50 books in 2018

One of my resolutions for 2018 is to read 50 books that are important to my growth as an activist, a permaculture practitioner, and an academic. Many of them are books that I have been intending to read for years but have put off for one reason or another (now that I have all this time…hahaha). My plan is that I will write a review/response of every book I successfully finish.

IMG_2017 2As you will see they are a mixture of all my interests: feminism, marxism, permaculture, bees, and sustainable food systems. I have read chapters of some of the books but would like to read the whole thing. Or started and would like to finish. I have already read a few of the books but want to read them again with a new perspective. It is an ambitious list, there is a real likelihood I won’t get through it, although I have an app installed on my phone that annoys the hell out of me when I go over 1 hour 15 min on social media. I am a PhD student, so some of these books are important/useful for my research. Others I feel might be important to my mental health! I hope blogging about this resolution will make it more likely to happen. Maybe it will also give you some reading ideas.

Becky’s 2018 Book List (with links to publishers if you are want more info):

  1. Planet of Slums by Mike Davis
  2. Concrete and Clay: Reworking Nature in NYC by Matthew Gandy
  3. Radical Happiness by Lynne Segal
  4. Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer
  5. Envisioning Real Utopias by Erik Olin Wright
  6. The Earth Path by Star-hawk
  7. Edible Forest Gardens Vol 1 and 2 by Dave Jacke and Eric Toensmeier
  8. Sustainable Market Gardening by Pam Dawling (ok, I am not becoming a farmer but I do want to up my veggie productivity!)
  9. Paradise Lot by Eric Toensmeier and Jonathon Bates
  10. From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
  11. How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combehee River Collective by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
  12. Plants Have So Much to give Us, All We Have to Do is Ask: Anishinaabe Botanical Teachings by  Mary Silsip Geniusz
  13. Our Knowledge is Not Primitive: Decolonizing Anishinaabe Teachings by Wendy Makoons Genius
  14. The Banjo: America’s African Instrument by Laurent Dubois
  15. Red Skin, White Masks: Rejecting the Colonial Politics of Recognition by Glen Clouthard
  16. Revolution at Point Zero: Housework, Reproduction, and Feminist Struggle by Sylvia Federici
  17. Patriarchy and Accumulation on a World Scale by Maria Mies
  18. Joyful Militancy: Building Thriving Resistance in Toxic Times by Carla Bergman and Nick Montgomery
  19. Honeybee Democracy by Thomas Seeley
  20. A Critique of Everyday Life by Henri Lefebvre
  21. Ecological Hoofprint: the Global Burden of Industrial Livestock by Tony Weis
  22. History of the World in 7 Cheap Things by Raj Patel and Jason Moore
  23. As We Have Always Done: Indigenous Freedoms Through Radical Resistance by Leanne Simpson
  24. The Mushroom at the End of the World: On the Possibility of Life in Capitalist Ruins by Anna Tsing
  25. The Empowerment Manual by Starhawk
  26. A Sting in the Tale: My Adventures with Bumblebees by Dave Goulson
  27. A Buzz in the Meadow by Dave Goulson
  28. Following the Wild Bees by Thomas Sleepy
  29. October by China Mielville (the only fiction book!)
  30. The Women Incendiaries by Edith Thomas
  31. Beyond the War on Invasive Species by Tao Orion
  32. Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations by David R. Montgomery
  33. Agrarian Dreams: the Paradox of Organic Farming in California by Julie Guthman
  34. Weighing In: Obesity, Food Justice, and the Limits of Capitalism by Julie Guthman
  35. Feminism and the Mastery of Nature by Val Plumwood
  36. The Death of Nature: Women, Ecology, and the Scientific Revolution by Caroline Merchant
  37. Languages of the Unheard: Why Militant Protest is Good for Democracy by Steve D’Arcy
  38. Fortunes of Feminism: From State-managed Capitalism to Neoliberal Crisis by Nancy Fraser
  39. Justice and the Politics of Difference by Iris Young
  40. Social Reproduction Theory by Tithi Bhattacharya (ed)
  41. Monsters of the Market: Zombies, Vampires, and Global Capitalism by David McNally
  42. Gathering Moss: A Natural and Social History of Mosses by Robin Wall Kimmerer
  43. Insectopedia by Hugh Raffles
  44. The Origin of Capitalism by Ellen Meiksins Wood
  45. Stop, Thief: The Commons, Enclosures and Resistance by Peter Linebaugh
  46. What Moves Us: the Lives and Times of Radical Imagination by Alex Kasnabish and Max Haiven (eds)
  47. Living a Feminist Life by Sara Ahmed
  48. Capital Vol. 1 by Karl Marx
  49. The Carbon Farming Solution by Eric Toensmeier
  50. The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben

Whew! If you got this far you are a trouper. Enjoy this picture of my kitten, Clara and my dog, Georgia

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3 Thoughts

  1. What a fabulously ambitious and rich list! #7 alone could take a year. Enjoy the deep dive and keep us posted on what you learn Becky!

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