What I’ve Been Reading
Books, Books, Books
I love to read! I always have. As a kid, occasionally I wouldn’t even come to dinner, because I was so caught up in a book. Or if guests were over, I’d slip away to my room so I could read. I much preferred a good story to hanging out with people I didn’t really know.
Since I’ve had children, I definitely don’t get to read as much as I’d like, but I still have a book on my nightstand at all times. I go to the library with my kids each week too, and occasionally I pick up one for me as well as the 10-15 we get for them.
Well, here’s what I’m currently reading or have read recently!
1 | Restoration Agriculture – I had a person stay at our AirBNB give me this book, and I am absolutely fascinated. It’s based around the concept of switching from annuals to perennials (plants that grow for more than one season – nut trees, etc.). There’s way more to it than that, and I might blog about it soon. I’m hoping to really incorporate this type of living off the land into our little homestead.
2 | Living Wild – Our entire front yard is an orchard with amazing fruit trees. It was all grass, and we wanted to wood chip it. My friend told me that California was offering a rebate of $1/square foot if you turn turf/grass to low water and drought tolerant landscaping. I got this book to help me find some native California plants that have medicinal value or can be used for food. I’m hoping to landscape with native plants in the orchard area. I’ve got to get it done by the end of this month to get the rebate. So I’ve gotta get working!
3 | Babywise – I know this is a controversial book, but I have used their basic principles with all my children. I love a schedule, and I have enjoyed sleep training them. I know the basic principles by heart, but I check in with it every few months to make sure I’m on track and remembering correctly where my youngest should be for feeding schedules and the such.
4 | A.D. 33 – I read A.D. 30 about a year ago and loved it. I love a good historical fiction. This is the sequel, and it was great. I think I finished it in 48 hours. I have a problem with getting extremely addicted to a good book. I stay up way too late and read way too much, but I love it!
5 | Nourishing Traditions Baby Care– I actually haven’t started this one yet, but I’ve heard amazing things about it. I picked it up at the library last week so hopefully I’ll find some time for it soon!
6 | The Art of Fermentation – I’ve loved this book. I’m only part way through it, but it is so interesting. I’ve been learning how healthy fermented foods are for our body. It’s something that people did on a every day basis for thousands and thousands of years, but it’s a rare practice in America now a days. So far, I’ve made kombucha tea and sauerkraut. I’m hoping to learn how to do fermented cider, vinegar, and kefir.null
7 | The Horse & His Boy – I usually go through the Chronicles of Narnia series once a year. They are #1 on my list of favorite books. The other day I decided it was that time of year again so I’m going back through them all. Just finished this one yesterday. And it’s still so good even after I basically know the book cover to cover.
8 | The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe – Again, going through all these. Love them!
9 | Cure Tooth Decay – This last pregnancy did a number on my teeth. You can read more about it here. I finally got this book and was so impressed. I’ve started on a vegetarian version of the diet he recommends in order to reduce tooth decay. I started to see a difference in my tooth color within a few days. I know that sounds crazy, but even my mom could tell a difference on FaceTime, and I hadn’t even told her I started a diet for them.
What are you reading lately? Have anything you would recommend? I’m always up for a good book recommendation!