Alfred Lansing: Endurance

This was a book I was hunting for ever since I read In the Heart of
the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick. Philbrick mentions over and over again how Ernest Shackleton will always be remembered for his excellent leadership. This is about the same time my obsession with expedition books started to develop, and I was lucky to find this book at a used bookstore in London.

Shackleton’s story isn’t a memoir, like most of the other expedition books I have read. His team’s story is told by Alfred Lansing, a journalist who chronicled the Antarctic disaster in his 1959 book Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage (the name of Shackleton’s ship).


Cheryl Strayed: Wild

When this post goes up Meg and I will be one day away from
heading into the backcountry of Fundy National Park on a 3 day hike and we are definitely going to die. This hike was the whole reason behind adventure month, and our departure is the perfect week to post about Wild. Let's get serious, Wild is the sole reason we're going on this hike and we're as naive and inexperienced as Lorelei Gilmore suggesting she wanted to "do wild". I've already packed my copy of Adrienne Rich's The Dream of a Common Language. We'll never have the guts to do a longer one, or to do it alone like Strayed, but here we are doing the best we can. 


Sarah Marquis: Wild by Nature

Ahhhh adventure month on the blog. As I post this, there are only
eight more days until Meg and I venture out into Fundy National Park for a three day, backcountry hike. Sarah Marquis' book's full title is Wild by Nature: From Siberia to Australia, Three years Alone in the Wilderness on Foot. THREE YEARS! I mean if this woman can last three years we can at least last three days ... right? I should say right off the bat that I didn't LOVE this book, but it was still worth reading. I was really, really looking forward to it and after waiting for months for a softcover I decided to just shell out the $27 for the hardcover. Expectations were high.


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Nicholas Sparks: Two by Two

I wrote an entire author spotlight on Nicholas Sparks so it should
be no surprise that I'm still a sappy girl who loves his fiction. He writes a new book every year in time for Christmas and this was on my wish list. I read it in Florida over the course of one day on the beach because it was so good. While I read everything he writes, I don't love all of it. Some of it is super cheesy and dramatic, but this is now my second favourite book of his next to The Wedding, because it's about simple, everyday struggles. 


Dave Eggers: The Circle

In an attempt to have a more timely quality to our blog, Meg and I thought it would make sense for me to review Dave Eggers’ The Circle (2013) since the film adaptation is currently playing in theatres. As of writing this I have not seen the movie yet… it honestly looks horrendous. Meg laughed at me because we are working on a list of worst book-to-movie-adaptations and I already have it written down as one of my choices. The trailer alone makes me cringe, I don’t think I even finished watching.

The book doesn’t evoke the same gag reflex.


Margaret Atwood: The Handmaid's Tale

I had no intentions of blogging about this book because I read it
soooo long ago and I'm not nearly smart enough to be talking about it. However, Meghan suggested I write about it because of how relevant it's been in the media lately and after she said it it seemed like I was hearing Handmaid's Tale references everywhere. There's a new miniseries with Elizabeth Moss out based on the book that looks soooo good, and Emma Watson just announced this book to be the next for her book club, Our Shared Shelf... so here we are. It's a great piece of fiction, don't get me wrong, but I didn't want to beat a dead horse. Hopefully I'll have a fresh perspective on the book for you but likely not.


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Adam Shoalts: Alone Against the North

Apparently my favourite type of non-fiction is when the narrator
journeys alone into the unknown... It doesn't make much sense because Meg and I always describe ourselves as "indoor girls," and yet I find myself always buying any book about someone venturing into the wilderness. I suppose it could be because I've always loved Robyn Davidson (who crossed the Australian desert alone in 1977) saying, "I'd like to believe an ordinary person is capable of anything," and I like to read the proof of that as often as possible. Also, Meg and I are partaking in a 4-day hike in June and are already planning the pitch for our book deal, so reading Alone Against the North: An Expedition Into the Unknown by Adam Shoalts was a matter of research.


We Are Not Ourselves Book Club: Week 8