50 Books Challenge: The Best of 2013

Once again I did it. I completed the 50th Books Challenge in 2013 with over 50 that I read cover to cover – plus a bunch of books that I started or read partly.

Quite a number of books on my list are nonfictional or text-books. This year, I read an enormous amount of fitness related guides, especially for running. One of my favorites this year deals with the topic of  natural running, ultra-running, paleo background on running, etc. etc. – in short, the definite story about a truly human feature:

Born to Run – Christopher McDougall

 

Every year, I read at least  one book with a large volume of pages. this year it was the fictional lifetime story of  The Aztec – Gary Jennings

It tells the life of an aztec from his birth, through his life as child, warrior, writer, merchant, chronist of the aztec empire’s fall etc. etc.  It’s worth a read for all that want to learn about the aztec culture or those that like historic tales – this time, from a non-european perspective. I was occupied with this book from March until the end of the year. On one hand because I read several other books in parallel and due to the sheer volume of the book (the lines are crammed and the font is small).

 

What Einstein Told his Cook- Robert L. Wolke

I read a bunch of books about chemical background on cooking and food. This one was one of the best because it is as entertaining as detailed and accurate, although not too technical to still understand it without deep knowledge of “hard-core chemistry”.

 

 

I am looking forward into a new 50 book challenge in 2014! Are you in for the challenge?

Primer on Architecture in New York City

Skyline (seen from top of Rockefeller Center)

Skyline (seen from top of Rockefeller Center)

This post was started after my trip to New York. Being in the city that never sleeps was accompanied by a feeling of “been here before”. visiting New York felt like seeing a city that I knew from TV, movies, magazines, books, photographs … actually being in New York – it came as no surprise that there was no surprise at all – just, seen it before. Mostly because of iconic buildings that make up the shape of the city. Famous for skyscrapers and iconic structures. With this blog post, I’d like to show a few of the buildings. For those into architecture nothing new, for the others a recap.

 

Brooklyn Bridge 1869 – 1883

Brooklyn Bridge

Brooklyn Bridge

The bridge was the first of it’s kind. Build with concrete and – new at that time – steel. The architect was the German. When he died. Dedicated to the last. Yes, German engineering rocks! 🙂

Unfortunate event at the opening was a mass panic. Pedestrians crossed the bridge.

Nowadays, the Brooklyn Bridge is one of the iconic structures in New York. Featured in TV series’ and hollywood movies.

Flatiron Building 1902
Known because it was depicted on lots of postcards.

Flatiron Building

Flatiron Building

Woolworth Building 1910-1913

Woolworth Building

Woolworth Building

Chrysler Building 1928-1930

Crysler Building

Crysler Building

But when it was completed, it didn’t stay long the highest building …

Empire State Building 1929-1931

THE skyscraper in New York was long the highest building in the city and the world.IMG_0780
Rockefeller Center 1931-1940

Built in the time of recession, with the vision of Rockefeller. Used for broadcasting.

PanAm Building 1960-1963
Yes, I keep calling it PanAm Building. Because that was the original name. Walter Gropius. Famous BAUHAUS architecure.

Guggenheim Museum

Guggenheim

Guggenheim

New York Times Building

New York Times Building

times

Hearst Tower

Hearst Tower

Hearst Tower

FRANK  GEHRY

Frank Gehry

Frank Gehry

Four Times Square aka Condé Nast Building

One Bryant Park aka Bank of America
Bank of America

The future:

WTC1 aka Freedomtower

new WTC

new WTC