Book Reviews · Just my Thoughts


I am way behind, like weeks, on the photo challenge I joined for this year and will get caught up eventually. Guilty pleasure is one of the weeks I missed and I will get up the photo of my book shelf. It’s not like there is only one in my home. I probably could wall a room in books.

That said, I just finished reading an actual book – one with paper pages. Coming from a woman who read 133 books last year, this may not sound like a revelation but the majority of those books, probably 100+, were read in electronic format.

A few weeks back, when I was still in a relationship, we decided to go to the movies one Saturday. We both wanted to see “American Sniper” but opening weekend was not the weekend for us to see it. The shows that fit in with our schedule for the day were sold out. We opted for our second both want to see movie – “Wild.”

I loved the movie. I have hiked in the Adirondacks. I have hiked in the Appalachians. I have hiked parts of the Blue Ridge Mountains. I have hiked some on the west coast also. I have a degree in forestry and recreational use of forest lands. I have worked on trails.

Blue Ridge Mountains, outside Asheville, NC
Blue Ridge Mountains, outside Asheville, NC

Normally, I would not go see a movie that is based on a book without reading the book first. My daughter owns the book – I know as I gave it to her for Christmas – but I had not yet read it. I decided no biggie. Well, now I can say I have read it.

I was not drawn into the book immediately. It took me a chapter or so to really start devouring the book. Once I did, though, I didn’t want to put it down. I went back to reading, as in the book, via my headlamp at night in bed. As with the movie, when I finally put the book down this morning, I wanted to start planning my trip to hike the Pacific Crest Trail.

I highly recommend “Wild” to everyone. Do you hike? Have you read “Wild” or seen the movie? Would you ever hike a trail like the Pacific Crest?

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