Reading Guides, VOLUME 12

Our Favorite Outdoors Books!

June is Great Outdoors Month in the United States…

Celebrate this month by getting outside and reading a good outdoors book!


Here are some of our favorites:
(What other books would you add to this list?)


Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail 

Cheryl Strayed

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  1. Jeffrey Eisele

    Great list of outdoor books. I expect many of us readers will have a suggestion for #13.
    Such a fine list really ought to include A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold. It’s another wonderful observation and celebration of the gift of the land right in front of us.

  2. Great list. I would add, The Wisdom of Wilderness by Gerald May.

  3. I read Desert Solitaire by Abbey maybe 20 years ago. Parts of it were enjoyable, but I was put off by Abbey’s descriptions of and treatment of women.

  4. jim e montgomery

    A Walk in the Woods – Bill Bryson! Bryson, ’nuff said. Dour folks need not read …

  5. Jim E Montgomery

    Anne LaBastille – ‘Beyond Black Bear Lake’; and, her ‘Woodswoman’ Series – Thriving alone in the Adirondack wilderness

  6. Curtis Kregness

    Sylvain Tesson, The Consolations of the Forest: Alone in a Cabin on the Siberian Taiga

    • Whoa… I’m not familiar with this one, but I’m completely fascinated by the Taiga (since watching Werner Herzog’s documentary “Happy People.”) and I will definitely check out this book… thanks for the recommendation!!! ~ Chris

  7. Still Waters: The Secret World of Lakes by Curt Stager. The prologue is 5 stars. Beautiful, poetic language.

  8. Still Waters: The Secret World of Lakes by Curt Stager. The prologue is 5 stars.b Beautiful, poetic language.

  9. Jim E Montgomery

    ‘Walk Across America’ – Barbara and Peter Jenkins. Peter begins this backpack journey in Upstate New York (the 52nd State according to natives) with his dog, Cooper. Meets wife, Barbara, in the deep South. Savors the goodness of America in the flyover zone … A good amble!

  10. _Out Walking_ by John Leax merits a mention IMO.