5 of the Best

Essential, Motivational Holiday Reading

5 of the Best: Essential, Motivational Holiday Reading
21st August 2018 FUEL10K
In Blog

The baking sun, a crystal blue pool and an inviting sun lounger are three of the four VERY necessary ingredients that make for a perfect holiday. Something’s missing though…

What’s that you say? A ice cold FUEL10 Breakfast Drink? It’s a strong answer but, on this one occasion, not right. No, you need the perfect book. And with the weather being so hot you can’t exercise, why not take a dip into the best motivational reads around?

For the Cyclist
Full Gas: How to Win a Bike Race – Tactics from inside the Peloton. by Peter Cossins

Released in June 2018, this fantastic read tackles the intricacies and complexities what makes cycling so appealing: an eye for opportunity and a quick mind are just as crucial to success as a ‘big engine’ or good form. So how do you win a bike race? How do you cope with crosswinds, cobbles, elbows-out sprints, weaving your way through a teeming peloton? Why are steady nerves one of the best weapons in a rider’s arsenal and breakaway artists to be revered? Where do you see the finest showcase of tactical brilliance?

Peter Cossins takes us on to the team buses to hear pro cyclists and directeurs sportifs explain their tactics: when it went right, when they got it wrong – from sprinting to summits, from breakaways to bluffing. Hectic, thrilling, but sometimes impenetrable – watching a bike race can baffle as much as entertain. Full Gas is the essential guide to make sense of all things peloton.

For the Insomniac
Why We Sleep – Matthew Walker

This has been topping the bestsellers list for a few months now. Scientific expert, Professor Matthew Walker explores twenty years of cutting-edge research to solve the mystery of why sleep matters. It’s one of the most important aspects of our life, health and longevity and yet it is increasingly neglected in twenty-first-century society, with devastating consequences: every major disease in the developed world – Alzheimer’s, cancer, obesity, diabetes – has very strong causal links to deficient sleep. It’s compelling stuff and paradoxically, most likely to keep you wide awake.

For the Pessimist
Drop the Ball by Tiffany Dufu

If you could lead happier life, have more cash and a relationships that worked, would you be interested? We thought so. Tiffany Dufu’s Drop the Ball is that path.

In Drop The Ball, Tiffany Dufu urges the reader to embrace imperfection, to expect less of themselves and more from others – enabling them to flourish at work and develop deeper, more meaningful relationships. And she’s awfully good company along the way too.

For the Barmy Army Soldier
A Clear Blue Sky by Jonny Bairstow

The Daily Mail Sports Book of the Year tells the extraordinary story of Johnny’s life. After the tragic death of his father at the age of 8, Jonny found his way through life by dedicating himself to sport. He was a gifted and natural athlete, with potential careers ahead of him in rugby and football, but he eventually chose cricket and came to build a career that followed in his father’s footsteps, eventually reaching the pinnacle of the sport and breaking the record for most Test runs in a year by a wicket keeper.

For the Self-Help Genre Hater
The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

The author had an epiphany one rainy afternoon in the unlikeliest of places: a city bus. “The days are long, but the years are short,” she realised. “Time is passing, and I’m not focusing enough on the things that really matter.” In that moment, she decided to dedicate a year to her happiness project.

For those who generally loathe the self-help genre, Rubin’s book is a breath of peppermint-scented air. Well-researched and sharply written, she takes an orderly, methodical approach to forging her own path to a happier state of mind.