How to Be a Philosopher by Hugh Hunter A Question of Heroes by Nick Joaquin

Competitive (Comp) Titles

  1. Hiking with Nietzsche: On Becoming Who You Are by John Kaag (2018)
  2. On Looking: A Walker’s Guide to the Art of Observation by Alexandra Horowitz (2013)
  3. The Old Ways by Robert Macfarlane (2013)

Contextual Books

  1. Inward Mornings by Henry Bugbee (1958)
  2. Open City by Teju Cole (2011)

Contemporary Books

  1. Walking: One Step at a Time (2019)
  2. In Praise of Paths by Torbjørn Ekelund (2020)
  3. Kissa by Kissa by Craig Mod (2021)


  1. Walden by Henry David Thoreau (1854)
  2. Walking by Henry David Thoreau (1851)
  3. Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard (1974)

Level 1 (Next)


  1. Writing to Everywhere by W.T. Vollman


  1. Wanderlust by Rebecca Solnit (history of walking)
  2. How to Walk by Thich Nhat Hanh
  3. In Praise of Walking by Shane O’Mara (neuroscience of walking)
  4. First Steps by Jeremy DeSilva (2021) (anthropology of walking)
  5. The Rings of Saturn by W.G. Sebald (1995)
  6. Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey
  7. A River Runs Through It by Norman Maclean (1976)
  8. On Foot: A History of Walking (2004)
  9. A Walking Life by Antonia Malchik (2019) (social history of walking)
  10. The Art of Wandering: The Writer as Walker by Merlin Coverley (2012) (philosophical history)
  11. The Lost Art of Walking by Geoff Nicholson (2008)



Level 2 (Highly likely)

Beneath my Feet by Duncan Minshull (anthology) While Wandering by Duncan Minshull (anthology) The Joy of Walking by Suzy Cripps (anthology)

Level 3 (Likely)

The Snow Leopard by Peter Matthiesen (1978) H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald (2014) The Abstract Wild by Jack Turner Ill Nature by Joy Williams Eye of the Albatross by Carlf Safina On Trails by Robert Moor The Living Mountain (1977) Minor Feelings by Cathy Park Hong

Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl Symposium by Plato An Intimate History of Humanity by Theodore Zeldin How should we live? by Roman Krznaric Nutrition and Physical Degeneration by Weston Price


Pereira, G. (2016). DIY MFA: Write with Focus, Read with Purpose, Build Your Community. Writer’s Digest Books.