Happy Friday everyone! What have you been reading this week? Any reviews/ratings/recommendations?
QOTW: If you could theoretically read an autobiography or memoir of a historical person (which doesn't actually exist) - whose would you want to read? (For example - do you want to read a book by Amelia Earhart to find out what actually happened to her? etc.)
I actually read one this week! How to Avoid A Climate Disaster by Bill Gates. It was okay, he’s got some necessary, sobering, fact based stuff in there. Yet he diverges in a few ways from others in the climate crisis community, and he doesn’t really acknowledge it. Frankly, I found that a little off-putting. (Not yet developed technology as our only hope? Plastic products as carbon sinks? He basically says planting trees are not really helpful at all in most parts of the world. There was minimal discussion of reducing food waste, trying harder to minimize the consumption of beef across populations, working on educating women and girls or increasing access to family planning resources. All of those are some of the most effective strategies at reducing emissions, according to Drawdown.) At the end of the day, we’re all working towards the same thing, but I think I’ve had enough of the rich white guy perspective for the time being.
I read The Lazy Genius Way and Girls Weekend this week. Both good!
The Harriet Tubman autobiography would be fascinating and what I would pick for a legitimately good book. But can I pick a frivolous one too? I would love to read a Katie Holmes tell-all about her marriage to Tom Cruise.