What I Read: ‘Wild’ Review

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest TrailWild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“Wild” is a journey within a journey about a woman who seeks to find herself by hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. Reeling from grief over her mother’s death, unable to forgive herself for her excessive indulgences that lead to her divorce, the loss of closeness from her family, unable to complete her undergraduate degree, and a chance encounter with a book called “The Pacific Crest Trail” lead her on journey to cover 1,100 miles of the PCT on a solo hike. She is underprepared for this hike but continuously pushes through to reach her goal, making most readers believe they, too, could take such a journey.

On my bucket list is to hike that other trail…the Appalachian Trail, so I could relate to this book in many ways. However, I will be old when I eventually hike the AT, wishing I had done it when I was Cheryl’s age when she did the PCT. There were many things she did that I could easily see myself doing as well, especially being underprepared for what exactly is involved with such a huge undertaking. It also confirmed for me why I would love to do something like this…all the interesting people you meet along the way.

I also like that she did this on her own and highlights both the advantages and disadvantages of being a solo female hiker. The story is engaging and a quick read. Oh–and the sex is better in this book than in 50 Shades.

I’ll end this with some of my favorite lines in the book:

“I think it’s neat you do what you want. Not enough chicks do that, if you ask me–just tell society and their expectations to go fuck themselves. If more women did that, we’d be better off.”

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What I Read: Dark Places Review

Dark PlacesDark Places by Gillian Flynn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Gillian Flynn creates complex characters and delves into their thoughts and interactions. Her writing is smart and complex, making you examine the twists and turns and willing you to determine what the conclusion is, yet doesn’t leave you feeling disappointed when the conclusion is not as you may have expected.

She presents Libby as the victim, the child spared when her mother and sisters are brutally murdered. Being the only witness, she must testify against her brother, putting him in jail for these horrible crimes. This is a victim we should easily feel sorry for, yet Flynn adds another layer to Libby’s character making her a victim that you at times like and dislike.

Flynn’s tale examines people’s assumptions, intentions, motives, actions, and their consequences. This is a tightly wound thriller that will not disappoint.

Flynn carries her smart writing right through to her entertaining acknowledgements. I love this line, in reference to her husband: “What do I say to a man who knows how I think and still sleeps next to me with the lights off?”

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