Reading Status: 50%
I’m so glad we decided to read some non-fiction this month. Wild has been incredible!
Having known very little about Cheryl Strayed prior to reading, I was initially really surprised by her honesty about her sex life and drug use. I hadn’t expected the book to be quite so personal, and for a chapter or two I did wonder when the walking would happen. I think as a result of this, it took me a little bit longer than it otherwise would to really like and root for Cheryl, but after a while it is impossible not to want her to succeed. I now realise the walk only has meaning because of the vast backstory attached, and Cheryl’s emotional history is an integral part of the journey not just for her but for the reader too.
However, those initial mixed feelings towards Cheryl take nothing away from how amazing this book has been so far – she is a brave and inspiring woman. Already I have the urge to go on my own walking adventure!
She has clearly written this book for all the right reasons, and I am thrilled for her that it has done so well. I cannot wait to read the rest of it, and hope she manages to complete her journey safely. I’ll be reading in nervous anticipation to find out!
How’s everyone else getting on with Wild? Has anyone read this book before?
Click here to read about the Words & Geeks Book Club – there’s still time to join this month’s read-along!