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review 2017-06-24 11:00
#43 - Wild by Cheryl Strayed
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail - Cheryl Strayed

I read this book for "Main Street Station". It was recommended by BrokenTune, and it was such a great recommendation!

 

I had heard a lot about this book and about the movie (that I have to watch now that I finished the book). There is an episode of Gilmore Girls were Lorelai attempt to do "Wild". I did not know a lot about it when I watched this episode, so it was great to finally understand what it was about.

 

I love hiking and I always have. With the girls scouts (the equivalent of it in my country) we used to go hiking during our summer camp and it was always the best part of it. I enjoyed a lot walking with my huge bag pack, trying to find food and trying not to get lost. I have so many great memories and this book reminded me of them. Ok, it was often for 2 or 3 days and I was not alone, Cheryl’s experience was really different but still. I have always wanted to do something like that, but I’m way too scared to do it alone. I’m really impressed by what she did and I admire her a lot for that.

 

What I love the most about Cheryl is her honesty. She does not try to be someone perfect, she just tries to find herself and discover who she is. She made mistakes, but she doesn’t seem to regret it, because they are part of who she is. She is also really, really funny. I love learning about her experience.

 

The writing was also so good. I mean, it is just Cheryl walking for 300 pages, you would think it was going to be boring… but it never gets boring! It is always so dynamic and you are anxious about what is going to happen and excited as well. I really did not want to stop reading and I often thought about the book while I was not reading it. My boyfriend was getting crazy because I was always like “yeah, you know that Cheryl lost her toenails?”, “oh, it reminds me when Cheryl lost her boot, it must have been awful”. And I was going on and on; All. The. Time.

 

The day after I finished this book, we went to a festival. I had to carry my bag for like a mile and I thought I was going to die (ok, the bag was full of beer, beers are heavy. But I don’t think my bag was as heavy as Cheryl’s). And every time I was like “can you imagine how hard it must have been for Cheryl?”. My boyfriend just did not answered… (I can be really annoying).

 

Anyway, this ramling review to say that this book was amazing and I really recommend it to everyone. You won’t be disappointed!!

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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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