Cali Stars: ★★★★✰
For the month of November 2018, our book club, The Riesling Chapter, picked Wild by Cheryl Strayed.
This was such an interesting and different book for me. I've never read a book like this (one girl in RC said she had though). It was a bit interesting going back and forth between the perspectives of the past-tense battles that Cheryl was facing during her present-day battle against the terrain.
During RC discussion of the book, it became clear that the book had inspired several of us: one our ladies said she definitely wanted to do something similar except on the Appalachian Trail perhaps. One other said she had decided on a very particular page that she wanted to run a half-marathon for the first time. For myself, it gave me a particular aching for the week-long camping trip in Yellowstone that I went on a couple of years ago. And immediately after putting the book down, I may have also done a quick workout (which I'm still feeling two full days later).
The book feels almost as slow as the trail itself at times. However, I think the journey through the Pacific Crest Trail is worth the time you put into it. It certainly inspired us.