I’ve chosen three books for this #AtoZChallenge post. The letter: J [is for journey].

The following are non-fiction books that tell of a journey in the authors’ lives. The first two I have read and the third is still on by TBR list.

Lost on a Mountain in Maine Donn Fendler as told to Joseph B. Egan: It’s hard for Mainers to call themselves such, or at least rural Mainers, if they haven’t read this book. Donn Fendler was a Boy Scout who, on a hike up Katahdin with his brothers and father, got lost and spent nine days alone in the woods. This journey was not a purposeful one, but it is not one he forgot, nor is it one any of his admirers, friends, and readers, will ever forget. I’m just learning that he turned his story into a graphic novel, which I will have to check out ASAP.

Wild Cheryl Strayed: I enjoyed learning about the Pacific Coast Trial through Cheryl Strayed’s account of her hike along its winding (and harrowing) path, but that isn’t completely what her journey consisted of. She had a purpose when she set out to hike, and I’m happy to say I’m still following her journey as she continues to write, speak, and appear on social media and in public settings.

Following Atticus Tom Ryan: The summary on the back of this book begins with: “After a close friend died of cancer, middle-aged, overweight, acrophobic newspaperman Tom Ryan decided to pay tribute to her in a most unorthodox manner. Ryan and his friend, miniature schnauzer Atticus M. Finch, would attempt to climb all forty-eight of New Hampshire’s four-thousand-foot peaks twice in one winter while raising money for charity.” This book recently came back onto my radar because Tom Ryan is currently on a book tour for his novel Will’s Red Coat, which incidentally has found its way onto my TBR list. Which to read first…

#AtoZChallenge: Journey

Have you read any of these books? Share the title of a recently read or favorite book in which the author goes on a journey, and brings you along for the ride. Happy reading!

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