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My Bookshelf

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I was hoping to find the first book by Marie Kondo on the KonMari Method of tidying, but my favorite used book store only had Spark Joy, which it still great. I’m definitely inspired to clean out and clean up.

Spark Joy by Marie Kondo

With my newfound love of all things hygge, How to Hygge was perfect! Not only was if full of helpful tips, recipes, and the history of hygge, the author is hilarious and I’m pretty sure we’d be great friends.

How to Hygge by Signe Johansen

Fan of Veggie Tales? This is the story of Phil Vischer, the creator. It’s an EXCELLENT book! To quote Larry the Cucumber, “I laughed. I cried. It moved me, Bob.” A must read! I couldn’t put it down!

I know it’s not a book, but I LOVE the Back to Eden film! It totally changed the way I look at gardening! Click here to view more details. Read more HERE.

I was asked to review Winds of Skilak by the author herself! Such a great book about Alaskan homesteading! See the whole review HERE.

Here’s a goodie I picked up at Barnes and Nobles. I’ve been dreaming of a little farm stand eventually here on the homestead. This book was exactly what I need to get me there.

I’m loving the Farm section in our local library. Here’s another gem I found buried there from 1965.

It seems that in order to call yourself a “homesteader,” you must own at least one book from the Foxfire series. Okay, so maybe it isn’t a prerequisite, but they’re great books to have on hand!

Michael and Audrey Levantino have read my mind. This is a great book for anyone looking for a small time farm to enjoy and make some money on the side too.

Here’s a gem I found in our local library. Rachel Peden paints a picturesque scene of life on a farm in Indiana in 1961. Each peaceful month shows a comfortable life on the farm. Includes some how-to’s and recipes too!

After taking half of my local library’s farming and homesteading books, I discovered this one, The Homesteader’s Handbook, among the pile. While it typically covers the basics of homesteading, I found a few great recipes and how-to’s that you don’t really hear about anymore. This was written in 1974 by James Churchill.

Now this is a great book for every homesteaders bookshelf. Not only does Mildred share stories of her childhood, but she also includes how to and recipes too!

I love the Old West. I found Montana Women Homesteaders the other day at my favorite used bookstore. Such a great read! Real letters, diaries, and articles from women homesteaders in the early state of Montana. A great read for every homesteader or historian!

I’ve found the perfect book for every Christian homesteader, gardener, and farmer out there. It’s so good! This subject has been rolling around in my brain for a year or so, but I haven’t really sat down to study it out. Born-Again Dirt spells it out perfectly! Read more HERE.

Found this little jewel the other day. I love anything about art forgery or “impossible” crimes. I was able to visit the Gardner Museum several years ago in Boston, so this story was a bit more real to me. A very fun read!

I was asked to do a review on book four of the Alaskan Courage series by Dani Pettrey. I’m usually not a Christian Fiction fan, but this was a great read!

Love, love, love these journals! I picked up the first one and the DVD and just had to go back to the store for more! They’re the journal of a man who built a cabin in the middle of no-where Alaska and then lived there for 30 years- totally off the grid. I’ve learned so much and they’re so entertaining! A MUST for every lover of Alaska and homesteading!

Picked up this fictional Alaskan homesteading trilogy from the author himself at our local Mat-Su Farmers Market. A very fun and interesting read. The author, Warren Troy, did an excellent job looking into the Alaskan lifestyle. Check out his Facebook page!

I accidentally ran across this quaint little book at my favorite used bookstore (love Title Wave Books!) the other day and HAD to get it! “Letters of a Woman Homesteader” was simply calling out to me. I was hoping for some more “how to” and/ or recipes, but was none the less thrilled with my find. This 1913 collection of letters from Elinore Pruitt Stewart details her life as a woman homesteader in Wyoming from 1909 to 1913. She had the most wonderful and entertaining way of telling about her day to day life and adventures to her former employer. This is definitely a necessary addition to any homestead’s library!

I borrowed “The Sherlockian” from my aunt a while back and loved it! Any fan of the original series, the movies and/ or TV shows would love this great piece of fiction with lots of history interwoven. Very well done and very entertaining!

“Killing Jesus” was a Christmas present from the hubby this year. I read it in two days. Don’t be put off by the title- it caught me off guard too. Bill O’Riley also wrote “Killing Kennedy” and “Killing Lincoln”. All three are looks at the facts and history surrounding all three individuals. Very well done. A bit graphic, as the Roman world was then, but extremely interesting and very informative! Great for any history buff!

Another one of my favorite cookbooks- the recipes are delicious and the author starts off each section with a look into her family.

I recently came across this collection of books at our local library- as I had just recently started knitting, I thought they were appropriate. Very entertaining, clean and easy reading. Each book also includes a delicious recipe and a knitting pattern!

When I was quite little, my mom read me the “Little House in the Big Woods” and the rest of the “Little House on the Prairie” set. I loved them. I loved the history, the love, the knowledge- everything about them.  Although I haven’t read them in many years, I decided to start the series again today and memories have come flooding back. Not only do the stories still make me smile, but I’m learning so much and finding “new” ideas of things I would like to try on my homestead. These books are well worth adding to your homestead collection and reading over and over again!

I’ve been working my way through Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series. I finally got up to 20, or was it 21? It’s been quite a while since I’ve laughed this hard at a book and Evanovich keeps me laughing at every book. I’m not a fan of the foul language, but they’re easy reading and very entertaining. The first of the series “One for the Money” was made into a movie a while back, and it’s pretty cute too.

Love, love, love this cookbook! And I’ve only made one thing out of it so far! In my first post I mentioned a loaf of bread. That bread is one of the first recipes in this book. It’s so easy and sooooo good! I can’t wait to make more from this book. Homemade, comforting, fresh- all of the recipes look amazing.

Almost finished with Dan Brown’s “Inferno” and loving just like I love all his other novels. He has such a great way of keeping you on the edge of your seat, pondering moral questions and learning about so much art and history. “Inferno” is right up there with the “DaVinci Code”.

Great book for juicers! If you’re an old pro or new to juicing- this book is full of great ideas, recipes and information.






4 Responses to My Bookshelf

  1. Laura Bowles

    Might have to read Inferno. We have watched all of the movies and thoroughly enjoyed them.

  2. Vanessa

    I think, with the exception of maybe two items, we may have identical bookshelves!

    • Idlewildak

      I recently did an inventory of all my books with the “Book Crawler” app, so I’ll stop buying duplicates. I have well over 500 in my little library 🙂

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