20 January 2012

rabid reader

In order to prepare myself as fully as possible for the life I plan to lead and the skills I want to develop, I've ordered some books (some for as little 25 cents!) from Amazon. The Internet is an excellent tool, but I really do feel more secure with books. As skeptical as I am about the whole "Prepper" mindset, I like the idea that, barring a  house fire or other similarly catastrophic event, books are reliable (well, at least as reliable as the research I've put into finding out if they're full of shit or not), tangible resources that won't ever 404 on me.

As much as I would love to solely support small local bookstores there really aren't any convenient to where we live. I'm not sure that this is any better, but wherever possible, I purchased used books from individual sellers. Used books on Amazon can be incredibly economical if you have the chance to compare costs and reviews. Thrifting books where possible is even better, but I have better luck with fiction and magazines than I do non-fiction.

Because I'm so excited about my finds, I thought I'd share my haul (yes, our money situation has improved a bit!). 

(All images link to Amazon for further description.)

Also, because my kid turns 4 in a few weeks, I picked a few books for him based on areas in which he's the most interested. I don't know if he's "gifted," but I do know that he's very interested in hows and whys of natural processes as well as engineering. I hope he'll be an active participant in the prep and care of our garden this year!

Before I culled my cart, the number of books on the list was .. extensive. One I do regret not grabbing is The Humanure Handbook. I know that the subject of composting human waste is not exactly the most savory, but I find it really interesting. It's not exactly reducing the size of my "footprint" that makes the compost of waste appealing, but as another way not to rely on a for-pay service.


  1. i want to read all of those books and then live in your yard.

  2. you don't have to live in the yard -- we have a barn! or, if you prefer, a storm cellar.

  3. I LOVE More with Less. They have another book out as well called Simply in Season, which has been a big help to us as we've started shopping at the Farmer's Market and growing some of our own food. More with less has some excellent bread recipes, too, if you are into making your own, though I'd recommend slicing and freezing if you can. We used to make our own every week but they'd always go bad after the first couple days since they don't have any preservatives. Now I make 4 loaves at a time and freeze them...not quite as good as fresh bread but still better than store-bought and at least we're not wasting food this way!