5 Adventure Books to Read This Summer (2017)

July 19, 2017 5:25 am  |   Published by

Some of us get to enjoy a fun filled adventurous summer while the rest are chained down to a desk working while we watch as others post awesome photos of their trips and adventures on Instagram. Instead of living through a screen why not pick up a book or two. Here is a great list of five adventure travel books that will have you laughing. crying, and joining the adventure.

The Yellow Envelope: One Gift, Three Rules, and A Life-Changing Journey Around the World

Author: Kim Dinan

The Yellow Envelope by Kim DinanKim and her husband decide to quit their jobs to travel the world, they’re given a yellow envelope containing a gift of money and directions to give the money away. They are instructed to follow three rules: Don’t overthink it; share your experiences; don’t feel pressured to give it all away.

Kim and Brian face obstacles, including relationship challenges to their relationship, travel faux pas, and internal struggles as they travel through Ecuador, Peru, Nepal and beyond.

Along the way they pay it forward to people and organizations, learning that sometimes the hardest thing to do is give of oneself transforming them as humans and individuals.

This book is a must read for the uplifting story and adventures that are had along the way. Plus they even give you a great way to carry on the tradition of the Yellow Envelope.

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Funny Shit in the Woods and Other Stories: The Best of Semi-Rad.com

Author: Brendan Leonard

A collection of 40 of the most popular stories from our favorite outdoor blog Semi-rad.com written by Brendan Leonard.

You will find yourself laughing until you cry learning about mishaps, dangerous sports, and new love interests. Complete with illustrations drawn by the rad dude himself.

This is a great read for those who love and enjoy the outdoors. Watch out though you might find yourself having to apologize for loud laughing outbursts if read in public. Also, it has been known to travel around friend circles and never coming back if loaned to friends.

It will have you relating to the stories with those “Been there done that” moments as well as learning a few things also.

Get your copy of Funny Shit in the Woods!

The Last Season

Author: Eric Blehm

The Last Season - The Last Season examines the remarkable life of legendary backcountry ranger Randy Morgenson and his mysterious disappearance in California’s unforgiving Sierra Nevada Mountains. Randy was a tough and smart as they come. He was the epitome of a backcountry ranger.

Randy was a National Parks Ranger who preferred his backcountry assignments. His mysterious disappearance in the 1990’s leads to one of the largest searches ever conducted by the National Park Service.

The story is an amazing account of what life as a backcountry ranger is like, the search for Randy, and the stories leading up to what was found.

Find out if they found Him!

Car Camping

Author: Mark Sundeen

Car Camping is a road trip novel like no other.  Mark is 22 and searching for his purpose in life. Mark’s travels take him through Death Valley in California,  Great Sand Dunes in Colorado, Green River in Utah, Coos Bay in Oregon, and a quite a few places in between.

Mark seems to always be on the hunt for the next big adventure, but someone never ends up on any.  His time on the road is spent speculating life,  the outdoor lifestyle/adventure life.

His naiveté about life and adventures is quite possibly the best part of the book. It gives him the perfect voice to look past and even contradict the ever growing marketing driven “van life” to show us that authenticity no matter what you are doing is the quickest path to happiness.

Find out if you can keep up with his almost adventures! 



Five Million Steps

Author: Lon Chenowith

Join Lon Chenowith on a hike that spans 2200 miles and passes through 14 states. Lon takes us with him as he hikes the Appalachian Trail.

It all started with a dream in his teens he sets off on a training hike with his two young sons. He quickly realizes that his adventure is going to be a long and ambitions journey that he will undertake alone.

Lon’s love for the outdoors and the romance of hiking the entire trail is challenged, but he overcomes this with his faith in his family and in God.

Known as the Arkansas Traveler Lon Section-Hikes the entire trail that culminates with a fourteen year love and hate relationship with the trail.

Walk all five millions steps along side of Lon and his crazy adventure.

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Adam Nutting

Adam Nutting is an avid hiker, adventurer, and Eagle Scout. He has over 10 years of web design, development, social media and digital marketing experience. He shares his adventures on his site HikingTheTrail.com and blogs about social media and blogging here on Epic Social.

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