The Fontinalis Reader

I love to read, like a lot of you, but I don't necessarily like reading outdoor writing.  Outdoor blogs are another matter.  I love travel writing and anything that appeals to my sense of adventure.  Here's my list of must reads, with links to the lesser known books and authors.  Some are old childhood favorites, some well-known, some obscure.  Feel free to contact me about any books you feel must be shared at fontinalisrising@gmail.com.  I'll be adding to this list as time goes on.

The Jungle Book, by Rudyard Kipling

Call of the Wild, by Jack London

Watership Down by Richard Adams.  The original (and best) talking rabbit odyssey, and how do you not love Kehaar?  Great writing that touches on a lot of social themes.

Anything by Tim Cahill but my favorites are Jaguars Ripped My Flesh and Pecked to Death by Ducks.  I have all but two of his books, and all of his writing is excellent.

The Sharks of Lake Nicaragua by Randy Wayne White.  Before I found out he was a flats guide from Florida I could have sworn he must be one of those government "contractors".  How does he get these gigs?  He writes with a hairy chested braggadocio- but in a way that only he can pull off and still make you like him.  His humor carries him a long way, and his love of fish and fishing are obvious, even though they don't play a large role in this book.  I'm going to go dig it out and start reading it again.


Into Thin Air and Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer are indispensable reading- edge of your seat first-person reporting in Thin Air, and a soul-searcher that brought me back to my own wandering heart in Wild.

Anything by Paul Theroux, but my favorite is Dark Star Safari.  It was an eye opener that gives a glimpse into Africa's hinterland and what life is like there today.

The Perfect Storm by Sebastian Junger.  Sure you saw the movie, but did you read the book?  There's a reason it was so popular- it was that good.

The Fish's Eye: Essays About Angling and the Outdoors by Ian Frazier is perhaps the best book about angling I've ever read.  I don't need someone to tell me what I already know.  I want someone like Mr. Frazier to make me think about fishing in a new way.  He does that in this book.

The Founding Fish by John McPhee.  Excellent prose and meditations about the (now much depleted) fish that helped found the Colonies and win the Revolutionary War.  He pursues shad from Canada to Florida.  History, recipes, his musings on his own fishing.  Fascinating reading.

Holidays in Hell and Eat the Rich by PJ O'rourke.  What a sense of humor, and if you can keep up with his stream-of-consciousness you've got me beat.  If you want to know why the world is so messed up and why that is funny, read these.

For Entrepreneurs Only by Wilson Harrell.  One of the best books on the subject, and a must read for the blogger.  You're blogging because there is something you are passionate about and want to share it with the world- the exact same elements as entrepreneurship.  His insights into the role of fear and  terror in entrepreneurship ring true in both my business and my blogging.  I'll have to read the last half of the book to see if it helps me make this pay for itself.

Anything by Steven Rinella.  An LSSU alumni, which makes him a local, I believe he is the best outdoor author to emerge from the swamp in the last ten years- give or take.  That's how good of a fan I am.  I'm not sure if he has any books out which is how bad of a fan I am.