Welcome to my climate reading journal. In this space I share my thoughts on climate change in literature, activism, and my personal journey as a climate-conscious reader.

Book review: “Bangkok Wakes To Rain” by Pitchaya Sudbanthad

Bangkok Wakes To Rain by Pitchaya Sudbanthad is featured in many blogs as climate or eco fiction - but after reading it, I have the feeling it defies categorization. First and foremost, it is a chosen family saga that spans centuries, with live stories touching down at a special place in the city of Krungthep… Continue reading Book review: “Bangkok Wakes To Rain” by Pitchaya Sudbanthad

Book review: “The Future Earth” by Eric Holthaus

Few authors of non-fiction books on climate change manage to bring the known scientific facts and an understanding of social change together like Eric Holthaus did with “The Future Earth”. Even fewer succeed in nurturing hope and optimism in the reader that there is a way to develop and implement a common vision for humanity… Continue reading Book review: “The Future Earth” by Eric Holthaus

Book review: “Wilder Girls” by Rory Power

Wilder Girls by Rory Power was the first young adult book for me since my own young adult reader years back in the early 2000’s. Wary at first, it was a pleasant surprise that the language and plot wasn’t as YA as I expected at all. Wilder Girls is also a fine example of a… Continue reading Book review: “Wilder Girls” by Rory Power

Thoughts on “What If We Stopped Pretending” by Jonathan Franzen

What if it were already too late to avoid the climate collapse? What if we stopped pretending that curbing global warming to 1.5° or 2° was still within reach? What would that do to our motivation to further cut down emissions? Jonathan Franzen's essay challenged me last month. Luckily, I had a community of people… Continue reading Thoughts on “What If We Stopped Pretending” by Jonathan Franzen

Is Reading Books on Climate Change Enough?

Lately, I found myself pondering the state of 'my' climate activism, as it has been effectively reduced to attending zoom meetings of a local activist group, doomscrolling through the news cycle and social media feeds - and reading books on climate change. Does that still count, and even more important: (how) does it help advance… Continue reading Is Reading Books on Climate Change Enough?

Book review: “The New Wilderness” by Diane Cook

This book delivers both on literary depth and the climate change scenario. Diane Cook paints an excruciatingly detailed and dystopian picture of one of many possible futures (you know, one of the kind to be more likely if we don’t act now). I really appreciate that she doesn’t feed into the hopes that technical solutions… Continue reading Book review: “The New Wilderness” by Diane Cook

Book review: “Tentacle” by Rita Indiana

Wow. This book. I had no idea what I signed up for when I saw it filed under “climate fiction”, a label that doesn’t do it justice. I feel like I'm neither ready nor worthy to write about this book, but it basically needs to be on everyone’s reading list now. Of the sixteen shells… Continue reading Book review: “Tentacle” by Rita Indiana

Book review: “Weather” von Jenny Offill

Lizzie ist eine Bibliothekarin ohne traditionellen Studienabschluss, die sich dazu berufen fühlt und durch ihren Job in die Lage versetzt wird, anderen Menschen psychologischen Beistand zu geben. Als ihre frühere Mentorin und heutige berühmte Gastgeberin eines Klima-Podcasts, Sylvia, sie zum Beantworten der Zuhörer*innenpost einstellt, gerät ihre sorgsam stabilisierte Welt ins Wanken. Während sich Linke in… Continue reading Book review: “Weather” von Jenny Offill