An Outdoorsy Book List

Well, National Great Outdoors Month is over. I spent my free time last month outdoors (where else) and reading (trying to find spare moments).

I’ve decided that maybe the entire summer should be devoted to celebrating the wonders of the great outdoors. Here, then, are my favorite outdoorsy books:

John Krakauer, Gretel Ehrlich, Into Thin Air, Into the Wild, The Solace of Open Spaces

Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer

The Solace of Open Spaces by Gretel Ehrlich

Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George and Hatchet buy Gary Paulson

My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George

Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

They run the gamut from young adult to adult, fiction to nonfiction. I hope you enjoy them!

Have you read any of these books? What did you think? Do you have book recs about or featuring the great outdoors?

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July Book Lists

The month of July seems to have been ripe with lists of book recommendations. Here are just a few.

Sexy, scary, suspenseful: 11 books to put on your summer reading list
Today Books
If you need something suspenseful, this list should help you out.

The 10 Books That Made Debut Novelist Will Chancellor Want to Write One of His Own
Times Magazine
There’s something about the idea of listing out the books that made an author want to write that I find fascinating.

7 Books You Need to Read This July
Vulture
Arts & Entertainment by Christopher Beha sounds absolutely fascinating to me.

The Scariest Books Ever

I generally don’t like to be scared. There’s not much to it that’s appealing to me, so I don’t often seek out horror movies and books. Sometimes, though, something appeals to me. For example, I heard so many great reviews of American Horror Story last year that I decided I should give it a shot this year. So far, so good, but I’ll have to wait and see.

When I was 13 or 14 I decided I should read the Exorcist…at night…in our farmhouse in the middle of nowhere. It goes without saying that I couldn’t sleep well at all until I finished the book. But something slightly more surprising is that the movie, and in particular the head turning all the way around scene, didn’t scare me. I must have prepped myself for the scary parts with the book.

So for this Halloween, here’s a list of horror books I probably won’t be reading.

The Shining by Stephen King

It by Stephen King

Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill

I am Legend by Richard Matheson

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

The Omen by David Seltzer

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