I know it’s almost October, but I want to share what I read in August because I read more than usual and it might not happen again this year. Especially because my University lectures started last week!
The Sun And Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur
From Rupi Kaur, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of milk and honey, comes her long-awaited second collection of poetry. A vibrant and transcendent journey about growth and healing. Ancestry and honoring one’s roots. Expatriation and rising up to find a home within yourself.
Divided into five chapters and illustrated by Kaur, the sun and her flowers is a journey of wilting, falling, rooting, rising, and blooming. A celebration of love in all its forms.
this is the recipe of life
said my mother
as she held me in her arms as i wept
think of those flowers you plant
in the garden each year
they will teach you
that people too
in order to bloom
What I thought
I read this book because it is so different from what I normally read. I don’t feel like I have an opinion on the book as such, but it is definitely a deep one. I’m glad I read it and if you are able to read about the experience of rape and abuse then I definitely recommend it.
My rating: 3&1/2 stars
Zero Waste Living: The 80/20 Way by
Many of us feel powerless to solve the looming climate and waste crises. We have too much on our plates, and may think these problems are better solved by governments and businesses. This book unlocks the potential in each “too busy” individual to be a crucial part of the solution. Stephanie Miller combines her career focused on climate change with her own research and personal experience to show how a few, relatively easy lifestyle changes can create significant positive impact. Using the simplicity of the 80/20 rule, she shows us those things (the 20%) that we can do to make the biggest (80%) difference in reversing the climate and waste crises.
What I thought
Although I already knew most of what was discussed, I loved this book. I loved the way it was written because it felt like I was having a conversation with Stephanie. It’s only about 100 pages long so it doesn’t take too long to read. I borrowed it from my local library but if you are a beginner, it’s one of those books that you want to keep. Jam-packed full of tips and ideas!
Growing up, I’ve always had a compost patch (well my parents have…) and so to hear Stephanie really marvel over creating her own instead of dropping it off, really opened my eyes. I now live alone and it isn’t really possible for me to have my own compost as it takes at least a year to start forming any soil. Before, I hadn’t considered not being able to compost vegetable peelings but now I am keen to find a local composting patch or pick up service as I don’t want them to go to waste!
My rating: I highly recommend this book which is why I’ve rated it 5 stars 🙂
IBS: Food, Facts, Recipes by Sara Lewis and Tracy Parker
Changes in diet and lifestyle are the best way of remedying irritable bowel syndrome, and this book will show you how to get IBS under control and improve your quality of life.
With so many people worldwide affected by irritable bowel syndrome, it is important that we all know the details behind recognizing and curing this affliction. IBS: Food, Facts and Recipes offers expert, easy-to-follow information about exactly what IBS is and its symptoms and causes.
This practical book also provides detailed advice on what to eat and what to avoid with 50 delicious, nutritious recipes that make eating right easy. Includes constructive ideas for simple lifestyle changes that will help to ease symptoms and answers to all the questions that you might be too embarrassed to ask.
Tracy Parker is a registered dietitian who has spent more than 15 years working with people with IBS. Six of those were spent as a research dietitian at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, studying the role of diet in the management of IBS and Crohn’s disease.
Sara Lewis is an experienced home economist and food writer. She was the cookery editor of Practical Parenting magazine for over 12 years and is the author and co-author of many cookery books including Good Food for Mums, Slow Cooker and Cancer: Food, Facts and Recipes, all published by Hamlyn.
This book obviously won’t be for everyone, but I’ve recently discovered that I have Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Although I have read lots of articles on the internet, I thought it might be a good idea to read a book on it.
I didn’t love it. I can see how it could be really good for some people, but I’m still figuring out what triggers me etc. The beginning part was great because it provided some extra information that I didn’t know. But, I really didn’t like that they displayed the calories on the menus – it’s a big trigger for my previous eating disorder.
My rating: 3 stars
No One Is Too Small To Make A Difference by Greta Thumberg
The groundbreaking speeches of Greta Thunberg, the young climate activist who has become the voice of a generation, including her historic address to the United Nations
In August 2018 a fifteen-year-old Swedish girl, Greta Thunberg, decided not to go to school one day in order to protest the climate crisis. Her actions sparked a global movement, inspiring millions of students to go on strike for our planet, forcing governments to listen, and earning her a Nobel Peace Prize nomination.
