Nonfiction November – Ask the Experts!

Wow, week 3 already! I have been finding so many great books – I am so glad that I participated this year. This week’s prompt is:

Be The Expert/Ask the Expert/Become the Expert (Hosted by Katie at Doing Dewey)
Three ways to join in this week! You can either share three or more books on a single topic that you have read and can recommend (be the expert), you can put the call out for good nonfiction on a specific topic that you have been dying to read (ask the expert), or you can create your own list of books on a topic that you’d like to read (become the expert).

This is the week I was really nervous about. In the past few years I haven’t read much nonfiction. Not enough to consider myself an expert at anything. Maybe years ago, when I was reading more. But now, not so much. So, I am opting for a blend of the remaining two options! I am asking for recommendations as well as sharing a list of the books I had already started. If you have a suggestion on my topic, I would love to hear it! If you have an opinion on any of the books I am sharing, I would love to hear that too! And finally, if you don’t have one on this particular topic exactly, I would love your suggestions for nature reading!

Rewilding/Wilding our Family

For much of my adult life, I have suffered from anxiety. When things began to pile up, I would find a walk in the woods always made me feel so much better. Years later, I have learned that this is something that has been studied and scientists are finding that nature and a connection to nature is so important to our health, mental and physical. My son has cerebral palsy, so sometimes finding the accessibility is tough, so I have joined a million groups online and read all sorts of different philosophies to find different ideas that I can adapt. I really believe that some of his progress is due to the way we are trying to raise him, with a closeness to nature. Yes, he has multiple therapy appointments a week, and monthly doctors appointments, but I believe this nature connection is providing a healthy balance to that world, and they are working in tandem. So,with all that being said, I need your suggestions! I have read a few already, like The Nature Fix and There is No Such Thing as Bad Weather, but I am looking for more!

These are the few I have found but I would love to hear your recommendations or suggestions! If you don’t have a rewilding/widling specific book suggestion, I would love to hear your nature book suggestions!


39 thoughts on “Nonfiction November – Ask the Experts!

  1. I love the idea of your nature walks. I remember that we went camping every year when I was a child, and walking along the nature trails was very peaceful.

    I love memoirs…and I have a stack of them. A couple are about the younger generation of Kennedys (Caroline and John), and another (Touched by the Sun) is about Carly Simon’s friendship with Jackie.

    Enjoy your week.

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    1. We have such a nice time – and I love that the nature center where we go is one of Wyatt’s favorite places. 🙂

      My mom is a huge fan of memoirs! I will have to share those titles with her, they are exactly who she likes to read about too! And I love Carly Simon – I will have to check that one out.

      Thanks Laurel! I’ll be hopping over your way as soon as my husband gets home! No school today (my blogging time!) due to crazy snow!


  2. I’m definitely going to have to look up that one: There is No Such Thing as Bad Weather, especially since winter already is here where we live and I beg to differ. 🙂 Plus it seems like this post is coming at the wrong time of the year for me. I don’t want to be outside. I want to curl up on my recliner with a blanket and a good book…well, maybe one of these books? Hmmm.

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    1. LOL! It snowed here today too – 6 inches I believe! That book was amazing. We were already winter hikers but it made me feel better about taking my tiny son out in it. Lol. It’s this one :

      We are weird winter lovers. I love to be outside in the snow, I feel so alive in it. But, I also like going back in and getting warm and cozy too. 🙂 I’m all about the hygge.


  3. I chose nature books as my theme for Be the Expert as that is one of my favorite sorts of reads these days. I haven’t read any of these wonderful books, though, so I am going to add several of them to my TBR.

    The only wilding sort of book I’ve read (and loved) is Forest Bathing. You might like that one. Such a good book.

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  4. A great topic and a good idea. I certainly find getting out for a run or walk in one of our local parks is very restorative.

    I would add Isabella Tree’s “Wilding”, Simon Barnes’ “On the Marsh” and Catrina Davies; “Homesick” – I bought these all recently and haven’t read them yet. Pics and descriptions here and Nick Baker’s “Rewild” which was full of excellent tips although I still haven’t been out in the deep deep dark!

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  5. I really like this topic – my dad instilled in us a love of the outdoors and it was a big part of our growing up (we took a lot of camping trips!). Thank you for stopping over at my post – I know Braving It will fit in perfectly with your topic this week!

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    I’ve never heard of the concept of wilding yourself or wilding your family, but what a great concept! My goal is for my kids (and me!) to have less screen time and more exploring time, but we only tend to “explore” our house and backyard. I’m excited to read some of your suggestions and maybe start changing our mindset!

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    1. Yes! I think it is so important! Sometimes we have to get creative with Wyatt which is easier since he is still a tiny kid and we can still swing him up in a backpack carrier. However, I am doing some research on what might be possible in all his possible futures. 🙂 I am not sure what your disability is but I know a lot of state parks have wheelchair accessible paths. I know a lot of Michigan stuff but if you want me to help you look I will!


  7. I very much agree with you regarding nature working in partnership with other things to help us on a health level, and can see why you would want to read more about this.

    Unfortunately I don’t have any specific recommendations on rewilding – in fact a couple books you’ve mentioned are on my own wishlist already – however I do think it be may be worth branching further from rewilding and looking into forest bathing too (pretty similar concepts in all honesty).

    Last year I read The Joy of Forest Bathing: The Mysterious Art of Shin-rin Yoku and really quite enjoyed it; I have seen a bunch of similar books since reading that one but not picked any up yet.

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  8. I love your list! I’d heard about The Nature Fix on Gretchen Rubin’s blog and Happier podcast, and I’m intrigued by the importance of spending time in the natural world. It always feels great, but who knew there was such good science to back that up? Pretty fascinating.

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  9. This is a fantastic topic! I recently bought a book on Forest Bathing. It’s all so worthwhile. Every once in a while I have to pick up ‘Last Child in the Woods’ just to stay motivated and get the kids outside. Here’s to mud pies and creek hopping!


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  11. What a great topic! And I love your approach to it. I often use this post primarily to ask for suggestions; it’s so great to hear from all the bloggers participating 🙂 I’ve not read anything I can recommend, but two somewhat related books that have caught my attention recently are On Trails and A Walking Life. I’m not sure how nature focused they are vs simply getting outside and moving, but they might add something to your exploration of this topic.

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