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30 Books You Should Read Outside

Oh the weather outside is delightful, and to read outside is vital. Literary landscapes are all around us–gardens, park benches, beaches, road trips–you name the place, we’ll bring the book.

  1. Wild Book Cover Picture


    Find yourself in the great outdoors while on a journey through the Pacific Crest Trail.

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  2. The Music Shop Book Cover Picture

    The Music Shop

    Nothing like a great novel to escape the humdrum – dive in to this great read!

  3. Woman No. 17 Book Cover Picture

    Woman No. 17

    If there was ever a book to read pool-side, this is it. Lepucki’s page-turning book about art, identity, and family is charming, clever, and very California.

  4. The Waking Land Book Cover Picture

    The Waking Land

    “Returning to the homeland of magical legends she has forsaken, Elanna is forced to reckon with her despised, estranged father, branded a traitor long ago. Feeling a strange, deep connection to the natural world, she also must face the truth about the forces she has always denied or disdained as superstition—powers that suddenly stir within her.”

  5. The Wedding Date Book Cover Picture

    The Wedding Date

    Can’t you just imagine diving into a juicy romance novel while relaxing in the grass? THE WEDDING DATE is sweet, escapist, and smart.

  6. The Sandman Book Cover Picture

    The Sandman

    Nothing like a spine-tingling thriller to keep you glued to a book. Grab this page-turner and find a comfy spot under the trees!

  7. Mosquitoland Book Cover Picture


    Reading this epic road trip through the USA requires some fresh air.

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  8. The Secret Garden Book Cover Picture

    The Secret Garden

    How magically meta it would be to have lunch in a secret garden while reading The Secret Garden.

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  9. The Signature of All Things Book Cover Picture

    The Signature of All Things

    Another book meant to be read beside a flower bed.

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  10. Walden Book Cover Picture


    Drop the iPhone, escape society, and reflect on your natural surroundings.

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  11. A Walk In The Woods Book Cover Picture

    A Walk In The Woods

    Start an outdoor book club with your partner in crime; laugh out loud.

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  12. Nature and Selected Essays Book Cover Picture

    Nature and Selected Essays

    Frolic through the park and an exploration of nature’s beauty.

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  13. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass Book Cover Picture

    Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass

    Sit below a shaded tree while you fall down the rabbit hole.

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  14. Grasshopper Jungle Book Cover Picture

    Grasshopper Jungle

    Reading this strange adventure outdoors may cure your fear of bugs.

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  15. Into Thin Air Book Cover Picture

    Into Thin Air

    Climb up a hill and enjoy the page view.

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  16. Station Eleven Book Cover Picture

    Station Eleven

    Head to the park, play some classical music on Spotify, and enjoy this book.

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  17. The People in the Trees Book Cover Picture

    The People in the Trees

    A haunting, ecological adventure best read in the trees.

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  18. Origin Book Cover Picture


    Should you find yourself alone, in the depths of a rainforest, this book will revitalize your inner strength.

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  19. The Snow Leopard Book Cover Picture

    The Snow Leopard

    Find your zen–a favorite bench, tree, bed of grass–and let the sun shine on your face.

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  20. Out of Africa Book Cover Picture

    Out of Africa

    Head out on safari with this book in one hand and binoculars in another.

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  21. Rebel of the Sands Book Cover Picture

    Rebel of the Sands

    Picture a warm, sunny day: the sand between your toes, this book between your fingers.

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  22. My First Summer in the Sierra Book Cover Picture

    My First Summer in the Sierra

    Explore the wilderness within this books and your own surroundings.

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  23. Into the Wild Book Cover Picture

    Into the Wild

    Journey into the wildnerness while investigating this mesmerizing story.

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  24. On Such a Full Sea Book Cover Picture

    On Such a Full Sea

    Strap on your reading boots and take off on a quest through a vividly imagined future America.

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  25. Paper Towns Book Cover Picture

    Paper Towns

    Inside this book you’ll find a scavenger hunt and a road trip. Outside this book, you scheme the same!

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  26. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Book Cover Picture

    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

    Far out, way beyond the comforts of your home lies a strange road ahead.

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  27. Jurassic Park Book Cover Picture

    Jurassic Park

    Perhaps don’t leave the car for this one, but at least you’re technically outside.

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  28. The Wonder Trail Book Cover Picture

    The Wonder Trail

    Find lookout point on your local trail. Steve Hely will take you on a hilarious journey from North to South America.

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  29. The Call of the Wild, White Fang, and Other Stories Book Cover Picture

    The Call of the Wild

    Take the dog for a walk with your favorite survival gear.

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  30. THE HOBBIT Book Cover Picture


    Face your fears and find your courage by embarking on a difficult quest.

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  31. The Beach Book Cover Picture

    The Beach

    Going on vacation? This book’s all about beach culture…a troubling, twisted beach culture.

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  32. Outlander Book Cover Picture


    “They’re always running around Scotland, horseback riding, and camping beneath the stars.” -Sarah, Web Design

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  33. Moby-Dick Book Cover Picture


    This book on a boat, sans giant whale, sounds a lot like paradise.

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  34. The Kite Runner Book Cover Picture

    The Kite Runner

    This book makes you want to run through the fields as fast as you can, while staying completely still, reading.

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  35. Ready Player One Book Cover Picture

    Ready Player One

    And finally, our anti-outdoors, outdoors book. This story truly makes the reader appreciate fresh air, nature, adventure, and, most of all, reality.

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