Sunday, January 24, 2016

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: 3 of 5 stars
Genre: Non-fiction/Travel

So I have to admit that I watched the movie before I read the book! And I can honestly say that I thoroughly enjoyed both of them, which I cannot say for more than 1/2 of all book/movie combos that I've read/watched over the last few years. So even though I enjoyed the movie I was still skeptical going into this book, for one thing a section of the Appalachian Trail (AT) runs through a section of Pennsylvania that I live less than a ten minute drive from so I hear a lot of people talk about the AT a lot, two my husband obsessively tells me at least twice a month that he would love to drop off the grid and hike the whole thing, and then third is the fact that I am not a hiker (though I would love to be, might be something to work on this year) I actually get winded walking down my driveway (so if I do work on it, it will be a slow go)! Bryson goes into great detail about the origins of the trail and he also skims over its vast history. There is a lot of geological talk (obviously) and there is flora/fauna and wild animal talk, but I got so much more from it I laughed, sometimes so hard I had tears in my eyes, I also felt inspired to walk since the invention of video games, and last but not least I truly wanted to go exploring to see something that not many people get to see. So even though some parts of the book drug on due to the dry nature of geological talk I really felt inspired by it and if that is all you get from a book then you came out more ahead at the end of it then when you started it, I guess the same could be said for the trail.

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Saturday, January 16, 2016

Hollow City (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, #2)Hollow City by Ransom Riggs
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Genre: YA Fantasy

I was worried when I first picked up this book that it wouldn't be as good as the first book in the series, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, so I left it to sit on my bookshelf to collect dust so as not to ruin the peculiar world that Ransom Riggs' words formed in my mind. I received Library of Souls (book #3) for Christmas so I thought I best get to reading them before the movie comes out this year and really ruins the peculiar world in my mind. Well let's just say I truly regret not starting this book sooner. I have wondered and wondered what became of Miss Peregrine's children, particularly Jacob and Emma! And of course starting this book sooner would have alleviated that wonder that we all feel with a book series that one question of, "What is going to happen next?"! Truly as imaginative as the first, Hollow City did not disappoint! Running for their lives all the peculiar children find danger and adventure around every corner and I felt my heart seize up every time they encountered a hollowgast, a truly horrifying monster with a black tongue, yuck, and of course those murderous and sadistic wights looking to eat the souls of peculiars everywhere. There were some parts of the story that just were not for me and that is why I gave it a four instead of a five, but if you loved book #1 in the series then you just have got to read Hollow City!

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