Reading List – 2014
I know….where the hell have I been? Why haven’t I been blogging? What have I been doing when I’m not here?
All great questions.
The cold and rain have settled in here in North Texas. This leads to my tendency to want to hibernate. I have been on a few great hikes which I’ll cover in another post should the sun ever come out again.
In the meantime, I was participating in #hikerchat on Twitter (every Friday at 11:00AM CDT) and someone asked the question of what I’ve been reading related to hiking and the outdoors. I figured that would make for a great blog post and since I’m still waiting for the rains to abate, now would be as good a time as any to play catch up and answer the question: “What have I been reading?”. Without further adieu here’s my list. It’s not any particular order other than chronological based on when I read. Oldest is listed first.
I actually own the hardback of this book….but it never fails to entertain me! Its a very funny look at hiking the trail. Remember to pick your partners wisely!
A great collection of short stories from the trail. I can relate to more than one of these!
This couple has written several books chronicling their long distance hikes on the AT, PCT, and the CDT. I liked that each other writes a chapter or two in their own voice from their perspective. However, as much as I wanted to like this book, I kept having this nagging feeling. Julie tends to whine; and while I get the trails are hard and she shared her thoughts on where she was just not on the trail but life in general, it sort of became annoying vs. affirming.
I know I read this book…but nothing “outstanding” jumps out for me at this point. I think I picked it up being a middle-aged woman myself, but again, no epiphany’s here.
I didn’t even really know there was a John Muir Trail. This book was my introduction and while Ron focus’ more on his relationship to his son, this book led me to want to know more about the JMT!
This story covers a hike along the Camino de Santiago in Spain; an 800km pilgrimage and the lessons learned. This trail has been added to my “want to do” list.
I heard an interview with Ben Montgomery on NPR and knew I had to read this book. It proves no matter how old you are you can do ANYTHING you set your mind to! A very inspiring story about a woman who rises above abuse and raising a family to walk the AT.
The PCT (Pacific Coast Trail) hike as told by a New Zealand firefighter with no experience in hiking. A fun little read.
This is another book that while I read it, nothing jumps to mind.
This is more of a travel book than hiking…but I like Bryson, so I include it here. This is about a trip he took to Australia where he encounters “…the hottest, driest weather, and the most peculiar and lethal wildlife to be found on the planet.”
This is another travel book; but OMG is it funny! I love Key West. I’ve been twice but I long to go any time I think of it. John does a great job of capturing the “true” Key West and introduces you to characters who make Key West the great place it is!
I started reading this book in June/July of 2014 and still haven’t finished it. That should tell you something right there. The chapters don’t really ‘blend’ into each other. I’m having a hard time getting into it.
I really liked this book. The author’s wife’s brother commits suicide and he convinces her to do an “awareness” hike along the John Muir Trail. This book has encouraged me to eventually take on the JMT as one of my first long distance hikes. Very much worth the read.
Another great book about a hike along the JMT. This time from a south to north perspective.
A comical trip for a father an son along the Pacific Coast Highway.
Not sure how this one ended up on my reading list, but an interesting read none the less.
There are a ton more books. If you haven’t figured it out by now, I read a lot. I prefer reading to television. To speed this list up, I’m going to resort to lists vs. trying to find something to say…that way I can get on with my day!
Granted, no hiking in this book; but the dedication to turning one’s life around and getting serious about training helped inspire me and the way I approach my workouts and hiking.