Here are a few books involving sailing, life's voyage, exploring, and animals that I have enjoyed reading this summer. Some are free through the Project Gutenberg's Etext (donations are accepted).  

Check out the posting list on Exodus to Eden blog called Boat, Books, and Films for more suggestions about good stories about sailing. 
  1. The Long Way by Bernard Moitessier (own incredible story of his participation in the first Golden Globe Race, a solo, non-stop circumnavigation rounding the three great Capes of Good Hope, Leeuwin, and the Horn)

  2. Airborne, A Sentimental Journey by William F. Buckley Jr (first of five books about sailing)

  3. The Voyage of the Beagle by Charles Darwin (often overlooked for a great story of sailing in the 1830s around the west coast of Africa and South America, very descriptive of the flora and fauna, the people, and times of the day). 

  4. Examine Charles Darwin's On the Origin of the Species

  5. This Side of Paradise by Francis Scott Fitzgerald (is a man truly lost in himself if you can only say "I know myself, but that is all" at the end?) 

  6. The Great Gatsby by Francis Scott Fitzgerald before the film with beautiful sailing scenes

  7. Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift

  8. The Iliad by Homer

  9. Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne
  10. Offshore Pirate by Francis Scott Fitzgerald

Heavier Reading for those long voyages:
  1. Blind Courage by Bill Irwin (best inspirational book of a man who is blind hiking the whole Appalachian trail with his dog)
  2. Either Or by Soren Kierkegaard
  3. Being and Nothingness by Jean-Paul Satre
  4. The Unbelievable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
  5. Tropic of Capricorn by Henry Miller (or Tropic of Cancer)
  6. The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide by Douglas Adams (all his books in one)

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