This is in no way a comprehensive list of the best nature and environmental books. There will surely be a few great ones that come to mind from our readers that we missed or left off. But the list laid before you are some of the great novels that we recommend all nature lovers to read.
Walden by Henry D. Thoreau – A literary classic from Henry Thoreau documenting his time living in a simple cabin in the woods by Walden Pond.
A Life on our Planet by David Attenborough – The great naturalist David Attenborough give his manifesto and his optimistic view that humans will turn things around and solve the greatest threat to our existence, climate change. Highly recommended as a change in pace from the constant doom and gloom outlooks pertaining to climate change.
A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson – A hilarious book turned movie that details 60 year old Bill Brysons attempt at hiking the Appalachian Trail. Bill, hiking with his longtime friend Stephen Katz document the many troubles you would expect from inexperienced hikers setting out on a 2,000 mile journey.
Born Free by Joy Adamson – A 1960 book turned movie that recounts Adamson’s journey of raising an orphaned lion cub named Elsa. This is a great book that highlights the relationships between wild animals and humans.
Wild by Cheryl Strayed – I am sensing a theme here. Another great book turned movie (and played by the fantastic Reese Witherspoon). Wild is about a 22 year old women who sets out on an incredible adventure. When her life feels like it is crumbling due to the loss of her mother and the ending of her marriage, Cheryl embarks on hiking the entire Pacific Crest Trail alone. With no experience the book take you on the incredible journey with all its terror and glory.
Silent Spring by Rachel Carson – The book that inspired countless individuals into environmental activism. Silent Spring, first released in 1962, highlights the environmental impacts of indiscriminately spraying pesticides and its impact on insects, water and plant life.
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