9 Books to Bring You Closer to Nature

Whether your taste in books runs toward the classics, non-fiction, or a good old-fashioned novel, let one of these nine great reads transport you to the very heart of nature this spring.

Nature Books


1. The Signature of All Things

by Elizabeth Gilbert

Alma Whittaker is a 19th century scientist who falls in love with artist Ambrose Pike. Together, they try to decipher and understand the inner-workings of the metaphysical world.

2. Destroyer Angel

by Nevada Barr

Anna Pigeon, a crime-solving park ranger, travels to the Iron Range in upstate Minnesota for a canoe trip in this fast-paced mystery. When Anna’s campmates are abducted, she has only two days to rescue them.

3. Watership Down

by Richard Adams

Did you DVR every episode of Meerkat Manor to watch and re-watch?  Enjoy the original saga of a furry, tiny town, where rabbits strive to overcome their differences and create a stronger community.


4. The Wild Trees: A Story of Passion and Daring

by Richard Preston

Climb 300 feet straight up into a giant redwood canopy with a group of risk-taking botanists. Explore a whole new world filled with hanging gardens, fire caves, and undiscovered plants and animals.

5. Wolves in the Land of Salmon

by David Moskowitz

The author of this beautifully illustrated book travels the Pacific Northwest searching for wolves. Spoiler alert: He finds them, and a wild tale ensues.

6. The California Wildlife Habitat Garden: How to Attract Bees, Butterflies, Birds, and Other Animals

by Nancy Bauer

Turn your backyard into a sanctuary for wildlife with this step-by-step guide that’s not just for Californians.


7. The Yearling

by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

In this 1938 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, Jody Baxter adopts a young fawn in the harsh backwoods of central Florida. You’ve seen the classic film, but the book is even better.

8. Silent Spring

by Rachel Carson

In 1962, Rachel Carson rocked the world with her condemnation of DDT and other pesticides, which she successfully argued weren’t just killing bugs, but harming birds, larger animals, and even people. This classic is widely credited as the first blitz in the battle to save the environment.

9. Walden

by Henry David Thoreau

You likely already read this classic about Thoreau’s two-year experiment in simple living back in your high school days. Maybe it’s time to pick it up again. You’ll be amazed how the older you get, the wiser Henry David becomes.

What books are you planning to read this spring? Share your back-to-nature reading list with us on Facebook! Happy eyes, happy reading. 

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Jack & Meryl: Steal Their Oscar Glasses Style!

Our favorite Oscar moments? Watching a star put on a pair of spectacles in order to read the winning envelope. And during this year’s 85th Annual Academy Awards, we had no reading glasses regrets! From Best Supporting Actor winner Christoph Waltz’s frames to presenter Robert Downey Jr.’s usual specs, we were certainly impressed with the reader representation. But for us, Jack Nicholson and Meryl Streep made the biggest spectacle of them all.

In case you missed it, take a peek at their Oscar reader choices, and learn where to steal a pair inspired by these famous faces.

Jack Nicholson

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Heeeeeere’s Johnny!  Jack sported not one, but two different frames at the Oscars. At his seat, he wore a pair of his usual sports sunglasses, which hid his eyes during the show — and made him look undoubtedly cool and important like always. Before taking the stage to announce Argo as Best Picture winner, alongside First Lady Michelle Obama, Jack turned up the charm with a pair of handsome thick-framed readers.

Try our similarly sporty Spencer readers or The Beckman readers for Jack’s onstage appeal.

Meryl Streep

Meryl Streep inspired Oscar glasses

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Meryl is a reoccuring obsession here in the office, as noted in our Oscar recap from last year. Then again, who doesn’t love her? Meryl took the stage to announce Daniel Day-Lewis as the Best Actor winner for his title role in Lincoln. (Wasn’t her sequined ensemble absolutely amazing!?) Although she didn’t exactly read the envelope on camera, we couldn’t help but notice the timeless pair of reading glasses she held in her right hand. Sparkles and all, we could have seen her in some matching silver specs, too!

Try our Meryl-inspired pairs like The Brookside or The Gleela! Or, try this Meryl glasses DIY inspired by her 2012 Oscar dress!


Tell us: Whose look was your favorite last night?


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