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Islands of Abandonment
Islands of Abandonment: Nature Rebounding in the Post-Human Landscape | Cal Flyn
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A beautiful, lyrical exploration of the places where nature is flourishing in our absence Some of the only truly feral cattle in the world wander a long-abandoned island off the northernmost tip of Scotland. A variety of wildlife not seen in many lifetimes has rebounded on the irradiated grounds of Chernobyl. A lush forest supports thousands of species that are extinct or endangered everywhere else on earth in the Korean peninsula's narrow DMZ. Cal Flyn, an investigative journalist, exceptional nature writer, and promising new literary voice visits the eeriest and most desolate places on Earth that due to war, disaster, disease, or economic decay, have been abandoned by humans. What she finds every time is an "island" of teeming new life: nature has rushed in to fill the void faster and more thoroughly than even the most hopeful projections of scientists. Islands of Abandonment is a tour through these new ecosystems, in all their glory, as sites of unexpected environmental significance, where the natural world has reasserted its wild power and promise. And while it doesn't let us off the hook for addressing environmental degradation and climate change, it is a case that hope is far from lost, and it is ultimately a story of redemption: the most polluted spots on Earth can be rehabilitated through ecological processes and, in fact, they already are.
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Katie2104
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A brilliant read that demonstrates the power of nature and how even after we have caused inexplicable and horrifying damage to an environment, there is hope that nature and new life can return. A very well written book that had me hooked from the first page.

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AnneCecilie
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#12Booksof2023 July

This book is about what happens to places after humans leave them

Andrew65 Looks a good choice. 6mo
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Chelsea.Poole
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July was my catch-up month for #NaturaLitsy reads! Another great book about the impact of humans on the earth. Though flora and fauna will retake their place after humans have built, then abandoned spaces, changes occur that cannot be undone and there will come a point where we‘ve gone too far. Exploring reclaimed landscapes all over the globe, Flyn excellently illustrates a topic with a particular place as the example. A fascinating read.

SamAnne The book was a way more beautiful read than I expected. Poetic. 11mo
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Chrissyreadit
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#naturalitsy read this in May or June- and I Finally finished it- 6 hours on Planes was all i needed to ficus and have time 🤣 This book is a combination- warning, hope, horror, compassion, disgust, fortitude. I‘m so glad i read it, and i wish high school and college students would read this in order to understand that Voting for leaders who believe in a safer healthier earth is imperative.

Dilara “I needed to ficus“ - I see what you did there 😂 12mo
Bookwormjillk This looks great. Thanks! 12mo
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bnp
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Feral cattle, slag heaps, exotics out of bounds, barren earth for 100 years - what happens when humans abandon a site that has been heavily used? Journalist Cal Flynn gives us a glimpse of various places around the world. None have come back to what they were before we were there, but many have regrown and diversified. #Naturalitsy

# @AllDebooks

bnp This isn't a book that makes an argument, but one that gives us a snapshot of a variety of places. This book is hopeful at times (at least that earth will survive and grow, even if humans don‘t) and sobering as well.

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AllDebooks Great review x 12mo
CSeydel I loved this one. Great review ❤️ 12mo
batsy Nice review! This sounds very intriguing. 12mo
SamAnne Loved this one. Poetic writing and so much to think about. 12mo
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SamAnne
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Finished awhile ago, late to post a review. This #naturalitsy choice was one that had been on my TBR list for a long time. It was far more poetic and thought-provoking than I expected. I enjoyed the breadth of “abandoned“ places she includes, from Chernoybl, volcanic landscapes, mining sites, a New Jersey industrial site.

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AnneCecilie
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What a book. This book had me thinking both while I was reading it and now afterwards.

Flyn has traveled to different places on earth where humans have left and seen how nature deals with that, and generally nature does better without us.

Vernonin France, Amani in Tanzania, Swona outside Scotland and Plymout on Montserrat are particularly places I will remember.

A must read for everyone.

SamAnne I just finished this book and have the same view. Still thinking about it. Have been talking about it. It was much more than I expected. More poetic and more thoughtful. Awful developers just illegally logged and graded 2 acres of inner city forest, habitat, adjacent to my property. It has devastated me. This book helped center me to fight the fight to get the land back and rehab. For the next generation. 12mo
Vansa Definitely a must read. So beautiful but also so insightful. 12mo
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#Naturalitsy

This is a heart-aching, poignant book on the impact we have on our environment through disasters, both man-made and natural. A hard look in the mirror of what life on earth would be like if humans disappeared and nature is left to work its magic.
Highly recommended 👌

Books_et_al I agree, thought this was great. 😊 12mo
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AllDebooks
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#Naturalitsy

The final discussion thread for Islands of abandonment.
I found this book and Flyn's narrative quite poignant.
How did it make you feel?

