Categories
Books

Wild by Nature

Have you guys ever heard of the website Goodreads?

If not, it’s this really awesome website where you can keep track of books you’ve read, books you want to read, quotes from books you like, all those kinds of things.

They also have this great section where you can sign up to win free books! I’ve entered probably 3o giveaways and won exactly two. It’s still fun though and totally worth it if you can actually get a book you’ve been eyeing for a while for free.

The first book that I won off of Goodreads is called Wild by Nature and it’s written by a woman named Sarah Marquis.

Processed with VSCOcam with hb1 preset

The book chronicles her journey as she walks from Siberia to Australia by herself. Sarah is an explorer from Switzerland and she is so cool!!! (Seriously, check out her Instagram, @explorer_sarahmarquis) According to her website she was elected Adventurer of 2013 in Europe and was the National Geographic Adventurer Nominee of 2014.

I got her book in the mail a few weeks ago and ended up reading it pretty quickly. I had read an article about her right after she finished her last expedition in Australia so I was really interested in picking up this book and learning more about Sarah and her adventures.

Processed with VSCOcam with hb1 preset

The day I finished her book I was home alone at my dad’s house on my first day of Thanksgiving break so I figured, why not have a book/breakfast photoshoot on the back porch?

Anyways, overall I was really entertained while reading this book and I thought it was really interesting. However, there were parts when I definitely feel like we needed backstory as to why things were happening the way they were or something would be said and I wouldn’t understand what had happened until 10 pages later when the background information was introduced. I feel like a lot of my “discomfort” while reading would probably be explained by the fact that Sarah is not a native English speaker.
I really would have liked more information into the background of what it takes to make a trip like this, I would’ve loved a chapter that was based completely around the logistics, all the gear, the plans, the timeframes, stuff like that.
I also feel like the maps at the beginning of each chapters, while helping to see the route she took, were kind of spoilers, they included information about what happened while she was walking when that information might not be shared for whole chapters. I felt like Sarah really talked about her journey really honestly and I appreciated it a lot, I just wish I could’ve known more about her experiences, I would’ve loved more detail.

Processed with VSCOcam with hb1 preset

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book (I gave it 4/5 stars), and while there were definitely parts of it that I would want to change to let me enjoy it even more, I would highly recommend this book to anyone who has ever dreamed of going on crazy hiking adventures.

“Let your soul touch the earth… go walking”

Categories
Books

Reading List: September

 I’m officially all moved into college, Welcome Weekend is finished, and today I had my first class!

Here are the books that I’m planning on reading this month. As you can tell I’m not being very ambitious because I really have no idea what is in store for me in these next few weeks.

First up is Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella. I’ve heard amazing things about this book and as it is written by Sophie Kinsella I have a feeling that I’ll probably love it. This book is about a girl named Audrey who wears dark sunglasses all the time due to an anxiety disorder that she has developed. It follows her life as she tries to recover. As someone who has an anxiety disorder I’m very much looking forward to reading this book just to see how her anxiety is portrayed. I expect I’ll be posting a review of this on here when I’m finished with it so look out for that in the next two weeks.

I feel like this might be an overly ambitious TBR pick but I figured I’d give it a go anyways. I’ve had this book on my shelf for over a year now and I really just want to get going and read the series because I hear so many great things about it. I also really want to start watching the TV show but I’m forcing myself to read the books first. A Game of Thrones by George RR Martin is about a struggle for a kingdom. That’s about all I’m getting from the description. I feel like it would probably be best for me to go into this as blindly as possible which is what I’m planning on doing.

  

Lastly, for my physical books, I’m picking up the first Harry Potter book. I reread these books at least once every year and I usually do it over the summer but I had almost no time this summer and I stuck more with library books instead of books I owned so I’ll be rereading these. If  you don’t know what Harry Potter is, I’m sorry, you should go get them immediately.

I’m also planning on reading Hollow City by Ransom Riggs but that book is on my Kindle.

What books are you all planning to read this month?

Hope everyone had a nice long weekend! I’ll see you on Thursday.

Categories
Books

Currently Reading

Amy and Roger's Epic Detour Cover

Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson is one of my favorite summer reads. Since buying it I’ve read it at least once a year.

Basically, the concept behind the book is that Amy needs to move her mom’s car across the country but Amy is scared to drive. So Amy’s mom gets her friends son, Roger, to help with the driving. Once they begin their journey they decide that they want to take a detour, following their own route instead of taking the planned out route Amy’s mother gave them. There’s a lot of personal growth and it’s overall just a light book that I could read and reread all the time without getting sick of it.
Amy and Roger's Epic Detour Inside

One of the coolest parts of this book is that it takes on a scrapbooky feel. It includes pictures, and playlists, and other mementos from the road trip.

I’ve rated it five out of five stars for it’s unique design, engaging story, and the fun I felt while reading it.

Processed with VSCOcam with t1 preset

Morgan Matson is one of my favorite authors and I highly recommend picking up this book if you want to try out her books.

What is one of your favorite books to read during the summer?

I’ll see you all on Thursday with my next post.