New Feature! "Leif Reads"

Thursday, February 3, 2011


Sometime last year, Ash at English Major's Junk Food and I started emailing each other about our desire to read more books focusing on the environment and sharing that with our readers. (Ash already does a podcast titled Green Reads with her fiance.) We realized that for all the tons of books we read, environmental books constitute just a tiny fraction. That's not because there is any scarcity of content, on the contrary, there's probably a deluge of information out there. Could it be because of too much information that we don't read much from this genre? Or because of the relatively lesser hype around such books? I've been hearing phrases like global warming, ecological disaster, increasing floods and droughts, ozone hole, disappearing glaciers and ice for years. What hasn't changed is the increasing frequency with which these phrases pop up around us. Consciously, we've tried to do our bit - increase our ecowareness, reduce energy wastage at homes and workplaces - to reduce our individual ecological footprint.

And so we came up with this idea - to read books focusing on environment and how we can strive to reduce the damage we are causing it. Waving pompoms and letting the trumpet blare, here we bring to you - LEIF READS!
Say Hello to Leif, an ultra-geeky penguin, who loves reading! Isn't that great? In fact, he has agreed to be our mascot for this feature because he really wants to drill into our heads how worried he is about losing his home and family if we didn't do anything to preserve our world. He wants to share some great environmental books out there with us, and talk about some of the ways - both big and small - through which we can definitely make a difference.

So what is this feature about? In a nutshell, Ash and I will read an environment-themed book each month and share our learnings with you. We'll be trying to stay with books that provide information on what the status quo is, and also books that give us tips and strategies about what we can do. Every Friday, one of us will share different aspects of the book with you. We'll also do a poll to get your take on what topics you'd love for us to cover. Accordingly, we'll choose our books for the next few months or so. The first poll will start on Sunday, so don't forget to stop by.

The first book we'll be talking to you about is Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet by Bill McKibben. We are very excited to talk about this title, and we can't think of more perfect book to kick off this feature with. So please come back tomorrow to read our post on it!

So there! We are so excited about this, and hope that you will also enjoy reading our posts. We would also love to hear back from you anytime!

6 comments:

Jess @ Tangled Up in Blue said...

As a wildlife conservation major, I LOVE this new feature. I can't wait to follow along and hopefully find some good books along the way!

hcmurdoch said...

Good job, Aths and Ash! What a great idea; I look forward to taking your polls and hearing about not only the books you read, but the information you pass on

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Fun concept!

bermudaonion said...

What a great new feature! Leif is adorable!

Young1 said...

This is a great feature i only wish i read enough to join in!

Athira / Aths said...

Don't worry - we try to read as much as possible. Your suggestions are always welcome! And any ideas/tips/recommendations you have - feel free to share them.