Welcome to the latest installment of “All decked out," a series of of posts where I tackle a part of the home where the great outdoors and the green indoors meet: your patio, porch, lanai, deck, terrace, or whatever you might call it.


Now that I've rounded up comfy seating options like chairs, sofas, and eco-swings and hammocks, non-gruesome traps to keep pesky bugs at bay, and low-impact lamps and lanterns for outdoor illumination, there's only one thing left that will make a quality lounge session on a clean and well-appointed back deck complete: a good book. 


If you're a regular MNN reader, you're probably well-aware that there's no shortage of environmentally themed books worth settling down and spending some time with. Below are a few released-in-2010 tomes that I've either read — or have on my "must read" list — that cover sustainable design, architecture, gardening, DIY, and homekeeping. If you plan on retreating to your back deck, porch, or patio to chill out and catch up on your summer reading in August, consider one of these 10 titles. And as Mr. LeVar Burton famously said, "you don't have to take my word for it ..."


Apartment Therapy's Big Book of Small, Cool Spaces — Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan (Clarkson Potter)














Product Design in the Sustainable Era — Dalcacio Reis; Julius Weidemann, ed. (Taschen)














The Bucolic Plague: How Two Manhattanites Became Gentleman Farmers: An Unconventional Memoir — Josh Kilmer-Purcell (Harper)













Shift Your Habit: Easy Ways to Save Money, Simplify Your Life, and Save the Planet — Elizabeth Rogers (Three Rivers Press)













The Practical Homestead: The Backyard Guide Handbook for Growing Food, Raising Animals, and Nurturing Your Land — Paul Heiney (DK Publishing)













Prefab Houses — Arnt Cobbers and Oliver Jahn; Peter Gossel, ed. (Taschen)














ecoDesign: TheSourcebook — Alastair Fuad-Luke (Chronicle)















Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer — Novella Carpenter (Penguin)














The Self-Sufficient-ish Bible: An Eco-living Guide for the 21st Century — Andy Hamilton and Dave Hamilton (Hodder & Stoughton)













Regretsy: Where DIY Meets WTF — April Winchell (Villard)





















Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.

All decked out: Summer reads
Is there a better place to catch up with summer reading than on a comfortable deck or porch? I think not. Sit back, relax and spend some quality time with one o