Not much change this week. Recreational reading has been forced to take a backseat to completion of finals. What time I have squeezed out has been spent finishing up some of my current selections. If you haven’t picked up The Talisman from Stephen King and Peter Straub or Ghosts by Gaslight edited by Jack Dann and Nick Gevers, then what are you waiting for?
The Current Reads update is a bit late today, but you will find that I have jumped ship so to speak. This week I shifted from my typical fiction to a non-fiction offering. I love reading about thru-hikes and with portions of the AT in my own backyard, those tend to be my favorites.
Makes you feel the pain and joy of an Appalachian Trail thru-hike . . . In vivid colors, David paints a picture of his memorable journey. -Larry Luxenberg, president of the Appalachian Trail Museum SocietyIn 2003, David Miller left his job, family, and friends to fulfill a dream and hike the Appalachian Trail. AWOL on the Appalachian Trail is Miller’s account of this thru-hike along the entire 2,172 miles from Georgia to Maine. On page after page, readers are treated to rich descriptions of the valleys and mountains, the isolation and reverie, the inspiration that fueled his quest, and the life-changing moments that can only be experienced when dreams are pursued. While this book abounds with introspection and perseverance, it also provides useful passages about safety and proper gear, showing a professional hiker’s preparations and tenacity. This is not merely a travel guide, but a beautifully written and highly personal view into one man’s adventure and what it means to make a lifelong vision come true.