books galore

I request a lot of books from the library.  I mean A LOT.  Every time I see a new book on another blog, or anywhere for that matter, the first place I typically go is to the online library catalog to see if it is in the system.  All the libraries in the state are connected to inter-library loan, so I don't even have to go down to my local library to see if they have the book I am looking for.  It is highly convenient.  I like to preview books before I buy them, just to make sure I really want them, although I have to say that I tend to buy a lot of books :-)  All this to say, all of my requests seem to come all at the same time.

Whenever there is a wait for books, it is a long wait, and when the wait is over, it happens that I have several books to pick up at the library.  And right now I have a huge amount of books that my husband has picked up for me over the past few days.  So I will be reading quite a bit over the next 3 weeks.  Here is what is on my table currently:

Radical Homemakers: Reclaiming Domesticity from a Consumer Culture:  I wrote about getting this book last week for the yarn along.  I have now read a couple chapters into it.  It is fascinating so far.  I like the back story of the feminist movement, and how it seems everything is related to the formal economy.  No one takes into account the informal economy anymore, so if someone decides to leave the workforce ie the formal economy, you are no longer contributing to society as a whole.  I can't wait to get more into this book, but it is definitely one that you need to read slowly (and I have trouble with that sometimes), which works out perfectly, because I got some awesome fiction today which I will share later on the list :-)

Feeding the Whole Family: Recipes for Babies, Young Children, and Their Parents:  I also wrote about this book last week for the yarn along.  I have read the whole thing, but I am definitely going back and re-reading the recipes.  It seems like there are great recipes, just a little different than what I am used to.  The beginning of the book has some excellent information for people who are just starting out, it talks about breast feeding, it talks about giving a lot of variety of the veggies available to kids.  My kids actually eat a lot of veggies and fruit, I am lucky.  But, I like to branch out a lot with my cooking.  And since I am really working hard towards a vegan diet, having new recipes, or old recipes with new flavors is important to me.

This Life Is in Your Hands: One Dream, Sixty Acres, and a Family Undone:  About a family who uproots themselves from their well-to-do lifestyle to go "back to the land" in 1968.  I started this book, and I had high hopes, but I should have known from the title that it wasn't a book for me.  It is seriously heavy and coarse.  It has light moments, but I couldn't finish it.  I think maybe if it wasn't a memoir I would have had an easier time with it, but it was kind of sad and depressing to me.  Sorry, not a glowing review for this one.

Living More with Less:  I haven't started this book yet, but it seems really interesting.  As the title would suggest it is all about living more with less :-)  It was written back in 1980 when "green" wasn't a way to live.  Instead, it was written with the perspective of making sure that we live simply and also keep the well being of those less fortunate in the forefront of our minds.  It looks like an awesome book, very excited to start!

Extending the Table: A World Community Cookbook:  Related to the above, this cookbook is all about community building around food, and what the cultures in the world around us are like concerning food.  Looking forward to seeing what recipes are in here!

The Art of Simple Food: Notes, Lessons, and Recipes from a Delicious Revolution:  This book was recommended in the forums of my Whole Food Kitchen workshop, and I am glad that I finally got my hands on it.  I have heard it mentioned several times over the past year.  I love anything that talks about local, seasonal eating, even from someone who lives in California :-)

The Backyard Homestead: Produce all the food you need on just a quarter acre!:  I actually own this book, and love it.  I recommend it to anyone who lives in suburbia, actually, anyone that lives on less than 5 acres and wants to homestead, or grow a garden, or do any type of self-sufficient living.  I have read this book before, but since it is beginning to look like spring outside, I figured I should start looking at it again.  It helps me have lofty goals for my garden :-)

Ahh, and now the fiction that I am so excited about.  Well first, I got book 5 of Stefan's Diaries, which is great because the 6th book comes out this week I think.  The problem?  Well book 4 is currently mia from the library.  It was due several days ago, and hasn't been returned I will probably end up buying this one before I preview it.

And what made me put down Radical Homemakers?  Well it would be my discovery of Pemberley Ranch.  Some of you may know my slight obsession with all things Jane Austen, and especially Pride and Prejudice.  Little did I know there is an entire genre of remade Jane Austen novels out there.  I will be checking them off my reading list one by one :-)

What are you reading these days?  I'm always looking for a good book to read :-)

I'm linking up to Spring Reading Thing 2012 :-)


  1. Love this post! I work in a library and I am my own best customer. Right now I am on a sustainable living kick, so I have a stack of books out on living off the grid, growing your own food, the urban homestead, etc. I am going to look up Radical Homemakers!! My favourite books from recent reading are Kate Morton's three novels, especially The forgotten garden. Next I am going to tackle P.D. James' Death comes to Pemberley.

  2. Some good book recommendations. Thank you!

  3. Holy smokes girl you are one super busy Momma! I'm going to check out The Backyard Homestead!

  4. That's quite the list--I'm always so impressed with how fast you can read and retain! Several of those titles sound great to me, so I'll have to check them out.

  5. I am liking The Backyard Homestead. I am going to have to head over to Amazon to check it out. The gardening bug has bitten me.

  6. Radical Homemakers sounds really interesting!

    Also, if you love Jane Austen, you should read Shannon Hale's Austenland books. I read Midnight in Austenland recently and loved it!

    1. And, handily dandily, I just found the link:

      I never read the first one in the series actually, I just started with that one. But a few people told me they like the 2nd one better anyway, so seems to have worked out! :)

  7. I do the same thing when I see a book I want to read. Hence my library reserve list is always feeding me books and my pile of owned books continues to grow unread. Gotta love the Internet. ;-)

    I also own the Backyard Homestead and find it packed with great information.

    Enjoy your spring reading!

  8. Pemberley Ranch looks cute - I'm always a sucker for some fun fiction to let me put down my nonfiction books!

  9. I really need to get a Jane Austen book on my list sometime. I've never read a book of hers. I looooove my online library. That is how I get a lot of my books too!

    1. Oh yes! You must! My favorite is Pride and Prejudice, but I also love Emma and Mansfield Park. The books are kind of hard to read because of the language. This is one case where I would say watch the movies first, and then read the books. I tried reading Pride and Prejudice years ago, but then after I saw the movie (BBC miniseries) I was hooked. :-)

  10. Ooh...I have never heard of Pemberley Ranch and am definitely looking into it now! I am also a Jane Austen fan!! :) And...the library is the first place I go when looking for a book to read. I also request A LOT of books from the library and especially love that I can d/l a lot of books directly to my Kindle!!

    Happy Spring! Have fun reading! :)

  11. Another library junkie here :) I've also been reading a lot in the last couple years about backyard homesteading-type topics. There's a lot out there these days. I will have to get my hands on the Radical Homemakers book; I'm sure I would LOVE it! Thanks for sharing your list.


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