WOW Book Club: Four

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An adventure that takes one lone man through the West of the United States, across the border in to Mexico and onwards in to Alaska with a handful of twists to keep the reader entertained. This month’s WOW book club pick is “Into the Wild” by Jon Krakauer.

In the Wild - WOW Book Club

Into the Wild 

Into the Wild has become a cultural phenomenon of sorts. It is a popular read among travellers and those in search of adventure, and was made into a film in 2007.

The book follows the true story of Christopher McCandless, a 22 year old who graduated college, donated his $25,000 of life savings to charity, cut off all ties with family and friends back home and set off on an adventure through the American West and eventually in to Alaska.

I read this book by chance on my recent trip to Japan, as I came across it on a bookshelf in my hotel and remembered that I had watched the film some years earlier before taking off on my own solo year-long journey around the world. Without giving too much away, this book is a true testament to the grand adventure, though it has been received by mixed reviews so I’m really looking forward to hearing your thoughts on it later in the month!

If you are joining us for book club this month I can honestly say with almost 100% certainty that you will enjoy this read, as the book itself is structured in a way that keeps you wanting more, reading onwards and onwards to find out how McCandless’ fate came about in the Alaskan wilderness.

If you have already read the book please don’t give too much away in the comments just yet (but please share your thoughts in the review at the end of the month!)

Also if you have any further suggestions for our travel book club please feel free to leave them in the comments below!


xo Brooke

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    Nicole Christy
    April 11, 2016 at 6:38 am

    I had read this years ago and had mixed feelings about it. I never saw the movie and don’t plan on it since there’s so much open to interpretation. That being said, “Into Thin Air” also by Jon Krakauer, about the Mt. Everest disaster, is an amazing and fast read. I recommend that as well!

    April 9, 2016 at 6:37 am

    I just started reading this today, not knowing about the book club. Watched the film recently, but I’m more of a book fan can’t wait to get into it properly

    Melinda DiOrio
    April 6, 2016 at 1:37 am

    Into the Wild is great! It’s one of the very few books where I liked the movie equally as much. I’d recommend anything by Pico Iyer! He’s a brilliant travel writer, and I’ve found that many travelers haven’t had a chance to read any of his books! Sun After Dark is a great place to start. It’s a short book of travel essays, but you’ll want to take your time devouring every one of his words.

      April 6, 2016 at 7:25 am

      to read it this month. I’ve seen the movie, but as the book is always better, I’m excited to read it.

    Andreja Jernejčič
    April 5, 2016 at 6:14 am

    I just read this book (not knowing about the april WOW book club) and I simply loved it! I think Im slightly addicted and now Im ready for second round! I saw a movie a few years ago and I had to admin Sean Penn did a marvellous job! I can relate to many aspects of this book and now I would like to read The Wild Truth wrote by his sister Carine McCandles. Excellent choice Brooke, cant wait fot the next month!

    Jennifer @ This Off Script Life
    April 4, 2016 at 10:08 pm

    Thanks for the recommendation. I’ve been curious about this book — officially adding it to my list now.

    April 3, 2016 at 2:06 am

    I really love this book. I read the entire thing in two days. I don’t agree with the criticisms people give McCandless. His whole adventure was idealistic, but in the best way, and a way that I don’t think a lot of people understand. It’s a great book that gets me so excited for travel, adventure, and proving my existence to the world. I like the structure of having passages from other books at the beginning of each chapter. One of my favorite chapters is actually when Krakauer is describing his own journey to Alaska as a youth. Honestly, one of my favorite books.

    April 2, 2016 at 9:12 pm

    I actually just finished reading this one myself after remembering seeing the movie years ago. It is a very interesting story – I am not sure what my final thoughts on it are but you are right, it is definitely thought provoking!

    April 2, 2016 at 5:47 pm

    Absolutely loved the book when I read it, as well as the movie. Sound track to the movie is also really good. Can’t go wrong with some Eddie Vedder!

    Ann Benjamin
    April 2, 2016 at 3:49 pm

    I’d love to suggest one of my books: Room 702 (a novel that takes place in a fictional hotel suite) or Life After Joe (documenting the world’s saddest road trip).

    I love Krakauer’s work and Into the Wild is a very thought provoking book. Be sure to listen to the corresponding soundtrack (of the film adaptation) as it is very well done!

    April 2, 2016 at 9:58 am

    This is one of my favorite books! So glad this is the book for April!

    April 2, 2016 at 8:44 am

    i’ve been wanting to read this for ages now. i adored the film and as a person who is in love with travelling, i don’t know why i am yet to buy it!

    April 2, 2016 at 7:33 am


    April 2, 2016 at 7:31 am

    Yes, this book has been on my to-read list for way too long. Thanks for giving me more reasons to read it this month. I’ve seen the movie, but as the book is always better, I’m excited to read it.