Printed Word Matters

Are you a Good Reads-er? Although I've been told (*ahem* Ashley!) I'm not great about keeping up with my account (I just deleted a book that was supposed to be, but never actually was, checked out from the library that had been in "currently reading" status for something like 800 + days) I do have a stack of books I savor every chance I get**.

**Translation of "every chance": When I'm not 1) chasing, playing, snuggling, cuddling, blowing raspberries with M; 2) creating interesting concoctions also commonly called family dinner; 3) drawing, scanning, printing, listing, selling prints; 4) absorbing time on the internet; 5) cleaning; 6) doing laundry; 7) sleeping.

This means reference books are about all I can handle right now, but that's okay since my stack is primarily made up of them.

Canning for a New Generation by Lianna Krissof
Well, I haven't actually gotten my grubby little hands on this one, but it should arrive tomorrow (along with Vera, which I rationalized as research and development, and Good to the Grain, because I. made. bread. people! and I want to make more. More more more!) and I'm ready to try out some interesting pickle recipes.

Start with the Soil by Grace Gershuny
is an out of print book from Rodale. It was recommended by Annie Novak. When I crossed the recommendation while reading an interview with Novak, there was a sudden clicking sound in my brain; an undeniable realization that I need to learn more about the dirt I'm using and abusing. You can read it straight through like normal people do, or if you have an adorable little 2-legged distraction that prevents normal activities, you can pick it up and read a chapter at a time. . . which is how I'm getting through it.

The Resilient Gardener by Carol Deppe
The full title sounds like a book for the apocalypse, so I'll just keep it to the first title. I don't usually include brimstone in my reading, but the scope of the content seemed like an important resource for what we've got going on at our house (especially that last bullet point).

I know a lot of you out there are busy with kids and general daily life, so do you piece together bits of free time to read? How do you do it or are you waiting til later to savor the printed word?


Ashley said...

I’ve been reading a lot more nonfiction lately too, probably at least partly because of what you said – it’s a whole lot easier to pick up a reference book or something without a linear plot and read it every now and then, whenever there’s time, than it is to do that with a novel. For me it can be a week or longer in between chances to pick up a book, and by then with fiction you forget stuff and have to go back and reread.

By the way, that “Gardening in Eden” book you lent me is compulsively readable, even for someone like me with no gardening skills whatsoever (more like a black thumb!). At the same time I’m also reading “Endurance” (about Shackleton’s expedition to the Antarctica) and “The History of the Ancient World.”

And that comment about GoodReads was just because I'm always curious what you’re reading – don’t take it too hard! ;)

erin said...

I only like reference-type books and could never get into non-fiction, although I keep trying.

I just picked Vera up a couple weeks ago but haven't read it yet (and i don't even have a kid!) and this Canning book you posted had me logging into my PayPal acct to check funds within like 3 seconds. Off to Amazon I will go tonight. It looks pretty amazing.

Unknown said...

I don't think I could ever go completely electronic. I can only read certain books digitally, If I want to savour a book, if its one I've been looking forward to reading then you can't beat the turn of the page or the feel of paper between finger and thumb. Plus I'm a hoarder and I can never resist adding to my bookshelf. :-)