Who likes to hold a book....an actual book made of paper bought in a store? Or do you use an e-reader or listen to a book in your car during your commute? Whatever the case, keep reading!
I'm a words on paper kind of guy. I enjoy opening a book, reading who the book is dedicated to, and completely skipping over the table of contents then diving right in. Before all of that though, it all starts in the book store. I go in blind without really knowing what I'm looking for. I walk up and down the aisles, taking my time through the sports section, slowly but quickly through the self-help aisle then a ceremonial pass through the sex section (not porn, relax!). I even walk through the puzzles and the legos. I'm a grown ass man but I still enjoy legos. Through all of these aisles, I always end up in current history, specifically warfare in the 21st century. Every book I have bought and read from front to back have been true stories written by American heroes that have faced war head on, in real life. Pictured above, except for Denis Leary's comical yet to-the-point view of why we suck, Trump's think big and kick ass attitude and The Chief's rise to football greatness, have all been war based, true and written by actual men and women that have served this great country. I don't have a favorite book because they all tell different stories. The funny thing is, they all are similar at the same time.
But to be honest, I keep buying and reading these types of books for three reasons:
1. Inspiration. As simple as that, no explanation needed.
2. A pilot at heart. In high school, my dream was to enter the Air Force and fly BUT my eyes failed me. I was either going to fly or nothing at all. I had no choice but to choose the latter. By reading these books, I am able to live vicariously through these brave soldiers and their blood, sweat, tears AND triumphs.
3. It's all about Dave. This may seem far-fetched, but the main reason I keep buying and reading these books is because I hope at some point in the thousands upon thousands of words, I'll come across a paragraph about Dave. Hell, even a sentence about Dave would suffice. I don't want to read about how he lost his life, but I know that a major part of these books I buy carry the tragic outcome of death. The point is, I simply want to know, the good and the bad.
I haven't read a book of any topic in quite some time. In fact, the last one I started (but have yet to finish) is "The Wright Brothers." Reading for me is like going to the gym...once I stop, I find it hard to pick back up again. With that said, it's so much easier to pick up a book than to pick up a dumbbell, so book it is!
See you all July 9th!