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Irony and Good Reading

How ironic is it that we have to save up money to become backwoods homesteaders living below the poverty line?

It almost makes me laugh.  Almost.


Ah, to keep my mind off of eternal questions like that I read.

What are your favorite books?  Here is a list of some of my favorite reads.  I would love to hear yours.

  1. Made From Scratch; Discovering the Pleasures of a Homemade Life by Jenna Woginrich started me on this journey.
  2. Followed by Barnheart; The Incurable Longing for a Farm of One’s Own again by Jenna Woginrich
  3. And her latest- One Woman Farm; My Life Shared with Sheep, Pigs, Chickens, Goats, and a Fine Fiddle. 
  4. A Diary of Dixie by Mary Boykin Chestnut are her true memoirs written in the midst of the Civil War.  Fascinating!
  5. Medicine of the Cherokee by J.T. Garrett is filled with stories, history, and wisdom.
  6. The Good,Good Pig; The Extraordinary Life of Christopher Hogwood by Sy Montgomery was heartwarming and fun.
  7. The Little House books by Laura Ingalls are a wealth of homesteader knowledge.
  8. Poetry by Robert Frost, Maya Angelo, and Mary Oliver…

There are so many more I have loved and enjoyed….share with all of us your favorites!  Winter is the time to catch up on reading and planning.





Katie Lynn Sanders is a Master Herbalist, the author of seven books, has been a speaker on sustainable living, and loves all things wine, regenerative agriculture, homesteading, travel, food, arts, crafts, books, and finding enchantment and inspiration in the smallest things. She lives on a one acre farm with her husband, fourteen chickens, three ducks, a giant Pyrenees, two goats, five cats, and visiting children and grandchildren in southern Colorado.

6 thoughts on “Irony and Good Reading

  1. At the moment I am reading The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers. This was her debut novel and she was only 23 yo. It was quite a sensation. It’s an interesting perspective about race, poverty and general attitudes of the 1940 era.

  2. Have you ever thought about Alaska? America’s final frontier as they say. Colorado is such an expensive place to live and the population will keep on growing.

    Right now I am reading:
    “The Wisdom Of No Escape The Path of Loving Kindness” by Pema Chodron
    It’s about living in the moment and being present.

  3. I am reading “Infidel” byAyaan Hirsiali. This is about a Somali woman who wound up in the Dutch Parliment. Since i am Dutch i thought this would be a good read and an insight to the women in a Muslim culture. I am alsi reading “An Adventure in ayarn Farming” by Barbara Perry . 4 seasons on a new England fiber farm. I like both.

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