Continuing on with my theme of relaxing and reading on Sundays, today I'm going to start a series of book review posts. These are not going to be on all the latest Paleo books that have come out. There are lots of people doing that and Jimmy Moore does this especially well in his website here.
The books that I'm going to review are books that I have read that contain information relevant to the Paleo lifestyle, even though they may not actually be written by people who believe in it.
Even though it's really a great thing that more books aimed specifically at Paleo converts are being published, I don't think we want to forget the wealth of knowledge that is already available from other sources.
I have been an avid reader for many years, since way back when I was a young child. While others were out running around and exploring the outdoors, I preferred to explore books, and would sit under a tree for hours reading. The drawing Amazon uses as it's Kindle symbol could easily have been me.
Even when sent to bed, many nights I would read under the covers with a flashlight, so reading has been a big part of my life for a very long time.
I have read thousands of books over the years, and the more I learn about Paleo the more I think about all the other things that I have read that can be used as a part of it. I'd like to introduce some of these books here and give you a brief overview of what you will find in them that could be useful to you in expanding and refining your Paleo lifestyle.
Today I'd like to write about building a Paleo reference library, but not the way you might think. I have always been a huge fan of books. I love the feel of them, the look of them, and the smell of the fresh clean pages covered with print. But I also know that in this day and age owning actual physical copies of books can be very limiting.
There is so much information available to us today that buying more and more books in an effort to try to keep up with it is a total impossibility. For years I did try, and the end result was that twice a year I had to cull my books before they took over my home, so I ended up donating cartons full to my local library. While the library loved this, it wasn't the best solution for me. Time and time again I found I had donated a book that I wanted to reference which was very frustrating.
Now this no longer happens because I buy most of my books in the downloadable version available at Amazon and other bookstores. This allows me to have a much larger library than I could ever have housed in the past. Now the only books I buy in hard copy are ones that I know I will reference again and again, and also some that are too difficult to read online such as books with a lot of diagrams and photos. I find that sometimes these won't give you a true picture of their contents in the online version.
So I still have bookcases in my office, but now there are far fewer books on them than in the past. Most of my books I read on my iPad or even on my iPhone if I'm stuck somewhere waiting. You can also read books on your laptop or other computer, so having an extensive online library is easy and a very space saving method of keeping your favourite books handy.
As you consider which books you want to read, consider also which method will work best for you. If you buy few books then it probably isn't a problem for you. But if like me you are a voracious reader, buying your books in a version that you can keep in a computer file rather than on a bookshelf may be the answer for you as well.
Of course technology isn't always the answer. I wouldn't take my iPad or iPhone with me to the beach where it could get stolen or wrecked. That's where I will buy a cheap paperback that I can just throw out once I'm done with it. And sometimes it's still nice to just feel the crisp new pages. But this is the exception for me now, not the rule.
Whatever form you choose, building a great reference library is something worth considering. It will give you lots of great ideas that you can use right now to improve your life, as well as serve as a fountain of information and inspiration for years to come.
I won't be giving up my books anytime soon. There are too many tree shaded spots I still have to enjoy.
“Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” - George Bernard Shaw