I love books.
I've been prioritising time for reading more - as much to escape the screens as anything and have enjoyed putting some lists together of recent favs that I thought might help spark ideas and starting points on a theme. This list celebrates the joys, hardships and revelations that can come from tenaciously putting one foot in front of another.
The Salt Path by Raynor Winn
A beautiful and profound book, written about her experience of walking the South West Coast Path, with homelessness, personal reflection and overcoming hardship woven through. I loved every moment.
Wild by Cheryl Strayed
Cheryl takes you on both her reflective inward and challenging outward journey, set along the Pacific Crest Trail in America. Tender, amusing and moving. I've not seen the film adaptation, let me know if it's worth a look!
Epic Expeditions by Ed Stafford
Expeditions from history are mingled with modern explorers with an emphasis on their kit lists and experiences. Great for gear geeks and armchair explorers alike.
Two Steps Forward by Graeme Simsion & Anne Buist
A fictional account of walking the Camino de Santiago. An easy read that I enjoyed, but I wasn't captivated, so would love to hear your recommendations for similar themes.
A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
You know what you're getting with Bill Bryson - funny anecdotes and social history all mingled together. This one was about hiking the Appalachian Trail in America.
Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
A moving account of one man's ultimately tragic journey to question everything that modern society accepts as "normal life".
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