The Reason I Jump — Naoki Higashida

What a truly incredible book.

Noaki wrote this book when he was 13 years old.   A child diagnosed with autism at 5 who has struggled all his life with this incredibly difficult condition has finally learned a way to communicate through the written word.   This is a soul that has never been able to express itself before now able to tell the world what life is truly like living with autism.   The book takes the form of 58 common questions that are asked about autism and answers to each are given by Naoki.   These questions and answers are interspersed with Naoki’s prose and the book ends with a short story, also by Naoki.

It’s not a long book and it’s not a difficult read, it never goes off on tangents with pointless facts or science, it stays very much on target and is incredibly accessible.   And in so being, this makes this book a must read book for everyone, because we will all meet people with autism along our paths.   This book gives a lot of insight into just what is happening within that other human being, that there is a truly thoughtful and caring human being struggling within, and a little understanding of their abilities and disabilities would go a very long way to making their day a little better and not add any more to their struggles.

Just read it!!!

Naoki’s Page

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North – Scott Jurek

Or to give it its full title… ‘North: Finding My Way While Running the Appalachian Trail’.

I really enjoyed reading Scott’s earlier book ‘Eat and Run’, so this went straight onto my Amazon Wish List as soon as it appeared on sale and then straight onto the pile when it got put on sale for 99p.   I’m very much looking forward to giving it a good reading.

Scott’s Page

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Wabi Sabi – Beth Kempton

I really enjoyed Andrew Juniper’s book on Wabi Sabi, and this was only 99p, so why not add it to ‘The Pile’?

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Complete Works of Jules Verne – Jules Verne

I do keep dipping into this and reading a story occasionally, but find it quite disturbing at times due to the racism so can only manage about 1 story a year at most.   The view of Europeans back then towards Africa and its people was appalling, to put it mildly.

But it was what it was, and Jules is worth reading if you can get your head around the historical prejudices of his day.   Where would steampunk be if not for writers like Jules Verne?   And that’s who i would certainly recommend this to, anyone who has any love of ‘Steampunk’ should go back and read some of the earliest books of the genre, long before the genre even existed.   Also good stuff for ‘Vic Lit’ fans too.

The Novels…

Five Weeks in a Balloon
A Journey to the Centre of the Earth
From the Earth to the Moon
The Adventures of Captain Hatteras
The Children of Captain Grant
Around the Moon
Twenty Thousand leagues Under the Sea
A Floating City
The Adventures of Three Englishment and Three Russians in South African
The Fur Country
Around the World in Eighty Days
The Mysterious Island
The Survivors of the Chancellor
Michael Strogoff
Off on a Comet
The Underground City
Dick Sand: a Captain at Fifteen
The Begum’s Fortune
Tribulations of a Chinaman in China
The Steam house
Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon
The Green Ray
The School for Robinsons
Kéraban the Inflexible
The Archipelego on Fire
The Star of the South
Mathias Sandorf
Robur the Conqueror
The Lottery Ticket
The Flight to France
The Wreck of the Cynthia
North Against South
Two Years Holiday
The Purchase of the North Pole
Family Without a Name
César Cascabel
Mistress Branican
The Carpathian Castle
Claudius Bombarnac
Foundling Mick
The Adventures of Captain Antifer
The Floating Island
Facing the Flag
Clovis Dardentor
The Sphinx of the Ice Firelds
The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket — Edgar Allan Poe
The Will of an Eccentric
Master of the World

The Short Stories…

Martin Paz
The Blockade Runners
Dr. Ox and Other Stories
Yesterday and Tomorrow
A Drama in Mexico
The Mutineers of the Bounty
In the Year 2889
An Express of the Future

The Non-Fiction…

Celebrated Travels and Travellers
I. The Exploration of the World
II. The Great Navigators of the Eighteenth Century
III. The Great Explorers of the Nineteenth Century

Jules’ Page

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Complete Works of Mark Twain – Mark Twain

Now i have the ‘Infinite Improbability Drive’ picking out my next book i might actually get around to reading some of this.

The Novels…

The Gilded Age: A Tale of Today
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
The Prince and the Pauper
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
The American Claimant
Tom Sawyer Abroud
Pudd’nhead Wilson
Tom Sawyer, Detective
Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc
A Horse’s Tale
The Mysterious Stranger

The Short Stories…

Chronological List of Short Stories
Alphabetical List of Short Stories
Mark Twain’s Library of Humor

The Essays and Satires…

List of Twain’s Essays and Satires

The Travel Writing…

The Innocents Abroud
Roughing It
A Tramp Abroad
Following the Equator
Some Rambling Notes of an Idle Excursion

The Non-Fiction…

Old Times on the Mississippi
Life on the Mississippi
Christian Science
Queen Victoria’s Jubilee
My Platonic Sweetheart
Editorial Wild Oats

The Letters…

The Complete Letters of Mark Twain

The Speeches…

The Complete Speeches

The Criticism…

Mark Twain by Archibald Henderson
Mark Twain by Brander Matthews
The Americans by David Christie Murray
Mark Twain by Frederick Waddy
New York Times Articles

The Biographies…

Chapters from my Autobiography by Mark Twain
My Mark Twain by William Dean Howells
Mark Twain a Biography by Albert Bigelow Paine
The Boy’s Life of Mark Twain by Albert Bigelow Paine

Mark’s Page

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Luku Makes a Didgeridoo – Kyle Maplesden

A nice view into how a traditional didgeridoo is made and crafted, explained in language that i would probably reckon about 7 years upward.   But as a Kindle has it’s own look up dictionary it’s always a good thing to push a few new words — like “pigment” — onto young minds.

Illustrated throughout with some lovely pictures which unfortunately don’t get full justice on the black and white Kindle screen.

Nice first book, Kyle.

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