So I set a goal to read 144 books this year. At first this seemed reasonable. I mean, I’ve got all this time at the Harn on my own. That’s only 12 books a month and I can include some kids books to pump up my numbers, right? Well, I’m also reading some pretty hefty tomes – think textbook level reading – on Permaculture, Forest Gardening, and the like. Those kid books are REALLY gonna come in handy!
I started thinking that, in the summer there’s more work to be done outside… so I need to focus on getting ahead of the goal in winter, right? I figured I needed a few extras in January & February. So how am I doing?
Books read in January:
- The Book that Matters Most by Ann Hood – Good but a bit predictable
- The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly – Fun Juvie read. Looking forward to reading the second book now.
- The One-Straw Revolution by Masanobu Fukuoka – Excellent. A Master of Growing.
- Re-Creative: 50 Projects for Turning Found Items into Contemporary Design by Steve Dodds – Lots of cute ideas for when I get a break from reading.
- The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton – Sweet and timely.
- Ira Sleeps Over by Bernard Waber – Good encouragement for kids to have confidence and see that we’re all a little vulnerable.
- I Miss You: A First Look at Death by Pat Thomas – Well done.
- Rising Strong by Brene Brown – Must read. Again, I’m a huge Brene Brown fan.
- The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley – Lots of science here and it was a good story – though I felt a bit overwhelmed at times with the details. Glad to check one off the Authors to Read list. Still need to get to Still Life…
- Zero-Waste Home by Bea Johnson – Wonderful, challenging book. Everyone should read this as we all generate too much waste and can do with some culling back on our consumerism.
- Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys – Again, love this author. Terrific story though a tough subject.
- Two if By Sea by Jaqueline Mitchard – Good story – sucks you in. Goes in a lot of directions and enjoyable but don’t know if I’ll read another by her.
- Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson – SUPER FUNNY about Hard Stories. She is really vulnerable in here and I am sure this book will make you feel a little happier and less crazy, no matter how crazy and sad some of us sometimes feel. Bought it for a friend – it’s in paperback!
- Time, Love, and Memory: A Great Biologist and His Quest for the Origins of Behavior by Jonathan Weiner (Heavy Science) – NFBC Read – Good look at genetics and really shows how geeky scientists are human too.
- Lucia and the Light by Phyllis Root – Lovely folk tale type read.
Good – 3 ahead! Those 4 kid books really helped!
Books read in February:
- Edible Forest Gardens Volume 1 by Dave Jacke (Textbook!) – Excellent read with loads of details and technical stuff but also some really good case studies. This is the theory volume.
- Sacred Balance by David Suzuki (Heavy Science) – Great overview of lots of science and how us humans are intimately connected to the earth, our planet, our home. Wonderful closing stories of people making real differences.
- Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead – Great look at slavery and some of the BS that was involved. But there are beautiful heroes too.
- Taking Flight by Kelly Rae Roberts – Inspiring book about how each of us can bring the artist inside to life. Really terrific demos on How-To make art like hers. You can read the first chapter on her website – it might suck you in like it did me… http://www.kellyraeroberts.com/
- Locally Laid: We Built a Plucky, Industry-Changing Egg Farm – From Scratch by Lucie B. Amundsen – Excellent book on the trials of taking on a huge challenge and winning. Tons of funny stories about her and her husband. You gotta check this one out – plus it’s by a Minnesota Author! https://www.facebook.com/locallylaid/
- Animal Farm by George Orwell – Classic. This was a timely read.
- The Iron Heel by Jack London – You may remember this from last week’s blog.
- Little Goblins Ten by Pamela Jane – Beautfully illustrated and a fun Halloween tale.
- Gracie and Grandma and the Itsy, Bitsy Seed by Iben Sandemose – Cute.
- Farming the Woods: An Integrated Permaculture Approach to Growing Food and Medicinals in Temperate Forests by Ken Mudge and Steve Gabriel (Textbook!) – Way more data-oriented and mushroom-focused than I’d like. But it did have good photos of a guy I LOVE on YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/user/EdibleAcres
- The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking – A fun look at Danish Happiness with complete details on how you can join in the fun.
Man, one short! Even with 2 kid books.
I am currently reading:
- Early Retirement Extreme: A philosophical and practical guide to financial independence by Jacob Lund Fisker (done!) – Loved this book (Oh, you can also read his first chapter for free at his site too!) and am now enjoying the forums at his blog… http://forum.earlyretirementextreme.com/index.php?sid=27dc4fee105c5df4d0c2aa72882f1d4b You should check out his page if you want to quite being a wage slave. http://earlyretirementextreme.com/ Which will lead you to this – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lawrence_Kohlberg%27s_stages_of_moral_development – very interesting to consider as we look at the 45 Administration.
- The 100 Thing Challenge by Dave Bruno – Again, this guy is very vulnerable but also confident about justifying the criticism he gets. I like the concept, lessons learned, and it’s just short of preachy.
- Living with Less so your family has more by Jill Savage – just couldn’t so this – way too churchy for me. A little obvious with many of the lessons. I skimmed through the whole thing but couldn’t read it word for word – just to much scripture.
- Sepp Holzer’s Permaculture: A Practical Guide to Small-Scale Farming and Gardening* – LOVE Sepp Holzer. He is a genius and I’m about halfway through this one. Lots of great info, though some re-reading is required, possibly due to translation.
- Gaia’s Garden by Toby Hemenway*
- Edible Forest Gardens: Volume 2 by Dave Jacke (Textbook – even thicker than Volume 1!)
- Calm Surrender by Kent Nerburn*
- Wilderness Tips by Margaret Atwood*
- All the Single Ladies by Rebecca Traister – for NFBC
- Some of these have been in the works for a while… I’ll eventually finish them!
So, only being a couple days into the month, I’m doing OK for March. But I’m gonna have to step up my game or start reading lots of Pre-K books to make the goal!!