AWOL on the Appalachian Trail by David Miller

If you have hiked, or considered hiking the Appalachian Trail, or just want to know more about the experience, then I highly recommend reading David Miller’s AWOL on the Appalachian Trail.  It is free from Amazon Prime members via the Kindle Owner’s Lending Library.

Technology is so ingrained in our daily lives, that we have to physically escape from it.  Hiking the Appalachian Trail provides a chance to get away, face an unknown adventure, and to get to know other hikers and their experiences.

The AT can be hiked by section, or it can be hiked all the way through.  Hikers who make it all the way from Georgia to Maine are called “thru hikers.”  Some thru hikers go the purist route and hike the trail all the way through, and others skip sections and come back later.  To me, I’d just barrel through it and get it over with.  The sense of accomplishment at the end is much sweeter when you don’t have to worry about going back to other parts.

I love Miller’s easy, familiar writing style.  All of the hikers have trail names.  Miller encounters the same ones throughout his journey, and mentions their names like they’re old friends.  I chuckled a time or two at the more colorful characters.

Miller also gives advice on what to bring and things not to do.  Carry the lightest load possible.  there are stops along the way.  I was surprised to read that that there were so many shelters along the trail.

In short, AWOL on the Appalachian Trail isn’t the greatest book ever written, but I think it is worth a read.  There are some good books in the Kindle Owner’s Lending Library collection.

Robert Merivel

“Strong writing and accounting from all of the parts of the trail make it a great book for those armchair AT Hikers like myself. It is a nice mix of everyday life and what it takes on the trail, trail relationships (some good, some bad), and various observations on life and the trail. What makes it all that more surprising is it is a Self-Published book. It is definitely worthy of a more tangible publishing house.”

Wayne A. Robinson

“Just happened upon this book in the Kindle store on my new Kindle Fire and decided to give it a try. Really glad I did. I’m not particularly interested in hiking, but the author is a fine writer and the level of detail about his day-to-day journey made it feel more like a diary rather than a retrospective on his experience. Most adults with a family and a desk job can also identify with his motivation for doing the hike. I finished this quickly. Really liked Miller’s honesty and self-deprecating style too. I recommend! “

Summer Reads for $3.99 or Less

If you are anything like me, you’re not too thrilled about the rising e-book prices.  If you’re open to trying some new reading material, there is a good selection of Kindle e-books available for $3.99 or less.  A good way to stock up for the beach or pool.

The summer reading list includes a variety of genres including fiction, mysteries and thrillers, nonfiction, historical fiction, and of course chick lit, other wise known as “women’s fiction”.

To be honest, the only author I actually recognize is Karen McQuestion, who wrote A Scattered Life, a big bestseller for awhile.  A Scattered Life is a tale of the importance of friendships and learning not to judge a book by its cover so to speak when it comes to appearances.  Both A Scattered Life and her other book, Easily Amused are on the list.

I laughed out loud when I read the reviews of Why I Love Singlehood.  Anyone who has been mixed up in relationship issues can probably relate to this book.  This will be one I can add to my “easy reading” list.

Final Price, by J. Gregory Smith was the 2009 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Contest.  The thriller features a psychopathic car salesman who fights his own inner demons and does not take rejection well at all.  Final Price provides a unique perspective by using the car salesman’s point of view as opposed to a customer’s.

AWOL on the Appalachian Trail is a must read because David Miller writes such a vivid account of his adventures of hiking the entire trail.  I’ve always wanted to hike at least a portion of the AT, so I’m definitely adding this to my Kindle summer reading list.

According to Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN), these books are all available at a reduced price for only a limited time.  Not sure on the exact date that the offer ends.  I’m off to bury myself in a good beach read.