Good morning! It’s a rare occurrence, but there will be no food in my post today! Today’s post is all about the July book club selection for Peanut Butter Finger’s Book Club. I spent the majority of my last trip to Kennebunkport reading Wild, by Cheryl Strayed, on the porch with Teddy.
I’m sure most people have heard about this book, but if you haven’t, here is the Amazon.com book description:
“A powerful, blazingly honest memoir: the story of an eleven-hundred-mile solo hike that broke down a young woman reeling from catastrophe—and built her back up again.
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: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State—and to do it alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was little more than “an idea, vague and outlandish and full of promise.” But it was a promise of piecing back together a life that had come undone.
Strayed faces down rattlesnakes and black bears, intense heat and record snowfalls, and both the beauty and loneliness of the trail. Told with great suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humor, Wild vividly captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.”
So what did I think? Well, I liked the book, but I didn’t love it.
I enjoyed reading about Cheryl’s adventure on the Pacific Crest Trail and was definitely inspired to go on a hike after I finished the book. If anything, the book will make you want to explore the great outdoors!
What I didn’t so much like about the book was the character herself and the lack of momentous action. I couldn’t really relate with Cheryl very much. I realize she went through a lot with her mother’s death, but she also made quite a few bad choices, and, I just didn’t sympathize with her most of the time. In addition, I found her to be complaining and blabbering on too much during some parts of the book. Much more of the book is focused on her emotional journey than the hike itself.
I think I was also a bit let down because I thought there would be more excitement to her hike. Many of the reviews talk about how brave she was and how she had to drink muddy water and fend off rattlesnakes and black bears. I mean, yeah she did, but it wasn’t too exciting and it never seemed like she was in too much danger. It does take guts to embark on a hike like that on your own and I am in no way saying that what she did wasn’t awesome, I just wasn’t as captivated by the plot and had expected it to be more exciting overall.
Overall, I liked the book and would recommend it – just don’t expect to be wondering whether she lives or dies after each chapter!
I just finished a lighthearted read, Arranged by Catherine McKenzie. It was a quick and fun read and I’d recommend it if you’re looking for a good beach read. I also just started Where We Belong by Emily Giffin and I’m loving it so far! I’ll be back to regular food blogging tomorrow :).