Inspiring Books to Read in 2021

Call me old fashioned, but I love reading books. As someone wise once said ''Books are a uniquely portable magic.'' And me, my friend, am very into magic. What follows, is a (very non- exhaustive) list of inspiring books to read in 2021. Some of them I've already read and some of them I can't wait to put my hands, or rather, eyes on. Get inspired!

Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer: A book by a botanist and a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, she embraces the notion that plants and animals are our oldest teachers. To read and re-read.

Post Corona - From Crisis to Opportunity by Scott Galloway: Worth reading even if you're not a business owner, because the Covid-19 outbreak concerns us all. It has turned bedrooms into offices, pitted young against old and widened the gaps between rich and poor, the mask-wearers and the mask-haters. Nicely outlined with a pinch of optimism as the author outlines the contours of both crisis and opportunity that lie ahead. Available also as an audiobook.

Second Nature by Michael Pollan: As an avid gardener, I'm looking forward to read this book. Reconnecting with nature is, after all, the medicine to ''diseases of despair'', so common in a pandemic hit world.

The End of Everything by Katie Mack: A book by an astrophysicist, who looks at five ways (Big Crunch, Heat Death, Vacuum Decay, the Big Rip and the Bounce) the universe could end, sounds promising. And if I can get some mind-blowing lessons from each scenario, I'm all in. Will our universe collapse in upon itself, or rip itself apart, or even - in the next five minutes - succumb to an inescapable expanding bubble of doom? Let's see.

This One Wild and Precious Life by Sarah Wilson: About the crisis of disconnection—from one another, from our true values, from joy, and from life as we feel we are meant to be living it. Although as someone living previously in a communist country and currently living in France, I sometimes rolled my eyes reading the author's rage about capitalism, this book is worth reading, as it offers some valuable insights, funny stories, and is, intrinsically human.

The Optimist's Telescope by Bina Venkataraman: Instant gratification is the norm today—in our lives, our culture, our economy, and our politics. Many of us have forgotten (if we ever learned) how to make smart decisions for the long run. Whether it comes to our finances, our health, our communities, or our planet, it’s easy to avoid thinking ahead. A former journalist and adviser in the Obama administration, she helped communities and businesses prepare for climate change, and she learned firsthand why people don’t think aheadand what can be done to change that.

On Connection by Kae Tempest: In this short and honest book, Kae Tempest explores how and why creativity - however we choose to practice it - can cultivate greater self-awareness and help us establish a deeper relationship to ourselves and the world.

Keep calm and read on!

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