There are so many awesome things about winter break. Sleeping in, hanging out with friends, and not feeling guilty that your textbooks are collecting dust. Break is a great time to read whatever you want. Perhaps you want to see what the big deal is with 50 Shades of Gray or maybe you are happy to read your favorite series (revisiting Lord of the Rings was a yearly event for me during college). Winter is certainly a great time to curl up with a book, and here are some of my favorites that are not only fun to read, but are related to sustainability.
Kingsolver chronicles her family’s a year of only eating local food. If you are an aspiring gardener, this book is a great introduction to what it takes to eat local year-round.
If you’re having a discussion about the local food movement, chances are someone will mention Michael Pollan. Pollan is popular with good reason; his books are engaging and spur people to make changes with their food purchases. Unexpectedly I found myself laughing out loud at points (read the chapter on mushroom foraging and you’ll know why). Omnivore’s Dilemma provides an eye opening account of the predominant agricultural system in the United States along with achievable alternatives for a healthier, local food system.
Leopold is the Obi-Wan Kenobi of the environmental movement and A Sand County Almanac is his pièce de résistance. Despite being written in the 1940s, Leopold’s ideas and call to action still resonates today.
Perhaps the more academic of the books listed, The Nature Principle examines how an imbalance between current technology and time spent appreciating nature can be detrimental to our health and well-being. Louv is certainly not a Luddite, rather he advocates for balancing time outside with time indoors using the computer, television,etc. This book will encourage you to go out of a walk or a hike after you finish reading.
If you want something philosophical to sink your literary teeth into, Ishmael is your book.
What will you be reading over break?