Winter Reading

This has been a great winter for reading! I am finishing up a couple right now that I borrowed from the local library last week, and since I've been trying to watch fewer shows (except catching up on Dr. Who) I've had a good bit of time to devote to reading this past season. No matter how much I try to devote equal time to non-fiction vs. fiction reading, I still end up finishing more novels every year than I do any other type and this year looks like it'll be no exception. I have noticed though, there just aren't that many authors who write good books in the the wilderness-y/outdoor vein. I wish there were more who did, but I am going to share a few below in the hopes that maybe they might be new to you or that you can share a good author name with me too. And to be honest, I get tired of only reading about cops and ex-special forces guys though you'll certainly see a couple of those included below. Yea, I know. I'm picky.

To start off the good book list, I have to begin with my favorite - Hell Is Empty. Naturally my first pick would be an exception to my cop literature dislike, but it really was a terrific book and led me to read the rest of the Walt Longmire series. AETV actually made a TV series based loosely on this character. The couple episodes I caught were good. It's setting is rural WY and the story spends more time in the mountains than anywhere else. Great chase drama, an excellent setting, and good humor pushed this one to the top of my list.

While I am in the fiction set, let me list off a few other good fiction books from recently...

Blood Trail by CJ Box
Pretty much everything from William Kent Kreuger
The Dummy Line by Bobby Cole - This author chose to spend a few minutes describing and then using "cut shells" in his story. That right there means to me that this guys knows his stuff :)
And I'm going to go ahead and throw out there that the Hunger Games series, even if aimed at a young audience, made for three good reads with a survival focus.

And a few nonfiction offerings that I have enjoyed lately...

Two Winters in a Tipi by Medicine Bow's Mark Warren
Angry Mobs and Founding Fathers by Michael Newton
The Last Stand: Custer, Sitting Bull, and The Battle of Little Bighorn by Nathaniel Philbrick
Woodcraft and Camping by George Washington Sears - I know, it's crazy that I have only now read this well known work, but it's true. I have to build up motivation to read old books and this one was no exception!
Edible Wild Plants: Wild Foods From Dirt to Plate by John Kallas
Will to Live: Dispatched from the Edge of Survival by Les Stroud - still good the 2nd time around

That pretty well sums up the good books I've read that I wouldn't mind recommending from lately. I'm always on the lookout for good stuff to read, so if you have any recommendations, leave a comment. It's appreciated!


  1. Nice list- I have quite a few listed that are usually related to Maine, but I am currently reading a book called "Ayorama" by Raymond De Coccolo with Paul King. It is about a French missionary that lives with Canada's native population in the arctic for 12 years. Definitely worth it if you are looking for a new book.

  2. I'll have to check that one out, Peter.