What Listeners are Reading

What Listeners are Reading

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Hi She Explores listeners! This is Gale, host and producer of this podcast. One thing I adore about producing the show is the conversations that happen after. In our Facebook Group, I recently asked the group to share the last book they read, mostly because it’s indicative of what’s on our minds. We spend a lot of time with our books: learning, escaping, and traveling within and without.

A member asked me to share the books mentioned and I’m excited to share them here. I did my best to section them off into categories for ease of exploration. I decided to use Amazon Affiliate links, so if you purchase a book or a kindle read, you’ll be helping to support the work we do here at She Explores.

Happy reading!

Outdoor/Travel Memoirs

I Promise Not to Suffer: A Fool for Love Hikes the PCT by Gail Storey

Found: A Life in Mountain Rescue by Bree Loewen

It Happened Like This: A Life in Alaska by Adrienne Lindholm

The Good Girl’s Guide to Getting Lost: A Memoir of Three Continents, Two Friends, and One Unexpected Adventure by Rachel Friedman

Wild by Nature: From Siberia to Australia, Three Years Alone in the Wilderness on Foot by Sarah Marquis

98 Days of Wind: The Greatest Fail of Our Life by Ras Vaughan and Kathy Vaughan

50 Shades of the USA: One Woman’s 11,000 Mile Cycling Adventure through Every State of America by Anna McNuff

Lab Girl by Hope Jahren

Rhythm of the Wild: A Life Inspired by Alaska’s Denali National Park by Kim Heacox

This Road I Ride: Sometimes It Takes Losing Everything to Find Yourself by Juliana Buhring

Unbound: A Story of Snow and Self Discovery by Steph Jagger

Welcome to the Goddamned Ice Cube by Blair Braverman

Driven: a White-Knuckled Ride to Heartbreak and Back by Melissa Stephenson

Tracks: A Women’s Solo Trek Across 1,700 Miles of the Australian Outback by Robyn Davidson

To Shake the Sleeping Self: A Journey from Oregon to Patagonia, and a Quest for a Life with No Regret by Jedediah Jenkins

A Hole in the Wind: A Climate Scientist’s Bicycle Journey Across the United States by David Goodrich

Job with Room and Board: Memories of an early Montana Forester by John B. Taylor

Adrift: A True Story of Love, Loss, and Survival at Sea by Tami Oldham Ashcraft

Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen

The Emerald Mile: The Epic Story of the Fastest Ride in History Through the Heart of the Grand Canyon by Kevin Fedarko

The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill: A Love Story . . . with Wings by Mark Bittner

Outdoor Nonfiction

The Pursuit of Endurance: Harnessing the Record-Breaking Power of Strength and Resilience by Jennifer Pharr Davis

Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer

The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit by Michael Finkel

Women Who Run with the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetypeby Clarissa Pinkola Estés

Not Without Peril: 150 Years Of Misadventure On The Presidential Range Of New Hampshire by Nicholas Howe

Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen  by Christopher McDougall

Chesapeake Requiem: A Year with the Watermen of Vanishing Tangier Island by Earl Swift

Hippie by Paulo Caehlo


Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver

The Monkey Wrench Gang by Edward Abbey

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green

American Gods and Ansasi Boys by Neil Gaiman

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

Wolf in a White Van by John Darnielle

The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo

I Know this Much is True by Wally Lamb

Leave No Trace by Mindy Mejia

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

Every Breath by Nicholas Sparks

Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

Additional Memoirs

The Bright Hour: A Memoir of Living and Dying by Nina Riggs


Sunshine State by Sarah Gerard

The White Album by Joan Didion

Confessions of a Recovering Environmentalist by Paul Kingsworth

They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us by Hanif Abdurraqib

Cold Tangerines: Celebrating the Extraordinary Nature of Everyday Life by Shauna Niequist

Personal Development

Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts. by Brene Brown

Rising Strong: How the Ability to Reset Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brene Brown

Playing Big: Practical Wisdom for Women Who Want to Speak Up, Create, and Lead by Tara Mohr

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert

The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself by Michael A. Singer

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life by Mark Manson

Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown

10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works by Dan Harris


Goddess Wisdom: Connect to the Power of the Sacred Feminine through Ancient Teachings and Practices by Tanishka

The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment by Eckhart Tolle

The Spirit Almanac: A Modern Guide to Ancient Self-Care by Emma Loewe and Lindsay Kellner



  1. Beth Davidow says:

    This is a terrific list, Gale! Thanks so much for compiling it for all of us who love She-Explores!!

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