Tuesday, July 22, 2014
So the trailer for the movie adaptation of Cheryl Strayed's book Wild just came out, and it is only serving to further ignite my interest in (and nebulous goals to accomplish) treks.
From Goodreads: "A powerful, blazingly honest memoir: the story of an eleven-hundred-mile solo hike that broke down a young woman reeling from catastrophe—and built her back up again. At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother's death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State—and to do it alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was little more than “an idea, vague and outlandish and full of promise.” But it was a promise of piecing back together a life that had come undone. Strayed faces down rattlesnakes and black bears, intense heat and record snowfalls, and both the beauty and loneliness of the trail. Told with great suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humor, Wild vividly captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her."
What is your favorite book about surviving in the wild?
Sunday, July 20, 2014
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
In case you haven't heard, J.K. Rowling just released a new short story about Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Hermoine Granger, and others and their lives 30 years later. *squeeeeee! Have you read it yet?
It is composed as a newspaper column written by Rita Skeeter and takes place at a quidditch match. To read it, you have to have a Pottermore account. It is a really lovely read and though it leaves the reading wanting more (doesn't everything by Rowling though?) it is worth the rigamarole to sign up for a Pottermore account if you don't already have one. Check it out!
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Monday, July 14, 2014
I just stumbled across this neat article about the United States' 26th president, Teddy Roosevelt, and his rules for reading. Apparantly he was quite a voracious reader. I never knew! I thought I would re-list the rules here. What do you think? I love number 3.
1. “The room for choice is so limitless that to my mind it seems absurd to try to make catalogues which shall be supposed to appeal to all the best thinkers. This is why I have no sympathy whatever with writing lists of the One Hundred Best Books, or the Five-Foot Library. It is all right for a man to amuse himself by composing a list of a hundred very good books… But there is no such thing as a hundred books that are best for all men, or for the majority of men, or for one man at all times.”
2. “A book must be interesting to the particular reader at that particular time.”
3. “Personally, the books by which I have profited infinitely more than by any others have been those in which profit was a by-product of the pleasure; that is, I read them because I enjoyed them, because I liked reading them, and the profit came in as part of the enjoyment.”
4. “The reader, the booklover, must meet his own needs without paying too much attention to what his neighbors say those needs should be.”
5. “He must not hypocritically pretend to like what he does not like.”
6. “Books are almost as individual as friends. There is no earthly use in laying down general laws about them. Some meet the needs of one person, and some of another; and each person should beware of the booklover’s besetting sin, of what Mr. Edgar Allan Poe calls ‘the mad pride of intellectuality,’ taking the shape of arrogant pity for the man who does not like the same kind of books.”
7. “Now and then I am asked as to ‘what books a statesman should read,’ and my answer is, poetry and novels – including short stories under the head of novels.”
8. “Ours is in no sense a collector’s library. Each book was procured because some one of the family wished to read it. We could never afford to take overmuch thought for the outsides of books; we were too much interested in their insides.”
9. “[We] all need more than anything else to know human nature, to know the needs of the human soul; and they will find this nature and these needs set forth as nowhere else by the great imaginative writers, whether of prose or of poetry.”
10. “Books are all very well in their way, and we love them at Sagamore Hill; but children are better than books.”
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