Rather than tag you all again, check my next post for July's reading schedule. 😊
https://litsy.com/p/V0IwQ3preTZO

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Books_et_al I really enjoyed the writing and learnt a lot - the Verdun chapter was particularly poignant. 12mo
Soubhiville I read this a year or two ago and thought it was excellent. My favorite chapters were about the demilitarized zone in Greece and the little plants (lichens?) that remove heavy metals from damaged soil. I‘d definitely read more by this author! 12mo
Morr_Books I thought this was excellent! It discussed so many different topics that can be harmful to land and humans. I think the volcano section was the one I thought was most interesting, as I've become a bit more obsessed with volcanic activity lately, but I also agree with what everyone else has said too. 12mo
BookwormAHN I also enjoyed it. I thought it was a good mix of somber yet hopeful. And I loved reading about how resilient mother nature can be. 12mo
SamAnne I finished late, but absolutely loved this book. Much more poetic than I expected. The only chapter that fell a bit flat for me was the one on the forests. But it‘s a topic I know very well. The NJ industrial sites was maybe my favorite chapter. 12mo
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BookwormAHN
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This book is about how we destroy the world and how nature gets creative rebuilding it. It's also very similar to the TV show Mysteries of the Abandoned.
#Naturalitsy @AllDebooks #NaturalitsyBingo #rewilding

SamAnne Reading this right now & really appreciating it. I just had 2.8 acres of fairly mature forest and habitat next to my home in inner city Spokane WA destroyed by developers--who have broken laws right & left. I've been grieving--& I was so close to raising private dollars to purchase the property to add to adjacent park. While reading this book, I've reversed course and now want to try to buy it again....we can rehab it! For the next generation. 13mo
BookwormAHN @SamAnne I think you should go for it and good luck 🍀 13mo
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AllDebooks
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#Naturalitsy

How is it our last week already? This month has flown by!

Discussion thread for Part IV will be on Saturday. Have a fab week x

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I enjoyed reading this one with amazing #naturalitsy group. I went for hiking to this beautiful place . It was previously owned by a mining company, which was closed in 2006 to conserve nature. Now it is a part of reserve forest, with restricted entry and open only for hiking. It is a UNESCO heritage site. I just finished the tagged book , will write review after the discussion with my fellow littens. A spl thanks to @AllDebooks

robinb Beautiful!! 13mo
Suet624 Beautiful 😍 13mo
Cupcake12 Stunning scenery! 13mo
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Vansa I absolutely LOVED this book. So well written and oddly moving 13mo
AllDebooks Oh this makes me so happy 😊 13mo
Gissy Beautiful! Hi friend🐶🐾❤️❤️❤️ 13mo
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bnp
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I think I read more from the library - I restrict purchases to books the library doesn't have and/or ones I think I'll want to reread. Also, it restrains the book clutter at home 🌝🌞🥤🌈

Soubhiville I‘m a buyer. I borrow audiobooks a ton through Libby, but I love book shopping for my print reads. Lots of used books. 13mo
BookmarkTavern That‘s smart! I‘ve got enough books they‘re starting to pile up artistically. 😅 Thanks for posting! 13mo
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AllDebooks
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#Naturalitsy

Discussion thread- week 3

What are your thoughts? I find this a difficult read facing all the damage and harm the human race has done. However, there is hope that the world can bounce back without us. Another lesson to let mother nature do her thing, maybe?

Do let me know if you wish to be added/removed from the taglist. All welcome to join.

