The Book of Mike

"This is no junior college. This is the notorious University of Miami.” -- Marlins starter Dontrelle Willis, after getting knocked around for six runs in 2 1/3 innings by the Canes.

Sunday, July 17, 2005


I am regularly accused of reading two types of books exclusively:

1. Baseball books
2. Poker books

But that's unfair. I read books of all kinds. To help dispel this unfair myth, I'm going to list some of the books that I've read within the past six months that aren't baseball or poker (or even diet/exercise related). I won't even provide Amazon links that would get me a kickback in case you bought anything (but you can still click on the Amazon link on the side and I'll get a cut of whatever you buy). Anyway, here are some titles I've recently read:

  • Blink, by Malcom Gladwell
  • The Tipping Point, by Malcom Gladwell
  • Bringing Down the House - technically it's a gambling book, but it's more of a story than that, so I'm listing it.
  • The Disapparation of James, by Anne Ursu - you might otherwise know her as BatGirl, but this is totally different
  • The Meaning of Sports, by Michael Mandelbaum - well, it's definitely a sports book, but not technically a baseball book. But I'm listing it anyway because of it's sociological elements.
  • Eats, Shoots & Leaves, by Lynne Truss - those of you who pay too much attention to the site may remember that I read this book last year. But I just re-read it. If you read this site or FishStripes regularly, you know that I should read books like this one more frequently.
  • Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen
  • Persuasion, by Jane Austen
Ouch. The list is a lot shorter than I thought it would be. I've recently read more than twice that many baseball related books. Maybe I really do need to branch out and vary my reading a little more frequently. We'll see.


  • At 9:51 AM, July 18, 2005, Blogger wiggins said…

    Two things -

    How is the Ursu? I keep meaning to check that out. I love Batgirl, but have been somewhat scared to try her books. Should I check it out?

    What brought on the Jane Austen? Hmmmm...

  • At 9:55 AM, July 18, 2005, Blogger Mike said…

    Ursu is great. It's completely different from her baseball writing, but The Disapparation of James is a great story. I would recommend it - although it's not the same sort of appeal as Rammer Jammer.

  • At 9:56 AM, July 18, 2005, Blogger wiggins said…

    Cool. I've been meaning to get to it, and now I will go ahead and put it in my Amazon cart...

    What about the Gladwell?

  • At 10:00 AM, July 18, 2005, Blogger Mike said…

    The Gladwell books are both very good. I would recommend Blink before The Tipping Point. But once you've read one, you don't have to read the other (there's some overlap).

    You might consider Austen - especially if you can read it at Starbucks or somewhere public. It's a hit with the ladies.

  • At 10:07 AM, July 18, 2005, Blogger wiggins said…

    I'll check out the Gladwell - I had heard abnout it... but it didn't grab me right away. I'll look into him again.

    Did I say I hadn't read Austen? I was just wondering why you were suddenly reading "chick books." I have my suspicions...

    ...and actually I haven't read any Austen. I know I should, but I just could never bring myself to do it. There is so much other good stuff out there to read...

    I'm a jerk - what can I say?

  • At 10:11 AM, July 18, 2005, Blogger Mike said…

    I'm telling you, put some Austen in front of you (don't even read it) and sit at Starbucks for five minutes. Women will flock to you.

  • At 10:14 AM, July 18, 2005, Blogger wiggins said…


    That's alright. I have enough women trouble as it is. I need to not deal with the ladies for a while, as I get my shit together...

    ...and once I am a big opera star - I won't have to worry about that kind of stuff.

    Thanks for the tip, though.

  • At 6:33 PM, July 19, 2005, Blogger Mike said…


    It is indeed chick lit. The Devil Wears Prada = modern Austen.

  • At 12:54 PM, July 22, 2005, Blogger Carolina said…

    Mike=jerk who deletes my comments

  • At 12:56 PM, July 22, 2005, Blogger Mike said…

    Here is Carolina's original comment (unedited), which I previously deleted:

    "I’m taking credit for introducing him to Austen. I’m just surprised he admitted publicly to reading both books.

    Also, Austen is NOT 'chick lit.' It is so much more. "

  • At 8:50 PM, July 22, 2005, Blogger wiggins said…


    I hadn't even noticed that...

    I'm sorry Carolina - I can't imagine any scenario where it wouldn't be considered chick-lit. Of course - what the hell do I know?


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