Hands up if you love nothing more than relaxing in the summer heat with a good book? Here’s our team’s top picks of inspiring reads for the holiday season. Let us know what you think!
Joel: The Necessary Revolution, by Peter Senge. It provides insights and many examples about how individuals and organisations are working together to create a sustainable world.
Sarah: Ideas with Legs, by Nils Vesk. Fun, inspiring and practical.
Tati: Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed, by Jared Diamond. An informative and eye-opening book analysing why societies collapse. The author states that it is a positive book, because it shows that “The big problems facing the world today are problems that are of our own making – and thus it is in our power to solve them.”
Ken: Confessions of an Economic Hitman, by John Perkins, is a compelling ‘partly autobiographical’ book, which is incredible if what is in it is true… It explains quite a few things about why the state of the world is the way it is.
Joana: The Wealth and Poverty of Nations, by David Landes; Germs, Guns and Steel, by Jared Diamond. These books foster discussions on (a) why we’re not all the same in spite of being equals; (b) why excuses for those differences such as race or provenance are hasty and misinformed explanations (and often exacerbate inequality).
Jonas: The Limits to Growth: The 30-year Update, by Donella Meadows, Jorgen Randers and Dennis Meadows. The scientist in me loves the modelling and scenarios that went into this book. As a sustainability professional, it;s just the right motivation I need to get out of bed in the morning; a good mix of optimism and urgency.
Jon: Fight like a girl, by Clementine Ford. Smash the patriarchy.
Tom: The Dice Man, by George Cockroft. Help stretch the boundaries of the choices you give yourself, see beyond the boundaries of current paradigms; make a choice – be happy.
Alexis: The Hidden Life of Trees, by Peter Wohlleben. My brother recommended it as a funny read, which has a really different take on forests and draws in quite a bit of research!
Jacqui: Talking to My Country, by Stan Grant. Not necessarily fun, but an interesting and important book about Australia’s history.
Henrique: My all-time favourite book is Siddhartha, by Herman Hesse. The book is a fictional journey about Buddha’s life, suggesting that a person alone is responsible for his/her own redemption, or otherwise.
Marie: The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life (Before 8AM), by Hal Elrod. We always have ideas of what we should do, what makes us happy, how we could change the world… and then we forget everything by the end of the day. This book gathers best practices of personal development and helps us achieve what we really want – including being more sustainable – all before 8am every day!
Jimmy: Another Roadside Attraction, by Tom Robbins. A fun novel written in a witty, yet intellectual style that not many other writers can pull off. It is a fantastically bizarre story about challenging the mainstream and the status quo, finding what is important to you and living life following no one’s path but your own. It is one of the few books I have read recently that had me laughing out loud.