Maiook Book Club: Spring Reads

Spring has sprung.  As the days are getting longer and warmer, we can hear nature and adventures calling our names lauder. To get you excited about the outdoors and help you get through those rainy spring days, I’m sharing a spring reading list, a chock-full of books that’ll inspire you to strap on your boots, grab your favourite bag and do some exploring yourself. 

The Nature Fix by Florence Williams

The Nature Fix
Florence Williams explores the relationship between nature and human well-being – how nature makes us happier, healthier and more creative. If you’re looking for a prescription from the book, Williams beautifully summarizes her findings:

''Go outside, often, sometimes in wild places. Bring friends or not. Breathe.''

To Shake The Sleeping Self by Jedidiah Jenkins

To Shake The Sleeping Self
by Jedidiah Jenkins is an endearing, thought-provoking, relatable and inspirational account of biking 14,000 miles from Oregon to Patagonia in 16 months.

''When you don’t know what to do, you travel. You go out and see. You have to rattle the bed, shake yourself out.''

She Explores by Gale Straub

In She Explores, Gale Straub shares stories of women on unforgettable journeys. A book full of breathtaking travel photography, compelling personal stories and practical how-to.

''Find your happy thing, and do it more. It could be what saves you.''


Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

Into the Wild
by Jon Krakauer is a non-fiction account of Christopher McCandless's life, a young man who gave away all his money and took up a life of wandering the country, mostly in the western and southwestern states. 

''make a radical change in your lifestyle and begin to boldly do things which you may previously never have thought of doing, or been too hesitant to attempt.''


Fearless by Joe Glickman

Fearless by Joe Glickman is a story of a remarkable individual who accepts no personal limits—including fear. It’s a tribute to the invincible spirit of Freya Hoffmeister as she battled to become the first woman to circumnavigate Australia alone in a sea kayak. 

''What instinct makes one person hold on through intolerable stress, where so many others would panic, freeze, or give up?''

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