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Primo Natura

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Occasional reader of books on topics such as geology, geoscience, sustainability, climate change, technology and privacy. I am using Bookwrym as a platform to track and encourage myself to read and/or listen to more books.


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75% complete! Primo Natura has read 6 of 8 books.

Regina Wong: Make Space (Hardcover, 2017, Skyhorse) 3 stars

An Okay Introduction to Minimalism

3 stars

Make Space explores the minimalist lifestyle exploring how it has changed Regina Wong (the author). The book explores a wide range of areas such as work and lifestyle with activities inside the book to evaluate your current standing. The book has a lot of quotes, though many are attributed to anonymous sources.

For me the book didn't teach me anything I didn't know, granted I have read a few of Marie Kondo's books prior. Though I did appreciate a different side where the author talked about work and our time being precious, as minimalism is not just looking at 'things'.

Sadly, I felt some parts were elitist such as when she spoke about being able to buy a house with cash, rather than take a mortgage and being able to buy a coffee shop because it’s been her dream job. I feel this is unreasonable for many people and could …

Georgina Wilson-Powell: 365 Ways to Save the Planet (2023, Dorling Kindersley Publishing, Incorporated) 5 stars

Step up your sustainability and unlock your full eco potential with 365 easy, trackable changes. …

Impactful Daily Advice

5 stars

Georgina Wilson-Powell's book features colourful graphics and pages with a years worth of advice (one per day for 365 days). While the advice is not organised into categories, there is an index at the page of the book which is useful. Furthermore if the advice was grouped being advised to tackle similar areas day after day could feel repetitive, therefore the randomness is probably intentional.

Each day explains a piece of advice you could try and implement, explaining reason why, and the emissions you'd save if applicable. What it does not do is say "you should do this", which is great as not all swaps are relevant or achievable. Likewise the reasons why you could try the advice are a few short paragraphs at most, which makes for an easier read and reduces the sense of overwhelm.

At the back of the book are links to every statistic used offering …

Mike Berners-Lee: How Bad Are Bananas?: The Carbon Footprint of Everything (2020, Profile Books Ltd) 5 stars

How Bad Are Bananas? was a groundbreaking book when first published in 2009, when most …

The Book of Interesting Facts

5 stars

Finished this book last year and it seems I never marked it as complete on here. Nevertheless, here is my viewpoint.

Mike Berners-Lee's book is best used for referring from as opposed to reading from front to back. Personally, I borrow most of my books from the library however, this is one of the few environmental books I own. The book is filled with statistics which is useful for bloggers, content creators or anyone who likes data, I have referenced his work in my blog.

His book is broken into several chapters starting with small and ending with large carbon emissions. Such examples include the emissions from a glass of water or paper tower to a flight on a plane. Mike Berners-Lee's book does not lecture anyone; instead, it offers advice.

Peter Wohlleben, Tim Flannery, Jane Billinghurst: The Hidden Life of Trees (2020, Greystone Books Ltd.) 4 stars

A visually stunning journey into the diversity and wonders of forests. In his international bestseller …

The Life of Trees Uprooted

5 stars

Peter Wohlleben explores why forests are important and how trees communicate through the wood wide web, as opposed to our world wide web. Peter also explores the concept of symbiotic relationships between trees, explaining the reasons why they do it, even if the trees are of different species. Finally the author explains why tree leaves are green, silver birches bark is light coloured and the speed water and nutrients move in tree trunks.

reviewed The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo (The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, #1)

Marie Kondo: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up (Hardcover, 2014, Ten Speed Press) 3 stars

Despite constant efforts to declutter your home, do papers still accumulate like snowdrifts and clothes …

The philosophy of tiding

4 stars

Having read one of Marie Kondo's books previously and having watched her series on Netflix a lot of the content mentioned in this book was not new. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up focused on her history from a young child and how her passion has existed since a young age. What will be reassuring for many is the use of her own mistakes which can reassure you that an expert in the field of tiding makes mistakes and has since learnt from them. This could support people who may feel overwhelmed before, during or after the tiding process. The book is an easy listen and broken into 30 minute chapters at most making it easy to delve into. There are times during the book where I question her methods and I think that is perfectly fine. The overarching ideology is treating your belongings with respect and care. This is …

Japanese decluttering guru Marie Kondo has revolutionized homes—and lives—across the world. Now, Kondo presents an …

Organised Living

4 stars

A book for those who wish to minimise their belongings and are unsure what to do or where to start. This book explores what 'joy' means, how to fold clothing, organise and provides real life examples of clients Marie Kondo has worked with. As someone who was aware of her methodology beforehand, I was aware of a lot of the books content however, it was a good listen regardless.