These are some of my all time favorite books. They’re real stories by real people. Happy reading, homies!
P.S: I did my best to tell you enough but not spoil any of the books for you lol.
Call of The White- Felicity Aston
This is the story of eight women on a unique expedition to the south pole. And before you think ‘Oh, they must be athletes or outdoors experts’, they’re ordinary women from different countries and paths of life (Some of them have never seen snow and others didn’t know what skiing is). The south pole isn’t your standard outdoor activities destination. It’s freezing with a monochrome scenery and deadly storms. Therefore, Taking eight ‘normal’ women to ski for 600 Km to the South pole isn’t an average adventure idea!
The book speaks about the journey from scratch (The planning, the recruitment, the trainings, the fundraising and the expedition itself). The detailed approach of the book enriched the story and helped grasp the enormity of the challenge.
My favorite quote- After they reached the south pole, Felicity said to the rest of the women: “If ever in life someone tells you that you can’t do something or take on a task you’re not sure that you’re up to; think of this moment. This moment proves that you can do anything you want, and don’t let anyone make you believe otherwise. We may be at the bottom of the planet but in the last 38 days we have conquered the world.”
Wild- Cheryl Strayed
Having lost ‘everything’, Cheryl decided to sell all her belongings and walk eleven hundred miles, alone! She’s neither a professional nor a seasonal hiker, not even an enthusiast. Walking The Pacific Crest Trail starting from The Mexican border to Canada within three months was her new task that she knew nothing about. The learning process was tough and the journey wasn’t just grinding and rewarding, but most importantly life-changing.
I enjoyed how raw, angry and brave the story telling was. I enjoyed the descriptive narration that made reading this book feel fantastically real.
My favorite quote: “It had nothing to do with gear or footwear or the backpacking fads or philosophies of any particular era or even with getting from point A to point B. It had to do with how it felt to be in the wild. With what it was like to walk for miles with no reason other than to witness the accumulation of trees and meadows, mountains and deserts, streams and rocks, rivers and grasses, sunrises and sunsets. The experience was powerful and fundamental. It seemed to me that it had always felt like this to be a human in the wild, and as long as the wild existed it would always feel this way.”
Bloom- Estée Lalonde
The story of how one of my favorite Youtubers, Estée Lalonde (She makes fashion, makeup & lifestyle videos) became a successful business woman. Although I ain’t a fashionista myself and makeup isn’t really my call; but still, I’ve been watching Estée’s videos for the past 5 years. She always comes across as a genuine person that anybody can relate to.
This book speaks about her life and the journey from a lost and depressed girl to a blossoming, confident and influential lady. The refreshing honesty of Bloom hit me and somehow reflected parts of my life. It inspired me to pursue my passions and aspirations and never settle for less.
The book is divided in a way that makes it easy to read, and the quality of the printing makes the experience more enjoyable.
Favorite quote: “Bloom is the idea that anything is possible when you put your mind to it.”