• Hardcover: 384 pages
• Publisher: National Geographic (March 29, 2016)
Bestselling author 14,000 Things to Be Happy About Dr. Barbara Ann Kipfer pours her creativity into an irresistible book of bite-size inspiration for leading an adventurous, happy, and fulfilling life. 1,001 Ways to Live Wild is filled with light-hearted quick hits of encouragement for anyone looking for a jolt of “get out there and live.” Short entries—musings, things to do, and inspirational quotes—are paired with stunning artwork, creating a beautiful keepsake to give as a gift or to keep on your bedside table. Presented as one continuous list accompanied by whimsical sidebars and thought-provoking quotes, the text touches on many and varied themes such as: following your passions, staying curious, appreciating nature, traveling, trying new things, and living life with courage.
Happy Thursday everyone! Who else is excited that tomorrow is Friday?? For me this means I am one more day closer to vacation in May!
Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for 1001 Ways to Live Wild by Barbara Ann Kipfer. I’d like to send a HUGE thank you to the author, TLC Book Tours and also the publisher National Geographic for giving me the chance to read and review this book in exchange for my honest review of it.
1001 Ways to Live Wild is an inspirational book that literally lists 1001 suggestions for you to make life a little more fun, adventurous and wild. It is is filled with not only numbered suggestions like “274. Throw a dart at a map and travel to wherever it lands.” but it also includes lists like “National Park Landmarks to see” and inspiration quotes like this one on page 239 from Rachel Carson “One way to open your eyes to unnoticed beauty is to ask yourself, ‘What if I had never seen this before? What if I knew I would never see it again?'”
I found it to be a delightful book. Not only are the contents really wonderful, it is just absolutely stunning. The dusk jacket for the book is stunningly illustrated, as is the book itself on the outside as well as the inside. It’s really colorful and fun, decorated with greenery and flowers to evoke a sense of adventure and the wild. Reading through the suggestions and lists was really fun and something that I actually did with my husband. We decided to be really interactive with it and check off the things we have done and haven’t done and it really inspired us to think of things we can do during our vacation in May. It sparked conversation about fun things from our childhood and teenage years that we did with our families and never mentioned before because it just never came up in conversation so I felt like even after reading it I knew my husband a little better as well so it also served as a fun little exercise for us. It definitely reminded me that I have an inner me that wants to play around outdoors, take nature hikes, take a moment to appreciate the sunrise and backpack through Europe.
I am giving this book a four and a half star review. My only complaint is that some of the suggestions really didn’t fit in line with the lifestyle that I lead, which is a vegan lifestyle and there were some suggestions that I would just never do like learning to lasso a calf (really?! ) or learning to fish. In that way I don’t think it’s 100% considerate of all lifestyles but I do recognize that the vast majority of people don’t live a vegan lifestyle. In spite of that, the wonderful suggestions and quotes in this book far outweigh the ones that I made a face at for sure and I’m actually grateful to have been able to experience this little book and I will be carrying it with me on vacation and it’s something I see myself pulling out and reading from for years to come. What is great about this book is you can read through it in a sitting or you can put it down and go back to it again and again. Highly recommend!
About Dr. Barbara Ann Kipfer
Barbara Ann Kipfer has written more than 60 books of wit and inspiration, including 14,000 Things to Be Happy About, The Wish List, Instant Karma as well as numerous others. Kipfer holds Ph.D.s in linguistics, archaeology, and Buddhist studies.