Casey Brown in the 2011 New Zealand Mountain Bike National Championships in Dunedin
Casey Brown in the 2011 New Zealand Mountain Bike National Championships in Dunedin (Photo: Phil Walter/Getty Images)

What Casey Brown Is Reading Right Now

From 'The Suble Art of Not Giving a F*ck' to 'Sapiens,' this professional mountain biker doesn't mess around when it comes to reading good books

Casey Brown in the National Downhill Mountainbike Championships on Signal Hill, February 27, 2011 in Dunedin, New Zealand.

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When Casey Brown isn’t rewriting the rules of mountain biking or tackling freeride lines, you’ll often find her deep in a book. These are four of her current favorites.

Sapiens, by Yuval Noah Harari

(Courtesy Harper Perennial)

“A brief history on humankind, I took my time with this one, rereading chapters to fully understand how we ended up where we are today. There’s a lot of information, so be ready to get your gears turning. It’s a must-read. I’m excited to dive into the next one: Homo Deus: A Brief History on Tomorrow.”

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The Fear Project, by Jaimal Yogis

(Courtesy Rodale Books)

“Yogis dives into the human brain, from personal stories and experiences with scientific proof of his findings. I really enjoyed reading this book. It’s a good one for anyone who’s interested in being in control of how they react to fear, not just in sports but in everyday life.”

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The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, by Mark Manson

(Courtesy Harper)

“I saw this book in an airport, picked it up, flicked through a couple pages, and had to buy it. It’s written in a blunt, to-the-point way, which I enjoyed. Manson includes a lot from the teachings of Buddha and how it relates to our modern-day selves. It’s a good one for the shelf, so you can pick it up from time to time and remember what you should be giving a f—ck about.”

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The Golden Spruce, by John Vaillant

(Courtesy W. W. Norton and Company)

“This is a story of a man who saw both sides of the logging industry in British Columbia and protested in a heartbreaking way. It includes stories from the indigenous people and their battles with the newcomers. It’s a good way to educate yourself on the history of the area and how logging has shaped and destroyed this province. It’s the only book I’ve ever had a hard time putting down.”

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Lead Photo: Phil Walter/Getty Images

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