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Books to Inspire You to Go Outside

For the past few years, on the Happier with Gretchen Rubin podcast, my co-host and sister Elizabeth and I have set an annual challenge for ourselves and readers.

This year, it’s “Go Outside 23 in 23“—that is, go outside for 23 minutes each day in 2023. Great things happen when we go outside!

Many people—and this is certainly true for me—like to read a book to evoke a certain frame of mind.

Also, some people are doing their reading outside as part of their daily outdoor time. So we asked listeners for books they’d suggest for getting in an outdoor mood.

They suggested many terrific books:

The Urban Bestiary, Lyanda Lynn HauptThe Hidden Life of Trees, Peter WohllebenThe Shepherd’s Life, James Rebanks Land Healer, Jacob FiennesThe Peace of Wild Things: And Other Poems, Wendell BerryA Walk in the Woods, Bill BrysonBraiding Sweetgrass, Robin Wall KimmererPilgrim at Tinker Creek, Annie DillardUpstream, Mary OliverCaught Inside and Lighting Out, Daniel DuaneArctic Dreams, Barry LopezBorn To Run, Christopher McDougallLL Bean catalogs!Sea of Tranquility, Emily St. John MandelLittle House books, Laura Ingalls WilderMy Side of the Mountain, Jean Craighead GeorgeAnne of Green Gables, L. M. Montgomery

Join us for #Outside23in23! Don’t worry if you didn’t start on January 1—you’re never behind. Start where you are.

We’ve heard from so many people about how much they (and also their dogs) are enjoying this time outdoors.

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