A Walk in the Woods : Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail
9 journalers for this copy...
Received from jamesmum as part of PokPok's virtual bookbox - thanks!
I really enjoyed this book - a nice mix of history/factoids and Bryson's wonderful take on the trip. Two bits that have really stuck with me: He says he thought that he was pretty much set before he went gear-shopping, since he already had a Swiss army knife, hiking boots, and a map pouch to hang around his neck...cracked me up. Also his planned reaction to 4 bears at a campsite - I'll leave that one for you to read on your own :-)
I'll be sending this out as a bookray. The list:
RonOren's GF (NL)
Auglaise (UK) - prefers Europe
concertina8 (Austria) - international OK
MaryZee (MD) - prefer USA
shpriz1 (NY) - USA only
SheWhoReads (GA) - international OK
Loeweneckerchen (Germany) <------
8/28/04 - mailed to RonOren's GF (No clue what her screenname is!)
Wahey, I love surprises! Didn't know this was coming, thanks labmomnm, and my lover of course. I've had great experiences with BB, so I'll probably enjoy this. I see people are waiting, so it'll go to the top of the TBR pile.
Finished it last night, great stuff. I thought the description of Centralia was quite haunting, what a weird and desolate place. Did the rest of you also immediately get the urge to go out and walk the thing?
I've got Auglaise's adress and will send the book when I get round to going to the post office, which will probably be Saturday.
Well, I finally got round to posting it, sorry for the delay. I've just started working full-time and I hadn't realised that my local post office isn't open on Saturdays:-) Anyway, I got it done, have fun Auglaise!
Received in the post today. Thank you!
I really enjoyed this book! I think I'm really going to have to read 'I'm A Stranger Here Myself' now, especially as I'm an American living in Britain with no idea of when I'm going to move back. I like the bit where he was talking about going into hardware stores and asking for things by their British names...I have problems with that too! And I totally agreed with DJgib, I wanted to go and walk it! I'm currently attempting to figure out time to walk the South-West Coastal Path...maybe someday. ^_^ Anyways, thanks so much for sharing! I'll be posting it as soon as I can.
there must be some hidden law that says BOOKRINGS DO ALWAYS - ABSOLUTELY ALWAYS - ARRIVE IN PAIRS...
this one arrived together with an anthony bourdain-book. i'll try to start the bryson asap.
i put everything else "on hold" and read this.
i love this book. love it. this was the fifth bryson-book i read, and it is one of my favorites (the other one being "the lost continent"). it had me already crying after a few pages - from laughing.
the funniest part of the book was when b.b. went out to buy equipment for his trip. hilarious.
oh, and i also liked the part when he read the book on bears.
and yes, his conversations with his friend katz.
no wait! the funniest bit was meeting mary ellen on the trail.
or maybe when they.....etc. etc.
actually, i just loved all of it! :-))
and guess what - i have yet another bill-bryson-bookring waiting for me! I CAN'T WAIT!!!!!
the book will be on its way back to the US shortly.
Journal Entry 9
by mail in To the next participant, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Monday, December 06, 2004
Released on Monday, December 06, 2004 at about 9:00:00 AM BX time (GMT-06:00) Central Time (US & Canada)
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in To the next participant, A Bookring Controlled Releases.
leaving today for the us
Just received this today. I have a couple of bookrings ahead of it, but I'll update here when I start on it.
12/31 - Starting on this now.
Just finished this. This is the second of Bryson's books I've read - definitely want to read more of them (the 1st one I read was Notes from a Small Island, about walking around England).
Everyone says Bryson is funny - he doesn't make me LOL - well, occassionally, but he definitely has a humorous way of going about things, and a funny slant on life. Fun to read. He makes me chuckle.
Thanks for sharing, Labmomnm. I'll be mailing this out to Shpriz1 on Friday, 1/7.
Got it safe and aound. Will start ASAP. :)
This book was awesome. It was funny, had a lot of historical facts, had some very weird characters, it even had murder and some mystery. I was laughing out loud. Katz, Bill Bryson's companion brings a lot of laughter into the book because he always manages to get himself into some tight places (I can still picture him running away from the husband or trying to get on the top bunk bed) :)
Thank you, labmomnm, for sharing.
Mailed it to SheWhoReads
Journal Entry 14
at on Wednesday, February 02, 2005
Released 14 yrs ago (2/1/2005 UTC) at
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Mailed to SheWhoReads
This arrived today! Looking forward to reading it.
I'm not quite done with this book -- I've got about 50 pages or so left -- but I expect to finish it in the next few days. I'm going to PM Loeweneckerchen for his (or possibly her -- I can't tell from the screen name!) address so I can mail it on as soon as I'm done.
This was a very satisfying read. I really enjoyed the way Mr. Bryson interwove the historical and informative portions of the book with the more lighthearted, entertaining travelogue. I particularly liked his descriptions of his fellow hikers! My favorite parts, however, were any of the ones with Katz. Ah, Katz -- what a character! The parts with Katz were so much funnier and livelier than the ones without him!
This was a funny, informative book and a just plain good and interesting read. Thanks for ringing this!
I'll put it in the mail tomorrow.
Took it's time (two months!) but finally arrived yesterday. Thank you, SheWhoReads!