Great Books to Read Around a Campfire

Whether you are reading to yourself or out loud around a campfire, reading outdoors is one of the pleasures of a camping holiday for many keen campers. If you are planning on taking a camping trip this autumn, here are a few books that you might want to consider taking with you:

For laughs: 'A Walk in the Woods' – Bill Bryson

This book is often laugh out loud funny and in fact, a film based on the story is currently playing in cinemas so this is a topical thing to be reading. This amiable hiking adventure might be something to chuckle to on your own but it could also be a good one to read aloud.

For literature: 'Travels with a Donkey in the Cévennes' – Robert Louis Stevenson

While perhaps rather antiquated and verbose in its language, this is a great book for the nature lover looking for a great literary book to enjoy that allows them to indulge in a bit of quiet introspection. The gentle joys of sleeping out of doors are eloquently described.

For kids: 'Swallows and Amazons' – Arthur Ransome

Amongst all the old tales of kids running wild in the countryside, this book is an enduring favourite and it is also a good one to read aloud to one another around your flickering campfire. Be prepared for a few sniggers at old names and unfamiliar turns of phrase but in spite of the dated elements, much of this book is as relevant to children today as it ever was.

For chills: 'The Turn of the Screw' - Henry James, other Victorian tales or more recent ghost stories.

If you are looking for some gentle chills and something a little eerie to read around the campfire on the chill of a misty, moonlit evening then ghost stories can be the perfect solution. Just make sure you do not read anything too scary or you will want to leave all the torches and lanterns on all night and will not want to head for the toilets on your own!

For escape: 'Lord of the Rings' – J.R.R. Tolkien

When you are on your own quest through the wilds, what better way to escape the harder elements of the reality of camping than by immersing yourself in an epic fantasy quest. There is plenty of camping and tons of adventure in this absorbing creation.

Also, for inspiration and intrigue, there are many true tales of people's adventures camping and in the wild that are great to read in the great outdoors. Whether you are on your own epic journey or just on weekend away, you can find joy and inspiration in reading about what others have done and achieved.

So when you head off on your next camping holiday, don't forget to take something to read.