personally recommend. You can click on the image or title to be taken to Amazon to pick up a copy. If you’ve read something you think I would enjoy, please feel free to shoot me a note with the recommendation.
|Why We Get Fat: And What To Do About It – Gary Taubes
If you’re interested in the ketogenic diet, this book has likely been recommended to you. Those that dislike the book too often focus on his downplay of calories in, calories out (CICO) rather than him correctly pointing to the villainization of dietary fats and the massive over consumption of sugars and carbohydrates in the standard American diet. If you prefer a more scientific approach, Taubes has an expanded version that includes greater depth and detail called Good Calories, Bad Calories: Fats, Carbs, and the Controversial Science of Diet and Health. I own both but that one was way too dry for me.
|Strength Training Anatomy – Frederic Delavier
Do you know WHY you’re doing the exercises you do in the gym? Do you know which way your muscle fibers run? If not, you need this book. This book is a fantastic, no-nonsense visual reference for strength training athletes that want to optimize their programs. The book is broken down several sections and goes through the popular exercises showing what muscles are worked as well as the anatomy of the impacted area. Delavier also has additional titles that cover workouts, stretching, core, women’s specialization and more.
|Outliers: The Story of Success – Malcolm Gladwell
There is a misconception that this book is a self-help or personal development book. It’s not. Gladwell’s book is sort of the story behind the story — how successful people are made. For example, there is a chapter on what he calls the “10,000 Hour Rule” — where you put 10,000 hours into something to become a master of that domain. Whether you believe in Gladwell’s theories and conclusions or not is another discussion, but his book will make you think about problems differently. I also recommend his David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants which is a similar pop-science book that focuses on advantage/disadvantage in a similar light.