‘A Walk in the Woods’ by Bill Bryson

Happy Sunday!

I hope you’re all having a lovely, summery day. I, for one, have just finished reading Bill Bryson’s hilarious and informative ‘A Walk in the Woods’, which I started straight after reading Cheryl Strayed’s emotional, but inspiring ‘Wild.’

Tomorrow I’ll be hitting the library again, and so I wondered if anyone might have any recommendations on what to read next? There is a hiking theme going on with these past couple of books, but I’m open to suggestions of anything (though travel related, preferably!)

I loved ‘Wild’, even though the tears that were often streaming down my face whilst reading it on public transport may have suggested otherwise! It was one of those rare books, where I saw the film first… And I’m glad I did. People that did it the other way around may disagree with me, but before I saw the film I honestly had no idea what the PCT might look like and although it was brilliantly written, so I’m sure picturing it wouldn’t have been a problem, it allowed the book to have a bigger impact on me as I felt like I could really envision what was going on around her.

Plus, I’d never heard the song ‘Red River Valley’ until the little boy sang it in the film, so I wouldn’t have had a clue what was going on in the book without hearing it first! But, my god, reading it in the book brought that scene right back.

I couldn’t find the clip from the film, but I’d definitely recommend giving the rest of the sound track a listen nonetheless!

I haven’t watched the film since reading the book, as I’m not sure I’m emotionally ready yet, but I shall do soon!

In this way, Bill Bryson was a lovely relief, but still a great read and one that made me want to hike (The BBC documentary, where Paul Rose hikes the pennine way is also edging me ever away from my seat and onto a trail!). I did have a few outbursts on trains/buses whilst reading ‘A Walk in the Woods’, but they were more snorts of laughter than anything else. How he kept so calm when Katz kept lobbing food/drinks off cliffs when he was tired I just don’t know.

The venerability of the Appalachian trail that Bryson wrote about truly amazed me, and showed how amazing people and nature are. I’d love to hike the trail, not just for the experience, but out of curiosity.

For now though, the library is as many steps as I’ll be taking to another world, so if anyone has anything at all to recommend I would be much obliged. Wild and a Walk in the Woods were two brilliant books, and I’m not quite sure how to follow them.

Abi

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