During those quiet times in our day, usually right before bed or in the car driving to a new crag, we’ve been reading to each other. It’s been really nice and we’ve been able to enjoy some really good books, reading both new stories and childhood favorites.


quiet moments at home.

The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien – Predictably, we devoured this book. I bought Ethan this book with the deluxe hardcover edition as a gift when we first started dating. This is a very special book to Ethan, as his dad read it to him as a child. Growing up, I only managed to read bits and pieces of it, but never from start to finish.

We started our reading dates with this book and I’m glad we did. This story and the adventures of Mr. Baggins are magical. This book is a dream come true, chalk full of adventure, goblins, trolls, wizards, songs, and the long journey of a heroic hobbit. I can’t wait to read it to our little babes some day.

The Long Walk by Slavomir Rawicz – I don’t think we were completely sure about this book in the beginning, but it ended up sucking us in. We couldn’t put it down. This non-fiction adventure story shares the life of the author and six others who escaped a Soviet labor camp in Siberia in 1941. Author, Slavomir Rawicz and his fellow prisoners, walked thousands of miles by foot, out of Siberia, in hopes of obtaining freedom. Their trek took them through China, the Gobi Desert, Tibet and over the Himalayas to India. It’s inspiring, sad, and emotional. It’s an incredible story about the will to survive and the power to push on. A well written story, definitely worth the read.

Here are two other books we hope to pick up soon:

Radiant Days by Enos Mills – We just started this story and so far, it seems like it will be another page turner for us.

Bloodties: Nature, Culture, and the Hunt by Ted Kerasote – I’ve read and re-read most of this book; however, I would like to read it again with Ethan (an excellent recommendation from Ethan’s dad). In early September, Ethan and his dad are headed on their annual hunting trip to Wyoming. This book would be the perfect introduction to an incredible trip, as it addresses many controversial subjects within hunting and shares what a proper relationship with nature and the animal world looks like.


buffalo grazing happily in Canada.

These past few weeks have been extremely busy for us. Reading has been a pleasant, relaxing outlet, and a fruitful one, at that. We are excited to continue these reading dates of ours and would also like to know what each of you are currently reading? Any must-reads or suggestions for us?