28 September 2015

Reading Challenge - Book 22

I read Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed to fit category number 14 on the reading challenge - a nonfiction book.

Cheryl is in her twenties and newly divorced when she decides to undertake one  hundred days on the Pacific Crest Trail. From southern California to partway through Oregon, she hopes the solitude will help her come to terms with the loss of her mother, and the feeling of disconnection that led to her divorce from a man she still says feels like her best friend. The trail and the people she meets there seem to point her in the right direction as she discovers a strength she previously only hoped she had.

I enjoyed the stories from the trail, as well as the backstory of her life growing up, and losing her mother. I was really happy to have the after-story and finding out immediately what happened in the years after her hike.

What have you done that has helped you 'find yourself?' Or, what's your favorite book/story of an individual's personal transformation?

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Look forward to reading this book. I find walking by myself very revealing.

Bree | The Mom with Moxie said...

Sadly, I'm 38 and still trying to "find" myself. I'm really big into self-help books, though.

Rachel said...

I've never read the book - but I follow Cheryl on facebook and have seen the movie (I followed her on Facebook before I even knew there WAS a book/movie). I'm not sure I have "found myself", but life's all about the journey, or so somebody says.

Elizabeth Parker said...

I've read that book as well! It was pretty good. You should check out the movie version too, it was also very good.

Crystal Wachoski said...

I've learned that I have to set personal boundaries. If I don't have boundaries I let people walk all over me.

Jenn said...

I loved this book, and I enjoyed the movie. Both are very good.

Jackie Vore said...

I will have to check out this book. I personally believe that over time you change and have to "find" yourself multiple times in life. Right now I am working on finding the "me" of this part of my life.