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review 2017-04-02 01:58
The Queen of the PCT
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail - Cheryl Strayed

This is a pretty good book.  The writing is plain and simple, easy to follow and understand, though not as descriptive as Ayn Rand or John Steinbeck.


I liked the adventure that Cheryl Strayed took and I'm glad she got away from heroin and Joe.  I wish there were an epilogue to this book that told more about what Cheryl did after she hiked the PCT, e.g. did she ever finish her BA, why did she not call the attorney in the BMW and have lunch with him to tell him about her journey, what job did she first get after finishing and living in Portland?


Reading this book makes me want to hike the PCT and the Appalachian Trail too.  I used to backpack on my own though never as far as Cheryl did in one day and would love to return to it soon.


This book made me remember that I moved to Utah from Virginia in the winter of 1994, the same winter that dropped record snowfall in Utah and the Sierra Nevada's, which resulted in the nearly impassable snow Cheryl experienced in the summer of 1995 which my first summer in Utah and we had snow on July 5th.  I too was on my own journey through life trying to get away from my mother and family who were still living and learning to live on my own in a new State and City.


This book has been on my reading list for some time and I have seen the movie in bits and pieces and really did not think it was that great so I finally read the book.


I definitely recommend this book, especially if you are in your 20's, like the outdoors, or plan to hike the PCT or the AT.

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review 2017-02-05 16:30
SIZE MATTERS by Alison Bliss
Size Matters (A Perfect Fit) - Alison Bliss
  One of the funniest romances I have read in a while. Leah owns a bakery and is overweight. Her mother is always telling her what to do to lose the weight. She meets Sam in a bar and he is a jerk to her but when he goes to apologize to her he is enlisted to help her get the wedding cake to her ex-boyfriend's wedding where he proclaims them engaged. Now they have to look for a way out of the engagement because Leah's mother was there during the proclamation.

I loved Leah and Sam. If only they could have read each other's thoughts instead of thinking they knew what the other was thinking it would have spared them both so much heartache. We also would have lost a lot of the humor. Leah's family is a hoot! I especially enjoyed Sam's jerking her brother's chain.

This was just a fun read. I hope the others that follow will be as much fun.
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review 2017-01-12 00:00
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail - Cheryl Strayed This book touched me a lot. The author is very straightforward about everything. She has a difficult time and makes her way through it, but it isn't like it was so hard until she conquered it into honey and rainbows. She struggles the whole book. She acknowledges the good and bad parts of herself also. She's made mistakes. It all comes out. Wild inspired me. I would like to undertake something this monumental in my own life. I plan to watch the film soon.
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review 2016-07-20 00:09
Review: Wild
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail - Cheryl Strayed

I both enjoyed and loathed this book. I enjoyed the exploration of the wilderness. I despised Cheryl. She was as dislikable as Eat Pray Love. She is a girl with everything before her, all sorts of potential. But when her mother dies she just goes into an unexplained self-destructive spiral. She ruins her marriage for no reason. She does heroin for no reason. She just blasts her life apart....why? And then she sets out on this insane wilderness walk. And bitches. The. Whole. Time. She wants to be "a tough Amazonian queen". Please. There are kids in African running from lions barefoot. You're walking a mountain trail in expensive boots. I just had zero sympathy for her. She walks thru this entire book with no weapon, and nothing bad really happens to her. She hitchhikes, she goes home with strangers, she takes drinks from weirdos. I feel like this book is a poster for what you should never do. Never go into a months-long hike without actually preparing. Never go alone, especially as woman. Never take rides from strangers! Omg. She does everything I was told at an early age would get me killed. I am not denying that long-distance hiking is a challenge or is easy. It is. No doubt. But please don't expect me to rah-rah for you when you ruined your own life before doing this crazy feat to save yourself.


Was I supposed to feel inspired? Because I didn't. I wanted to strangle Cheryl. I only enjoyed this remotely because she wrote well about the journey and the scenery.


Giving it 3 stars, which is generous. Really more like 2, but the landscape was pretty.

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text 2016-07-18 22:55
Reading progress update: I've read 150 out of 315 pages.
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail - Cheryl Strayed

I feel as much sympathy for Cheryl as I did for Liz in Eat Pray Love. Which is zero. Nadda. Zilch.

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