Last Updated on September 24, 2020
As a kid, my TV time was limited to one hour a day.
I would carefully select my shows which usually consisted of back to back Wishbone or a solid Arthur/Wishbone split on PBS. Any Wishbone fans in the house!?
Since I really didn’t like being outside, I spent most of my free time reading.
I’ve always loved reading, so when I wasn’t watching Wishbone talk about great novels I was reading them.
Well, I mean reading the Wishbone novels, and obviously every Nancy Drew book 14x over. But, as I got older most of my leisure reading turned into reading for school and studying.
And, then I stopped reading. I’m not sure when I stopped, but my life got chaotic and I didn’t make time to read.
Last year I reversed the trend and read 35 books!
I’m so proud of myself and I would love to read even more this year.
I had a good mix of leisure books (still obsessed with mysteries – the Sherlock Holmes Wishbone is the best Wishbone – fight me) and environmental books.
I think most of us want to read more, but without a teacher handing out a syllabus full of books / a deadline our best intentions are surpassed by more pressing day to day tasks.
So, I thought it would be fun to start a little virtual book club so collectively we could hold each other accountable to actually reading the books instead of them collecting dust on our bookshelves.
how it works:
I’m going to announce a new book every two months.
I’ll have a blog post, email, and Instagram announcing the new arrival.
Around 6 weeks after the first book, we’ll have a virtual chat where we’ll get together and talk about the book.
I’ll ask about the biggest takeaways, things you liked, didn’t like, etc!
I’m still looking at a few different platforms for hosting this and deciding between a chat room vs. doing a video chat.
Then around 2 weeks later, I’ll announce the next book. I’ll send you reminders via email and my Instagram stories.
what kind of books should I expect?
All of the books will be environmentally focused!
I want to read through a range of topics like food, fashion, minimalism, health, social justice, and more.
The common theme of all of the books will be in their style.
I promise that I’m not going to give you any downers. I can’t stand depressing books that offer no solutions.
I honestly think books that only present the problem without offering solutions are l-a-z-y. So, we won’t be reading them!
I really want to focus on books that offer hope and solutions. My platform is dedicated to both of those missions and this club will reflect that.
do I have to buy the books through you?
Absolutely not! I won’t be selling any books directly.
I will link to the books, and I do make a small commission if you choose to purchase through that link, but that is not a requirement.
I want you to enjoy your book however you like, whether that’s audio, digital, physical, and of course don’t forget to check out your local library.
how do I sign up?
The most important thing you need to do is sign up for my email list! I will email out all of the information so you can join the chat.
When you sign up for my list, you’ll also get access to my private Facebook group.
I will put some polls in there about the book club so I can find a time that works best for everyone.
what are you reading now?
I’m so glad you asked!
To finish out the book club this year, we’ll be meeting in November to discuss All We Can Save.
This book shares essays, poetry and art from 60 diverse women leading on climate in the United States—scientists, journalists, farmers, lawyers, teachers, activists, innovators, wonks, and designers, across generations, geographies, and race—and aims to advance a more representative, nuanced, and solution-oriented public conversation on the climate crisis.
These women offer a spectrum of ideas and insights for how we can rapidly and radically reshape our society. The book was curated by two climate leaders, Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson, and Dr. Katharine K. Wilkinson.
what have you read in the past?
Jan & Feb 2020: Estrogeneration
This book is all about the endocrine disruptors around us in everything from beauty products, cleaning products, and even plastic.
It’s a total eyeopener and really drives home how living a zero-waste lifestyle is healthier for you and the planet.
I can’t wait to see how this little club evolves and grows, and I really hope that you’ll be joining me for book #1!
March & April 2020: Sustainability: A History
I love history and etymology, and I found this book fascinating!
This book tracks the origins of the word Sustainability and how it’s become used so prevalently in our modern society.
The term ‘sustainability’ was first used in the 1600s.
This might sound like a dry textbook read, but I promise it’s not.
It’s really entertaining and I think it lays a good groundwork for understanding the challenges we’ve faced in the past and how they’re very much tied to the future.
May & June: Braiding Sweetgrass
This book is one of my all time favorites. It’s a beautiful love story written to the Earth written by Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer and reflects on her life as an indigenous woman and scientist.
She circles toward a central argument: that the awakening of ecological consciousness requires the acknowledgment and celebration of our reciprocal relationship with the rest of the living world.
For only when we can hear the languages of other beings will we be capable of understanding the generosity of the earth, and learn to give our own gifts in return.
July & August: Story of Stuff
This book takes a deep look at systems, processes, manufacturing and even the advertising of STUFF. The things we buy and how this is fueling the climate crisis.
Annie Leonard highlights each step of the materials economy and its actual effect on the earth and the people who live near sites like these.
She shares concrete steps for taking action at the individual and political level to bring about sustainability, community health, and economic justice.