What are the best books set on a mountain?

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    #1Into Thin Air

    Into Thin Air

    Into Thin Air is Jon Krakauer's firsthand depiction of the May 1996 Mt. Everest disaster. With a balanced take on the characters and a colorful depiction of the weather that shaped the event, Krakauer won an Academy Award in Literature in 1999. 


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    Michelle Robinson
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "Finding books about or set on a mountain are abundant I'm sure. This book however, embeds you right into the story. You feel yourself on that mountain facing the same terrifying challenges as Jon Krakauer. This is the closest I'm going to get to experiencing climbing a mountain of this magnitude and after reading this book, that's more than enough for me."
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    #2The Magic Mountain

    The Magic Mountain

    The Magic Mountain is a satirical novel by the Nobel Prize-winning author, Thomas Mann. Set before World War I, it tells the story of Hans Castorp, who goes to a sanatorium in the Swiss Alps and stays for seven years.


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    Jesús Gallegos
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "The setting of this book just seems so cool and erie - a sanitarium up in the Swiss Alps. I bought this book originally for a flight after a friend recommended it and it really is a page-turner. I really enjoyed. it."
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    Heidi is a classic novel about a young girl who lives with her grandfather in the Swiss Alps. She is a playful and contented girl, and just like any kids, she experiences typical struggles that she learns how to overcome. 


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    Joseph Smith
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "I picked up Heidi to see what was the fuss about when a friend kept on nagging me to get this book thus I did. I have to say Heidi is a pretty great novel that features a girl and her grandfather on a mountain. The novel is filled with adventurous life of Heidi from being on a mountain to going to the noisy place we call a city. Getting this novel won't leave you disappointed I know I wasn't. Would highly recommend you to give this book to a daughter or girl. It would be a great read for them."
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    #4Cold Mountain

    Cold Mountain
    Cold Mountain is a book by Charles Frazier that tells the story of Inman, a soldier who will come back to his home in the Blueridge mountains and to his most loved woman Ada.  

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    Larry Simpson
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "This book tells a great story. It is very well-written."
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    #5Into the Wild

    Into the Wild

    Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer is a non-fiction book about a young man named Christopher Johnson McCandless who left everything he had to start a new life. Months after, his body was found and his unforgettable death will be uncovered. This book was printed in 14 languages.


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    José Angel Herrera
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "Into the Wild is a book about a guy who left civilization to start a life on his own. It vividly describes his life and situation and walks through his death and the subsequent investigation. I couldn't put it down"
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    #6Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

    Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

    Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed is an autobiography of the author herself starting from her twenty-two years of age. This book tells a story terrors and pleasures of a strong independent woman.


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    Debra Howard
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "This is an amazing book. You see a person on a journey that exemplifies all that is true about the human condition. You see someone go through so many emotions and really make an internal discovery and revamping. I highly recommend this book to everyone I know. One of the best ever."
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    #7A River Runs Through It and Other Stories

    A River Runs Through It and Other Stories
    A River Runs Through It and Other Stories is a book by Norman Maclean containing two of his novels and one short story. This book was originally published in 1976 and became a bestseller.

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    Billy Walsh
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "If you are a fan of books set in mountain scenery then you would definitely like the book A River Runs Through It and Other Stories by Norman Maclean. The author did a really nice job setting the scene for this story in a way that kept me interested all the way through."
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    #8The Smoke Jumper

    The Smoke Jumper

    The Smoke Jumper is a contemporary romance novel written by Nicholas Evans, first published in 2001. It tells the story of Connor Ford and how his life was changed by a wildfire on Snake Mountain.


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    Howard Ortega
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "The Smoke Jumper is a great book that was about wildfire on Snake Mountain. It really makes you feel like you are the mountain with them."
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    #9Winterkill (Joe Pickett)

    Winterkill (Joe Pickett)
    Winterkill is a Western novel written by C.J. Box, first published in 2003.  It is the third book in the Joe Pickett series, and it tells the story of detective Joe Pickett and his hunt for a killer through the mountains of Wyoming.

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    Justin Hopkins
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "While this is a wildly general category, there are certainly better books that take place on mountains. The Lord of the Rings should qualify, because of Mount Doom. Cold Mountain? Another classic there. However, "Winterkill" by Joe Pickett falls into every literary pitfall there is. It's boring and predictable, so it's easy to forget about the adventurous setting in... Wyoming. Yes, the setting is boring just like every other part of the book. Do yourself a favor and skip this one. You'll thank me later."
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    #10Swan Peak (Dave Robicheaux)

    Swan Peak (Dave Robicheaux)

    Swan Peak is a mystery thriller written by American author James Lee Burke, first published in 2008. It is the 17th book in the Dave Robicheaux series.


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    James Carr
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "This book is very interesting. It takes a lot of dark turns and is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat."


Best What are the best books set on a mountain
1Into Thin AirBooks 34 Paid
2The Magic MountainBooks 30 Paid
3HeidiBooks 30 Paid
4Cold MountainBooks 27 Paid
5Into the WildBooks 27 Paid
6Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest TrailBooks 25 Paid
7A River Runs Through It and Other StoriesBooks 23 Paid
8The Smoke JumperBooks 22 Paid
9Winterkill (Joe Pickett)Books 20 Paid
10Swan Peak (Dave Robicheaux)Books 19 Paid

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