The Nature of Reading began as an online and pop-up bookshop on Earth Day, April 22, 2022. It is an environmental bookstore specializing in seasonal reading, nature writing, and climate change books, pulling together the joy and wonder of the natural world with the knowledge and passion to fight for its survival.
Seasonal reading is using books to better connect to the changing seasons, to embrace and feel them more deeply. It's wonderful to connect your fiction reads to the seasons, to feel the fall air rush past you as you read the gothic Wuthering Heights, to watch spring flowers bloom with the romance in Pride and Prejudice. Perhaps you already read seasonally, with beach-based books in the summer and cozy mysteries in the winter. Seasonal reading is personal; it's about finding what makes you appreciate the natural world the most, what makes you feel most connected and in tune with the cycles that surround you.
Beyond fiction, there's the whole beautiful realm of nature writing. Some books are based on certain seasons, while others provide a guidebook on how to view and appreciate the natural world. My favorites include Henry David Thoreau, Rachel Carson, and, above all, Mary Oliver. To see the world through the eyes of someone who appreciates every minute detail is one of the many gifts books bring us.