I am done reading seed catalogues for the season. I got my extensive order in and am dreaming and scheming up all sorts of garden plans. From indoors, on my sofa, with a cup of great coffee and my sleeping farm dog who doesn’t love cold. All that dreaming aside, this is the time for catching up on projects or reading. Otherwise one might be prone to give in to seasonal affective disorder and crying until spring. I have lots of books and plenty to do around her to get me through until spring crops.
#1 #Do Not Disturb; How I Ghosted My Cell Phone To Take Back My Life by Jedediah Bila was a must. I try to put my damn phone down long enough to read it. When I was young (“Oh here we go…” I can hear you say.) we could not have even fathomed such a thing. A phone without a cord? A phone that you can take with you? The computers had math games on them. There was no Google, we had encyclopedias and libraries. When the first shoe box sized phone came out in my great aunt’s fancy car, I couldn’t believe it. So, to say that I am not sure how much time I lose checking email, texts, instagram, facebook, and googling things is beyond my scope of imagination. I have eye strain, anxiety, and I see the detriment these things have brought our society. Where children and spouses are ignored, personas are created, and time disappears. Yes, I am reading this book!
#2 Pioneer Girl by Bich Minh Ngugen is magnificently written with captivating prose and such convincing characters and scenarios that I am tempted to google what is fact and fiction as the narrative is so convincing in this Little House on the Prairie obsessed novel. Read it! You will love it.
Also on my list to start-
#3 Mud Season; How One Woman’s Dream of Moving to Vermont Raising Children, Chickens, and Sheep & Running the Old Country Store Pretty Much Led to One Calamity After Another by Ellen Stimson- I checked this book out many years ago from the library and I am not sure why I didn’t get very far in it. Did another book show up that I wanted to read more, was it not interesting? I don’t know but the plot sounds fun so I will start it soon. I have a friend who did just this, left and went to a small town, a place in the country, and started a farm and café in Vermont. Perhaps she read this book!
#4 My Gentle Barn; Creating a Sanctuary Where Animals Heal and Children Learn to Hope by Ellie Laks- I follow this beautiful sanctuary on social media and I am looking forward to going there via the pages of this memoir. My small sanctuary that I told you I was starting last year has come to be and eventually we want land where we can welcome more animals so reading first hand the pros and cons and ins and outs and triumphs will be a lovely way to learn.
#5 Grow the Good Life; Why a Vegetable Garden Will Make You Happy, Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise by Michele Owens- You don’t have to tell me twice! I am well aware of the powers of the garden, but I love reading other’s accounts, often hilarious and educational.
I have a few other memoirs ready to start as well and I hope no one requests them at the library so I have time to read all of them! Wishing you great reading this cold winter season. What are your favorite books right now? Respond in the comments so we all have more books to look into!