Book Aesthetic

For anyone new to the Book Aesthetic trend, it’s essentially an attempt to summarize your experience, thoughts, emotions, and visualizations about a book.

I’ve challenged myself to face my tech insecurities, and create a new Book Aesthetic each month of the year. This year I am focusing on adventure stories. For more details on the plan, feel free to check out my first attempt at a Book Aesthetic featuring Apsley Cherry-Gerrard’s book The Worst Journey in the World you can find it HERE.

For February I read Mark Synnott’s best seller The Third Pole: Mystery, Obsession, and Death on Mount Everest.

I don’t think my Book Aesthetic or any Book Aesthetic could ever do this book justice. This was such an enjoyable read that no matter how the rest of my project turns out I will feel fulfilled by the endeavor, simply because of the experience of reading this story.

It’s challenge to not sit and write a thousand words about how this book invigorates a thirst for adventure, but that isn’t the goal. The goal is to keep the writing to a minimum and see if something useful can be captured in a medium that lies outside my comfort zone.

I will iterate that this was a FANTASTIC book, and I strongly recommend it to anyone looking for a new book to add their reading list.

With that, here is my Book Aesthetic for Mark Synott’s The Third Pole: Mystery, Obsession, and Death on Mount Everest.

For March I’m reading Felice Benuzzi’s book No Picnic on Mount Kenya. Feel free to join me in embracing this trend, or join me in reading along, or join me in both. I’d love to hear your thoughts on these books, and I would also love to hear your thoughts on how these short videos turn out.

Carrot

Cover PHOTOGRAPH BY MATTHEW IRVING

14 Replies to “Book Aesthetic”

  1. Just mentioned No Picnic on Mount Kenya in my latest blog post. Climbers will always do what it takes to climb the big mountain in the distance, especially if it presents some technical difficulties. In this case, one of those technical difficulties was one climbers usually don’t face and doesn’t have a numerical scale. Being interned in a prisoner of war camp didn’t stop these two Italians. Here, in addition to having to create all their climbing gear from scratch, they had to escape from their camp and evade capture until they returned. Now that is an adventure!

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  2. I loved “No Picnic on Mt. Kenya!” Also, your book aesthetic is beautiful — a little fast, maybe? When and if I ever finish reading the contest books (I’m at it again) I’ll look for The Third Pole.

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    1. It’s too fast at spots for sure…hopefully I can figure out some way to adjust the speed on the next one. I started reading Mt. Kenya, for March, knowing I have a long time to get through it, and couldn’t put it down, it is so good!

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  3. I looked up definition after reading your last post. I have tried (& continue) to use this for my daughters 50th Bday. I’m using each decade of her life. Not an easy task. You don’t want to go in my office! At least I’ll get rid of lots of photos rarely looks at. Thanks!

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  4. I like this idea, and will have a crack at it soon. Thanks for this! Oh and I’ll be reading the books you’ve “reviewed” as well..

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