Read These Austin-Based Books in The City’s Top Outdoor Spots

a person is reading an e-book in a hammock in a park

There’s never been a better time to find a great outdoor spot to spend your October days, and with some unexpected extra time on our hands, many are making their way through the “to-read” book piles that fill their Austin apartments for the first time in a while. Austin offers a plethora of outdoor spaces just waiting for you to bring a good book and a cold drink. Whether you are a traditionalist with a paperback or are adapting to e-books, heading to an Austin park with an Austin-based book is a great way to explore the city. 

Jane of Austin: A Novel of Sweet Tea and Sensibility at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Read the story of Jane’s Austin tea shop in this modern version of Sense and Sensibility.  While you may not see tea plants growing in the Wildflower Center, you will find plenty of succulents. And if you want a break from your book, join nature drawing classes, test your photography skills, or buy some new plants for your apartment. 

The Great Psychedelic Armadillo Picnic: A “Walk” in Austin at Zilker Park

Considered “Austin’s Most Loved Park”, Zilker Park is a great spot to read about the joys of Austin in The Great Psychedelic Armadillo Picnic. When you’re ready for a break, take a dip in Barton Springs Pool or rent a kayak to explore the waters. 

Small Steps at Mueller Lake Park

If you’re looking for nostalgia, consider Small Steps, the follow-up to the famed story, Holes. Then when you’re done, take in the public art displays that are likely a little less mainstream than Louis Sachar’s work. 

Dreams and Shadows at Red Bud Isle

This fantasy novel brings monsters and magic to Austin. Explore the Limestone Kingdom from the novel from the quiet Red Bud Isle. While certainly not as bustling as Zilker Park or Mueller Lake Park, Red Bud Isle will make it easy to end up deep in the fantasy world of Dreams and Shadows. 

The Gay Place at Emma Long Metropolitan Park

Last, but not least, get a day pass to Emma Long Metropolitan Park and plop in the sand to read The Gay Place, a story that follows three main characters through a fictionalized Texas state legislature. With a political thread, It’s only fitting to read this book in a park named after an Austin city official. 

If you’re looking for a new apartment to call home while you peruse terrific Austin-based books, contact us. We’ll have you from your front door to green spaces in a matter of minutes. 

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