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