Wild

Wild by Cheryl Strayed

5 stars! 

“I’m a free spirit who never had the balls to be free.” 

Have you ever read a book you never expected to like and then end up loving it? I saw the movie Wild when it came out and loved it, but I was a bit apprehensive to read the book. I hate comparisons, but this book is always lumped in with Eat Pray Love and I fucking HATED that book and the woman who wrote it. But after reading lots of reviews of this book I decided to take a chance and I am so glad I did because I LOVED THIS BOOK!

Wild is the story of Cheryl, who after losing her mother at a young age lost her way. Drugs, adultery, she gave up caring what happened to herself. Until one day she got the idea to hike the Pacific Crest Trail. Along the way she remembers her past, comes along interesting people and faces difficult challenges.

“I knew that if I allowed fear to overtake me, my journey was doomed. Fear, to a great extent, is born of a story we tell ourselves, and so I chose to tell myself a different story from the one women are told. I decided I was safe. I was strong. I was brave. Nothing could vanquish me.” 

One of the best things about this book is Strayed’s writing style. I can’t remember the last time I just completely lost myself in a book and wasn’t paying attention to the page count or how far I had gotten. I simply was sucked into the story and her words.

Working for the public library I have patrons recommend me books all the time, a lot of the time saying that I would love it and what I don’t tell them is I already read the book and it wasn’t for me. So when this book came out I avoided it because of all the recommendations from strangers who didn’t know my reading tastes at all. But this is a book thatlives up to the hype. I’m already recommending it to people like my best friend and my mother and her friends.

I loved this story, but you will probably never see me going on a hiking trip like Cheryl because I like food, and plumbing and showers. Plus I’m a bit of a fatty and reject exercise as fun. But I admire her fortitude, but also know I could never do what she did. She obviously could have prepared more and is lucky to be alive in some circumstances, but she knew she needed to heal herself and she set about in her own way to do that and I admire it.

I highly recommend this book no matter what genre you enjoy most. If you don’t feel like reading it I recommend the movie, it’s one of my favorites.

“How wild it was, to let it be.” 

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You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost)

You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day

4 stars!

Do you know Felicia Day? If so, where do you know her from? Personally, I am a crazy Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan since the age of 11, so I always knew her as that potential slayer in season 7. Other people may know her from the tv shows Eureka and Supernatural, or for her own show The Guild.

So as I have mentioned in other reviews, I made a New Year’s Resolution to read more types of books and genres other than romance this year (as I used to read ALL genres at one point). So while I was watching Supernatural one day I saw this actress and thought, “Hey, didn’t she write a book?” and promptly requested it from the library.

I lost track of the amount of times this book made me laugh. Felicia has a very strong and present voice, and I felt like I could hear her voice talking to me while I was reading. From her childhood being raised in homeschool, to her college experiences, and her efforts to make her show The Guild.

My favorite part of this book was the parts about her childhood and college experience. I found I could relate to some of what she was going through, despite our very different upbringing. Some of the parts about gaming went way over my head, because I’m not a gamer. Wish I was, but I am terrible at video games. They get too hard and I give up, hence I prefer books.

If you’re looking for a fun, quirky, different kind of reading experience, this is the book for you. Now I am off to go and watch The Guild. 😀