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Hooked_on_books I read this book last year and found it tremendously hopeful. Yes, humans have and continue to do horrible things to our planet. But these places show how resilient nature can be. We may destroy ourselves in the end (I suspect we will), but the planet will heal. 13mo
sebrittainclark I thought this section had a very different perspective on invasive species and the ability to truly return things to an untouched, natural state. I thought it was a little sad to think that some of what we've done is irreversible, but also hopeful that nature can still find new ways to thrive despite that. 13mo
bnp I am behind this week, so don't have much under my belt yet. I do find it disturbing how many places there is - nothing - growing. 13mo
BookwormAHN I find it hopeful and rather scary how well mother nature can go on without us. 13mo
Blackink_WhitePaper I was intrigued by this section . It was sad to read about the damage and destruction caused by the mankind. the author‘s opinion was deep and thoughtful. I particularly liked few paragraphs in this section. 13mo
AllDebooks I guess we're all on the same page 😅 (pardon the pun) 13mo
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bnp

A few miles north, off the coast of Staten Island, lies Shooter's Island. Once an oil refinery and shipyard - it has been abandoned now for nearly a century. . . .

Now owned by the Audubon Society . . . satellite images show it bosky, densely vegetated, and untrodden with paths. . .

See also https://www.wikiwand.com/en/Shooters_Island

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AllDebooks
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#Naturalitsy

Reading schedule for week 3 - Part III - The long shadow. I'll post the discussion thread on Saturday

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SamAnne
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On impulse my husband and I just bought a houseboat on Priest Lake, Idaho. A unique oppportunity…we canoes by and 3 days later…we have a houseboat! Perfect place to catch up on my #naturalitsy read! We‘ve named the boat Latibulum. #BlameitonLitsy #weirdwords. A word that came too my attention thanks to @CBee The noun for verb latibulate, meaning to hide from cares, worries, responsibilities, say in a corner of a room. Or on a houseboat!

BkClubCare Vocabulary 💕 13mo
CBee Oh wow!!! Such a beautiful view and a really cool word! Jealous too 😉 13mo
UwannaPublishme How cool to have your very own houseboat! What fun! 13mo
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Tamra Enjoy!!! 🚤 13mo
TheBookgeekFrau The mother of impulse buys for sure! 😂😂 Congrats and Enjoy!!! 💕 13mo
SamAnne It‘s been a rough few years and we need a Latibulum! And it‘s an old school tiny marina run by a bad ass 85 year old woman who followed the Monarchs in Mexico last winter. She wants to go to the Serenghetti next year. She suffers no fools. Parked Next to another bad ass woman. A lot of good crone energy going on here… (edited) 13mo
jlhammar Wow, congratulations! Looks heavenly! 13mo
Megabooks Very cool!! Congratulations!! 13mo
Amiable What a fabulous view for your new buy! 13mo
CatMS Beautiful and so lucky 13mo
Suet624 Congrats! That‘s wonderful! 13mo
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AllDebooks
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#Naturalitsy

Week 2 - Part II discussion thread.

Are you still enjoying the writing style?

Likes/dislikes

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Books_et_al I‘m behind but I‘m really liking it. I really like the writing style. 13mo
bnp I'm a bit puzzled by this short section. Wonder how it will look once we've finished the book. 13mo
bnp Remembering doing a history of a small town in sixth grade near my home. There were several abandoned buildings, including two motels and a school. This was in the 70s. My dad's cousin was mayor in the late 90s when they decided to unincorporate as a city. I think the only remaining business is the grain elevator. Would be interesting to walk through if I'm ever in that part of the state. 13mo
SamAnne I‘m behind but really enjoying this read! 13mo
BookwormAHN I thought this part was interesting but a little repetitive. 13mo
Morr_Books I like the first part better as I thought the sections were interesting even if I knew a lot about them already. While the 2nd part was also interesting, I found it a bit more depressing. 13mo
Blackink_WhitePaper I like the writing style. It is not only the report of facts and figures but also with authors opinion and prospectives. I like the part where Author thinks how we behave in an abandoned place indicates true self. 13mo
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ElizaMarie
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I still haven't started the book yet. I have it... you know... life... Anyway, I saw this article and “assume“ it might be relevant.

https://theconversation.com/if-humans-went-extinct-what-would-the-earth-look-lik...

#NaturalLitsy
@AlldeBooks

AllDebooks Fascinating. I may be weird here but I actually find it comforting that the world would recover without us. 13mo
ElizaMarie @AllDebooks Actually, I feel the same. It gives me the thought of Malcolm from Jurassic Park - “Life Finds a Way“ 13mo
AkashaVampie Hey hun. Did u get my package? I hope it found its way to u in one piece. 13mo
SamAnne There‘s a great old Earth First bumper sticker that says Nature Bats Last. Have always loved it. 13mo
ElizaMarie @SamAnne ❤️❤️❤️❤️ 13mo
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AllDebooks
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#Naturalitsy

This week's reading reminder. Have a great week x

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AllDebooks
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#Naturalitsy

Our 1st weekly discussion for Cal Flyn's Islands of abandonment.

