When it comes to the non-fiction genre, one of my favorite books of all time would have to be Bill Bryson’s A Walk in the Woods. Bryson has a true talent when it comes to writing down his experiences in a humorous yet informative way. This book follows Bill Bryson and his friend Stephen Katz as they take attempt to hike the entire Appalachian Trail. A Walk in the Woods has a humorous narrator, interesting story line, and priceless conflicts. But at the same time, Bryson manages to inform the reader and educate them more about the history of the Appalachian Trail and surviving in the wild.
The thing about this book that I personally enjoyed the most was the way that Bryson was able to turn any situation into a funny one. His constant tone of sarcasm and hilarity can turn anyone’s bad day upside down. Another great thing was simply the experiences that the two main characters had to go through. They had to sleep in old cabins, meet very unpleasant people, and find creative ways to survive in the wild. Although these experience were pretty bad, Bryson always found something positive in them. His refreshing attitude caused to me to appreciate my luxuries a little more.
In other words, I would recommend A Walk in the Woods to anyone looking for an informative but still entertaining read. I never thought I would enjoy any non-fiction book as much as I enjoyed this book. Bill Bryson has mastered the art of making readers laugh, and I would recommend his books In a Sunburned Country and A Short History of Nearly Everything.