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!


  1. Cynthia on November 13, 2016 at 1:48 pm

    Just finished “Smart Money, Smart Kids” by Ramsey and his daughter. Really good read for money/kids. Also just read “Good or God?” By John Brevere. Kicked my butt and inspired me. Lead me to pick up “Pursuit of Holiness” by Jerry Bridges. I’ve read it before, but it’s one of those books that is good to read once a decade or so. 😉 I love books like “Good or God” that compel me to pick up another book!! I also am a fan of using a modified version of Babywise. Although, I failed with baby #3. 🙂

    • Lauren Dahl on November 17, 2016 at 3:28 am

      I love all of Dave Ramsey’s books. I read that one too! I need to read the Brevere’s books… everyone keeps recommending them to me!

  2. Lydia on November 17, 2016 at 12:47 am

    Please re consider your choice to follow Babywise & sleep training methods. I am a mother, I am also trained to post graduate level in child development and psychology and social work. Your screaming babies brain is being flooded with cortisol for extended periods, which over time causes the section of the growing brain that regulates emotional/stress responses to reset to a new, dangerous ‘normal’. This will impact their physical and emotional health for life. Babies need responsive, empathic care 100% of the time, including when the wake at night.
    You seem to be making such wonderful choices for your children, eliminating toxins & evironmental hazards in their food, clothing etc. & yet by sleep training, you are causing perminant damage to their brains & bodies. Cortisol inflames the body in the same way refined sugar etc does.
    Please take some time to research this as carefully as you are the other areas that you write about.

    • Lauren Dahl on November 17, 2016 at 3:28 am

      Hi Lydia, I know it’s a very controversial book. And you are right, I haven’t actually researched anything about the cortisol. I haven’t let my babies scream though. But I do allow them to fuss and try to settle themselves. Thanks for your comment!

      • Lydia on November 17, 2016 at 7:54 am

        Hi Lauren, I’m sorry, I should also have said that I REALLY enjoy your blog, everything else you write about is inspiring & I follow a lot of the advice you’re giving. You’re further down the line from me in ethical, sustainable living & I’m regularly challenged to change my lifestyle, by what you write.
        Child development is just very close to my heart, which is why I can’t cope with babies being left to cry (I appreciate that might not be what you’re doing!). Or any endorsement or books that might lead people to do that. At least, not until someone has really looked into the research behind it & knows what is happening to their babies brain during the process. I really recommend Sue Gerhardt’s Why Love Matters, as a good starting point for researching into this area.

  3. Christy Cocup on November 17, 2016 at 3:05 am

    Oh love your list! I want to read C.S Lewis Chronicles series too. Classic. As a homeschooler I get excited to read to my 6 year old these classics! I am finishing Without Rival by Lisa Bevere. I love her take on identity. Such fantastic perspective. I read Unashamed by Christine Caine and this was a great read that went along with part of my story and struggles. Very freeing.
    I used babywise for both of my children loosely and I love having my children and myself on a schedule. No, I am not leaving my children screaming for long periods of time or especially when they are infants. I feel like that is a common misconception. I am reading The Dynamic laws of Prosperity by Catherine Ponder. She is a Christian woman writing about money and also how God wants to prosper us in various ways. My mom loves this book and gave it to me. I will attest that I have found it to be very true so far. One thing it talked about was the vacuum law of prosperity- making room for more by giving or getting rid of stuff. It truly worked for me immediately. I’m still reading and trying to do what I am reading in this one but it’s a good one thus far! I want to read Bill Johnson’s strengthen yourself in the Lord and God is Good, He’s better than you think.
    Thank you for your suggestions!

    • Lauren Dahl on November 17, 2016 at 3:26 am

      Thank you Christy for your suggestions! I’m really interested to try The Dynamic Laws of Prosperity. I’ve always loved reading financial and money books.

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