The Reading List: What Hikers Talk About

six hikers wearing backpacks and carrying hiking poles

I”m allowed to use this photo because I’m the only one who looks awful in it.

When I went hiking last summer, I spent a week on the Appalachian Trail with three High School English teachers, a High School science teacher, and a former library employee whose trail name became BA Bookworm.  When the trail got long, and there were no signs of bears, what we talked about were books… and food. But mostly books.

Blue Sky actually taught the Sci-Fi/Fantasy elective at her high school, and the YA and genre book titles were flying. I journaled everything while we were out, so my tiny journal became the repository for the book list.  The list of books that at least one of the six of us hadn’t read, and at least one of us demanded get added to the list. I’ve read some of these (not all), I recommended some of them (not all).  Others are resting easy on my TBR stack.  There’s a selection of hiking books, and more than one memoir on the list. But these all came well-recommended by literate, fun, deep, interesting women. What more can you ask for?

I wanted to be able to share this link with the kick-ass group of hikers I will miss desperately this summer (because I can’t do an AT leg this year).  I figured you might like it too. (If you see something missing, it’s probably because all six of us had already read it.) Oh, and I double-checked spelling on some of these, but not all of them. Please let me know if I’m mistakenly scribbled something down incorrectly.

  • Lamb by Christopher Moore
  • Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
  • Ready Player One by Earnest Cline
  • Gil’s All-Fright Diner by A. Lee Martinez
  • The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
  • The Flight of Gemma Hardy by Margo Livesy
  • Outlander by Diana Gabaldin
  • Hounded by Kevin Hearne
  • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
  • Samurai Shortstop by Alan Gratz
  • Spiral Staircase by Karen Armstrong
  • Raising Holy Hell by Bruce Olds
  • House of night by P.C. Cast
  • Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
  • Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  • Looking for Alaska by John Greene
  • Sebastian by Anne Bishop
  • Innkeeper’s Son by Peter S Beagle
  • Hiding Places by Daniel Asa Rose
  • Geisha, A life by Mineko Iwasaki
  • Unwind by Neil Shusterman
  • Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger
  • Liar by Justine Larbalestier
  • Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
  • Breakfast with Buddha by Roland Merullo
  • Private history of Awe by Scott Russell Sanders
  • Walking Home by Lynn Schooler
  • The Girl who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King
  • Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail  by Cheryl Strayed
  • Swimming to Antarctica by Lynne Cox
  • Barefoot Sisters: Southbound by Susan Letcher

There were some entries on The List that only included the Author’s names. Those were:

  • Kate Morton
  • Robin D. Owen
  • Gerladine Brooks
  • Ilona Andrews
  • Karin Slaughter
  • Sarah Waters

Have you read any of these? Would you recommend them to your fellow hikers?


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