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Wild Book Review + Giveaway Winner!

July 27, 2012

Good morning everyone! (or afternoon depending on when you read…) Who’s excited that today is Friday!!! I am!! Only two more weeks left at my internship and then I’m headed home for a couple days! I’m very excited for the break, and going back to my student schedule rather than this whole 9-5 thing. I’ve definitely gotten used to it, but I still can’t say I’m a fan… Haha.


**Edited to Add: 

Giveaway winner!!!!

The winner is: kbwood “I like drinking water with a little bit of lemon! And VERY cold!”

Please send me and e-mail and we’ll get you your gift certifiicate!





So I’ve been getting back into the reading groove recently and I have a new book review to share with you!

The book for Julie’s book club this month is Wild by Cheryl Strayed. I was really excited when this book was chosen because it sounded like it would be a really interesting story. I clearly REALLY wanted to read it because after seeing that I would never get it from the library I ordered it online… and it was stolen out of my lobby. We have issue with someone stealing packages, and apparently they thought mine looked appealing. What’s a girl to do? I was very frustrated but I WANTED to read this book! So I bought the e-version and read it on my iPhone! Paid for twice. Worth every penny.

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I really, really enjoyed reading this book. I never felt like there was a dull moment, I hated having to put it down! The book describes not only Cheryl’s 1100 mile solo hike on the Pacific Crest Trail, but also how she dealt with the death of her mother. The story switches back and forth between Cheryl’s hike and the story of how she ended up on that trail, including her childhood, her mother’s sudden death from cancer and her subsequent unraveling.

The Pacific Crest Trail runs from Mexico into Canada, along the Rocky Mountains. Cheryl decided that she needed to hike it, and hike it alone. She chose a section of the trail and headed out, with only a few months of preparation and no hiking experience other than a rustic upbringing.

What I loved about this book was how honest it felt. Cheryl didn’t hide anything, her emotions and thoughts were open and raw for the reader to see. You felt like you knew Cheryl, that you understood her journey. Not only was her character intriguing, but she met so many interesting people along the way. The camaraderie among those who hike the Pacific Crest Trail was apparent immediately and she came across quite an abundance of characters. One thing that bothered me about the book was that she kept getting off the trail, but after a while I realized that all the experience she had and the people she met were the point of the story, not just accomplishing the hike.

I loved this book so much that it inspired me to do my own little hike! As I mentioned last week, I’m going to hike up Pike’s Peak in a few weeks by myself with very little hiking experience. I am SO EXCITED. Haha, my trip is only 13 miles, but I know it will be a great experience nevertheless.


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Have you read a book that inspired you recently?


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26 Comments leave one →
  1. July 27, 2012 7:38 am

    I keep seeing this book, I need to read it. I have had no time to read and hate that!

  2. July 27, 2012 7:42 am

    I read wild in the beginning of the summer and it was awesome! I couldn’t put it down!

  3. July 27, 2012 9:26 am

    Thanks for the review. I just purchased it on my Kindle when I saw it suggested for Julie’s book club. It sounds like the kind of book I am going to love! So many books, so little time but your review made me anxious to start it! — Ericka @ The Sweet Life (

    • July 27, 2012 12:16 pm

      Definitely read it!! I have a hard time finding time to read, but just taking 15-20 minutes before bed will get you through it!

  4. July 27, 2012 9:36 am

    This is next on my reading list. I am full of shame in this confessions, but I read Kris Jenner’s “Everything Kardashian” book. It was entertaining. On a less embarrassing note, I started the Chrissy Wellington book yesterday and I am hooked. A non-athlete turned 4 time Ironman champion-yes please!

  5. July 27, 2012 12:17 pm

    Aw, Katie’s awesome so I’m glad she won 🙂 haha but I do want to read that book!

  6. July 27, 2012 12:48 pm

    I love books like inspire you! Thanks for the review, I’ll have to add this next on my list, I have to finish 50 shades first! ha Yes I jumped on that bandwagon! ha
    Hope you enjoy your hike! Can’t wait to see pics 🙂

  7. July 27, 2012 1:55 pm

    That’s so awesome that this book inspired you so much!! It sounds really interesting 🙂

  8. July 28, 2012 8:57 am

    Great post/review. I keep seeing that pop up on my Nook recommendations, might suggest it for my bookclub :0)

  9. July 28, 2012 10:11 am

    Im new to your blog and can I just say that your puppers is stinkin adorable?! Holy smokes I want to squeeze her

  10. Laurie @ Love, Laugh, Laurie permalink
    July 28, 2012 6:30 pm

    I loved meeting all the people she met! This made me want to do something similar too…but not solo! I need to be able to talk…a lot 🙂

  11. Emily permalink
    July 28, 2012 9:43 pm

    I’ve heard nothing but good things about this book. I definitely need to read it. I looove books that inspire me. Thank you for the review!

  12. July 30, 2012 4:14 pm

    I read the beginning of this book when I was in a bookstore in Seattle. I wanted to buy it but it was $25.00. I should’ve just bought it because I didn’t want to put it down. I’ll have to get it from my library ASAP!

    • July 30, 2012 7:22 pm

      Haha I waited until I could get it from the library! I didn’t want to pay for it either since I knew I’d finish it in a couple days!

  13. Katie permalink
    July 30, 2012 7:36 pm

    So many family members and friends encouraged me to read this book, so I started it about a week ago. Not to be a debbie-downer but I’m about halfway through it and I’m not LOVING it. It frustrates me how little planning she put into her trip and I think she appears very ditzy sometimes.

    You are right, it is very honest and I guess I like that. I would like to do a hike of my own someday. I still continue to read it for a couple minutes each night though, so I guess it’s not that bad!

    • July 30, 2012 7:58 pm

      I got pretty frustrated with her as well, I got annoyed when she kept getting off the trail, but stick to it! I realized the times off the trail were just as important to her journey as her time on the trail.

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