Are you a Kindle lover? The list below (updated periodically throughout the year) contains mostly titles available on Kindle or Audible (which I listen to through my Kindle). The classics you see below (e.g., Cather, Tolstoy, Hardy, Emerson, Stevenson) are available for free!


  • Flight Behavior: A Novel, Barbara Kingsolver
  • Plainsong, Kent Haruf – print
  • Light of August, William Faulkner
  • Pilgrims Bay,  J. K. Stevens
  • Death of Ivan Ilych, Leo Tolstoy
  • Call of the Wild, Jack London
  • War and Peace (summary study guide)
  • Collider, Chris Hejmanowski
  • O Pioneer, Willa Cather
  • The Burgess Boys, Elizabeth Strout
  • People of the Wolf, Michael Gear
  • Morning River, Michael Gear  Part 1
  • Coyote Summer, Michael Gear  Part 2
  • Song of the Lark, Willa Cather
  • Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Luck of Roaring Camp, Bret Harte
  • Red Pony, John Steinbeck
  • Love and Lament, Thompson
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain
  • The Woodlanders, Thomas Hardy
  • The Pearl, John Steinbeck

Fiction Collections

  • Close Range: Wyoming Stories, Annie Proulx
  • Bad Dirt: Wyoming Stories #2, Proulx
  • Fine Just the Way it Is: Wyoming Stories #3,Proulx
  • Best American Short Stories 2012
  • O. Henry Short Stories

Nonfiction: Travel,  Adventure, Outdoors

  •  A Thousand Sisters: The Worst Place in the World to Be a Woman, Lisa Shannon (Audible)
  • The Road, Jack London
  • Boomer: Railroad Memoirs, Linda Neimann -Print
  • Tales of the North, Jack London
  • Here, There, and Everywhere: Stories from the Road, William Heat Least-Moon  (Audible)
  • Walden on Wheels, Ken Ilgunas
  • Railroad Semantics, #1, #2, Dactyl – Print
  • Bird Cloud, Proulx
  • Blue Highways, Least Heat-Moon
  • The Longest Road, Caputo
  • The Old Way: A Journey on Foot, MacFarlane  (Audible and Kindle versions)
  • Into the Wild, Krakauer
  • Father Water, Mother Woods, Paulsen  (Audible)
  • River Horse, Least Heat-Moon  (Audible)
  • The Ice Cave: A Woman’s Adventures from the Mojave to the Antarctic by Bledsoe, Lucy Jane  (Audible)
  • Heart of England, Edward Thomas
  • Solace of Open Spaces, Gretel Erlich
  • Travels with Charley, John Steinbeck
  • Travels in Alaska, John Muir
  • Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, Annie Dillard
  • The Living Mountain, Nan Shepherd
  • My First Summer in the Sierras, John Muir
  • The Art of Pilgrimage, Phil Cousineau (Audible)

Nonfiction: Memoirs, Biography

  • Before the World Intruded, Rosenthal
  • Everyday Saints and Other Stories, Tikhon
  • Old Jules, Sandoz – Print
  • Haldol and Hyacinths, Moettit
  • Last Stand: Ted Turner’s Quest to Save a Troubled Planet, Wilkinson
  • My Share of the Task, McChrystal  (Audible)
  • Things I Like About America, Poe Ballentine
  • A Year by the Sea,  Joan Anderson (Audible)
  • A Man in Search of Meaning: Jack London, Stewart Gabel

Nonfiction: Spiritual Journey

  • Listening Against the Stone, Miller
  • John Muir: Spiritual Writings, Tim Flinders

Nonfiction: Western Life and History (print)

  • Beyond the 100th Meridian, Wallace Stegner
  • Where the Bluebird Sings to the Lemonade Springs, Wallace Stegner
  • The Black Hills and the Indians, Martin Luschei
  • Profiles, Fort Phil Kearney
  • Wyoming Alamnac, Roberts
  • Readings in Wyoming History, Roberts
  • The State of Equality in the Equality State, Jensen
  • Pictorial History of Wyoming, State Historical Society
  • Pulling Leather, Mullin
  • Cowboy Values: Recapturing What American Once Stood For, Owen
  • Living in the Runaway West: Partisan View, Writers on the Range.
  • Oh, My America, Sarah Wheeler

