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Wild by Cheryl Strayed
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Jul 06, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: nonfiction, read-in-2012, ali-recommends, worth-the-hype, goodreads-choice-winners, memoir

3.5 stars. This is not a book I would typically choose to read, but I'm glad that I read something different. This blunt, honest memoir recounts Cheryl Strayed's 1,100 mile solo hike on the Pacific Crest Trail from California to Oregon when she was 26-years-old. During this time, she describes her experiences on the trail in a way that made me feel as if I were walking alongside her, while weaving in flashbacks about her broken past and reflecting on her life. I found myself amazed by Cheryl's courage, persistence, and determination; this is one strong woman who refuses to give up! While this book was slow at times and nothing extremely exciting happened, it kept me interested and I was intrigued by the author's character. Throughout the book, I watched her grow from an ill-prepared, inexperienced hiker to the "Queen of the PCT" with a renewed outlook and deeper understanding of herself. This book demonstrates the incredible strength of the human body and spirit.

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Cheryl Strayed
“It had nothing to do with gear or footwear or the backpacking fads or philosophies of any particular era or even with getting from point A to point B.

It had to do with how it felt to be in the wild. With what it was like to walk for miles with no reason other than to witness the accumulation of trees and meadows, mountains and deserts, streams and rocks, rivers and grasses, sunrises and sunsets. The experience was powerful and fundamental. It seemed to me that it had always felt like this to be a human in the wild, and as long as the wild existed it would always feel this way.”
Cheryl Strayed, Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

Reading Progress

July 6, 2012 – Shelved
July 14, 2012 – Started Reading
July 15, 2012 –
page 38
July 19, 2012 –
page 102
July 20, 2012 –
page 119
July 20, 2012 –
page 146
July 22, 2012 –
page 190
July 24, 2012 –
page 222
July 25, 2012 –
page 262
July 26, 2012 –
page 274
July 27, 2012 – Finished Reading
August 19, 2013 – Shelved as: nonfiction
October 3, 2013 – Shelved as: read-in-2012
October 28, 2016 – Shelved as: ali-recommends
November 5, 2016 – Shelved as: worth-the-hype
November 6, 2016 – Shelved as: goodreads-choice-winners
February 2, 2017 – Shelved as: memoir

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