We’re both avid readers and often get asked for book recommendations by family, friends, and colleagues. When our readers started asking for hiking book recommendations, we figured we’d post some of our favorites, along with what we’re currently reading (non-hiking related).
We welcome your recommendations in the comments below or by contacting us offline.
World War I /Mt. Everest History
The 100 year anniversary of World War I has meant a year of good reads for history lovers. Our favorites, of course, are the ones that tie in the early exploration of Mt. Everest.
The Steady Running of the Hour: A Novel by Justin Go — Though it would normally irritate me to read a novel that flips between present day and early 20th century Britain, this book does it seamlessly. I got so lost in this story of WWI vet/mountaineer Ashley Walsingham and his would-be heir that I almost missed my metro stop. On several occasions.
Into the Silence: The Great War, Mallory, and the Conquest of Everest by Wade Davis — Into The Silence is a non-fiction book that reads like a mystery.
Sometimes you just can’t get to the mountains. What to do? Pick up one of these armchair adventure books, and feel like you’re there.
Up: A Mother and Daughter’s Peakbagging Adventure by Patricia Ellis Herr — This book caught my eye because it was about hiking through New Hampshire. It kept my attention because the author actually hikes with her 5 year old daughter! I look forward to reading this before our own trip to New England later this year.
AWOL on the Appalachian Trail by David Miller — Miller’s AT memories don’t read with the mysticism or morals that some books of the same genre ones do. This is the book to read if you’re thinking about through hiking, and you want to know what it’s really like.
Don’t leave on your summer highpointing road trip without these guides! As we learned to our detriment, sometimes google maps won’t cut it!
Highpoints of the United States: A Guide to the Fifty State Summits by Don Holmes — Without Don Holmes we may never have found some of these crazy places. This is our go-to guide.
Highpoint Adventures: The Complete Guide to the 50 State Highpoints by Charlie and Diane Winger — Highpointing with a sense of humor. Our kind of people.
What The Summit Chicks Are Reading
We don’t just read and talk about mountains. We like dragons! And scullery maids! Here’s what we’re reading right now.
George R. R. Martin’s A Feast for Crows: A Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones) — As a huge Game of Thrones fan, I’m delighted to finally be ahead of the HBO series. Book four seems to be the fans’ least favorite of the five currently released, so I delayed starting it. Despite the less favorable reviews online and feedback I received from those who preceded me in this journey, I’ve been captivated – especially with Cersei’s POV. Just pages away from beginning to devour book five!
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach — This book was recommended and lent to me by a colleague. It’s not for the faint of heart and will most certainly get you thinking about dead bodies in a way you’ve never before contemplated. If you’re not already an organ donor, this book has the potential to change your mind. I’ve sold you on this, right?
Longbourn — This is Pride & Prejudice told from the point of view of the downstairs staff. It’s a little bit edgier than P&P, but stays true to the original story. I’m enjoying it.
Still Foolin’ ‘Em: Where I’ve Been, Where I’m Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys? — Billy Crystal’s memoir goes on a bit long, but is mostly fun. For a week after starting it I went around telling people they look marvelous.
What we’re looking forward to:
Gillian Flynn‘ s Dark Places — Thanks for all the recs on audio books! We decided on Dark Places for our next highpointing adventure.