One of my all-time favorite things to do in the great outdoors during the summer months doesn’t involve breaking a sweat — or really moving at all, for the matter. I’m talking about grabbing a book (and my iPod, a blanket, and a cold beverage) and heading to my local waterfront park, to the beach if I'm lucky (Rehoboth here I come!), or even to my delightful, ladder-accessible roof. Basically, I’ll settle for any outdoor reading spot where there’s grass (or sand) and ample shade (or a giant umbrella).

I don’t know about you but I have a daunting stack of reading materials to chip away at this summer. Looking for a few good titles to add to your "must read" list? Below, you’ll find green home-centric tomes — ranging from adult drop-out memoirs written by garden bloggers to home ec guides for penny-pinching hipsters — released this year that I had the chance to read (a miracle!) or plan on attempting to read at some point this summer. 

If you’re looking for even more summer reading ideas that don't involve culinary tips from Sheryl Crow, check out my list from last summer or this fun roundup of not-necessarily-green, site-specific beach reads.  Enjoy!

Micro Green: Tiny Houses in Nature by Mimi Zeiger (Rizzoli)

Pocket Neighborhoods: Creating Small-Scale Community in a Large-Scale World by Ross Chapin (Taunton Press)

Making it: Radical Home Ec for a Post-Consumer World by Kelly Koyne and Erik Knutzen (Rodale Books)

Landscapes in Landscapes by Piet Oudolf with Noel Kingsbury (The Monacelli Press)

Love Earth: Design for Green Living by Victionary (Gingko Press) — 6/30

Nature Framed: At Home in the Landscape by Eva Hagberg (The Monacelli Press)

The Ultimate Guide to Homesteading: An Encyclopedia of Independent Living by Nicole Faires (Skyhorse Publishing)

Same Place, More Space by Karl Champley (Chronicle Books) — 7/20

And I Shall Have Some Peace There by Margaret Roach (Grand Central Publishing)

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