The Meateater Guide to Wilderness Skills and Survival


By Steve Rinella My quick notes: I’m a huge fan of Steven Rinella in general, and specifically his books (and TV series “Meateater”). This book is an extensive overview of skills and knowledge that better prepares you for life, outdoors in the wilderness and outdoors as in everyday living. Another two thumbs up from [...]

An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth


By Col. Chris Hadfield My quick notes: Point blank, I want to hang out with Chris Hadfield. He's the kind of guy I want to have in my corner. This book is chock full of lessons on how to live a meaningful, rich and adventurous life. His writing actually gives off a sense of [...]



By Alfred Lansing My quick notes: Phew, what a book. You'll find lessons on leadership, purpose, resilience, community and more. You'll learn about nature and the world. This is a tremendous account of Ernest Shackleton and his crew's journey of survival that began with the mission of being the first people to walk across [...]

Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher


By Timothy Egan My quick notes: Holy cow, I can't say enough about this book. It's part history, part travelogue, part pursuit and total passion. Edward Curtis's fascinating life and mission to record every aspect of North American Native American cultures before those cultures were erased from the Earth is an unbelievably rich ride. [...]

That Wild Country


By Mark Kenyon Categories: Outdoors/Adventure, Science/Nature In the past few years, I've become really interested in reading and learning about the outdoors, and Mark Kenyon's "That Wild Country" provides a rich and thorough history of public lands in the US. Mark combines this history with his personal travel experience across our country into many [...]

Cathedral of the Wild


By Boyd Varty Categories: Outdoors/Adventure My quick notes: This is Boyd's second book that I read (the first being Lion Tracker's Guide to Life), and I enjoyed it just as much as the first. This is the type of book that makes you appreciate the beauty and wonder in nature, and the opportunity to [...]

The Lion Tracker’s Guide to Life


By Boyd Varty My quick notes: I was introduced to this book by my friend and fellow UFC fighter turned podcaster Kyle Kingsbury. It's exactly what it says it is, a lion tracker's guide to life. Boyd uses his personal experience growing up in South Africa tracking lions to teach us much about living [...]

The Lost City of the Monkey God


By Douglas Preston My quick notes: I came across this book by way of "The Devil in the White City." They have a similar feel: travel, mystery, intrigue, wonder, adventure. Author Douglas Preston takes us on a ride to South America to uncover a lost city in Honduras. As a former Spanish teacher who [...]

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