Top 10 Books to Bring on a Picnic

Hey, Savvy Readers! 

Do you ever find yourself wanting to step outside the comfort of your home? If you do feel this urge, do not fight it. Grab a book and allow yourself to step outdoors and enjoy some of that great vitamin D people tell us all about. While you are in the open air, why don’t you grab some snacks and have yourself a picnic. You know, like the kind you would have as a kid but, instead of being surrounded by annoying family, check out these ten awesome books.


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Eat Delicious by Dennis Prescott

“Passion drives creativity, and people flock towards passion. Passion is inspiring and exciting. Embrace the things that get you creatively excited. Never sacrifice authenticity to a culture of cool.” 

Why would I bring a cookbook on a picnic, you are probably asking? Eat Delicious is filled with tons of yummy and cool recipes to help you prepare for your picnic adventure. It also has an entire section on how to take the best food pictures, which is perfect for our anti-social, social media loving generation. Bring this book along and take some cool #bookstagram pictures with your book and delicious food.



Borne by Jeff VanderMeer

“I liked Borne too much. I knew this in my bones, knew I really should give him up. But I also knew it would take something catastrophic for me to do so. The more personality Borne showed, the more I felt attached to him.”

What do you do when you find a strange green lump and can’t figure out if it is a plant or an animal? Well, when scavenger Rachel finds Borne, the strange green lump, in her dystopian city and decides to take him home with her. As the two bond, they realize there is a lot that they can learn about each other and about their world.  Borne is a complex but highly satisfying read that will have you completely forgetting you are sitting outside next to other strange green things.


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The Baker’s Secret by Stephen P. Kiernan

“The yearning for Philippe felt so similar to the hunger of her belly each day, she did not know which want was which. Given time enough, perhaps one can grow accustomed to all pains. So she baked—to save her life, and meme’s, and all the others in the village who depended on her secret network of food and fuel.”

A strong female character and yummy bread, yes please! After the Germans invaded Emma’s country and she watched her friend be dragged away, Emma decides she must do something. Every day, she secretly makes an extra loaf of bread to feed the hungry villagers. It is her drive for survival that gives everyone hope that the war and their struggle will one day end. This is an awesome novel to read while munching on a sandwich or some fresh bread.


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The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

“I am looking for someone to share in an adventure that I am arranging, and it’s very difficult to find anyone.’ I should think so — in these parts! We are plain quiet folk and have no use for adventures. Nasty disturbing uncomfortable things! Make you late for dinner!” 

 When the young hobbit Bilbo is interrupted during dinner by a squadron on dwarfs, he is left to leave his home and go on a crazy adventure to steal from the sleeping dragon named Smaug. This classic novel has been treasured by generations and it is the perfect book to bring on a picnic adventure. Let’s just hope while you are reading and eating, you are not interrupted by a squadron of children playing.


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The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson

“The desire for more positive experience is itself a negative experience. And, paradoxically, the acceptance of one’s negative experience is itself a positive experience.” 

A handy self-help book all about giving you real advice. It is hilarious and brutally honest about how most people view the idea of happiness and success. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck is filled with profanity, well-researched arguments, and funny jokes. Honestly, it is worth the read if you get anxious and sometimes care too much about little problems in your life. Mark Manson provides solid advice for those who over-stress and need a good kick in the butt.


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The Great Canadian Cottage Coloring Book

If you are someone who generally enjoys the outdoors and doesn’t read much, then try grabbing a colouring book to bring along with you on your picnic. The Great Canadian Cottage Coloring Book is filled with calming and classically Canadian scenes to colour away.


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The Weekend Effect by Katrina Onstad

“The fading of the weekend goes hand in hand with new ways of working. Gone are the days of long-term employment in one organization, with decades of mutual loyalty and a gold watch retirement; job security is a relic of the past, like a butter churn or a Slanket.”

In our busy and fast paced lives, the idea of a relaxing weekend has been lost to us. The Weekend Effect discusses the idea of bringing back our lazy Saturdays and Sundays which can have a very positive effect on our overall health and happiness. A perfect example of a lazy weekend is taking this book and going on a picnic. Ahem. Just saying.


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The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

“There’s just something terrifying about admitting you like someone. In a way, it’s actually easier when there’s no chance of anything happening. But there’s this threshold where things suddenly become possible. And then your cards are on the table. And there you are, wanting, right out in the open.”

Molly is seventeen and struggling through self-acceptance and boys. The Upside of Unrequited is a highly relatable novel filled with a great relationships and lots of diversity. Although Molly has a hard time expressing herself, she shows us how we need to be brave and love ourselves to finally be happy. Nothing like a cute teenage love story for a fun picnic adventure.



Ginny Moon by Benjamin Ludwig

“So in my poem I put a ladder that means I am climbing out of my bedroom window to go with Gloria. We have to draw a picture to go with our poem so I draw the Green Car and the Blue House and me on the ladder climbing out of my room.” 

Ginny is like every other teenage girl except she is autistic and wants her abusive birth mother Gloria to kidnap her so she can get her baby doll back.  Ginny Moon is a heartwarming novel that is funny, sometimes sad, but full of important and relevant issues. Careful when reading this book on your picnic, you might lose track of time.


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If You Give a Mouse a Brownie by Laura Numeroff

A fun children’s book about a mouse and his many, many desires. Our dear mischievous mouse cannot be satisfied with just one brownie (or cookie!), so we enter on an adventure to find what the mouse truly desires (I’ll bet you can guess what it is). At the end of the day, it is a cute read and a great way to distract any kids in your general vicinity.

Those are the books that we’ll be bringing on our picnics this summer, readers! What are your favourite or go-to picnic books? Tell us in the comments below or on Twitter @SavvyReader!


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