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!
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.
what have you read in the past?
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!