To Shake the Sleeping Self by Jedidiah Jenkins

To Shake the Sleeping Self

New York Times bestseller - "Thrilling, tender, utterly absorbing . . . Every chapter shimmered with truth." --Cheryl Strayed From travel writer Jedidiah Jenkins comes a long-awaited memoir of adventure, struggle, and lessons learned while bicycling the 14,000 miles from Oregon to Patagonia.On the eve of turning thirty, terrified of being funneled into a life he didn't choose, Jedidiah Jenkins quit his dream job and spent the next sixteen months ...

Details To Shake the Sleeping Self

TitleTo Shake the Sleeping Self
Release DateOct 2nd, 2018
PublisherConvergent Books
GenreTravel, Autobiography, Memoir, Nonfiction, Biography

Reviews To Shake the Sleeping Self

  • Matthew
    2.5 stars. this is a memoir about doing something worth writing a memoir about. jed's a fine writer, but his point of view is a too benign for a travelogue. good for him for taking on such an audacious adventure, for growing as a person, for working out his faith, but, if he's presenting all of that in memoir form, he should have worked on making that story more interesting for us. there were missed opportunities for humor, for rawer confession, ...
  • Roxana Barnett
    I really wanted to love this book. I followed his travels on Instagram. I enjoyed his interviews. I love a good travelogue. I enjoyed the first half of the book, but by the second half I was ready for it to be done. Good for him for taking this journey, but he’s just not that interesting. All of the religious guilt and baggage was irritating. I just wanted him to let go of it and have some wild sex, and be free. His privilege was so apparent an...
  • Nikki
    Disclosure - I received this book as a promotion, through Crown Publishing and PRH, and Jed's social media promotion team. THANK YOU!Now to the important part.You NEED to read this book. To begin, I followed Jed on Instagram during his bike ride from Oregon to Patagonia, so I've been waiting for this book since 2014. It did not disappoint. It's a story of a man that is concerned that his job and daily routine has made his brain 'fall asleep' - as...
  • Ajay
    I may return to this at some point in the future, but for the moment I won't be finishing this book. Jenkins is a good writer, but the story isn't as interesting as a it should be, it's just.... fine.
  • Sian Lile-Pastore
    I thought this was going to be quite different to what it was. I brought a lot of expectation to it, probably quite unfairly, and it didn't/couldn't deliver. Essentially I wanted it to be Wild by Cheryl Strayed but more Gary Snyder-esque. I wanted it to be a Buddhist , spiritual nature thing when it was actually a nerdy Christian (kinda his description) goes on a long bike ride. I enjoyed the discussions on faith, especially linked with the autho...
  • Dasha Ivanova
    After I listened to a podcast episode with Jedidiah, I got so excited to read the book. And while reading it, I was trying to convince myself that the book was ok, that it would say me something interesting. But it didn't. No interesting ideas, even the language is boring and not what I would expect from someone saying that he wanted to write a book for many years (and I'm not even a native speaker). I agree with the other reviewer that the autho...
  • Annelie
    3.5*I was so excited to finally have this book in hand, to finally read all about this epic quest bicycle ride from Oregon to Patagonia by a writer I love from Instagram.And Jedidiah’s beautiful writing was there. The trip was adventurous, he describes his reflections, on both his life and his travels, with honesty. And I did like the book. But I’d didn’t love it.Parts felt shallow and oblivious to me, some parts felt very aware of a social...
  • Fiona Bledsoe
    First of all, a huge and gracious thanks to Jed and the team at Crown Publishing, PRH, and so on — to every finger and every inspiration responsible for the publishing of this book. I patiently awaited this story for five years. At the time that Jedidiah announced that he was going on this trip and planned to write a book about it, I wasn’t doing much reading, but I knew that when the time came, I wouldn’t miss this for anything. After year...
  • Jenwhitson
    I devoured this book. It has left me with a lot of feelings. I first found Jed on Instagram a year or so ago and quickly became obsessed with his adventure pics and the thoughtful, vulnerable vignettes he posted with them. I wanted to read this book bc I love him and trusted that his writing would teach me something. Was then lucky enough to receive an advance copy from Crown Publishing and be selected to be a PRH partner. I am generally not a fa...
  • Allison
    I was very excited for this book, but found it to be pretty repetitive. I’ve followed Jed’s Instagram for a long time, and have loved many of the things he has written there. While there was some of that in this book, it was definitely not a favorite. It was a great picture of going out and doing something wildly out of your comfort zone, though. And for that alone I’m really glad I read it.
  • Chelsie Leigh
    Don’t want to be completely negative because some people might really like this, but it just wasn’t for me.I did enjoy the scenery descriptions, Jed’s travel buddy Wes was a very interesting character as well as the random people they met along the way. That said, Jed is a man who decides on a whim to bike from Oregon to Patagonia in South America. He’s lived his life up to 30 abiding by the religion and belief system he was raised into, ...
  • Liz Schomber
    I first found Jed on Instagram and loved his travel posts. I loved the voice he gave to the people and places he was traveling to. His posts always seemed so raw and real. I expected the same from his book. In most ways I got that, it did feel lacking in some ways and dare I say seemed almost whiney at times. This IS a book for anyone that has questioned their 9-5 existence and wanted to do more. This IS a book for anyone that has wondered if the...
  • Nadeen Talbot
    What an honor it was to catch a glimpse inside Jed’s mind. This book shook my world. It helped reshape my values, deconstruct my views on my career and reevaluate all aspects of my life. Jed’s become a huge hero of mine over the past couple of years and this book added a layer of depth to the already immaculate view I had of him. The sleeping self has been SHOOK
  • Elizabeth
    I absolutely loved this book and what the author experienced through this time in his life. Highly recommend
  • Kelli
