Posted in Book Memes

WWW Wednesday: November 14, 2018

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World Of Words! All you have to do is answer the following three questions:

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?


What are you currently reading?

houseofgold

I am still working my way through House of Gold. I think this is going to become my new Dragonfly in Amber…it might take me forever, but I’m going to finish it!

killersoftheflowermoon

I just started Killers of the Flower Moon on audio today. I love history and true crime, so I am loving this so far!

What did you recently finish reading?

wild

I just wrote a review for Wild on Monday. You should go check it out here. (4 Stars)

hocuspocus

I am a giant fan of the movie Hocus Pocus, so the first part of this book was pure nostalgia for me. The second part, which was a story from the present day with Max and Allison’s daughter, Poppy, as the protagonist was a cute, not-too-scary Halloween read. I enjoyed the tone of the story, which definitely was consistent with the tone of the movie.. I also enjoyed the references to the movie as well. It was cute, but not life changing. If you are a fan of the movie from the 90’s, you will get a big kick out of this book. (3.5 Stars)

whenbreathbecomesair

I listened to When Breath Becomes Air on audio as part of my effort to read more non-fiction. This book has gotten so much acclaim that I figured it would be well worth adding to my reading life. I know basically nothing about neuroscience, or really medicine in general, and this book didn’t leave me feeling lost and confused. It was easy to follow, and it was quite thought provoking. I enjoyed it quite a bit. (4 Stars)

escapingfromhoudini

I absolutely loved Stalking Jack the Ripper and Hunting Prince Dracula, so I had high hopes for Escaping from Houdini. I ended up really liking the book. I am always a fan of books set on ships (I’m a giant Titanic fan), so that aspect of the story was fascinating for me. I also enjoyed all of the historical references. I have to say, I was greatly annoyed by Audrey Rose in this book, which saddened me because I love her dearly. Other than that though, it was a fantastic book, and I cannot wait for the 4th book in the series! (4.5 Stars)

What do you think you’ll read next?

foolishhearts

I got my copy of Foolish Hearts from OwlCrate, and I have yet to read it. Well, the time is now!!


Have you read any of these books? What are your thoughts on them? What are you currently reading? Let me know down in the comments!

Love and happy reading,

Posted in Book Reviews

Book Review: Wild

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Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed ~ 315 pages ~ published 3/20/12 by Knopf

Goodreads Synopsis:

At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother’s death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life. With no experience or training, driven only by blind will, she would hike more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State — and she would do it alone.
Told with suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humor, Wild powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.

What I Thought:

Wild was certainly an interesting read. I don’t read very much non-fiction, but I wanted to take the month of November to change that. Wild has been on my list for quite some time, and it was available on audiobook from my library. Even though I was shaking my head at her most of the time, I was thoroughly engaged throughout.

I am not the outdoorsy type. I enjoy hiking, but when I say that I mean a 2.5 – 4.5 mile day hike trail, where I get to go home after a couple of hours. So, setting off to hike hundreds of miles by myself through extreme weather conditions sounds like the furthest thing from what I would consider fun or even tolerable. I know a lot of people have read this book and said that it made them want to go hiking. To those people, I say, “Did we read the same book?” 😂 This book made me realize that my feelings toward long-distance hiking were entirely accurate!

So, all of that to say, I do not know what kind of preparation is necessary for a hiking trip of the magnitude that Cheryl Strayed went on…but I do know that it is significantly more than what she actually did! Knowing that she came out on the other side of this hike (since I was reading a book that she herself wrote) helped me to be able to get through it. I was so scared for her throughout the book! From weather, to animals, to dehydration, to potential sexual predators, just reading about her experience gave me anxiety. But, I was also completely and thoroughly entertained.

Would I ever hike the Pacific Crest Trail myself? Absolutely not! Am I glad that I read the account of someone who did? Yes! I appreciate the gumption and tenacity that it took for Strayed to start and finish this epic feat, even if I question her judgement and level of preparedness. This was an enriching read, and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys tales of personal growth, challenging physical feats, and self-discovery.

My Rating:

4.0/5.0

I gave Wild 4 STARS. If you enjoy books like A Walk In The Woods by Bill Bryson, you will enjoy Wild.


Are you interested in learning more about this book? Check out the links below! 

Cheryl Strayed’s Website

Cheryl Strayed’s Twitter

Wild on Goodreads

Purchase Wild on Amazon


Have you read Wild? What were your thoughts? Have you ever done any backpacking? What were your experiences? Let me know down in the comments! 

Love and happy reading,