There are so many good books, yet so little time to read them - a thought I have often lamented, until recent developments. With the rise of Covid-19, many people have found themselves quarantined and in need of restful ways to spend some time each day
One way I have found stillness in the midst of chaos is through books. Reading is a fantastic way to relax and find solace. Reading books about nature, perhaps even more so - which is why I have compiled this list of my favorite nature books with short reviews.
You do not have to be an ecologist to enjoy these stories. Just dive in and prepare to be fascinated by the rich history and unparalleled beauty of the world we live in. A Sand County Almanac A Sand County Almanac and Sketches Here and There by Aldo Leopold (Author), Charles W. Schwartz (Illustrator), Amazon.comThere are some who can live without wild things, and some who cannot. These essays are the delights and dilemmas of one who cannot.
- Aldo Leopold, foreword from A Sand…
Most of us want to make a difference in this world in some way or another - whether it be through our career choices or donating to our favorite charities. Are you aware that some charities are actually ineffective, even harmful? Did you know earning to give can be a more beneficial avenue than working in a field that impacts people directly (i.e. The medical field)? Have you ever wondered how you can make the biggest impact? In Doing Good Better William MacAskill, author and co-founder of the Effective Altruism movement, discusses the questions many of us have never thought to ask surrounding the topic of helping others. Through this enlightening and important read, you will be challenged to rethink the ways you donate, learn where to find truly effective charities, and discover how you can do the best with your giving. Doing Good Better: How Effective Altruism Can Help You Help Others, Do Work that Matters, and Make Smarter Choices about Giving Back by William MacAskill
Effective Is Not…
There are numerous books out there that will claim to change your life - from self-help to multi-step programs. But the jury is still out on how helpful such schemes truly are. That is not to say personal change cannot be inspired by someone else’s story, however. A story is a powerful thing. Words can be both a weapon and an elixir. Or, as Albus Dumbledore would say, “Words are, in my not so humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic, capable of both inflicting injury and remedying it.” If ever there was a book capable of changing one's life, of bringing about healing and understanding of ourselves as humans, it is this - You’re a Miracle (And a Pain in the Ass), by author, podcaster, and overall fantastic human Mike McHargue, also known as “Science Mike”.
“This is a dangerous book,” Mike warns his readers in the author’s note. It’s true, parts of this book could be tough to read, even triggering. The author writes about his “experiences with trauma and…
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