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5 Great Books About Nature to Read Today

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Here’s a little known fact: once upon a time, I was a book blogger. For quite a few years, actually. Eventually I just got sick of writing reviews of all the books I read and let the blog fall by the wayside, but I’m still an avid reader.

One of my favorite topics to read about? Nature!

There are a TON of great books about nature out there, and I’ve read quite a few of them. I’m highlighting 5 of my favorites today. One of them is fiction, the rest are not. They’ll all either teach you something or make you feel some stirring inside that makes you want to get outside immediately.

1. Silent Spring by Rachel Carson

I mean, is it even a nature book list if this isn’t on it?? Carson’s book is the quintessential book to read if you are at all interested in the environment. A lot of people credit her work as the start of the environmental movement. She wrote about the dangers of DDT, how it was killing birds, how that could affect other life on the planet.

It is a must read, and still very relevant today.

2. H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald

Macdonald’s relationship with her goshawk named Mabel is my #1 reason for recommending this fantastic gem of a book. She’s a falconer and grew up around birds thanks mostly to her beloved father. When her father dies, it’s Mable that helps Macdonald heal. If you’ve ever dealt with the loss of a loved one, this book will speak to you.

It also goes into some detail about the history of falconry, which I found very interesting. I don’t know much about the topic and was excited to delve deeper into it.

3. Gathering Moss by Robin Wall Kimmerer

What to say about this one?! It’s one of my top favorite books EVER. I read it last year, and just read it again for my book club. And book club agrees that it is a force to be reckoned with.

Wall Kimmerer is a bryologist, meaning she studies mosses and liverworts. This collection of essays provides a lot of tidbits about mosses and how they grow, how they pollinate, and why they are so awesome. It’s also full of stories from the author’s own life.

I dare you to read this and not go outside afterwards with a hand lens, looking for moss in your own yard.

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4. The Genius of Birds by Jennifer Ackerman

If you’re a bird person, this one’s for you! Ackerman goes into fascinating detail about certain super intelligent bird species. Reading about how a type of bird learns to make its own tools by watching it’s parents do it is SO COOL!

If you’re not into birds, I still recommend giving it a try. You might find yourself buying binoculars to go bird watching 😉

5. The Overstory by Richard Powers

This is the fiction one I mentioned above, and it is very, very good. I usually get through books pretty darn quickly, but I was loving this one so much that I took my time with it.

The imagery is breathtaking, and the message in the book is one that will spark a fire in you and make you want to be a steward to our forests.

So Tell Me Your Favorite Books About Nature!

Have you read any of these? Tell me your favorite nature books! I’m always on the search for more. Tell me in the comments or hit me up on Instagram @kellyfrombuffalo

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