10 Books I've Been Reading that you Should too!
A lot of people ask me for my book list and so I thought I would do a round up every 10 books that I read and think wow I have to share these. The books will range from climate change, to feminism, to learning more about the way other people live their lives, and everything in between. The focus of my reading currently is simply to learn as much as I possibly can. I no longer wish to be will-fully ignorant of issues that seem far removed from myself, and so I welcome you to come and join this sort of book club. You will see after every book I mention how diverse my reading is, but that is mainly because I have a lot of catching up to do. So, in no particular order here are the books I’ve been reading and think you should too.
1. HOW TO EAT by Thich Nhat Hanh
This is a fun and short book about the mindfulness of eating. We have become so distanced from our food that we often watch tv or scroll though our phones instead of being present in the moment. This book helps you to connect with yourself and asks you to take a step back and think about the value that your meal holds.
2. NO LOGO by Naomi Klein
This book is a little outdated now, however I still feel like it holds a lot of important and interesting points around branding, advertising and our consumerist world. Its a truly engaging and lively book, taking us through a fascinating ride of the history of marketing. Lots of personal stories to make what could be a heavy read, light and fun.
3. NOTHING TO ENVY by Barbara Demick
North Korea for a lot of us is a complete unknown and yet fascinating place. Somewhere we have almost no real information from reliable sources about, that leave us thinking about what life could really be like there. Well, this book is one of the most compelling accounts of life anywhere that I have read. The book is a great piece of journalism that is laden with rich detail of the lives of ordinary people. Demick explains simply what it is like to be a citizen of the most repressive and most retrograde country in the world.
4. DON’T EVEN THINK ABOUT IT ( WHY OUR BRAINS ARE WIRED TO IGNORE CLIMATE CHANGE ) by George Marshall
I really enjoyed reading this book because it was very conversational and one of the easier reads about climate change that i’ve read. What is interesting about Marshall’s exploration of climate change denial, is that he investigates these ideas from the points of view of some quite startling people. For example he talks to Texas Tea Party activists, the world’s leading climate scientists and conservative evangelicals. Whats interesting though, is how he draws parallels between all of them…
5. THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING by Naomi Klein
I loved this book, but it was a very heavy and dense read for me. Political, engaging with a sense of urgency throughout, Klein really investigates who is responsible for climate change and why, leaving you reeling in your seats. Klein is such a fiercely intelligent writer that I cannot recommend all of her books enough, especially this one. This book truly changes our understanding of the world, and inspires you to investigate further the realities of climate change.
6. PRISONERS OF GEOGRAPHY by Tim Marshall
This was my first step into geopolitics and it left me wondering why I hadn’t read it sooner. This book offers sharp insights into the way Geography shapes the choices of political leaders, why certain world leaders are obsessed with different parts of the world, and how some countries are destined to become a super power. An essential read for everyone.
7. SIX DEGREES by Mark Lynas
A terrifying yet enthralling discussion of what would happen to our climate as it begins to heat, degree by degree. Lynas unpacks scientists’ claims of what would happen to our planet with rising temperatures, and takes us through each chapter as the temperature rises. Chilling.
8. WHY I’M NO LONGER TALKING TO WHITE PEOPLE ABOUT RACE by Reni Eddo-Lodge
There really aren’t any words adequate enough to describe how important this book is. Black British history is not something we as a nation know enough about which is largely due to the lack of education on the topic in our school system. In this compelling book Eddo-Lodge, through her own journey educates her readers on this topic. I thought I had a good understanding of how systemic racism is in the UK, until I read this book. An essential read for everyone.
9. WHAT WE’RE FIGHTING FOR NOW IS EACH OTHER by Wen Stephenson
Arguably one of the most important books on climate change out there. This book really investigates environmentalism from a far more social justice and human rights perspective. The book is a sort of harrowing yet compelling call to action, whilst also being a self-aware and thoughtful personal journey for Stephenson, grappling with the existential threat of environmental catastrophe.
10. HALF OF A YELLOW SUN by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
The only fiction book on this list that deserves a huge mention. I absolutely adored this book and think it is an essential read for anyone wanting to understand the Nigerian Civil War better in the form of a story. Beautifully written, engaging and emotionally draining. The book takes us on a journey through the lives of 5 people from differing perspectives. We start in the years before Biafra’s declaration of secession, and are then taken through the years after, experiencing how the lives of the protagonists drastically change. I cannot recommend this book enough, it is a true example of how reading can allow you small insights into historical events, and the lives of those affected by them.
I hope you enjoyed this list of books I have read recently, and will be back with another round up in 10 books time! I also have a list on Goodreads for those of you wanting to see what I am currently reading, and are on my to read list.
Thanks and happy reading!
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Immy is the creator of the YouTube channel Sustainably Vegan and the founder of the Low Impact Movement. Immy has dedicated her life to fighting the waste pandemic through online activism including social media campaigns, and personal waste reduction tips.
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