In 2013, we each read plenty. In 2015, we'd like to do that again. Here's why:
Well-written books connect us to the greater world, remind us that we are small even as we are part of so many things larger. They remind us of all those attributes that make people human.
Trails, too, connect us to the greater world. Trails, too, remind us that we are small and frail, and that we are surrounded by so much larger. They remind us of what it means to be human – weak in body, but powerful in spirit – even as they push our senses. Trails build our sense of self, our sense of place, our sense of community, our sense of home.
So, too, do books build our senses.
In 2015, we're hoping especially to look at books that help define our sense of place in the larger world, our sense of place on the trails, our sense of place in nature. 2013 and 2014 both helped us find words that touched on those things, but in 2015, we want more. So we're asking you: What do we need to read?
What books have helped you connect to your sense of place? What books have reminded you of your sense in the larger world? What books have reshaped your perspective? Those are the books we want to read in 2015. Share your suggestions with us, and we'll share our suggestions with you.
Our suggestions, based on what we read in 2013 and 2014:
The Weather Stations, Ryan Call
Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, Annie Dillard
Mink River, Brian Doyle
River Teeth, James David Duncan
The River Why, James David Duncan
Sand County Almanac, Aldo Leopold
In Earshot of Water, Paul Lindholdt
A River Runs Through It and Other Stories, Norman Maclean
Wildlife in Peril, John A Murray
Wind, Sand, and Stars, Antoine de Saint-Exupery
The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Cold, Bill Streever
And of course, there are probably a few books we're forgetting, too.