Spring Reading List: Books for Nature Lovers
This Spring, I'm trying to branch out a bit from my usual reading and explore some topics I don't know much about. As the weather has gotten warmer, I've found myself more and more interested in learning about gardening and urban farming. This is much to my surprise, since I've killed every plant I've ever owned. I don't know if nearly a decade of living in the city has finally taken its toll, or if this is just a part of getting older, but I suddenly feel a need to reconnect with nature.
Since I don't really know where to begin, I figured a good place to start would be with some spring-themed reading. Here's what's on my reading list this season:
Bee Time: Lessons From The Hive by Mark Winston
I've always been fascinated by beekeeping and one of my goals this spring is to take a class so I can eventually volunteer at an urban apiary. My friends and family think this is kind of random, but I'm fascinated by the relationship between humans and honeybees as well as the bee's important to our ecosystem. Bee Time explores exactly this relationship and focuses on how we can better relate to nature. Plus, it won the 2015 Governor-General's Literary Award for Nonfiction so I think it must be pretty good.
The Edible Balcony: Growing Fresh Produce In Small Spaces by Alex Mitchell
One of the things I miss most about living in the country are fresh fruits and vegetables from my mother’s garden. I tried to have an herb garden on my balcony a couple years ago, but the plants died long before the summer did. I’m hoping this book, which is specifically written for gardeners with small balconies, will help me develop my green thumb.
A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
Bill Bryson is one of my favourite writers and I’m embarrassed to say that I haven’t read this book yet. I love the way Bryson combined humour with meaningful discussions and analysis. No matter what topic he tackles, I always find his books both informative and a joy to read. A Walk in the Woods seems perfect for my spring theme since it focuses on the history and ecology of the Appalachian Trail.
Although I read a lot of nonfiction, these books are a real departure for me as I attempt to educate myself and reconnect with nature.
Have you read any of these books? Do you have any gardening tips to share? What’s on your reading list this month?
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