Challenging yourself to read more is one of the best (and easiest) resolutions you can make for the new year! Whether you’re into fact, fiction, adventure, comedy, or fantasy, reading now is a great way to establish a hobby that will last you throughout the year.

We asked Fort Docent Joan Cochrane to share some of her top choices for books that cover Westward Migration and Early California history. Here is one of her favorites for adults:

  • The World Rushed In: The California Gold Rush Experience is “a collection of diaries, letters, and maps that tells the story of the Gold Rush. Some adventurers succeeded, some failed, but all had a fascinating story of life during the rush. Adults will love the authenticity of the letters and diaries. It engages the reader with everything from the maps of the journey west to letters addressed to William Swain at Sutter’s Fort.”

And one for kids (or those that are kids at heart):

  • By The Great Horn Spoon! is “one of the best read-a-louds for fourth graders. It is a wild story about a young boy and his steadfast butler that travel around Cape Horn to make a fortune in the Gold Rush. Their adventures and eventual arrival in California make a suspenseful, funny, and satisfying read!”

Read these and let us know how you like them! Both can be purchased by visiting our Sutter’s Fort Gift and Trade Store (in person or online).