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Review: A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson

About the Book

The Appalachian Trail trail stretches from Georgia to Maine and covers some of the most breathtaking terrain in America–majestic mountains, silent forests, sparking lakes. If you’re going to take a hike, it’s probably the place to go. And Bill Bryson is surely the most entertaining guide you’ll find. He introduces us to the history and ecology of the trail and to some of the other hardy (or just foolhardy) folks he meets along the way–and a couple of bears. Already a classic, A Walk in the Woods will make you long for the great outdoors (or at least a comfortable chair to sit and read in).


Let me tell you how this is probably one of my biggest regret books this year. I had this book for awhile before I read it. It's was just the literal tbr pile had grown to the ceiling and it sort of got lost over time. Can I tell you how much I am literally crying inside from laughing so much. My biggest regret is that I didn't get to read this book sooner.

My favorite author list is growing and I'm going to add Bill Bryson to it. Honestly, when I first glanced at it, I picked it up but wasn't super excited about it. It looked interesting and I'm all about books like this so I added it to the list. The book wasn't love at first sight but it was definitely in the literary sense, true love as I got deeper into the book. The more I read, the more I couldn't put it down. Bill Bryson's natural wit permeates through the pages and the experience on the trail between Bryson and Katz was so funny and memorable that as I reflect, I can't help but feel good.

There were so many elements to this book that the reader will love. I really enjoyed the relationship between Bryson and Katz that developed over and bonded through their experience on the trail. It literally brought together two opposites but that contrast made a memorable read capturing beautiful, insightful moments that the tranquility of that kind of environment brings out. The vulnerability and the stripping bare of two men to their core, really embraces the reader and humbles you to a different insight that shows men from a different insight. The banter between them on their journey was so hilarious, my favorite parts of the book, I literally can't stop laughing as I reflect back on them. 

One of the best attributes to the book is how Bryson majestically takes us through his journey to these beautiful places in nature. I think with our world so attached to their phones and not really heading out to the natural parks like they used too, people don't stop and appreciate the outdoors anymore. I've never been to that I know of near any part of the Appalachian trail but experiencing the visuals through his vivid descriptions, really makes you want to experience it for yourself. He gives the reader such insightful information about the various places and not only do you get entertained by a great story but you also learn alot. 

Overall, this is one of the books you have to experience the read. If you haven't read the book, please read the book before you watch the movie. I promise you, you will laugh to you cry and be moved not only through beautiful scenery but embodies the spirit of what a true friendship can be. 


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