Shawn Cheatham

Globetrotter. Technologist. Triathlete.

October ‘18: Recently Read

October was National Book month! I imagine the Publishing industry marketing folks decided there aren’t enough reasons to buy books, otherwise they would’ve called it National Reading Month. Wait, that’s probably on the calendar too…oh well, running list of what I read this month.

To Kill a Mocking Bird, Harper Lee

Why or how I hadn’t read this book until now is beyond me. It made me catch my breath, LOL and even got a little misty eyed…#somanyfeels.


Spiritual Graffiti: Finding My True Path

I came across MC Yogi in ‘08 when he dropped Elephant Power, this wild mashup of Buddhist chants and hip-hop. I lived in San Francisco at the time and it seemed to be everywhere. I loved it, so when I came across his book I snapped it up to learn how he hit on the idea of yoga, buddhism and hip-hop. I really appreciated hearing his story and happy that he was able to tell it.


Water for Elephants, Sara Gruen

A crusty old guy that only a few people understood, elephants, trains and a circus…what’s not to love!


We Should All Be Feminists, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

 Required reading.


The End of Your Life Book Club, Will Schwalbe

Whoa. Zero expectations when I stumbled onto this book. It’s a touching story of the relationship Schwalbe had with his mother and their love of books. Definitely a story that triggers a bit of introspection while not as sad as the title led me to believe.


Open, An Autobiography, Andre Agassi

I really enjoyed getting a feel for Agassi’s perspective. I loved how “human” he came across. I appreciated that while he was transparent with many aspects of his life, he avoided some of the more controversial drama of his career.


Turtles All The Way Down, John Green

So here’s the funny thing about this book...I was totally captivated while reading it but a week later, I couldn’t remember the slightest detail! It all came back to me after glancing at the summary...mental health, adolescent awkwardness, struggle. When the book released, it generated a lot of attention which I attribute to Green talking about his mental health and how it allowed him to write this story, rather than the story/writing itself.


Forward: A Memoir, Abby Wombach

Prior to reading this book, I had never heard of Abby Wambach. I don’t do soccer….never played an organized game and can’t say as I’ve ever watched a women’s game. I picked up the book out of curiosity and to get a feel for someone’s perspective from within the sport. Wambach didn’t disappoint. Transparent, opinionated and real. Definitely worth reading her story.


Sing, Unburied, Sing, Jesmyn Ward

I don’t read much fiction but this is the second of Ward’s books that I got my hands on. In both cases, I appreciated her style but the tragic reality of the story made me feel awful. When it comes to reading fiction, I need more entertainment and less reality.


It Worked for Me: In Life and Leadership, Colin Powell

Powell is a no bullshit kinda guy but doesn’t come off as a supreme asshole. Not many military folks can pull that off. I’ve heard him speak a couple times, so I knew what to expect but this book offered a number of gold nuggets for aspiring leaders.


The Orphan Master’s Son, Adam Johnson

What a story! Unbelievably real yet so far from reality. There were so many layers of this story that I think it would be good for people with varying levels of knowledge about the Korean peninsula.