Top Ten Tuesday: An Outdoor Adventures Reading List


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A sun-dappled Ontario forest filled with healthy green trees and bushes. Spending time in nature is one of my non-bookish hobbies. My idea of a good time is taking a walk in the woods, by the beach, or in some other natural setting where I can let the sounds of birds tweeting and leaves rustling wash over me.

This is how serene and beautiful our forests are during the summer. (Yes, I took this photo). We have been seeing more ticks, including some that carry Lyme disease, in Ontario, so I always stick to the trails when I walk through our forests and check for ticks afterwards.

Taking a few precautions like this one is well worth the time I get to spend out in nature. There is nothing like noticing a rabbit, squirrel, or some other small creature hiding beneath a nearby bush and realizing it’s waiting to see how you behave before it decides when to run away.

I like to pretend like I haven’t seen them and keep walking on by. Sometimes they decide to stay hidden , while in other cases they suddenly scamper away in a flurry of motion.

The books on today’s list are a nice mixture of practical medical advice for outdoor adventures and ones that explore the many advantages of getting some exercise outdoors while the weather is warm and nice. I have read all of them and would recommend all of them. (Well, I actually read a similar first aid book that I couldn’t find online anymore. But close enough).

CPR, AED & First Aid Provider Handbook by Karl Disque Book cover. Image on cover shows close-up photos of people proving chest compressions during first aid.

CPR, AED & First Aid Provider Handbook by Karl Disque

 

ild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed Book cover. Image on cover shows a used hiking shoe.

1. Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed

 

 

Oh, the Places You'll Go! by Dr. Seuss book cover. Image on cover shows a drawing of a Dr. Seuss character standing on a rainbow top.

Oh, the Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss

 

The Hidden Life of Trees: what they feel, how they communicate : discoveries from a secret world by Peter Wohlleben Book cover. Image on cover shows a drawing of one large and two smaller trees whose roots are intertwined underground.

The Hidden Life of Trees: what they feel, how they communicate : discoveries from a secret world by Peter Wohlleben

 

Grandma Gatewood's Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail by Ben Montgomery Book cover. Image on cover shows a photo of Grandma Gatewood hiking as she carries her jacket.

Grandma Gatewood’s Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail by Ben Montgomery

 

Medicine Walk by Richard Wagamese Book cover. Image on cover shows a photo of a path through a pine forest. No one is on the path.

Medicine Walk by Richard Wagamese

 

The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead by Max Brooks book cover. Image on cover shows a drawing of a gun and a sword crossing each other.

The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead by Max Brooks

Yes, that final title does talk about zombies, but the advice in it is wholly practical and can be used for all sorts of survival situations. I’ve even found it useful for more ordinary troubles like dealing with days when I’m feeling out of sorts and need to comfort myself.

I hope this list has encouraged you to spend time outdoors this summer if you can and if you’re interested. It’s a wonderful way to spend the summer in my opinion.

90 Responses to Top Ten Tuesday: An Outdoor Adventures Reading List

  1. Wild was such a brilliant read! I’m not really one for memoirs, but that was just so good.

    Bill Bryson’s A Walk in the Woods are also fun!

    Thanks for stopping by earlier….

  2. What a fun freebie topic! I know I’ve read some nonfiction adventure stories, but I’ll be darned if I can think of any…..oh – I know. Have you read Winterdance by Gary Paulsen? It’s about a man deciding to participate in the Iditarod in AK. So good! Thanks for the visit and sharing these titles (loved Wild).
    Terrie @ Bookshelf Journeys

  3. I’ve seen the movie of Wild but I’ve heard it’s very different to the book! Maybe I should listen to the memoir on audiobook, I love audiobooks for memoirs.

  4. I suppose the first and last book are useful but I hope never have to experience anything that need those books.

    Thanks for visiting my blog. Have a lovely day.

  5. Great choice for a Top Ten Lydia. I really enjoyed Wild back when I read it. Grandma Grandma Gatewood’s Walk also looks good. I have had Medicine Walk on my TBR pile for a long time, I need to buckle down and read it.

  6. What a thoughtful post! I have read a few like this as well. Thanks for stopping by my blog, if I could I would grant your wish and have Covid eliminated completely! Have a great week!

  7. I love your theme and your choices. I have read Wild yet, but I’d like to. I also want to see the movie. I love being outside too, but only when it’s not extremely hot. I can handle the cold, but not the heat. Your picture is lovely. Thanks for stopping by my post.

  8. Grandma Gatewood’s Walk is on my list! I should have such vim and vigor now, much less when I’m the age she was when she took that walk.

    Love the forest picture. I wish we had woods like that nearby. But in Louisiana, we have flat, hot, and cane fields. Not great for enjoying nature!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog!

    • Wasn’t that a great book?

      And thank you. I wish Louisiana had forests, too. Cane fields are useful for sure, but not for nature walking like you said. 🙂

  9. Some great books there, Lydia. And Outdoor Adventures sound great but at the moment I’m happy to be inside with this incredible heat. Hope yours isn’t as bad.

    Thanks for visiting my TTT with houses this week.

  10. I still haven’t read The Hidden Life of Trees… I should order it soon.

    Also, a few years ago I spent a handful of days in a German forest (Bavarian Forest) and I still think very fondly of those days. Last year I visited Black Forest, which I also quite enjoyed but it wasn’t as magical as the first one.

    • It was such a good read! I hope you like that.

      The Bavarian Forest sounds amazing. I’ve heard wonderful things about the Black Forest as well.

  11. Haha, I love that the last book is a Zombie Survival Guide! 😂 That’s very important and honestly, I’m very curious to know what’s in it now. Great choice of topic and list of books, Lydia!

    • Heh, thank you very much!

      It’s actually a pretty practical read that covers everything from nutrition to exercise to some basic first aid to preserving your mental health during tough times (or as much as possible).

  12. I wish I enjoyed walking more, but don’t. Instead I just go on my (mostly) daily walk on the country roads as a way of “getting it over with.” Who knows! Maybe someday I’ll like it. 😀 Thanks so much for visiting Finding Wonderland on this week! Appreciate this and apologies it took me this long to return the visit.

    • Honestly, I can’t blame you one bit there. Walking on country roads definitely does get repetitive for sure.

      And no worries. I know you’re busy. 🙂

  13. Ever since watching Gilmore Girls, I have wanted to read Wild! I gave my mum the Secret Life of Trees so maybe I’ll take a look at that too x

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