|Me at the beach :)|
Being in a PhD program has limited my reading of dense novels. When I want a break from scholarly reading, I find myself gravitating towards children's books, science fiction, or thrillers. I always enjoyed these genres, but even moreso now that I am in my program. Children's books bring me back to a time when I was carefree. Often those books from my childhood were required school reading and now as an adult, I have a deeper understanding of these books. Science fiction taps into my creative and imaginative side. All day I deal with empirical papers and sometimes, it is fun to fantasize about a world where humans have super powers. As a child, I wanted to be a detective. When my friends and siblings would play games, I was either the judge or the detective, sometimes even both. It was always fun and this genre always proves to be an enjoyable read.
My summer beach reading list is a reflection of my tastes in books and my interpretation of green and sustainability. Hopefully some of you share my love for science fiction, children's books, and thrillers. Some of these books I have read in the past and others I am currently reading.
The Pelican Brief by John Grisham
The Pelican Brief is a legal thriller about two Supreme Court justices who are murdered and a law student who suspects they were killed because of a court case on oil drilling in an area with a endangered species.
The Appeal by John Grisham
This is book is about a corporation that knowingly let pollutants enter the water supply of a town. A stockholder decides to take things into his own hands and tries to get a court decision overturned.
Song of Trees by Mildred D. Taylor
Originally I was going to add my all-time favorite book - Roll of Thunder Hear my Cry - to this list, but I decided that I could find a Mildred D. Taylor Book that addresses both social justice and the environment. This novella is part of the Logan Family series, which takes place in 1930s rural Mississippi. The Logan family has the choice of selling their land for a better life. Cassie Logan, wants to save the trees and thinks they hold more value than monetary. Trees are my favorite part of nature and this novella touches not only on their practical value, but their symbolic value.
The Lorax by Dr. Seuss
Another story dealing with trees. I really love trees and nature, so this might be a common theme in my list. This book touches on the economic side of environmentalism. It is about corporations who take over the environment to supply demand for products. This story is about a boy cares enough about saving the trees.
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
This is a classic book about the relationship between a young boy and a tree (surprise). The entire book follows the boy and the tree as they age and illustrates the giving (or taking) relationship between the two.
Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer
Annihilation is book one of a series about an uninhabited place called Area X this is a place where nature has taken over. A team sets out to find out about the mysterious events that occur when people enter Area X.
Shipbreaker by Paolo Bacigalupi
This book is about the ecological decline of the planet and the humans left trying to survive. The book mostly centers around a teenager and an individual he saves from a shipwreck.