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Do you like to hike?
Do you like books?
How about hiking while talking about books?!

This is a brand new book club for people who have a passion for both the outdoors and reading. If you’re the kind of person that could easily spend hours lying in a hammock with a good book, then this group is for you. If you just like fresh air, exercise, and good conversation, then this group is also for you!

I thought we could start our meetings with a short, easy hike (1/2 mile) in one of the Cleveland area’s many beautiful parks. After our warm-up, we will then stop and discuss the month’s book selection for 20-30 minutes before hiking back. Each meeting would hopefully last about an hour total, and would occur once a month while the weather is warm (May - October).

Since a large part of this club would be about enjoying ourselves and our surroundings, I think it makes sense to also choose books that would be fun to discuss. I’m personally open to pretty much any genre, so if you’re interested in joining and have book suggestions, let me know. If we have enough suggestions, I’ll compile a list and we can vote on what to read first. Likewise, if you have any trail recommendations, I’d be happy to hear those, too!

A few things to note:

1. Because this group is brand new, I’d like to have a minimum of four members at any given meeting so we can have an active and lively discussion. If too few members sign-up, the meeting could be subject to cancellation (with at least 24 hours notice).

2. It would be a good idea to bring a yoga mat or blanket to sit on as we won’t always be in locations with additional seating options.

3. Water and snacks are welcome and encouraged!

4. Trail locations may vary from month to month, but I will be sure to post the exact meeting spot in advance.

5. Because everyone has busy lives, I’d like to keep the page count of any book we read to under 350.

Now, a little bit about me…

My name is Ruth and I’m a 32 year-old writer and video editor. I moved to the Cleveland area about a year ago (from Columbus), and have been enjoying exploring all the local parks! So far, my favorite spots are the Rocky River Reservation, Lake Erie Bluffs, and Cuyahoga Valley National Forest. I love good stories, running, walks in the woods, and binging episodes of the Gilmore Girls.

I’m looking forward to meeting all of you, and hopefully reading some great books, too!

Upcoming events (5)

A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson

Cuyahoga Valley National Park

**EXACT TRAIL LOCATION TBD** Synopsis: The Appalachian Trail stretches from Georgia to Maine and covers some of the most breathtaking terrain in America–majestic mountains, silent forests, sparking lakes. If you’re going to take a hike, it’s probably the place to go. And Bill Bryson is surely the most entertaining guide you’ll find. He introduces us to the history and ecology of the trail and to some of the other hardy (or just foolhardy) folks he meets along the way–and a couple of bears. Already a classic, A Walk in the Woods will make you long for the great outdoors (or at least a comfortable chair to sit and read in).

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Cuyahoga Valley National Park

**Exact location TBD** Synopsis: An audacious, darkly glittering novel set in the eerie days of civilization's collapse, Station Eleven tells the spellbinding story of a Hollywood star, his would-be savior, and a nomadic group of actors roaming the scattered outposts of the Great Lakes region, risking everything for art and humanity. One snowy night a famous Hollywood actor slumps over and dies onstage during a production of King Lear. Hours later, the world as we know it begins to dissolve. Moving back and forth in time—from the actor's early days as a film star to fifteen years in the future, when a theater troupe known as the Traveling Symphony roams the wasteland of what remains—this suspenseful, elegiac, spellbinding novel charts the strange twists of fate that connect five people: the actor, the man who tried to save him, the actor's first wife, his oldest friend, and a young actress with the Traveling Symphony, caught in the crosshairs of a dangerous self-proclaimed prophet. Sometimes terrifying, sometimes tender, Station Eleven tells a story about the relationships that sustain us, the ephemeral nature of fame, and the beauty of the world as we know it.

How Not to Die Alone by Richard Roper

Cuyahoga Valley National Park

**Exact location TBD** Synopsis: A darkly funny and life-affirming debut novel for readers of Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine the story of one man who is offered a second chance at life and love when he develops an unexpected friendship--if he can expose the white lie he told years ago that grew into so much more. Andrew's day-to-day is a little grim, searching for next of kin for those who die alone. Thankfully, he has a loving family waiting for him when he gets home, to help wash the day's cares away. At least, that's what his coworkers believe. Andrew didn't mean for the misunderstanding to happen, yet he's become trapped in his own white lie. The fantasy of his wife and two kids has become a pleasant escape from his lonely one bedroom with only his Ella Fitzgerald records for company. But when new employee Peggy breezes into his life like a breath of fresh air, Andrew is shaken out of his routine. She doesn't notice the wall he's been safely hiding behind and their friendship promises to break it down. Andrew must choose: Does he tell the truth and start really living his life, but risk losing his friendship with Peggy? Or will he stay safe and alone, behind the façade? How Not to Die Alone is about the importance of taking a chance in those moments when we have the most to lose. Sharp and funny, warm and real, it's the kind of big-hearted story we all need.

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Cuyahoga Valley National Park

**Exact location TBD** Synopsis: For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life–until the unthinkable happens. Perfect for fans of Barbara Kingsolver and Karen Russell, Where the Crawdads Sing is at once an exquisite ode to the natural world, a heartbreaking coming-of-age story, and a surprising tale of possible murder. Owens reminds us that we are forever shaped by the children we once were, and that we are all subject to the beautiful and violent secrets that nature keeps.

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