Winter Reads

Winter break is coming soon, so I prepared myself for possible snow days where I don’t want to leave my home. I have a book list started on Amazon twelve years ago. Remember when Amazon was mostly dealing in book retail? Yes, a long time ago.

I still use that list as a reference for when I’m searching my local library catalogs. Fortunately the community I live in has book sharing amongst libraries so if a book isn’t available at my branch, there will most likely be one at another branch and they get delivered to the one nearest me. I take advantage of this program consistently.

All links will be through because even though I still use Amazon as a book list, I’m trying my best to not purchase things via the internet, and straying away from Amazon entirely.

I try to keep up with authors I enjoy so I have two books from Sherman Alexie: Blasphemy and You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me.

I have started in on the latter, and it’s a heartbreaking and joyous biographical book in the form of poems and short stories.

The former is a collection of short stories I am excited to dive into.

Here I Am by Jonathan Safran Foer is a novel that has been on my list since I heard Foer wrote a new book. His other novels were moving, and I have yet to read his nonfiction piece Eating Animals. I don’t eat animals and I’m not sure I can bear hearing more about the tragic fates of countless beings.

Michael Ableman’s Fields of Plenty is exactly the type of book I’ve been wanting to devour. Food, people, the planet; these are all interests of mine. My dream job is to be an organic farmer, but I haven’t worked up the nerve to explore that option thoroughly. The subtitle is: A farmer’s journey in search of real food and the people who grow it. One of the highlights of my trips to the farmer’s market is talking with the growers and hearing about their passion of growing food. Now I can hear more accounts of their lives and live vicariously through them for a moment. 🙂

What are your plans for winter?

Peace and love,


October Books

I’m quite embarrassed to say I hadn’t visited my library in a long, long time. I grew up checking out massive stacks of books from the library with my mom and three sisters. We barely ever paid late fees. My parents were responsible and didn’t pay unnecessary fees. I believe I’ve accrued a few library fees, and one was when I stupidly allowed a friend to check out a book on my account. There is a reason that is not allowed.

Neil Gaiman is one of my favorite authors. I first read his Sandman graphic novels which had a significant impact on my view of the genre and on storytelling in general. The only fiction book is from him, titled Norse Mythology. 

I’ve gifted a copy of Herbivoracious by Michael Natkin. I enjoy his blog quite a bit and leafed through the copy before I gave it, and thought I’d check it out for a bit.

My desire is to learn about the gifts that nature surrounds us with locally. I have hunted for morels, but never anything else. I know chanterelles are supposed to be developing in the fall, so I got some local fungi books.

Yes, I live in Idaho.

The fermentation book is not exactly what I wanted, but the immediate selection at the library was slim. Many books are on hold, though and I’m so excited!

Peace and love,