It's been a while since I've been through an entire book, even the appendixes, but Hikertrash: Life on the Pacific Crest Trail by Erin Miller takes that award easily. I connected easily with the journal-like format, which maintained a consistent narrative and writing style throughout. This almost created micro-chapters, which meant I had easy break points. If I were reading this book while I was hiking the PCT myself, I would appreciate this, as you learn quickly as you read this book about how your energy gets used, how your body and metabolism changes and what day to day life actually is like.
I want to be clear that a story is well told and well maintained here, I would reject the comparison to a day-to-day blog. You do not get drowned in "at this for breakfast" and "refilled water at these three places every day". Details like that are given somewhat sparingly, enough to give you the idea that the author is thinking about them, but they never feel repetitive. You can actually read this book as a book.
I've read several PCT stories, and this is one of the more entertaining ones. The writing style is fresh, honest, and moves along. I liked the blog styling as it conjured images of the author snuggled in her sleeping bag after a long day's hike, likely sore, maybe a little hungry, journaling on her phone in the middle of nowhere. My favourite anecdote is the one where she is approached in town by a homeless person inquiring if she needed any help and her ensuing embarrassment!. Let's just say that giggling out loud in the lunchroom at work is not good for the serious professional image I'm going for! Never mind, I'd rather be hiking anyway. I purchased the eBook, but the maps, pictures, gear lists and recipes don't quite cut it on my paperwhite Kindle.
Great insight into both the long distance hiking experience and how travel impacts life. Thoughtful writing and engaging style. Emotional honesty breeds reader involvement and builds page turning momentum. Definitely one of my favourite travel reads in the last couple of years.