*Do you like the author's style and content?
*Likes/dislikes

All welcome to join in. Please do let me know if you wish to be added/removed from the taglist.

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AllDebooks @vonnie862 this is what we're reading this month, if you're interested in reading or following the discussions x 13mo
vonnie862 @AllDebooks Thanks for the invite but I leave for Scotland tomorrow and don't return until the end of the month. I'll definitely join in discussion in July. 13mo
AllDebooks @vonnie862 sure, have a fab time xx 13mo
bnp I really like learning about the spaces he talks about - the slag heaps, Chernobyl, etc. And it's encouraging, on one hand, to learn that spaces left alone increase in diversity. But that's because they are a refuge that people don't use. With our population increasing, I don't see humans leaving those spaces alone long term. 13mo
Cuilin I‘m enjoying the writing very much. I live in New England so when she talked about the walls in wooded areas, she answers a question of mine. I always wondered about them. I‘ve seen them on the side of the mountains too, I was surprised it was once farmland. While some of it is quite sad. It‘s also so hopeful. I really didn‘t know much about Cyprus too so that was very interesting. 13mo
sebrittainclark I'm really enjoying the descriptions so far. I've always been fascinated by the way nature takes over abandoned places. I'd never read anything about what happens in no-man's land like in Cypress or Korea, so that part was particularly interesting to me. 13mo
Aimeesue Really enjoying this one so far. Reminds me a lot of The World Without Us, in a good way. It‘s a surprise to come across those stone walls, seemingly in the middle of the woods, still mostly standing even though they‘re just local rocks fitted together. A lot of résonances with Wilding, too. 13mo
AllDebooks @bnp I find it very hopeful that nature will recover and heal the catastrophic destruction mankind has done. 13mo
AllDebooks @Cuilin I'm glad you're enjoying it. The amount of information is truly remarkable. 13mo
AllDebooks @sebrittainclark Cyprus and Korea were new to me too. Glad you're enjoying Flyn's writing 13mo
AllDebooks @Aimeesue glad youre enjoying it. Thanks for the comparison books. I haven't read 13mo
CaitZ I'm enjoying her writing style. I remember when Chernobyl exploded, so that the area is repopulating is interesting. 13mo
BookwormAHN Has anyone seen the series Mysteries of the Abandoned? This feels like the book version of that show. I really enjoyed both. 13mo
AllDebooks @CaitZ that was so scary. I remember having nightmares for months 13mo
AllDebooks @BookwormAHN I haven't but I'm going to look it up 13mo
ElizaMarie Oooo I forgot we were reading this!!! I will catch up! 13mo
Blackink_WhitePaper I felt this book is very interesting. I am not very familiar with the vegetation and ecology of the places she talks about. I am looking up and slowly learning a lot of things. We have a totally abandoned town some 40km from my place, where entry is restricted now. I use to wonder always about that town and buildings. This book is shedding light on some aspects of my puzzlement🥰 13mo
AllDebooks @Blackink_WhitePaper A whole town abandoned... I wonder how it's doing? 13mo
Blackink_WhitePaper @AllDebooks yeah it was abandoned very recently 2006. 13mo
AllDebooks @Blackink_WhitePaper thinking about how rapidly Knepp changed in Wilding, I bet it looks a lot different now 13mo
Blackink_WhitePaper @AllDebooks yes absolutely 👍🏻 I was thinking the same. It is an interesting read so far 🥰 13mo
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daena
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Kids swim lessons = uninterrupted reading time #naturalitsy

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LitsyEvents
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repost @Alldebooks #Naturalitsy

Our June #Buddyread reading schedule for Islands of abandonment. Discussion thread will be posted on Saturday.

All welcome to join in. Please do let me know if you wish to be added/removed from the taglist.

AllDebooks Thank you for the share x 13mo
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#Naturalitsy

Our June #Buddyread reading schedule for Islands of abandonment. Discussion thread will be posted on Saturday.

All welcome to join in. Please do let me know if you wish to be added/removed from the taglist.

