09 July 2009

Reading List

Summer has brought a lot more to do - and the time passes much faster than school days (Why IS that?)

However, the niblets and I still make it to the library once a week. Not only to receive my fix of the greatest free addiction a person could have (I can have all the books I want for FREE? And I don't have to store them in my house; I can give them back?) but of course the kids also have reading assignments over the summer. Trying to convince them that yes, Dracula is a classic but no, I still don't think they will accept you reading the graphic novel form, has been a challenge.

Especially since the only time I read Wuthering Heights was in third grade. In a graphic novel. This is where the "Do as I say not as I have done" argument gets inserted.

But, I do have a stack in my living room that includes:

How I Learned To Cook: Culinary Educations from some of the World's Greatest Chefs, edited by Kimberly Wit

How To Freeze: Everything You Needed to Know about Freezing and Freezer Management by Carolyn Humphries

The Everything Canning & Preserving Book: All You Need to Know to Enjoy Natural Healthy Foods Year After Year

Childhood Unbound: Saving Our Kids Best Selves - Confident Parenting in a World of Change by Ron Taf

Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day by Jeff Hertzberg

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

I also recently purchased a book that I have read but knew I needed to add to my collection: Plenty by Alisa Smith. In Canada, this was called The 100-Mile Diet, and brought to light the notion of buying locally.

Many people used to think this was a quirk - local buying, canning and preserving, growing food. It used to be a pleasure, a hobby. For many, it wasn't a consideration. But in this day and age, with what our country, even our world, is facing, I believe a lot of the future will be based in the past. Ideas, pastimes, even civilizations are created and destroyed, picked up and put down and picked up again. The Wheel Turns.

3 comments:

  1. I hate returning books. I want to keep them forever and ever, all of them, and I will build them a special house right here where I can go and gaze upon and flip through their loveliness on a moments notice, with my own card catalog (the old fashioned kind without a computer). Sigh.

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  2. Oh how I love the library too! I would love to have one of those old school mansion studies/libraries with a comfy chair, writing desk, and floor to ceiling built in bookshelves stacked with tomes. And a globe too- you have to have the globe!

    I completely agree with you about the local eating. I think it's wonderful that people are starting to have their own gardens again, and consider a little more where their food comes from. I'm a firm believer in you get what you pay for- and when you're importing cheap food from far off countries you're filling your body with who knows what.

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  3. I love seeing your reading list. I wish we were in a book group together. If I ever manage to read a grown-up book again. Lily mostly wants me to read and re-read "Barnyard Dance", "Pajama Time" and "Chicken Soup with Rice."

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