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Smithereens

I have one classic for you: Travels with a Donkey in the Cévennes by Robert Louis Stevenson. I once visited the Cévennes and I brought the book with me, it was fun (thankfully things had modernized and I didn't need the donkey)

litlove

I always love your Thursday Thirteens, Danielle, and this is a delightful one. I have another suggestion: Footsteps by Richard Holmes. And there are several on your list I am longing to read, particularly the Rebecca Solnit and Robert MacFarlane. Oh and Mr Litlove read The Unlikely Pilgrimage and loved it.

Stefanie

So many books about walking! Who knew? I'm going to have to add some to that list I have trouble reading from! :)

Caroline

Wild would be a good choice too. Great list. I've only read two. One I liked - Tracks - one I didn't - The Unlikely Pilgrimage - too mawkish for me.

Kathy

I never knew there were so many books about walking! I've read a couple of them (A Time of Gifts and A Walk in the Woods). I also read Wild and really enjoyed that, too.

I've been taking short walks by myself a couple times a week lately. So far, the heat and humidity haven't been too bad, and I'm finding that I really look forward to the walks as long as I don't think of them as "exercise" and walk too fast! I didn't realize I'd taken all the fun out of walking by making it a form of workout.

Lark

You can't go wrong with Thoreau. Ever. And Bryson's A Walk In the Woods is so funny! But I absolutely love Tracks by Robyn Davidson. It's an amazing book. I've read it half a dozen times. It's the best. I hope you get a chance to read it! Happy walking...and reading!

Penny

Not Without My Father: One Woman's 444-Mile Walk of the Natchez Trace by Andra Watkins. It is a newer release about Andra's journey with her father as she walks the Natchez Trace to promote her first book, The Afterlife of Meriwether Lewis (fiction).
I had the pleasure of hosting Andra at our house while she was in the area promoting Not Without My Father.

Love your list.

Danielle

That sounds great--even better to be able to travel there while reading the book! I'm with you, though on passing on the idea of traveling by way of donkey! ;) I still like the idea of reading Dumas and marking the spots in Paris--since I am not apt to be traveling there anytime soon--It would be fun to get a Paris map to tack onto my wall (I like having visuals to go with my reading!). The Stevenson has gone onto my list.

Danielle

Now that would make a perfect companion read to Smithereens suggestion above! It sounds great as does his other book Sidetracks (both of which are now on my wishlist). I have yet to read Rebecca Solnit, but I have heard many good things about her and often look at her books. Robert Mcfarlane was a friend of Roger Deakin so I think he must be cool and I just ordered (when I made this list) the book by him that I mentioned above. And my library has The Unlikely Pilgrimage, but I didn't have a chance to go and grab it from the shelf to at least take a peek at--something to look forward to next week.... Thanks for the suggestions--I know I can always rely on you to offer good ones! :)

Danielle

I was afraid I wouldn't be able to come up with a whole dozen, but it was easier than I thought. I understand all about noting down titles that you Really do want to read, but then how hard it is to squeeze them into the pile.... I have that problem myself--but they always sound really good! :)

Danielle

Did you see the movie? It looked really good--my library has the book and I remember when it came in and I almost brought it home, but forgot about it when making my list. Will have to check it out now. I loved Tracks--I know they made a movie of it, but I am too afraid to watch it and have it ruin (possibly) the reading experience. Too bad about the Unlikely Pilgrimage--since my library has it I will at least take a peek at it.

Danielle

I know! I wasn't sure I would be able to manage to come up with a whole list, but I think I could make a part two now! I loved the Patrick Leigh Fermor and really need to get on with it and read the other two books--they are on my shelves. Did you see the movie Wild? Now the dilemma--I want to see the movie--read the book first or just watch the movie and wait to try the book later....
I love walking but the heat and humidity does not make it fun. I think I am walking so much now since it is nice out (relatively speaking since we have had so much rain) when it is enjoyable--later it will be more of a slog. I try and make sure my walk has a destination at the end--so something to look forward to. Sometimes that means a coffee--as long as I don't add a muffin, that isn't defeating the purpose, right? ;)

Danielle

How cool! The book sounds really great--I had not heard of it before--and of course have added it to my growing list. I would love to do something like this--a lady I know who is Austrian went with her brother to Spain and walked the pilgrim's walk of Santiago de Compostela, which also sounds pretty cool. It might even be an obtainable goal--thanks for adding to the list! :)

Danielle

Do you know I have yet to read any Thoreau--at least since when I was in school--so long ago now that I feel like it doesn't even count! I just read an article about audio books and the author specifically mentioned the Bryson book as one that was hilarious to listen to--will have to keep that in mind. And I agree that Tracks is marvelous--I have ever since wanted to reread it--maybe I should now. I am curious about the movie, but you are right--the book is so good--I am afraid seeing the movie might in some way spoil it. I will be taking a nice long walk tomorrow morning as a matter of fact. Fingers crossed that it will be dry!

vicki (bibliolathas / skiourophile)

I put in a vote for the Donkey in the Cevennes too - wonderfully crazy endeavour, though I really felt my lack of decent French history knowledge here. The other walking genre I can think of is that of the (mostly) Parisan flâneur - I enjoyed Edmund White's short book (Flâneur) on this topic: there can certainly be few more beautiful places to have a wander.

Danielle

I can see I am going to have to cave in on this one--but maybe I can find it on Project Gutenberg and then just download it?! Of course I am seriously lacking in knowledge in French history--maybe it would be too much of a challenge? I am familiar with Edmund White, but I had no idea there was a walking angle in any of his books. I will have to see if my library has it so I can take a look at it--thanks! :)

Heidi

The Bryson book is really funny to listen to on audio. I really enjoyed Bold Spirit as well

Danielle

I am going to have to get the audio version--I like the idea of something amusing to listen to while *I* am walking! And so glad to hear you also liked Bold Spirit--it sounds like quite an adventure.

Heather

I love Wanderlust - so much so that I worry other books about walking will pale in comparison. I think maybe I just need to focus on some of the more personal/memoir-ish ones - I've been meaning to read A Time of Gifts, for example, for ages! And oh, I picked up a copy of the UK edition of The Old Ways at Heathrow in November, but haven't read it yet - maybe that'll be my next read after my current stack of library books diminishes slightly.

Danielle

I recently ordered The Old Ways and just dipped into it a little and it promises to be a really good read, I think. I must get to Wanderlust sometime soon. It seems such a good place to start and I have heard many good things about Rebecca Solnit, too. I love the sorts of books that are memoir oriented but are also about something else. A Time for Gifts is one of the best books I have read--PLF was such a impressive writer--and to think he was self-taught. What an amazing man! Ooh, so you were in London last fall--lucky you!! :)

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