    What a journey! I loved reading about it. Would definitely give a 4.5. Maybe not mind-blowing for me, but I enjoyed reading. I love Jedidiah’s writing...definitely worth a follow on Instagram. It was fun to follow his journey there and read more details in this memoir. Thanks to my sis for gifting me this book.
  • Meg
    Really more of a 3.5 but the rating system doesn't allow for that.
  • Morgan
    I wanted to read this slower to enjoy it longer, but I just couldn’t put it down. Such a beautifully written story that felt so true to my own heart. I highly recommend reading this, especially if you have experienced faith questions.
  • Katy Ann
    Jed was lost in the hum drum of following societal social roles and rules. Jed embarks on a personal pilgrimage in search of self.Jed reaches the physical destination of his journey and concludes that life has no final cosmic reveal.A book without a meaty center. It will not sustain or satisfy the hungry travelogue reader. It reveals little insight or different viewpoints on negatively seen cities and people, and it certainly doesn’t offer much...
  • Callie Sokoloski
    Dammit, Jed. He did it again. Put words to paper that have me reaching for my highlighter every ten minutes. Jed is one of my all time favorite writers - I mean that sincerely. His main writing medium is Instagram, so we get his words in dribs and drabs. I couldn’t wait to read a full book of his wisdom. No disappointments here. Travel memoirs haven’t been something I’m interested in historically... but I loved this presentation. It mostly ...
  • Erika
    Fourteen thousand miles. The scope of a trip that long, on bicycle, is almost unfathomable. I started following Jenkins on Instagram back in 2014 when he was about half-way through his bicycling trip from Oregon to Patagonia, a trip that covered the West Coast of the United States, Mexico, Central America, and South America. I've looked forward to reading his memoir to accompany so many of the amazing sights he regularly posted along his route, a...
  • Warren Hamilton
    I received an advance copy of this book through promotional means, and failed to start it in time to finish prior to it's official release.Having finished it, I can say that I am extraordinarily envious of Jed and his travels. I am also envious of his accessibility and the ease of his writing style. The epic journey had the everyday cadence of your best friend recapping a long weekend away, and thus feels much more accessible than such a trip wou...
  • Bryan
    I don't really know how I could rate this as anything other than five stars. Or how anyone could, really. I mean what, you rate it one star because you don't like bicycles or something? In general I have a hard time giving low ratings to biographies (on the condition that they are well written of course, a poorly written book will always garner poor ratings I suppose) because I admire the fact that someone is willing to unveil their life, or a pi...
  • Samantha Xol
    I have conflicting feelings about this book. On the one hand, I was initially drawn to it because of the same interest I had in Cheryl Strayed's Wild (as I know many were). This sort of rugged adventure quest in the name of self-discovery through travel is always intriguing to me. I guess it is commonly referred to as a "travelogue." In a lot of ways, I felt this book came up short in that regard. His reasons for taking the journey were relatable...
  • Isabella
    Jedidiah Jenkins became famous when his bike journey from Oregon to Patagonia got promoted by the Instagram official account. "To Shake the Sleeping Self" is the long form story of that trip. Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the book is that it raises questions about modern storytelling: when should a story be let out to air and on what platforms? I found myself periodically putting a bookmark in to take a moment and scroll back in time on ...
  • Sabrina
    I wanted to love this book. I wanted to devour it and underline all the sentences. I've followed Jed on Instagram for years, and his captions and musings on life sometimes leave me feeling shaken. I went into this with maybe, too high of an expectation.I will say that I think it got better in the second half. There were more musings on life, more introspection, more movement. But there still wasn't enough. But it is what it set out to be: a trave...
  • Joe
    To Shake the Sleeping Self is a masterpiece. It's a road trip narrative, a story about a young man coming terms with his conservative upbringing and sexuality, and a disquieting look at our expectation toward travel.Approaching his 30th birthday with a sense of mounting dread, Jedidiah Jenkins decides to do something crazy and unexpected: Bike from Oregon to Patagonia. In spite of having zero biking experience, Jenkins embarks on his adventure wi...
  • Amanda Dahl
    Does the travel bug bite hard when you see glamorous snapshots or read about an amazing adventure somewhere far, far away? Jedidiah Jenkins can offer you that - and something more. A raw, authentic glimpse into how travel may not have all the answers, but it can introduce you to the right questions to ask.Reading Jed's narrative on his 14,000 mile journey certainly inspires one to pack their bags, while also recognizing the growing pains that res...
  • Kate
    I had SUCH mixed feelings about this book. I read the author's dad's book, A Walk Across America, in high school and liked it a lot, and I picked this one up without realizing initially that the author was Peter Jenkins' son. It was fascinating to read about Jedidiah Jenkins' upbringing and subsequent worldview, but I wish he'd grown more on the trip. He occasionally expressed the beginnings of some interesting ideas, but never got far enough to ...
  • Patrick
    Part travelogue, part rumination, I can't help thinking that it lacks purpose. It's kind of a book, written for no clear purpose, about a trip, taken for no clear purpose.While the writing itself is crisp and clear, it lacks the liveliness of having a real reason for being. There's a scene near the beginning of the book that illustrates the problem: the riders, having just started out, meet an old man on the road. The old man asks for directions,...
  • Stewart Tunstall
    I had been looking forward to this book for ages after following Jed on Instagram and really enjoying his writing, and it didn't disappoint. I saw myself so many times in this book, yet I've never gone on a 16 month cross-continental cycling adventure nor have I visited any of the places mentioned. Jed writes in such a way that instantly connects with you and forces you to dust off your bike and go on this journey with him. I think it's easy to i...