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Winter Reading List

December 12th, 2009

I have a long list of books I want to read this winter. I keep a note on my desktop (a virtual post-it) and whenever I come across a book that sounds interesting I add it to the list. I’ll request these from the library this winter and read through as many as I can. I want to read through the Little House on the Prairie series this winter. They were my favorite books growing up, so I thought it would be fun to read them again.
I really want to focus on learning more about herbal remedies and natural healing, so those books will come first. I also want to read through East of Eden again, since it’s my favorite book. What books are on my list?

I don’t know if I’ll get through all of these. I am a fast reader thanks to all those speed/comprehension drills in grade school, but I don’t know if I can finish them all.

What books are on your winter reading list, any good ones I can add to my list?

15 Comments to “Winter Reading List”
  1. kristin @ going country on December 12, 2009 at 9:07 am

    I’m gonna steal some of your ideas . . .
    .-= kristin @ going country´s last blog ..Cold and Windy =-.

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  2. Daphne on December 12, 2009 at 9:53 am

    I don’t know yet. I’m thinking I need to read Colemans winter gardening book. I’ll have to think about it.
    .-= Daphne´s last blog ..2009 Overview Lettuce and Radishes =-.

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    • Susy on December 13, 2009 at 11:38 am

      That is a great book. I would like to read that one again this winter if I have time.

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  3. vrtlaricaana on December 12, 2009 at 11:12 am

    I have just finished reading “No-Work Garden Book” by Ruth Stout.
    .-= vrtlaricaana´s last blog ..No-Work Garden / Vrt bez motike =-.

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  4. Janessa on December 12, 2009 at 11:26 am

    I saw a couple on your list I’d like to check out too. I’d recommend any of the Amy Butler sewing books and one book on my list to read this winter even though it is kind of an older book is “The Unsettling of America: Culture and Agriculture” by Wendell Berry.

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    • Susy on December 12, 2009 at 11:56 am

      I’ll have to add that one, sounds good.

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  5. Michelle on December 12, 2009 at 12:01 pm

    Fabulous list! I now have about 5 of them on hold at my library! As for me, seed catalogs are a good read for winter, of course. I’m going to read Animal, Vegetable, Miracle again because I love it and it was my first inspiration to simplify. I’m so glad you shared so many books on homeopathy and herbal care. That is what I’m interested in this winter…I want to learn how to care for most illnesses here at home. I already am, but I’m flying by the seat of my pants, doing common-sense stuff, but not really knowing WHY I’m doing certain things. Each winter I try to learn something new that will get me one step closer to a simpler, more self-sustaining lifestyle. Then each summer I incorporate one new thing into my “urban homestead”. I’m loving it!
    .-= Michelle´s last blog ..Friday. =-.

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    • Susy on December 13, 2009 at 11:41 am

      I too like the seed catalogs. I also try to spend the winter’s learning about new things and new ways to do things myself.

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  6. Maureen on December 12, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    I’m currently reading ‘Independence Days’ by Sharon Astyk….good so far.
    And Novella Carpenters ‘Farm City’ was a hoot, I loved it!

    …and of course my guilty pleasure is usually a Harlan Coben or John Grisham.
    .-= Maureen´s last blog ..Christmas without Shopping??? =-.

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  7. Carol on December 12, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    No new titles to add, but wanted to tell you that Coop is excellent. The short person in the house has dramatically cut into my reading time, so I’m pretty picky about what I read these day, but Coop was worth it.

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    • Susy on December 13, 2009 at 11:41 am

      Thanks, can’t wait to read it.

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  8. Christine on December 13, 2009 at 5:58 pm

    Do you purchase books or get them from a library? They’re so darn expensive to buy, but I find my library doesn’t have a wonderful selection, even with inter-library loan.
    .-= Christine´s last blog ..Another dinner outdoors =-.

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    • Susy on December 13, 2009 at 6:03 pm

      I get them from the library, we have a pretty good library consortium, they carry just about any book I want to read. If it’s a book I really want I sometimes try to get it used from Amazon, or from paperback swap. I rarely buy books unless I know I’ll use them for reference or read them over and over again.

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  9. yasi on December 20, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    My library doesn’t have such a great selection, and I can never seem to return them on time. I can get them from a university library by ILL, but I can’t finish the book before the due date. I just must be lazy. The problem is I don’t have space for all these books. At least – I donate them to the Friends of the library when I’m done with them. (please don’t hold it against me since I’m studying to be a librarian – shame on me!) I did pre-order Rosalind Creazy’s book, Edible Landscaping. I also plan to read:

    Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer
    Novella Carpenter

    Made from Scratch: Discovering the Pleasures of a Handmade Life
    Jenna Woginrich

    Landscaping With Fruit: Strawberry ground covers, blueberry hedges, grape arbors, and 39 other luscious fruits to make your yard an edible paradise by Lee Reich

    Tantalizing Tomatoes (Brooklyn Botanic Garden All-Region Guide)
    Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn Botanic Garden

    I finished and enjoyed reading:
    The Sharper your knife the less you cry by Kathleen Flinn
    My Life in France by Julia Child with Alex Prud’homme

    I’m going to check out the books on your list. Thanks! I guess this is what gardeners do in the winter time: read or dream about gardening.

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  10. Alyse on April 29, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    Quick Foreword: I find your blog fascinating and have been reading the whole thing this past week.

    Right now: Which is why I’m going to comment on a post from December.

    The Grit: real food what to eat and was is an AMAZING book. It certainly changed my standpoint on a lot of things. The main thing was that my mom suffers from high cholesterol, genetic and acquired by eating habits. She’s on lipitor and did some “research” and decided to go the “Smart Balance” route. Oil and “butter” and egg beaters. Nina Planck points out the folly of such eating that neither of us had considered. Food, regardless of how much cholesterol is in it is best eaten in it’s natural state. WHOLE foods. Purported substitutes for the real thing actually do more damage than good. There’s a Mennonite farm in her county (my parents are also Ohioians) from which she now gets fresh full fat butter. She now also eats more of her chicken’s eggs instead of eggs from a carton. Her doc supports her 100% and said pretend foods are awful. Her cholesterol was lowered some and her doc says foods in their natural state might get her off the Lipitor.
    So, I fully support Nina Planck’s book because maybe she just added some time to my Mom’s life.

    Didn’t mean to make this so long. My point was, I loved the book and I hope you had a chance to read it. :)
    .-= Alyse´s last blog ..Horticultural Updation =-.

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