Green Acres: Ten Books About Going Rural

Perhaps it’s because I did the opposite, but I am fascinated by individuals and families who decide to pack up and the leave the hustle and bustle of city life behind for a home in the rural world. For this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, here are ten books—true and fictional—about people who made new country lives for themselves.

As Brave As You
by Jason Reynolds

Castles in the Air: The Restoration Adventures of Two Young Optimists and a Crumbling Old Mansion
by Judy Corbett

Country Matters: The Pleasures and Tribulations of Moving from a Big City to an Old Country Farmhouse
by Michael Korda

The Dirty Life: On Farming, Food, and Love
by Kristin Kimball

Down to Earth: Year of the Cornflake
by Faith Addis

Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer
by Novella Carpenter

An Irish Country Doctor
by Patrick Taylor

Mrs. Fyttons Country Life
by Mavis Cheek

The Quality of Life Report
by Meghan Daum

Sylvia’s Farm: The Journal of an Improbable Shepherd
by Sylvia Jorrin

Note: Top Ten Tuesday is a feature hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. Be sure to check out her weekly post to find other participants.


  1. It is interesting. I come from a small sea town that had one bus an hour and I had to take the boat across the ocean to get on a train or take the bus through the tunnel that goes through the ocean to get on a train. Lol. I don’t live in a big city or anything but public transport is a lot easier here.

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  2. Lovely post! We live in a small seaside town and I’m a teacher at one of the private schools here. Only about 280 students. But every year we have new students whose parents decided to pack up and leave the city for a more quiet life. No traffic, except for holiday seasons of course and a friendly community. Love living here!

    Ten places we’d love to live / die / travel in

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  3. Love the spin AND the very cool title for this TTT post. You’re right, so many books send people to the countryside, to recuperate, to hide from a scandal, to get some isolation. Haven’t read any of the books on this slideshow, but I really liked the premise of Country Matters — the cover alone is so appealing!

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  4. Nice idea for a post! I’m a rural person myself, though I love visiting the city, I don’t think I could deal with the constant noise and how close everyone is to each other. And I am adding Castles in the Air to my TBR, I have a weakness for restoration stories!

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  5. You always have such interesting takes on Jana’s Top Ten lists. I have not read any of these books, but have enjoyed others with people who did this and I am always in awe of the chances they took.

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    1. So glad you enjoy these, because apparently I just have a problem with following directions. It’s such a massive undertaking. I think that’s why I enjoy books in this realm—they typically move form a seemingly insurmountable task to triumph. Who doesn’t like a good underdog story?


  6. What an interesting approach to this week’s TTT. I have chosen more towns than the countryside though you could interpret the countries I’d like to live in as rural. However, I always like to live close to civilization.

    My TTT.

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      1. I understand that very well. It’s true. We all miss what we don’t have.

        When hubby retired two years ago, we moved back to my old home area where all my family is. But I did not want to live in the village I grew up in, we chose the next town, same as my brothers. Getting older, I wouldn’t want to be in the middle of nowhere.

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