6 Books That Will Change Your Summer

Stocksy_txp2ac85754KUN000_Medium_180386Some 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.”

6 Books That Will Change Your Summer