No One Is Too Small to Make A Difference brings you Greta in her own words, for the first time. Collecting her speeches that have made history across the globe, from the United Nations to Capitol Hill and mass street protests, her book is a rallying cry for why we must all wake up and fight to protect the living planet, no matter how powerless we feel. Our future depends upon it.
I had been wanting to read Greta’s book since it came out, but I hadn’t exactly realised that it was all of her speeches in one book. I’m not entirely sure what I was expecting, but I don’t think I would reread the book. I still recommend it though.
My rating: 4 stars
Tiffy and Leon’s Christmas Letters
This isn’t exactly a book, it’s only really two pages but I’m still going to count it because it’s on Goodreads 🤣. It was really lovely to read some kind of sequel. It would have been nicer to have a bit more writing but I still liked it.
My rating: 4 stars
Women Don’t Owe You Pretty by Florence Given
WOMEN DON’T OWE YOU PRETTY will tell you to…
love sex, hate sexism,
protect your goddamn energy,
life is short, dump them,
And that you owe men nothing, least of all pretty.
Florence’s debut book will explore all progressive corners of the feminist conversation; from insecurity projection and refusing to find comfort in other women’s flaws, to deciding whether to date or dump them, all the way through to unpacking the male gaze and how it shapes our identity.
WOMEN DON’T OWE YOU PRETTY is an accessible leap into feminism, for people at all stages of their journey who are seeking to reshape and transform the way they view themselves. In a world that tells women we’re either not enough or too much, it’s time we stop directing our anger and insecurities onto ourselves, and start fighting back to re-shape the toxic structures of our patriarchal society.
Florence’s book will help you to tackle and challenge the limiting narrative you have been bombarded with your whole life, and determine feminism on your own terms. After all, you are the love of your own life.
I absolutely loved reading this book, It is one of those books that everyone should read! Non-fiction tends to take me months to finish, but I read this in 10 days because of how well written it was. I didn’t want to put it down but I also wanted to absorb every single word.
My rating: 5 stars
Read on: What I read in August
The Penguin Lessons by Tom Michell
“I was hoping against hope that the penguin would survive because as of that instant he had a name, and with his name came the beginning of a bond which would last a life-time.”
Set against Argentina’s turbulent years following the collapse of the corrupt Peronist regime, this is the story of Juan Salvador the penguin, rescued by English schoolteacher Tom Michell from an oil slick in Uruguay just days before a new term. When the bird refuses to leave Tom’s side, the young teacher has no choice but to take it with him and look after it. This is their story.
I really loved the sound of The Penguin Lessons but it took me a while to read it. It was good, just not what I was expecting. I thought that there would be more on the penguin and their bond but it wasn’t exactly like that. I would recommend it, just wasn’t my favourite book.
My rating: 3 stars
F**k Flying: 101 Eco-friendly Ways To Travel by The F Team
This book will show you all the ways YOU can change how you travel to help save the planet.
As we come out of lockdown, many of us are thinking about getting out of the house and going on holiday but it’s never been more important to think about how we get from A to B. Packed with 101 tips and tricks to reducing your carbon footprint when you’re on the go, this practical little book shows that everybody can do something to protect our environment. From how you travel to work, head to the shops, go on holiday and more, this book is a must-read for everyone.
Why do we need to act now? Aviation alone accounts for at least 2% of global carbon emissions and an economy-class return flight from London to NYC emits the equivalent CO2 of 11% of the average annual emissions of someone in the UK. We can all make a change and contents includes:
– EVERYDAY TRAVEL (including commuting, shopping and getting around)
– PLANNING (how to plan an eco-friendly holiday)
– PACKING (savvy tips to pack with the planet in mind)
– TO FLY OR NOT TO FLY? (lots of alternatives to flying)
– WHEN YOU GET THERE (how to be a green tourist)
No change is too small to make a difference.
I thought this book was good, not mind-blowing ideas but still inspiring. I don’t really like travelling but if you do then you should probably read it. One of my favourite ideas in the book was, if the location is 30 minutes or less, then you should walk. Any more than that, take a form of public transport like the bus or train.
My rating: 4 stars
Have you read any of these books?