Forget Earth Day, These Planet-Loving Recs Will Keep Your Inner Environmentalist Alive All Year Long
By Alexandria Ang (@TheBooksBuzz)
By day, I am an environmental studies major in college. But by night, I am a book blogger and influencer. Although these two things might be on completely opposite levels, I always strive to find the best of both worlds. I keep my eyes peeled for that hidden gem of a book with a conversationalist message or call to action about climate change. It's rare that I ever come across them these days, but they aren't so impossible to find if you know which titles to start with.
The little environmentalist in me wanted to take this opportunity to share some books that have inspired me to continue to pursue a career in the environmental science field. Some of these might be Young Adult while others might be more mature, but one thing is constant and it is in their message to spread awareness about environmental issues and make us fall in love with the planet we live on.
Neal and Jarrod Shusterman’s all-too-real portrayal of the amplified effects of climate change is both terrifying and upsetting. Dry captures the essence of what life would be like without water in this book when he writes about the California drought escalating out of control to what the authors call the “Tap-Out”. In this riveting novel, neighbors are turned against each other, human morality is put to the test and violence ensues. This book is not only every environmentalists’ worst nightmare, but it also serves as a warning to our unprecedented use of natural resources . The authors’ harrowing tale will make you realize how much you take water for granted and how much we don’t see the effects of our actions on the planet. This book releases on October 2nd, 2018, so make sure to have it on pre-order.
Want by Cindy Pon takes place in a futuristic Taiwan where the levels of pollution have wreaked havoc because of the actions of society. It is a totally realistic re-imagining of how the world will look in 50-100 years, from the state of the environment, increase in expensive technology, and the wealth gap between the rich and the poor. In this world, the rich are able to afford expensive suits that protect them from the pollution and the deadly viruses. Others have not been so fortunate, including the main character’s mother, who died as a result of the pollution. In a fast-paced sci-fi novel, Jason Zhou must fight against the corruption of his society even if that means fighting against his feelings towards the daughter of the enemy.
Life of Pi by Yann Martel is a dazzling fantasy novel about a boy and a Bengal Tiger stranded on a boat in the middle of the Pacific Ocean for 227 days. Not only is this an award-winning tale about friendship and survival, but it also has some of the most fascinating scenes detailing the beauty of nature. I would recommending reading through the book and then watching the movie because the filmmakers did a fantastic job with bringing story to life. From bioluminescent bays to carnivorous islands, the book and film are both a testament to the beauty of nature.
Yes, The Vegetarian by Han Kang is about a vegetarian. After a haunting and bloody dream, a young woman living in South Korea named Yeong-hye decides to become vegetarian. Told in the point of view of those closest to Yeong-hye, this story is totally unpredictable and even frightening at times. It is much more than just about a woman becoming a vegetarian, as it explores several themes such as mental illness, vegetarianism and the pressures that society puts on certain individuals. I would recommend this to readers looking for a short, yet hard-hitting read.
The Beast Player by Nahoko Uehashi sold over a million copies in Japan before it was published in the UK earlier this year. The emphasis of nature in Japan has been an inspiration to both artists and authors for centuries. You can see this through Uehashi’s writing as beautiful nature imagery pours through the pages of her book. This book is laden with secret powers, giant water serpents and lyrical writing. What more could you ask for? If you’re a fan of Studio Ghibli and Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi, you will definitely devour this book.
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About the Author
Alexandria Ang is an 18-year-old booklover who is a full-time student by day, but a blogger, bookstagrammer and Youtuber when the sun goes down. She enjoys drinking large cups of coffee and curling up with a good book if it means she also gets to take a picture for the gram before she does anything else.
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