As we move towards the end of the year, I wanted to spend a bit of time reflecting on my favorite books and provide an opportunity to hear about your favorites.
Below are four of my favorite books, and an opportunity for you to help create the 1st Annual Naturalist Weekly Readers’ Book List.
My Favorites for 2021
Mortali is a member of the faculty at the Kirpalu Center for Yoga and Health, and the Founder of the Kripalu School of Mindful Outdoor Leadership. In this book, Mortali blends his experience with yoga, mindfulness, and wilderness skills to provide the reader with practices and stories that will explore you inner wisdom and connection to nature.
“Rewilding is a return to our essential nature. It is an attempt to reclaim something of what we were before we used words like ‘civilized’ to define ourselves” – Micah Mortali
Goldberg is the author of 15 books including Writing Down The Bones. In this book, Goldberg takes the reader on a journey through the history of haiku and the through the Japanese countryside as she tries to learn the essence behind the haiku. She investigates the works of Buson, Basho, Issa, and Shiki. She also questions the lack of information about female haiku writers until she finds the work of Chiyo-ni, a poet and Buddhist nun from the Edo Period.
“What is the Way of haiku? Bare attention, no distractions, pure awareness, noticing only what is in the moment. Being connected to seasons, and unconnected to self-clinging. And then, out of that, composing your experience in three lines that go beyond logic, that make the mind leap.” –Natalie Goldberg.
Carson is perhaps best known for her book Silent Spring where she highlighted the impact of pesticides on the natural world. In this book, she talks about her philosophy on how to cultivate a child’s joy and curiosity in the natural world. Carson uses this short book to encourage adults to engage with their children in activities that foster a sense of awe and joy in the natural world.
“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth, find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts”. – Rachel Carson
This book is my favorite book on haiku. Within this book, Rosenstock talks about the craft of writing haiku, along with the practice of haiku as a way of seeing the world. Rosenstock uses a variety of classical and contemporary poetry as a way to talk about topics such as “The Gentle Art of Disappearing” and the “Spirit of Issa”. Rosenstock also reminds us to step away from the page and explore the world around us.
“Haiku that lack magic and mystery are not really haiku at all. They may conform to the structure and appearance of haiku but that is not enough. They must be capable of transforming writer and reader alike.” –Gabriel Rosenstock
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But you can read the 2021 Readers’ Choice Book List here!
- All books that promote nature connection through poetry or prose will be considered
- Naturalist Weekly reserves the right to pick the books that will appear on this list
- Books that do not fit with the Naturalist Weekly’s theme will not make this list
- Books that make this list will be added to NaturalistWeekly’s Bookshop site.
- The Reader’s Poll will close on November 13, 2021
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