A Bit of Green Reading

Books, I can’t recall a single day of my life when I didn’t have at least one book next to me. I can escape through books and I learn from them. The past weeks I’ve read a mix of fiction and non-fiction. Today I want to share with you three green titles I found most interesting.

hundred-dollar-christmasThe Hundred Dollar Holiday by Bill McKibben is a very small book where McKibben makes his case that Christmas isn’t about how much we spend or how many gifts we give or receive.  He covers how Christmas evolved, a history I was unfamiliar with, then argues that instead of Christmas being a time of stress we can make little changes in how we celebrate the holiday to bring back the joy we’ve lost.

McKibben gives examples on how to simplify Christmas and give gifts (when we choose to) that are handmade, inexpensive and more meaningful.

Instead of going into great detail here, check out Christy’s review of the Hundred Dollar Holiday she did a fine job covering all the highlights of this small book.  If you are dreading Christmas, I encourage you to check out this book.

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Summer Books

It’s been months since I shared with you the books I read. May was a good month for reading but once June arrived my reading slowed to a trickle and just picked up in the last two weeks.  I’d like to share with you the books that have stayed with me long after I turned the last page instead of a full recap of every book I read.

i-am-malalaI am Malala: The Girl Who Stood up for Education and was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai   Malala was a 13 year old when she was shot by the Taliban to send a message to her father that girls were not permitted to be educated according to their religious views.

Much of the story dealt with the struggles her father fought to start his school and how prior to the rise of the Taliban (which is blamed on the agression of the US  after the 9/11 attacks) curtailed the freedoms of the people in this area.

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A Look at Life in our Sacrifice Zones

I heard about Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt by Chris Hedges and Joe Sacco a while back and was finally able to borrow it from a nearby library. Hedges and Sacco wanted to write a book about the “sacrifice zones”, those areas in the United States that have been exploited through capitalism for profit. “They wanted to show in words and drawings what life looks like in places where the marketplace rules without constraints, where human beings and the natural world are used and then discarded to maximize earnings.”

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They succeeded. Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt is an amazing book told through the stories of the people who live in these sacrifice zones. It’s one thing to read about the destruction in a news piece and another to hear the heart-breaking first hand accounts as only Hedges could inspire his subjects to open up so fully.

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Most Recent Books I’ve Read

So much for thinking I would do an end of month summary of the books I both liked, and disliked, for that period. Again I am halfway through April and haven’t shared the books read in the month of March. Looking back at the list of books I’ve read since I last posted on this subject I found this may be one of the most eclectic months of reading in a long time.

First, I had the opportunity to read two very different books by fellow bloggers and enjoyed them both.

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Something I’m Really Excited About

I am a mother extremely proud of her children, just putting that out there before I go on.  My son’s are following their passions, and while it’s not easy to follow ones dreams in this economic climate they continue to work at improving their skills in their chosen fields.

My oldest son is by far having a much harder time of things but he isn’t giving up.  His dream is to make a living through his writing.  The majority of his books are colorful, to say the least, and fall into the category of horror.  But his newest story is so different that I hope it will reach a broader group of readers.  Threads is a spiritual science fiction story that is so compelling you don’t have to love sci-fi to enjoy this. Continue reading “Something I’m Really Excited About”

An Interview and Offer of Free Books

Today I have something different to share with you, an interview with my oldest son, an author and single parent.  As someone who loves to read it’s been a huge pleasure to have the opportunity to read books written by a family member and now Justin wants to offer you his books for free this week.

I want you to meet my son, Justin.

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Those February Books

I’m a bit late sharing last months books with you but I hope it was worth the wait. I have a confession to make before I begin.  Books, outside of my family and friends, are the one thing I hold dear. Books have always been there for me, through thick and thin yet it took more than four years before I began sharing all the books I read with you.  The reason I did this was because I felt that by sharing my eclectic taste in books I would be sharing too much of my soul. As you can see, I have finally exposed myself to you. 🙂

Let’s begin, shall we?

JoyceThe first book of February was The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce:  This is the story of Harold, retired and allowing life to happen one day at a time almost as if going through the motions until life ends – something too many of us do. One morning Harold receives a letter from an old friend, a co-worker, telling him she is dying of cancer.  Harold pens a short note to tell her he’s sorry and walks to the corner to mail the note. But when he arrives at the post box he realizes it feels good to walk and keeps going to the next box and the one after that and the one after that.

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The Healthy Home

 

There are many books out there that cover the chemicals in our homes and Dr. Myron Wentz and his son Dave  do cover those issues in their book titled The Healthy Home: Simple truths to protect your family from hidden household dangers,  but they go much further in to what constitutes a healthy home than just the cleaners we use. They take on clothing and even how we wear them and give us the alternatives to look for as we make the change to a nontoxic home environment. I read this book a while ago and luckily had this review in a word document on my computer so I can share it with you now.

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Books from January

I started to get into the habit of jotting down a short review of each book after I read them and storing it in my drafts folder. Makes publishing at the end of the month easy. Until you get hacked and lose everything.

If you followed me here from TheEcoGrandma, my blog that was hacked, you may recall I used Oyster, a subscription service to have access to unlimited books. When they closed down the beginning of January my plan was to read free ebooks only. Ya, that ended real soon.  Finding quality books offered for free was harder than I thought it would be.   I broke down and signed up with Scribd, another subscription service offering unlimited number of books for $8.99 a month.

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