Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme created by The Broke and the Bookish blog, and now hosted at That Artsy Reader Girl.
In a crazy coincidence, I actually featured this week’s topic in one of my TTT posts almost exactly a year ago. (You can see my Rainy Day Read picks here).
So today, instead of featuring books to curl up with indoors when the weather’s bad, I’m listing Books to Read Outside on a sunny day.
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
An epic, engrossing, and emotional journey. Whether you’re alone in the wilderness yourself, or merely in a city park surrounded by a mass of people, Wild will make you want to lose yourself in nature in order to better find yourself.
To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis
This quirky and unique novel is simply delightful. It’s the ideal blend of history, romance, time travel, and comedy. Historians from the 2050’s are sent back to the Victorian era to find a missing artifact and many hilarious hijinks ensue. In fact, some of the funniest parts of To Say Nothing of a Dog take place outdoors during an English summer. There are disastrous boat trips down the Thames, jumble sales, and rather violent games of croquet that will have you laughing out loud.
The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim
The Enchanted April is incredibly charming and deliciously descriptive. It will have you wanting to gather up a group of friends and head off to a rented Italian villa immediately. It’s a beautifully enchanting novel regardless of the month you read it in.
The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
Kate Morton’s novels are always transportive, non-tasking reads that are perfect to enjoy while lounging outdoors. The Forgotten Garden is especially ideal to read amongst budding trees and blossoming flowers.
Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons
A witty novel with a crazy cast of characters you won’t soon forget. It’s a breath of fresh air that is best enjoyed beneath a blue sky. Just watch out for the “something nasty in the woodshed…”
A Room with a View by E. M. Forster
Even if your view isn’t of Florence, you’ll appreciate this classic all the more if it’s accompanied by beautiful exterior views, whether a landscape or a cityscape. Forster’s novel is an unforgettable reminder about what it means to live a fulfilling life. A Roome with a View is charming, romantic, poetic, and invigorating; just like spring itself.
The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry
A stunningly written novel set in Victorian England and featuring complex characters, tons of atmosphere, and a dash of mystery and folklore. Sarah Perry’s writing is lush and evocative. It’s easy to escape to Essex for an entire afternoon. With its themes of science and Natural History—not to mention its gorgeous and verdant cover—The Essex Serpent practically begs to be read outside.
Circling the Sun by Paula McLain
Paula McClain’s gripping historical fiction novel would be an ideal companion on a day spent soaking up some rays. Circling the Sun is a fictional account of the remarkable life of Beryl Markham: a British writer, race-horse trainer, adventurer, and aviator who grew up in Kenya. Once you’ve savored this thrilling read, be sure to check out Markham’s breathtaking memoir West with the Night.
Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
Does anyone write about nature quite like Thomas Hardy? The natural world and the relationship the characters have to it is a major theme in so many of his novels, including Far From the Madding Crowd. With its more optimistic ending, this is a good pick to read on a sunny day as white fluffy clouds drift by overhead. Bonus points if you choose a pastoral location with sheep frolicking in the distance.
Euphoria by Lily King
Travel to the jungle in this incandescent novel about three anthropologists working in New Guinea in the 1930’s (one of whom is loosely based on the real-life Margaret Mead). King’s novel is well-written, full of interesting historical and cultural details, and packs a major emotional punch.
What book(s) do you think should be read outside?