Sleeping naked, among so many other things, is green

I read this book in January of last year and absolutely loved it. After reading it, I specifically sought out books that were about green living. Sleeping Naked Is Green is a compilation of Vanessa Farquharson’s blog posts on her website, Green As A Thistle. Vanessa started her blog to document a challenge she had decided to undertake: accept one green thing into her lifestyle every day for a whole year. Her book made me realize just how much a single person can do to better their lives and the world. Her life became so exciting and she had so many new adventures. It was not only motivating, but fun to read about Vanessa’s journey and day-to-day life. Here is the short review I wrote about Sleeping Naked Is Green back in January 2010.

This is such a great book. It’s so inspiring to see someone who didn’t care much about the environment to all of a sudden take on such a huge, life-changing challenge. She made me feel bad for some of the things I do and I can’t wait to have my own place and have my own money to be as green as possible. I loved how this was like a story, but a bit of a documentary at the same time. Plus, the writer is from Toronto, Canada which made me want to live in Canada (again) that much more! Really, really liked this book – had me hooked!

I read this book in just four days. As soon as I finished reading it, I looked up all I could about Sleeping Naked Is Green and Vanessa. Her blog has all of the original entries plus a few new ones (e.g. her engagement and, most recently, her green wedding!). I have to admit, I love how the story unintentionally ended with Vanessa finding love. Do you have any recommendations? I haven’t been able to find a book in this same or a similar kind of format since. Wouldn’t it be amazing if your blog/life turned into a book?

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2 March 2011 - 5:58 pm

This sounds like a great read! I will have to look for it on my next library/bookstore jaunt.

2 March 2011 - 10:22 pm

wow that sounds like quite the inspiring story! it seems like most people in the western culture are so accustomed to an overwhelmingly materialistic lifestyle that they think doing a bit of recycling means “being green.” sure recycling is a massive step in the right direction, but there are so many more ways we can live in harmony with the planet and people around us. i love stories of how people changed their whole lives to be earth-friendly. i really think we would all be happier as people if we lived more simply and naturally. thanks for sharing!

2 March 2011 - 11:09 pm

I’ve read that book too! It’s a great read, with a lot of great green ideas!

Jackie {sweetlittlethrills}
2 March 2011 - 11:21 pm

Loving this idea and of course the title!

2 March 2011 - 11:55 pm

The title caught my attention! I may have to purchase this one.

And yes, how wonderful for her blog to turn into a book. Here’s hoping!!

Brandi {not your average ordinary}
3 March 2011 - 5:23 am

I would love it if I could turn my life into a book. Maybe one day I will. And though sleeping naked might be green, I do adore my warm pajamas.

angela hardison
3 March 2011 - 6:15 am

so cool. i love the idea behind this, and the title is pretty great too.

3 March 2011 - 10:45 am

whoa, 1 thing every day for a year??? that is such a huge goal!!
is fasnacht happening where you are?

Liz Longacre
4 March 2011 - 1:28 am

This book sounds amazing!! I also LOVE the title. So clever and inspiring! This should be made into a movie…

Kayla @ Exquisite Banana
4 March 2011 - 3:11 am

Just added it to my shopping cart on amazon. Looking forward to devouring it, thanks for what I’m sure will be a stellar read!

Misty :)
11 March 2011 - 5:42 pm

That sounds so cool!! I think this is going to be a book I add to my “To Read List” now!! Maybe I can take some pointers from the book on how to live a more green life too!!

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