Change of place and employment is nothing new to me, but May turned out to be a constructive move to my future. Returning to my hometown and beginning assistantships for graduate school became a pivotal move for my career and future outlook, as well as a chance to catch up with some good books. After settling into work and assembling a R2-D2 like vacuum, I was looking forward to a reading list that included a Star Wars-related book as well as a chronicle to get me thinking about future ecotourism opportunities during school breaks. What kind of galaxies was I taken to? Find out with my latest books:
I’ve always loved Star Wars and admired Princess Leia’s independent spirit, so Carrie Fisher’s memoir Wishful Drinking was an absolute must-read on my list to celebrate May the Fourth. Having worked as a dresser, I know that actors are not like their characters, but that doesn’t mean I have any less respect for Carrie Fisher. Her writing is honest, opinionated and never without humor. Her memories of everything from the ups and downs of Star Wars celebrity, the good and bad of relationships and her struggles with bipolar disorder are always filled with brutal honesty, wit and amusement. Fisher’s openness about growing up in Hollywood and the reality behind the industry’s bright lights are what continually had me reading her book. She’s known for being up front in her TV interviews about Hollywood’s ageism and gender inequality and her same approach in Wishful Drinking is what makes it an eye-opening and hilarious memoir.
Code Green: Experiences of a Lifetime
Because current circumstances don’t allow me to travel to a galaxy far, far away, I picked up a copy of Lonely Planet’s Code Green: Experiences of a Lifetime, a guide to sustainable travel. The book features multiple locations throughout the continents that have travel opportunities that cause the least amount of harm to the environment and local culture. As I found multiple possible travels, the book also featured situations that help travelers pick more sustainable options by addressing issues including greenwashing, giving to street peddlers and how to respect nature during outdoor activities like hiking and camping. The only options I question were volunteering at orphanages, after reading an article by Granturismo, and suggestions for climbing Nepal’s peaks, which I sometimes feel should be left wild and not attempted by everyone. However, these differences of opinion didn’t make me dislike or decrease my interest in this book and ecotourism; I have plenty of pages bookmarked for places I’ve always wanted to go.
Now that May has come to a close, I’m left thinking about how I travel, whether it’s to a distant country or another universe. Now I can say that I have a dose of reality from the world of Hollywood and a stronger sense of reality when it comes to how my travels effect the environment and local culture. Next month will find me on the road and celebrating wedded bliss for my one and only little sister, so stay tuned to see where my reading list inspires me!
What books have inspired you to look at something in a different light?