Book Club for Nature Lovers


The past couple of days have been Indoor Days. We have had quite a bit of unseasonably warm weather in the past month or two, but yesterday the temperature took a nosedive. I’m actually quite happy to see some normal winter weather, but I admit that I was happier to see it from inside with a blanket, hot chocolate, and a good book (or five)!

This doesn’t mean, however, that I didn’t get myself a dose of nature. I am one of those people who reads multiple books at once (you never know what you’ll be in the mood for!), and I’m currently in the middle of three books connected to our natural world:

  • A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson: an amusing memoir about hiking the Appalachian Trail
  • Serve God, Save the Planet by Matthew Sleeth: a Christian perspective on the importance of environmental stewardship
  • Writing about Nature by John Murray: a guide covering different genres of nature writing, including examples, tips, and practice exercises….here’s hoping this blog will be good one day!

I do love exploring nature through books. As a kid, I wasn’t big into outdoor exploration, but loved fiction books like My Side of the Mountain and Julie of the Wolves, both by Jean Craighead George, and the Hatchet series by Gary Paulsen. These books helped me develop a sense of wonder, appreciation, and connection to the natural world, even while being surrounded by four walls and a roof. I name Hatchet as one of my favorite books to this day.

It wasn’t until college that I got interested in non-fiction nature writing. A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold and Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey are two I enjoy pulling off the shelf occasionally. Cheryl Strayed’s Wild put ideas of thru-hiking in my head (although I would much prefer the AT to the PCT), and Gary Paulsen has some amazing non-fiction books covering his own experiences in nature.

I’m always up for a good book recommendation, so let me hear it! What are some of your favorite books on nature? Have you read any of the books shared above?

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