@LitsyEvents

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AllDebooks
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#Naturalitsy

I will post a reading schedule tonight. It's the last day of my holiday and I am travelling home later this afternoon. 🌞

Pic - Little house on the bridge, Ambleside, Cumbria

kaysworld1 You should of said I live there xx 13mo
SamAnne Beautiful! 13mo
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bnp
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It is cool in the tunnels, not cold as it was outside.

Last line: It may already have begun; the enemy may already be inside the walls. But we must find faith enough to fight. For in one hour is thy judgement come.

#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

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. . . knowledge deepens appreciation. Leopold saw a marsh, veiled in a thin gauze of mist. . . and saw not only this, but the history of the cranes and all their evolutionary predecessors. . . he held to his eyes like binoculars an understanding of how this momentary pastoral scene formed a necessary component to, or a synecdoche of, a greater, wondrous whole.

bnp This to is a form of beauty - a conceptual one, in the way that mathematicians might come to appreciate a particularly elegant equation, . . . 14mo
bnp And, as with other forms of aestheticism, it can be taught. To come into an abandoned mine or spoil heap or quarry or parking lot or I'll terminal, and see it for the natural wonderland it has become is, I admit, a difficult task. But in these environmentally straitened days, it is a taste with cultivating. 14mo
bnp oil terminal, not I'll terminal. 14mo
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bnp And this gives hope that life on earth will survive after humans are gone, and is well worth studying to find out more about how processes work to see if we can shoot or adapt any of them. But wouldn't it be better if we could avoid creating devastations to life and culture like Bikini Island and Chernobyl? 14mo
bnp Adopt or adapt, not shoot 14mo
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repost for @AllDebooks:

#Naturalitsy #buddyread

Our winner is Cal Flyn's amazing prize-winning book, Islands of abandonment - Life in the post-human landscape.

Thank you all for your participation and enthusiasm. As you can see, it was a very close run race. We'll start on Monday 5th June, to give a little longer to source your copies. I'm happy to extend into July if needed.

All welcome to join in.

AllDebooks Thank you for the share x 14mo
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AllDebooks
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#Naturalitsy #buddyread

Our winner is Cal Flyn's amazing prize-winning book, Islands of abandonment - Life in the post-human landscape.

Thank you all for your participation and enthusiasm. As you can see, it was a very close run race. No doubt more groaning tbr bookshelves, if you're anything like me.
We'll start on Monday 5th June, to give a little longer to source your copies. I'm happy to extend into July if needed. ⬇️⬇️

@LitsyEvents

AllDebooks All welcome to join in. Please do let me know if you wish to be added/removed from the taglist. 😊 14mo
wordslinger42 This was one of my top three! I'm excited to read it 😊 14mo
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SamAnne Woo hoo! Looking forward to this one. 14mo
daena Very excited to read this! 14mo
TheBookHippie Liking for a copy just go ahead I‘ll catch up if needed! 14mo
Hooked_on_books It‘s a wonderful book! I‘m so excited you‘re going to be reading it. I‘ve already read it, so no need to tag me, but please include me again on the book after this one. 14mo
AllDebooks @Hooked_on_books ok, thanks for letting me know 😊 14mo
jlhammar I‘ve already read this so will probably sit this one out. You can still leave me tagged though. Maybe I‘ll remember enough and feel inspired to chime in. Hope you all enjoy! (edited) 14mo
AllDebooks Just had a quick look. It is on Amazon Prime as a free read. Also on Scribd, ebook and audio. ? I'm listening to "Islands of Abandonment: Life in the Post-Human Landscape" on Scribd and thought you might like it.

Check it out: https://www.scribd.com/audiobook/486659465
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TheBookHippie @AllDebooks 5 bucks for me on kindle here! 14mo
Soscha Life in a Post-Human World : There is no more pizza. Everyone loses. 😢 14mo
kaysworld1 That looks like a great book. 14mo
Cuilin Oh this looks great. I‘m in. 14mo
Chrissyreadit This is on my TBR 14mo
Chrissyreadit Perfect! 14mo
bnp I'm in - I think I can even get a library copy. 14mo
CaitZ This looks interesting. I'm in. 14mo
Cazxxx I‘ve read this one. It‘s amazing! 14mo
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“Absence of man is often all the stimulus required to restart the resurrection.”

This was a compelling look at the amazing healing and regeneration of the natural world that takes place when humans are out of the way. Flyn examines several landscapes that humans have been forced to abandon due to natural disasters, war, disease, etc. A strong and hopeful case for rewilding.

