Friday Favorites

Friday Favorites – Books That Primarily Take Place Outdoors

I’ve really missed doing Friday Favorites, and since no one was currently hosting it, Cait @ Functionally Fictional decided to jump into the gap. Each week, she provides a prompt, and I get to talk about my favorite books that fit the topic. Feel free to join in – the more the merrier!

Wow, we’re really getting into tough prompts early this year, huh? I don’t tend to read a lot of books that are primarily set outdoors, but after some intense thought, I managed to come up with at least a few. Here goes nothing!

  1. Madhouse at the End of the Earth: The Belgica’s Journey into the Dark Antarctic Night by Julian Sancton — this nonfiction told the history of a ship that sailed into the Antarctic and got stuck, and while yeah, a lot of it was ON the ship, I still kind of count that as outdoors. Plus, the crew did spend a good amount of time out on the ice. This was an interesting story too, and it’s true!
  2. The Rage of Dragons by Evan Winter — this fantasy spends a lot of time outdoors, since the characters are constantly training and on the brink of war, and there’s some truly incredible battle scenes in it.
  3. Dead Water by C.A. Fletcher — this horror novel isn’t completely terrifying, but it’s more like “horror-lite” yet so much of it took place outside on an isolated island that gave me the creeps in the best possible way.
  4. Ruination by Anthony Reynolds — this is another fantasy that involved a lot of outdoor scenes, and a plot that was absolutely engrossing.
  5. The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang — it’s starting to feel like most military fantasy novels spend a good portion of the story outdoors, which makes sense. It would be hard to fight battles inside.
  6. The Jasmine Throne by Tasha Suri — this isn’t quite military fantasy, but a lot of the power in the magic comes from nature, and the characters do spend a significant portion of time outdoors.

That’s all I can come up with for now, but let me know what I’ve missed, because I’m sure there’s plenty!

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