Going on a bear hunt
I’m not afraid
Got a real good friend
By my side…
And so I head off into the wild for the weekend as soon as I’m off work today at two. Luckily, I have more than one good friend: besides the hubby I have Lucy, our boxer, and a very intriguing and unsettling book called Room by Emma Donoghue. Perhaps you’ve heard of it? :)
Frankly, I think it’s going to be the right kind of book for a camping trip, with just enough creepy in it to keep me intrigued and under the covers when we’re not splashing in the frigid waters or strolling in the woods (looking for bears). My only wish was that it was trade, rather than hardcover. Easier to carry about. In fact, I have always much preferred trade, but if I wait for the paperback, I’ll be behind, and so far I guess I’ve decided that’s not okay for some books. I wish they’d do away with hardcover all together for fiction. I think it would save money, and in a town like this, where I’ve noticed they refuse to buy the hardcover and will just get the book from the library instead, I wonder why our shop even carries them at all. (Idea I’d been toying with for Biblio, carrying only trade, but then I’d have no new books when they came out!)
Anyway. Back to the wilderness. Although I’m taking Room, and have taken other non-wilderness-y fiction with me, like Twilight and such, these are some books suggestions for roughing it in the bush.
- Roughing it in the Bush by Susanna Moodie
- The Backwoods of Canada by Catherine Parr Traill
- Surfacing by Margaret Atwood
- Wilderness Tips by Margaret Atwood
- Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome
- Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
- The Road by Cormac McCarthy
- Lord of the Flies by William Golding
(I’d like to add the images of these books but I’m scrambling to post this before work and may not get the chance before I leave today; forgive me!)
These are just a few and I feel I’m missing some other well-known ones. I’m sure I’ve read more but can’t recall them just now. Can you think of any more books that would be great to take camping? Ones that, like Atwood’s, capture the wilderness experience well? Or what about ones that simply epitomize autumn?
Have a wonderfully relaxing weekend, all, and allow yourselves time to read, whether in the midst of whispering pines and swirling campfire smoke, on your comfy chaise longue at home, reclining in a hammock in the yard or on a veranda, or lying in a field, feeling the grass prick your back.
Wherever you are, get lost.