#NaturaLitsyBingo2023 #RegenerationRewilding

SamAnne Oh, I‘ve been meaning to read this one forever. 1y
AllDebooks I loved this, glad you enjoyed it too x 1y
Hooked_on_books I loved this one! So much hope in it. 1y
CatMS The cover of this book is so beautiful, it depicts what I believe will occur once the human race has eradicated itself, which is inevitable. 1y
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Cazxxx
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It‘s taken me a while to get through this one as it was quite dense but it was an incredibly thought provoking read
Taking you to places which humans have abandoned for one reason or another this describes how nature takes over when humans are not around to destroy everything.
It left me hopeful of a better future for the planet
A must read!

SamAnne I‘ve been wanting to read this one for awhile and finally got it from the library. 2y
Cazxxx @SamAnne I hope you enjoy it 😊 2y
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“Fifteen miles south west of Edinburgh, a knuckled red fist rises from a soft green landscape: five peaks of rose-gold gravel stand bound together by grass and moss, like a Martian mountain range or earthworks on the grandest of scales. They are spoil heaps.”

Balibee146 I grew up a couple of miles from them in West Lothian 🌍😊 2y
Cazxxx @Balibee146 where about? I live in Edinburgh 😊 2y
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AllDebooks

#NaturaLitsy

Some great reads listed here, including our next book, Braiding Sweetgrass. The tagged book is in my top 10 books of the year.

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2022/sep/28/top-10-nature-memoirs-sarah-thomas...

SamAnne Oh I been trying to get to that one! 2y
AllDebooks @SamAnne It's on Scribd, if you have it 😊 2y
Bookishlie I‘ve been trying to read the tagged book for over two years. I pick it up I put it down. I‘m such a mood reader….. 2y
AllDebooks @Bookishlie I really enjoyed the audiobook narrated by the author 2y
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Cal Flyn explores places that have been abandoned by humans (for various reasons) and what has happened to them in the intervening years. This is both a fascinating and hopeful book. If you find yourself a bit paralyzed by climate change, this is a good one to read.

Soubhiville Wasn‘t this great? I‘m glad you liked it too. The idea of plants that can process heavy metals out of soil was amazing to me. 2y
Librarybelle I loved this one! 2y
Hooked_on_books @Soubhiville It‘s incredible! To steal a quote from Jurassic Park, “Life finds a way.” I found it very calming and reassuring. Wonderful book. 2y
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Just started on audio on this morning‘s walk. It‘s about the wreckage we humans leave behind on the earth and how wildlife finds refuge in such places. This was an impulse audible buy, and I‘m so glad I got it. ..Very interesting, and the author narrates in a beautiful healing voice 👍🏻💫

BarbaraBB Beautiful picture 🥰 2y
Cathythoughts @BarbaraBB Thanks Barbara! It was at the beach the other day. 2y
TrishB Sounds great. 2y
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squirrelbrain I tried this as an e-book from Libby but couldn‘t get into it…but I think that was me rather than the book. I can imagine it would be great on audio. 2y
Tamra This does sound interesting - it wasn‘t on my radar. The process of nature reclaiming is rather fascinating. 2y
Cathythoughts @TrishB so far so good 👍🏻♥️ 2y
Cathythoughts @squirrelbrain She , the author , is a beautiful narrator 👍🏻♥️ 2y
Cathythoughts @Tamra It‘s very good. Nature reclaiming ♥️ 2y
LeahBergen Lovely photo! 2y
Centique What a gorgeous photo! 2y
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emmaturi
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This was my nonfiction book for February and I just finished today. It is really fascinating subject and the author has put a lot of research into all this abandoned places.

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Today's reading

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I almost didn‘t buy this book and oh boy, what a loss it would have been. Poignant, evocative, wise, and sharing things about well-renowned places, or on the contrary bringing to light new places, this book is a meaningful exploration of human impact on environment. But it is also a wonderful exploration of nature‘s resilience and resistance. What a treat this book has been!

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Ambl1966
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I heard some of this read on Radio 4 and it was fascinating

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emmaturi
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Lately I have been buying some nonfiction books. I look forward to them all, in February will start with the tagged book.

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My #December #12BooksOf2021 took me to abandoned places all over the world. This is a fascinating look, as well as a sobering reminder of how humans affect the environment. Whether it is due to war, human disasters, natural disasters, or another reason, each abandoned area tells a story, and Flyn beautifully tells the stories of those abandoned areas she visited.

