January 13, 2014

Book Review: A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail

A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail
A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail by Bill Bryson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I've yet to find a Bill Bryson book that I don't thoroughly enjoy. I found myself legitimately laughing-out-loud while reading this book (not the fake LOL stuff). His tale of his journey along the Appalachian Trail will inspire you to get out and hike more but at the same time make you never want to set foot on a trail. When you read A Walk in the Woods, you will be invigorated and discouraged at the same time.

My favorite quotes:

"I have long known that it is part of God's plan for me to spend a little time with each of the most stupid people on earth." "The thing about the Army Corps of Engineers is that they don't build things very well." "...those strange books you see only in thrift shops, with titles like Home Drainage Encyclopedia: Volume One and Nod if You can Hear Me: Living with a Human Vegetable" “I turned to my own bunk and examined it with a kind of appalled fascination. If the mattress stains were anything to go by, a previous user had not so much suffered from incontinence as rejoiced in it. He had evidently included the pillow in his celebrations.”

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