It feels as if I’d read more than I have over the last two months because I’m in the middle of so many books or started and put some on hold. Here’s what I actually finished:
Royally Screwed & Royally Matched by Emma Chase: Both of these are absolute fluff romance novels that came by way of recommendation of Abby on the Friendlier Podcast. I listened to them as audiobooks and they were very easy listens and I finished in about two days each. I’m not a huge romance novel fan but these were perfect.
Thirst: 2600 Miles to Home by Heather ‘Anish’ Anderson: One of the best hiking books I’ve read in a while. Heather broke the overall fastest known time on the PCT in 2013 with relatively little long distance FKT experience under her belt. I loved Heather’s writing and could empathize with many of her feelings on trail. I need to see what her speaking schedule is like and see if she’ll be in Texas at some point. Also, I don’t know what I was thinking a few months ago when I said I thought (or hoped) she was going to do the Florida Trail FKT this year—duh, she’s doing a book tour. I still hope she will tackle it at some point, though.
The Pursuit of Endurance: Harnessing the Record-Breaking Power of Strength and Resilience by Jennifer Pharr Davis: I think the title is a bit misleading because one could think that this would be about many aspects of endurance athletes but it is specific to FKT hikers. Jennifer is an FKT record holder as well (though her record has now been broken a few times over) and has written two other memoirs of her AT hikes, but this book is different. It chronicles FKT hikers she knows personally as well as several she knew of but held some mystique or were personally private about their FKT records. You get to know each of the people she chronicles, including Anish above, in aspects that they themselves may not have opened up about. I did get the sense she was rather incredulous and maybe a little upset with how Scott Jurek handled crossing the Kennebec River. Add this one to your hiking book list!
Natural Companions: The Garden Lover’s Guide to Plant Combinations by Ken Druse
Alone on the Wall by Alex Honnold (of Free Solo fame)
Maisie Dobbs (Maisie Dobbs, #1) by Jacqueline Winspear (Really loving this!)
A Way to Garden: A Hands-On Primer for Every Season by Margaret Roach
The Whole Okra by Chris Smith (a Net Galley preview, and OMG I am loving it!)
Legends and Lore of Texas Wildflowers by Elizabeth Silverthorne: I got this from the library but took so much time reading it that I had to return it. I really loved it and will check it out again soon.
What are you reading these days?