Basically it is a boring part of the off season. We all come here for entertainment, and really there is not much going on so we need to create something to talk about and the expansion issue has been beaten to death. So why not discuss books? What are your favorite books? I saw a post like this on BHTSC (an awesome Steelers SBnation site) and it lead to me picking up a couple of books I had not thought about reading before. This will be simple: Try and not be too pretentious and give us a list of the best books you have read. Easy enough right?
1. Huck Finn by Mark Twain. I read this about 10 times as a little kid, and every year I pick it up and read it again. There is something about a journey to discover yourself that just speaks to me. And the line "All right, then, I'll GO to hell." is still one of my favorite moments in print.
2. To America by Stephen Ambrose. This is one of his books that really gets overlooked but it is a nice, easy read that spells out why Ambrose loved his country, and his profession. Once upon a time I wanted to be a history professor, and this guy was a huge inspiration.
3. A Time to Kill by John Grisham. I came to the Grisham party a bit late, but I made up for it by shotgunning about 15 of his books in the past two years. I love this guys stuff, it is easy to read and really entertaining when he builds a character, warts and all. Living in a small southern town I can appreciate the characters and flaws of Clanton, Miss. This book is thought provoking and entertaining.
4. Germs, Guns, and Steel by Jared Diamond. I teach Ancient World history, and this book has become a major source in most textbooks today. It really offers some interesting ideas on how we developed as a human race the way we did. One of the coolest sections is on the evolution of, and domestication of many food types.
5. Joe Paterno: By the Book. When I got serious about coaching I was a Senior in college. I explored GA spots at Gasp! tOSU, and a few other places. I was told by my position coach to read this book and do some soul searching. What I found was a story of being different, being true to yourself, and your ideals no matter what. This book gets read every July as a reminder of why I coach. It keeps me grounded, yet makes me want to strive for more. Anyone who ever wants to coach football needs to read this book.
6.Salem's Lot by Stephen King. I bought this the day I waited 20 hours to buy the Xbox360 in Wal Mart. I needed something to keep me entertained. This was the first and only book that has ever scared me. I was rubbing my neck at several times and looking over my shoulder. The story was that freaking good. Unlike other books on my list I do not go back and reread this one.
7. IT by Stephen King. Sure it has a funky ending, and it is little more than pulp horror, but there is something about the way King makes the friendships of the children come to life that just makes this a great read to me.
8. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows by J.K. Rowling. This book was the one that tied it all together for HP fans. I was real skeptical of the series but once I read it I fell into the story head first. This book, which reveals the intentions of Snape, has Harry deal with his mortality, and face down the greatest evil in his world, is a grand ending to one of the most entertaining book series I have read.
9. The Grapes of Wrath by Steinbeck. When I first read this in the 8th grade I missed alot of the themes, and messages that were present in this story. When I reread it in college it took on a much different meaning. The movie is great, but the book has so many subtle messages that really get you to think about our world today.
10. Bleachers by John Grisham. Another good book by Grisham, this one is different from his other books, because of the lack of a lawroom, but the story of a town gathering for the funeral of a legend that many who knew him best despised is a good read that has a personal meaning to me.
There you go, that is my list what is on yours?