Huckberry Book Club: Fall Reads
While summer may be all but over—and we’re having a hard time letting go of those swimming hole dips and backyard barbecues—we do find some solace in the changing of the seasons. Because fall means cabins. As the leaves turn and the days get shorter, we can’t help but want to make like Thoreau and hole up in a cabin in the woods with a good book. And because we’ve all already read Walden (or meant to), we’re sharing our autumn readings list—chock-full of books that’ll get you excited about fall whether you’re able to escape to a remote A-frame or are just cozied up at home with a woods-scented candle.
The Boatbuilder by Daniel Gumbiner
A 2018 novel, The Boatbuilder is a story that takes place right in Huckberry’s backyard. After a troublesome head injury, our main character finds himself listless and addicted to opioids. Only when he meets a stranger on the Northern California coast does he realize what it takes to get his life back. We love a story about friendship and adventure, and this one has that and some solid woodwork to boot.
Buy: The Boatbuilder
How to Build and Furnish a Log Cabin by W. Ben Hunt
If you’re dreaming of holing up in a rustic cabin in the woods this fall, you might as well build your own. First published in 1939, How to Build and Furnish a Log Cabin will help you make it happen. This guide is a must-have for anyone who has dreamed of building something with their own two hands and will definitely have you and your buddies drawing up some floor plans from the second they see it on the shelf.
Buy: How to Build and Furnish a Log Cabin
A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
If you are looking for an escape into nature with some offbeat humor and a few ecology lessons thrown in, we’d recommend snagging Bill Bryson’s A Walk in the Woods. Bryson goes in-depth on his thru-hike on the Appalachian Trail, including everything from insights on life to the history of the trail and the science behind some of its marvels.
Buy: A Walk in the Woods
Nature and Selected Essays by Ralph Waldo Emerson
For the poet inside of you, don’t neglect the father of American Transcendentalism. With the simple question, “Do you keep a journal?” Emerson inspired Henry David Thoreau and thousands of thinkers after him, professional and amateur alike, to look deeper into the things around him and take stock of what is going on. This is exactly what we love about Nature. We find inspiration from many things in life, whether it’s the grandeur of the Yosemite Valley or the serendipitous meeting of friends at a coffee shop on a Sunday morning.
Buy: Nature and Selected Essays
Cabin Porn: Inside by Zach Klein and Freda Moon
There’s no better inspiration for your quiet place than Cabin Porn. Their first book compiled photos of more than 200 of the most remarkable handmade homes around the world, and earlier this year you may have seen our request for submissions for the upcoming sequel, Cabin Porn: Inside. Now the book is nearly ready to be released, and you can pre-order a copy today. Come October 1, you may see a familiar cabin or two featured.
Pre-order: Cabin Porn: Inside