Wild by Cheryl Strayed is simply gripping. It took my breath away several times and I was hanging onto every word. It's about Cheryl's journey on the Pacific Crest Trail when she was 26 and life was falling to pieces around her. She was lost and needed to be found.
Throughout Wild we get to learn about how quickly highs and lows can come, the delight of a cheese burger after a 100 mile trail and how random people can become valuable connections and friends. Cheryl's writing style is absolutely impeccable and I hung onto every word. It's one of those books I would love to read again because I want to relive the amazing journey that Wild was.
Nick Trout's The Patron Saint of Lost Dogs is a magnificent read. It's all about Cyrus Mills, who is a distant veterinarian pathologist who returns to his home town after fourteen years to potentially sell his father's vet clinic. The book takes place over six days and the change from Monday to Sunday is astounding.
One of my favourite parts were the dog drawings on the start of each day, from Dachshund to Great Dane. The story is also really easy to follow, the compassion you feel for the animals is very real and the small town of Eden Falls is described to a tee. I truly enjoyed this book and it left me feeling so upbeat and happy when it was finished. I would love a sequal to the Patron Saint of Lost Dogs.
What have you read recently that inspired you?