Some books you read just to pass the time. Some books you read because they are assigned. And some books you read change the way you see the world. And there is no better time to expand your horizons then in the sun-soaked days of summer. So here for you today are six books that will help you hear birds chirping in the forest, make you want to be outside, and that will change your summer.
Aldo Leopold’s A Sand County Almanac
Aldo Leopold’s book actually takes place in Sauk County, Wisconsin and is a testimony to every conservationist around. Through essays and sketches, Aldo draws a picture for the reader of not just his natural habitat of his rural Wisconsin homestead, but of the symbiotic life that surrounds it. A Sand County Almanac opens your eyes to the environment that surrounds you, and illustrates the positive role you can play in it.
Jack London’s To Build a Fire
A staple in any literature collection, To Build a Fire stands as a classic man versus nature story. Stranded in the Yukon with below freezing temperatures nipping at your fingertips, tell me, how would you hold your composure?
Bill Bryson’s A Walk in the Woods
Through clever narrative, detailed fact-finding, and a sidekick named Katz; A Walk in the Woods stands as one of the best recollections of one Iowan’s journey across the Appalachian Trail. Bill Bryson has no trouble keeping the reader entertained and by the end of it, you’ll want to take a walk in the woods.
Annie Dillard’s Pilgrim at Tinker Creek
This dense collection of essay’s written in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains covers every subject from botany to celestial-beings. Annie Dillard dives deep into the natural world and comes out with poetic prose that blossoms new ideas and wild revelations. It’s not necessarily a quick read, but every page brings out the beautiful intricacies of the world around us.
Ernest Hemingway’s Big Two-Hearted River
Leave it to one of America’s greatest writers to capture that feeling of stepping outdoors. This collection of two short stories will have you sucking up breaths of fresh air and remarking to the page what a beautiful world we live in. Capturing that feeling of calmness amongst chaos, or the rhythm of Mother Nature’s song, or even the feeling of first stepping outside is no easy task. But Hemingway doesn’t disappoint.
Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax
Sure, you have probably read this one already, or someone has read it to you. But when is the last time you sat down and listened to the message behind all of Seuss’s wacky words? It might be worth five minute of your adult life to re-read this children’s classic. Better yet, it will be worth five minutes on an ankle-biter’s time to have this book read to them, because “unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”