Starting off with Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer, I would say that this book definitely shifted my view on nature as a whole. It taught me that the environment is more than just the “outside” as many first assume and that we have a lot to be grateful for, from it. I loved how Kimmerer incorporated origin stories and her culture into the readings, as well as her own personal experiences. Her dualistic perspective on nature, coming from both an indigenous woman and a scientist was very interesting to read. I was genuinely excited to read chapters from this book each week; It made me view the world in a much better light than my usual pessimistic perspective.
Exposure by Robert Bilott, on the other hand, was definitely different from Kimmerer, but nonetheless a great read. It exposes (pun intended) the frightening lengths a large-scale company will go to make money and make sure that their poor choices remain hidden. Although, it was a bit depressing to read about a topic like this, the book did teach me a lot about the legal hardships people have to go through to get justice for a seemingly obvious deserved outcome. Bilott did a fantastic job of writing in a way that made everything easy to understand and kept me interested, especially when it came to the specifics of the trials. It allowed me to get very involved in the narrative and feel connected to the outcome.