Nothing beats the holiday hubbub like a good book. These books were “handpicked” by me in the name of holiday survival! I hope these help you get through the holiday chaos.
All of these books are available through Kindle Unlimited, which means they are free to check out from Amazon — if you’re a member. If you’re not a member, read more about becoming one here and take advantage of the 30-day trial.
How to Use This Guide
Click the hyperlinks for more information and to view all of the book information on Amazon. All links are safe and secure!
Excerpt: “From the photographer who brought Thoreau’s Walden and Cape Cod to life comes a new work combining classic literature with brand-new photography. This time, Scot Miller takes on the seminal work of John Muir, My First Summer in the Sierra. The book details Muir’s first extended trip to the Sierra Nevada in what is now Yosemite National Park, a landscape that entranced him immediately and had a profound effect on his life. The towering waterfalls, natural rock formations, and abundant plant and animal life helped Muir develop his views of the natural world, views that would eventually lead him to push for the creation of the national parks.
My First Summer in the Sierra is illustrated with Miller’s stunning photographs, showcasing the dramatic landscape of the High Sierra plus John Muir’s illustrations from the original edition and several previously unpublished illustrations from his 1911 manuscript. The publication of My First Summer in the Sierra inspired many to journey there, and this newly illustrated edition will surely inspire many more.
This book is being published in collaboration with Yosemite Conservancy and, for each copy sold, Scot Miller is making a donation to Yosemite Conservancy. My First Summer in the Sierra won the National Outdoor Book Award.”
A wonderful book, but the pictures translate better on a reading device/iPad, they don’t look great on a smart phone as the screen is just too small to really enjoy them.
Get a new perspective this holiday season reading it for free here.
This is a fantastic book for someone that wants to brush up on their knowledge of biology, or for someone just getting started. Each chapter builds upon the other, and Templeton uses familiar situations, illnesses, and practical applications which help the information stick!
Check it out — literally.
Excerpt: “If you have ever wanted to know more about biology, but thought it would too confusing, then this is the book for you. We take the concepts of biology and put them in simple terms, allowing you to better understand the amazing diversity of our planet!
With An Introduction to the Wonderful World of Biology, you’ll learn about how cells do the work that supports life. You will also come to appreciate the cycle of life, how species interact with each other, the results of changes within the environment and what makes up the biosphere. No matter if you are new to the subject or looking to expand your knowledge of biology, this book provides a unique perspective that will make biology come alive. Explore such topics as the following:
•Cells and how they function
•What does DNA do
•How organs function
•Life cycles of plants and animals
We explore each of these topics to gain a big picture view of biology and how it functions in the real world. This is not just a book defining biology as a study of life, it takes the study and applies to real life interactions. Photosynthesis is not only described, we show how interconnected this process is with so many others. DNA and the critical role it plays in reproduction and the production of proteins is broken down into easy to understand terms. No matter what draws you to biology, this book provides clear cut answers to a variety of topics. ”
Learn about biology here!
Always dreamed of hiking the Appalachian Train, but not ready to commit? Well, who says you can’t plan out your dream?
Whether your ready, or not, this book truly is a comprehensive guide to getting there. Enjoy it here.
Excerpt: “If you are planning on (or just thinking about) hiking the Appalachian Trail, this book is for you.
- Learn how to budget wisely, save money and not waste cash.
- Know how to carve out 6 months from your family, job and home.
- Master a massive gear guide on everything from your spork to your tent.
- Understand clothing, layering and materials.
- Hear about what life is really like on the trail.
- Know which direction to go, when and why.
- Familiarize yourself with a state by state breakdown of the trail.
- Learn how to mentally prepare for the “I-wanna-quit-days”
- Understand the physical demands and methods to prevent injury.
- Prepare for the nutritional needs with favorite meals and food ideas.
- Know the real dangers on the AT.
- (Ladies) hear from AT record-holder Heather Anderson on “Female Needs”.
And a whole lot more…”
I know what you’re thinking, and just hear me out. This book is amazing. I might be a bit biased because I have a thing for knots. Don’t ask, I just do, but hiding out and ignoring all of the holiday stressors by learning and refining my knot tying skills, sounds awesome to me.
Not only will you be surviving the holidays, you’ll look busy (and you will be) because you have something in your hands, which means you’ll probably be bothered less. Plus, you’ll be able to impress everyone with what you’ve learned.
A solid-braid halyard is good cord to have, a shoelace works, see your options here.
Excerpt: “Simple instructions on how to tie over 100 useful and decorative knots. A well-tied knot is at once a practical tool and a work of art. With names like “hangman’s noose” and “wagoneer’s hitch,” knots have a rich history of usefulness and an aesthetic appeal all their own.
From the boat to the backyard, The Everything Knots Book provides simple instructions on how to tie knots for any situation. Written by Randy Penn, a member of the International Guild of Knot Tyers, this handy guide walks readers through the basics and offers myriad suggestions for creative uses of these knots.
Mr. Penn shows readers how to:
- Choose the right rope and knot for the job
- Tie knots safely and securely
- Create decorative knots for clothing and accessories
- Practice knot-tying through games and exercises
Packed with easy-to-follow instructions and clear illustrations, The Everything Knots Book makes learning this useful skill fun and easy.”
Work on your knots!
More Holiday Survival Tips to come!
Interested in learning more about birds, nature, and the environment? Sign up for The Animal Perspectives Monthly.
Become a Patron! https://www.patreon.com/AnimalPerspectives