Andrew65 Sounds good. 3y
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JenniferEgnor
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This book was beautifully written. The author travels to twelve different places that have been dramatically changed by humans. In some places, life is thriving. In others, it is poisoned and changed beyond aid. A haunting look at what can happen when we can‘t…stop. A quote from the film The Day the Earth Stood Still: ‘if the earth dies, you die. If you die, the earth survives.‘ That is, unless we change this endless cycle of destruction.

JenniferEgnor Shown: Eastern State Penitentiary, Philly, PA. The entire place is full of the like of what the author describes in this book. Holes of sunlight, rain; mullein stalks growing wild out of the walls. Nature is taking it back. 3y
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JenniferEgnor
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Again—this latency of life. It drifts around us all the time, invisible, like an ether. It‘s in the air we breathe, the water we drink. Savor it: each breath, each sip, is thick with potential. In this cup of nothing is the germ of everything.

Shown: Minnehaha Falls, Tiger, GA

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Librarybelle
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Flyn visits twelve locations in the world that have been abandoned for one reason or another and examines the way the ecological system at each location has been impacted. Written with beautiful pose and reflection, Flyn paints a portrait of both devastation and a tiny bit of light and hope in some aspects. It‘s a good primer on the calamities in the world, how humanity affects the ecological system, and what we can do to help solve the problem.

SolaRaynor Very cool! 3y
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Soubhiville
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Cal Flyn visited sites all over the world where humans have left, for one reason or another, and nature is in different ways creeping back in.

Some high points- endangered sheep coming back from the brink in demilitarized Cyprus, pupfish in the Californian Salten Sea able to survive in water hotter and saltier than any other species, types of lichen which may be able to absorb heavy metals from contaminated war zone in Verdun, France.

Soubhiville @TheAromaofBooks this was my #bookspin 😁📚 for #nonfictionnovember (edited) 3y
AmyG Oh, hi! 😻 3y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 3y
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“I remind myself: if one goes in search of nature in its wildest forms, you shouldn‘t expect it will be pleased to see you.”

The author visited Swona, Scotland, a small island off the tip of northernmost mainland Scotland. It was abandoned in the mid 1970‘s, and the cattle and rabbits raised there were turned loose and have rewilded. Flyn found herself attacked or threatened by Arctic Terns, seals, cattle, and Great Skuas.

This is the location⬇️

Soubhiville Location of THE Rose Cottage. Apparently in British hospitals there is a common euphemism: when a patient passes, doctors may say to transport them to “Rose Cottage” instead of the morgue in order to avoid upsetting other patients. I‘ve heard this but had no idea it arose from an actual cottage. @Hooked_on_books thought you might find all of this interesting, since you stacked the book 📕🙂. (edited) 3y
rockpools This sounds wonderful! 3y
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Soubhiville @rockpools it is very good. The style is very much investigative journalism, rather like reading National Geographic. 3y
Deblovestoread Love the quote! 3y
Hooked_on_books This is totally fascinating! I really look forward to this book. Thanks for the tag! 🤗 3y
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Soubhiville
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It definitely would have been nice to spend the whole day like this, but alas, I had to go to work. I‘ll be back to Venkman and this book in a little bit. Snuggle to be continued.

RaeLovesToRead Aww Venkman looks so snoodly 🥰🥰 3y
ShelleyBooksie ♡♡ Venkman♡♡ 3y
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Soubhiville
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Yes! I‘m looking forward to both my #BookSpin and #DoubleSpin, and they both fit well for this month‘s topics bookclub: “Something You‘ve Obsessed About.”

Islands of Abandonment is about areas that people have moved out of and how nature is moving back in, which is something I‘ve spent a ton of time thinking about.

Kicked, Bitten, Scratched is my life as an animal caretaker. I‘ve done many animal jobs, currently a dog groomer. 🐕🐩🦮

TheAromaofBooks Oooo these both sound super interesting!!! 3y
Crazeedi Thank you!!! 3y
Hooked_on_books The tagged book has been named one of the best NF of the year by Powell‘s and is sounds fascinating! I‘ve looked around at our farm and how fast everything grows in Hawaii, contemplating how quickly it would be overtaken if abandoned (VERY quickly). So this book is going on my TBR for sure! 3y
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