“A word after a word after a word is power.” – Margaret Atwood 

Today, National Book Lovers’ Day, celebrates a love of reading and literature. It encourages us to put down our phones and settle in with a good book. To mark this celebration, Natalie (a self-proclaimed lover of books) shares her current summer reading list. The books are included below along with lists she has shared over the years. Happy reading… 

Natalie’s Reading List 

Bitter Southerner Magazine

Marilyn Robinson Deep Dive: Housekeeping, Gilead, Lila, Home, and Jack 

Consolations by David Whyte  

The Library Book by Susan Orlean 

Letters to a Young Poet: A New Translation and Commentary by Rainer Maria Rilke

Circe by Madeline Miller 

Lavinia by Ursula K. Le Guin 

The Recovering: Intoxication and its Aftermath by Leslie Jamison 

When the Stars Go Dark by Paula McLain 

An American Sunrise by Joy Harjo 

The Murmur of Bees by Sofia Segovia 

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and his Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami 

A Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende 

Brother & Sister: A Memoir by Diane Keaton 

The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes 

Rereads for Wandering 

A Field Guide to Getting Lost by Rebecca Solnit 

Wanderlust: A History of Walking by Rebecca Solnit 

In Patagonia by Bruce Chatwin 

West with the Night: A Memoir by Beryl Markham 

State of Wonder by Ann Patchett 

Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott 

Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer 

The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot by Robert MacFarlane 

Pilgrim: Poems by David Whyte

Reading Lists from Over the Years 

Settle in: Natalie’s Reading List 

Live By the Word and Keep Walking: An Essay by Natalie 

The Genius Life and Rising Up + a Self-Love Reading List 

Write your own book in our Field Journal.  

Margot Tee

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Rinne’s story, Permission to Wander, which was written for The Bitter Southerner, is the inspiration for this collaboration. Read along.  

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  1. Melanie

    Natalie might enjoy books written by Robert Macfarlane, a UK writer.
    Thanks for sharing this reading list and for all the inspiration.
    Hoping everyone there is keeping safe, healthy and well.
    Take care!