First Paragraph: Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
Wild by Cherly Strayed is a book that’s been wildly popular and I’m just now getting around to it. It was Oprah’s first book in her new Book Club 2.0. I have it on my iPod and, so far, it’s a great listen. Here’s the first paragraph:
The trees were tall, but I was taller, standing above them on a steep mountain slope in northern California. Moments before, I’d removed my hiking boots and the left one had fallen into those trees, first catapulting into the air when my enormous backpack toppled onto it, then skittering across the gravelly trail and flying over the edge. It bounced off of a rocky outcropping several feet beneath me before disappearing into the forest canopy below, impossible to retrieve. I let out a stunned gasp, though I’d been in the wilderness thirty-eight days and by then I’d come to know that anything could happen and that everything would. But that doesn’t mean I wasn’t shocked when it did.
My boot was gone. Actually gone.
What do you think?
Would you keep reading?
As readers we are often captivated or turned away by the first paragraph or two of a book. Diane at Bibliophile By the Sea asks us to share the first paragraph of a book we are reading. As you can see it’s called First Chapter, First Paragraph Tuesday Intros. Visit Diane to read more First Paragraphs.