Staff Shelf: Rhiannon


I’m Rhiannon. I love books that make me feel at home in this world – books about nature, connecting with each other, or books that take my breath away with excitement and wonder. 

What did you like to read when you were young? 

I loved reading as a kid and teen but wasn’t very good at figuring out which books were most worth reading to me, so I remember reading a lot of books I didn’t actually like very much. The ones I loved though were books about nature and books about strong girls (or anyone) who learn how to make a place in the world for themselves even if they feel like they don’t fit. Some absolute favorites were: 

What five desert island books would you choose? 

  • Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer 
    One of my favorites and always helps me feel more at home anywhere in the world, even when things feel bad  
  • Botany in a Day by Thomas Elpel 
    I never get bored of this book since there is always more to learn (and it would be helpful on a desert island)  
  • Devotions by Mary Oliver 
    Mary Oliver is my ultimate hero and this is her thickest book of poetry!  
  • Les Miserables by Victor Hugo OR East of Eden by John Steinbeck 
    The two longest of my favorite novels so it would last me a long time to read and re-read  
  • The most up to date wilderness survival book! 
    I had to throw in a practical resource book because I’m all about being capable and prepared!  

Is there a book that changed the way you see the world? 

I read A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold as a young adult and this book (specifically the philosophical second half of the book) changed the way I saw the world and the kind of future I could have in it. It gave me hope, validation, and articulated language for me about how I felt about our relationship with the natural world and what kind of change I wanted to see and be a part of. I have distinct memories of reading certain passages – where I was, what time of day it was, what other things I should have been doing right then – and remember that exciting feeling of my mind expanding and making connections I never had before. 

This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Back to Staff Shelf page