Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
In Where the Crawdads Sing, Kya is abandoned by her family and must find her own way in the marsh.
A great way to stay motivated about the great outdoors is by reading books about being in nature. For me this is crazy motivating and makes my imagination run wild about enjoying the benefits of being in nature.
Stories about surviving and thriving in nature are inspiring because they make you reminisce about being outside. You start remembering fun trips or think about your next trip. If you need a little extra inspiration, try reading a great story about the outdoors!
This blog post reviews Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens based on how likely it is to motivate someone to get outside. This story goes from barely surviving, to learning to work with nature to worshiping everything about the outdoors. There is a good chunk of nature inspiration in here!
Where the Crawdads Sing: the Plot
Kya’s mom walks out one day and slowly her other siblings leave to escape their abusive father. Eventually, Kya finds herself alone without access to food and must fend for herself. Over time, she figures out how to live alone and isolated from other humans. Even though Kya connects with nature she can’t ignore the need to be around other humans. This leads her to seek companionship (love portion of the plot) and results in precarious situations involving others she thought she cared about (the conflict portion).
Read the author’s synopsis here.
Will it motivate you to get outdoors?
Reading about Kya’s perseverance to survive in the marsh and her deep connection with nature is motivating to spend more time outdoors (at least for me!). I loved how she started studying nature, created collections, and then published her knowledge of the marsh. It reminded me of how fun it is to hike around with plant identification books to learn the names of all the plants.
There were a couple of aspects of the story that were far-fetched. Specifically, that a 7-year-old would be left alone like that and later the conditions around her arrest and court hearing. Other than that, I really enjoyed the story and would recommend it if you like reading about spending a lot of time in nature and really connecting with it.
Is Where the Crawdads Sing worth the Read?
Some aspects of the story were annoying but Kya’s connection with the outdoors definitely made me fantasize about living a more simple life closer to nature. I started dreaming about living in a remote cabin where I study plants and animals and grow all my own food. It was an entertaining story for the most part. If you are looking for something to read, give Where the Crawdads Sing a go and tell me what you think in the comments! Did it also make you want to live in a remote cabin away from people and grow your own food?
Hikes to inspire you to get outside
Reading about other people’s hikes and looking at their great photos can be so motivating. You think I want to do that! Check these out for more inspiration: