5 Books for Nature Lovers

Trees in Winter

In the middle of a Cleveland winter, it can be hard for nature lovers (myself included) to get our fill of sunshine, fresh air, and contact with plants and animals.  And unfortunately, I don't expect this to change anytime soon.  Since there's not much we can do about the weather, let's make the most of it by settling down inside with a comfy chair, a hot cup of tea, a warm blanket and one of these books!

For the Scientist

Lab Girl

Jahren's memoir of growing up with a passion for science is hopeful, touching, and incredibly funny.  From mishaps in the lab, to the experience of being the lone female in a very male-dominated field, Jahren's beautiful memoir covers not only her own story, but the lives of trees and other plants as well.  This is one of those books that really touches you.  By the time I finished, I felt like I really knew the author.  The audiobook is highly recommended for this title, as well.  It's read by the author, who touches it with just the right amount of emotion, and has a beautiful reading voice.

For the Indoor Gardener

Happy Houseplants

If your favorite part of being outdoors is being surrounded by plants, then I have just the book for you!  With the cold weather keeping everyone indoors, this is the perfect time to start building up a lovely indoor garden (or jungle, depending on the amount of plants you want to have!)  This lovely book provides a whole host of beautiful plants and gives simple instructions as to their basic care.  Find the perfect leafy friend to brighten up your home!

For the World Traveler

Cutting Back

Leslie Buck's beautiful memoir combines gardening, personal growth, and the rich culture of Japan.  After years as a successful tree-trimmer in the States, Buck decides to take an apprenticeship in Kyoto, Japan, eventually landing a coveted position at one of the larger companies.   Buck finds herself in for quite a learning experience, not only as the new person in the company, but as a woman in a male-dominated field, and as a Westerner in an Eastern country.  I could not get enough of this book!  Beautifully written, endlessly fascinating, prepare to be transported to some of the most beautiful gardens in the world!

For the Know-It-All

Nature Anatomy

Are you one of those people who likes to know a little bit of everything?  Do you like busting out trivia at social gatherings?  Do you read field guides for fun?  Then you'll really enjoy this one!  This highly entertaining book looks at all aspects of nature, providing quick and informative bites of knowledge about everything from the formation of mountains to the shapes of leaves, and the types of spider webs to the anatomy of ants and bees.  Learn about moss and butterflies and how to tell the difference between a plateau and a mesa.  Perfect for the reader with a busy schedule; you can read just a page or two and not feel like you stopped in the middle of a thought.  Complete with beautiful, hand-drawn and painted illustrations, this is a lovely book for any reader!

For the Bird-Watcher


The birds might have flown south for the winter, but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy some of these beautiful animals in the comfort of your own home!  This amazing collection showcases a whole host of gorgeous birds of prey, from hawks to owls and falcons to vultures.  Baby birds are included here, too, in all their fluffy-feathered glory.  A wonderful collection for those interested in learning about these strong and powerful birds, as well as for readers who want to enjoy a book that is heavy on pictures.  The images included here are simply beautiful!

Do you have a favorite book about nature to read this winter?  What did you think of our selections?  Tell us in the comments!

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