Lockdown Reading Goals

So we’re all stuck inside, looking out the window and wondering just what it feels like to have sun on your skin again. OK, it’s a little dramatic, but we get it, the novelty is starting to wear thin.

Maybe it’s time to look back at those New Year’s Resolutions we made all those months ago. Bet we can guess one of them… read more books? Maybe it’s just read a single book this year, and that’s OK. We’ve compiled a list of books that will keep you busy, while also giving you some great information about sustainability and the environment.

Oh, and there’s also a few to keep the kids entertained - no need to thank us.

Top tip: We’ve given you the links here for Waterstones, one of our favourite bookshops. But why not check out your local independent bookseller to see if they are still delivering? They would no doubt appreciate your support around now. Happy reading!

  1. No One Is Too Small To Make a Difference, Greta Thunberg Short enough for that gentle coax back in to the joy of reading and filled with inspiring messages from this year’s campaigner extraordinaire, this book compiles Greta’s speeches so far into one volume and will leave you feeling motivated and full of hope. She’s been able to inspire people of all generations and her book will give you that kick you’ve been needing to get up and make a change.

  2. The Wall, John Lanchester This novel will stay with you long after you finish reading. Set in a future that follows a climate catastrophe, it paints the picture of a world divided by walls and the lengths it will go to in order to protect those borders. Critics say it combines all the sentiments of Brexit and climate change, and will leave you wondering what might become of our world.

  3. How Bad are Bananas? Mike Berners-Lee If you’ve ever questions just how much impact a banana has on the environment, then this book is for you. From text messages to a flight across the globe, Berners-Lee tells us exactly how much of a carbon footprint everyday items have. This isn’t a book you’ll read in one go, but you’ll find yourself dipping in and out as you power through lockdown, learning just how much carbon a cup of coffee creates.

  4. Our Planet, Alastair Fothergill and Keith Scholey We know how much Netflix you’ve been watching, and it’s too much, OK? But we get it, binge watching makes the day pass faster. If you’ve been soaking up Netflix’s Our Planet, then this book is for you. It’s an accompaniment to the series and features the stunning photography you’d expect, as well as facts and figures about the fight to save the planet. And, with a foreword from the lovable Sir David Attenborough, you can’t go wrong. Leave this on the coffee table, and the whole family will be picking it up to flick through its glossy pages before you know it.

  5. 12 Small Acts to Save Our World, World Wildlife Fund This book does good twice - teaching you how to change your lifestyle, while also supporting a fantastic charity. Inside, you’ll find 12 things you can do today to help save the world, from turning off the tap when you brush your teeth, to buying less clothing. This is one the whole family could benefit from and might even give you some inspiration for lockdown activities or challenges.

  6. Somebody Ate Stanley, Sarah Roberts This adorable picture book is perfect for bedtime reading. Everyone thinks Stanley looks tasty, but this is no ordinary sea creature. A great book to introduce kids to the problems of plastic oceans, it tells the story of Stanley the plastic bag and his journey through the sea.

  7. A Planet Full of Plastic, Neal Layton Another great book to help children understand the problems caused by plastic, this picture book also gives them the power and knowledge to make change. Why not use this time in lockdown to talk to your children about ways they can help save the world?

  8. The Kindness of Strangers, edited by Fearghal O'Nuallain Not strictly about the environment, but this one will leave you hopeful and reminded of the joys of travel. This anthology features adventurers telling stories from the corners of the world about the beauty of nature and the kindness of strangers. This might be just the book you need to help you escape from the confines of your lockdown, and restore your faith in humanity.

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