Jun 26, 2013

the.book.chat. {The Great Outdoors}

I had not realized until we discussed settings in the book chat one week that I tend to read a lot of stories set in the great outdoors. Survival stories, post-apocalypse stories and adventure stories. I love when an author truly captures that love and respect for Mother Nature in his/her novel. And from my experience this week, it's really no surprise that writers draw inspiration from the outdoors in their writing. From Walden Pond to The Hunger Games, there is no place more inspiring than the serene essence of a wooded landscape. The birds singing and the crisp smell of wet trees in the sunshine. I know when I come out here I feel so refreshed. So renewed. My mind is clear and nothing seems impossible.

Some of my favorite outdoor settings involve some sort of outdoor survival. I don't know where this came from. I grew up a small town city girl, and I was paralyzed with fear the first time I went camping. Now, after living abroad and doing a little camping in our time, I am obsessed with outdoor living. I love stocking up on the essential gear and planning our food and activities. I love getting my hands dirty and my shoes muddy. I have come to the point of feeling more comfortable outdoors than indoors. I love that feeling of stripping life down to the bare bones and seeing the potential in the simple things. This is the feeling I get when I read a novel set in the great outdoors.

How do you feel about outdoor settings? Do you like these sorts of stories or do you prefer urban settings? What are some of your favorite nature set books?

We have a brand-new co-host with us today! Deborah has an awesome blog, In Whirl of Inspiration. It's fresh, and artistic and I just know you guys will love her. Please go say hello.

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6 comments:

angieeatspeace said...

I love books set in the outdoors and feel the same way as you about the simplicity of outdoor living. I blogged about Into Thin Air, by Jon Krauker.

Brighton Harper said...

I never thought that I read a lot of books set in the outdoors until I sat down to write my post. That's one of the things that I love about book chat- how it makes me think about books :)

melissa said...

I was really stumped on this topic, I can't believe I hadn't even considered Hunger Games. I am totally lacking in imagination these days! So many just came to mind...

Cody Doll said...

I was gong to link up but the simply-linked isn't working. Anyways,I know how you feel. I love being outside. I just don't like in Fl in the heat of summer with SWARM of mosquitos out to get you. Blah. Although I love reading books with the setting in the great outdoors, the Bad and Good ones.

call me debbie said...

Nice aspect which finds me total positive

ohseems said...

I like the great outdoor settings too, it just connects to adventures which becomes a good read. I've never been camping though, it's on my bucket list! If you are still looking for a host for July 11ths bookchat, I'm more than welcome to host it with you =)

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