Non Fiction: Living

  • Minimalism: Essential Essays
  • Cravings: Why We Can’t Seem to Get Enough, Manekwala
  • The Five Things We Cannot Change….and the Happiness We Find by Embracing Them, Richo

Nonfiction: Environment

  • Flourishing: A Frank Conversation about Sustainability, Ehrenfeld
  • Countdown, Alan Weisman

Nonfiction: Collections

  • Best American Essays 2012
  • Best American Travel Writing 2012
  • Best American Nature and Science Writing
  • The Best Creative Nonfiction 
  • Broken Pieces (Essays Inspired By LifeRachel Thompson, Jessica Swift, Natasha Brown, Bennet PomerantzPoetry
  • Haiku, Issa
  • Gerard Manley Collection
  • Between Two Souls, Kownacki and Ryokan
  • Poems and Last Poems, Edward Thomas
  • Songs of the Open Road (various)
  • A Thousand Mornings, Mary Oliver
  • The Best Poems of Robert Service
  • Poems by Walt Whitman
  • Poems of the Past and Present, Thomas Hardy

Essays, Nature

  • Walking, Henry David Thoreau


  • Best Rocky Mountain Trips, Lonely Planet
  • Five of US Best Trips, Lonely Planet
  • Camping with the Corps of Engineers, Don Wright
  • Popping Up Across America, Corby
  • Pizza on the Grill, Karmel
  • Solar Power Your Camper or RV, Baker
  • Inflatable Kayaking,  Roth

Photography, Other Hobbies

  • 8 Types of Natural Light, McKinnell
  • 70 Photography Lessons, Dahlin
  • Photoshop CS6 Beta: Digital Classroom Preview, Smith
  •  In a Sacred Manner We Live, Edward Curtis

  Professional Reading

  • Can You Drink the Cup, Henri Nouwen
  • Oneness: Great Principles Shared by All Religions, Jeffries
  • Embracing an Adult Faith, Marcus Borg
  • Black Elk Speaks, John G. Neihardt
  • Preaching Paul, Braxton
  • Sacred Scripture, Sacred, War: The Bible and the American Revolution, Byrd
  • Raging with Compassion: Pastoral Responses to the Problem of Evil, Swinton
  • Proverbs: Wisdom and Works, Ortlund
  • The Gift of Anger, Cannon
  • Christian Origins, Horsley
  • Loosely Christian, Epperly
  • The Fourth Gospel: Tales of a Jewish Mystic, Spong
  • Evolution of the Word, Borg
  • Does God Exist: An Answer for Today, Kung
  • Embracing the Human Jesus, Galston
  • Allegory in the Bible, Adler

  Writing Skills – 

  • Think Well & Prosper: A Critical Thinking Guide, Steve Berham
  • Metaphors We Live By
  • Writing Through the Year (Winter)
  • The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression
  • The Fiction Thesaurus
  • Bird by Bird, Anne Lamott
  • You Can’t Make This Stuff Up, Gutkind, Lee
  • Creative You, Goldstein
  • Flash Nonfiction,  Rose Medal Press
  • The First Five Pages, Lukeman
  • Vex, Hex, Smash, and Smooch, Hale
  • How to Write Short, Clark
  • Writing Tools, Clark (Audible and Kindle editions)
  • The Art of Styling Sentences, Barrow (print)


4 thoughts on “2013 Reading Log

  1. Ooooh-La-La! I LOVE a good book list! I’m Printing this one! Hey, do you mind if I use it in the library? crediting Jane Willis as the source, of course. “As seen on Jane’s Journals blog” Oh what fun!

  2. Pingback: Adventures with Flying Cloud and Half Moon | janes journals

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