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Reading List: Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail


I picked up Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed. I'm not sure exactly why I picked it up. Maybe to better understand some friends who have done, or want to do thru-hiking. I understand grief. I've gone through it. I know it changes you as a person. There are moments when I kinda of consider doing what Strayed did. Heck, after reading that she did it, I realized that I could do it. But I shouldn't. And I'd be slightly more moderate. And prepared.

Strayed makes poor decisions. She overpacks her pack. Doesn't train.

She just gets her stuff and goes on a potentially deadly journey. A journey that's deadly to even the prepared. She was extremely lucky and fortunate on the trail when if she hadn't had good fortune, she wouldn't have made it.

I'd heard that the book is polarizing but I don't entirely see how you could love it. In some ways I can see how it's empowering. But I don't think that one should be empowered to go on a journey like that with so little preparation. It'd be an entirely different story if she'd prepared and trained through her grief to do it instead of choosing it and being lucky. I'd be a lot more impressed with her if that's what had happened.

To be slightly fair, a coworker of mine attended a talk by Strayed and wasn't expecting much based on the book. She was very pleasantly surprised by Strayed which encouraged me.

Even though I finished it, it's not a book I'd recommend. She annoyed me as a character/person and made unwise decisions that exasperated me.

What are your opinions of the book?

Reading List: North of Here

Northwest Pearls: Reading List I just finished North of Here by Laurel Saville.

I loved it. I really couldn't put it down. There was one point where I was so frustrated with one of the characters that I put it down to go do something else; I promptly picked it right back up because I needed to know what was going to happen.

The story is very real. There's not much romanticizing of the characters or their traits. I don't want to spoil the book for you by giving too much away though!

Have you read it? What did you think?

Do you have any books to recommend?

Reading List: The Silo Series

The Silo series by Hugh Howey starts out with Wool. I first read Wool (the Omnibus edition) because a friend at college had talked it up. I borrowed his copy and was completely engrossed. I loved it. It tells the tale of a group of people living in a silo underground. The outside world is uninhabitable and they are the last of mankind. The top floor of the silo has a window to the outside, so the inhabitants can see what the outside world looks like.

I'd highly recommend the book. I first read it about three years ago and just started to re-read it.

There are two more great books in the series, Shift (Book 2), and Dust (Book 3). Shift is a prequel and gives you a look at how the world came to be in Wool. And Dust finishes up the series. I'd recommend at least starting Wool to see what you think.

What have you been reading lately?

Reading List: The Milliner's Secret: An epic and heart-wrenching love story set in wartime Paris

While browsing Amazon Unlimited, I came across The Milliner's Secret: An epic and heart-wrenching love story set in wartime Paris by Natalie Meg EvansI'm in love with it. I just finished it and I wish I had more to read. The book follows the story of Cora Masson as she builds a name for herself. She starts out as a factory worker but escapes to make her own way around the time of World War II. The war greatly affects the characters in the book and you get to see Cora as she tries to make a life for herself.

I loved seeing what happened with Cora and the other charaters. I might buy The Dress Thief: A gripping novel of fashion, secrets and intrigue in 1930's Paris, also by Natalie Meg Evans. Technically, The Milliner's Secret is a sequel to The Dress Thief, but it worked as a stand-alone book.

What books would you recommend?

Reading List: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)

Northwest Pearls: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) I read Mindy Kaling's Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) last week and let me say, it was a delight. It makes me love her even more.

I've seen all of the office and part of The Mindy Project, but I loved hearing her voice in this book and hearing her thoughts.

One thing that made me stop and think was when she said how her dad commuted 2 hours and 45 minutes each way and didn't complain. That made me stop because on a bad day my commute is 2 and a half hours, on a horrendous day it's 3 hours. And I'll gripe and moan even though I'm grateful to have a paid internship. But his commute is way worse than mine, and he never complained. So I'm going to work (again) on not complaining, because that's just one of the many examples of something that I don't have as bad as it could be.

Most of her book is full of funny stories and her point-of-view. If you've got some free time, you should check it out.

Have you read it or any of her other books? What have you thought?