Last summer was all about creating my own adventures abroad – from wandering the streets of Paris to hiking old growth forests along the Sunshine Coast. In contrast, this year will be marked by exploring hidden gems closer to home and embracing my inner hermit. This season, when the yen to pack my bags arises, I figure I will sate myself with a killer summer reading list to live vicariously through.
I just finished Bonnie Jo Campbell‘s unflinching and fierce coming of age novel, Once Upon a River. It got me thinking about other books I’ve enjoyed that tapped into my enthusiasm for tales of extreme adventure, survival and the relationship we have with nature.
If you have similar tastes, I’d love some suggestions to add to my list of must-reads. Off the top of my head, here are some enduring favourites (click on the images for links to the authors):