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What Are You All Reading?

 
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I am currently reading Gaia's Garden by Toby Hemenway.

It is my intent to work my way through our book review grid as a means to respark my love of reading. I used to devour novels but it has been a few years sense I last sat down and read. Now that I make the time, I find that I love it! Reading just before bed is starting to become routine.
 
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Just got done reading Sepp Holzers "Desert or Paradise".  I was really trying to find a hard copy, but the cost at the moment is outrageous, so I opted to buy a digital version.

Anybody know if the glorious Mr. Holzer will have these books printed again?

Now I'm reading an online version of "Sepp Holzers Permaculture", which I am enjoying just as much as his other book.  

The picture below shows what I was finally able to get hard copies of. Some of the most often recommended books here on Permies. Getting them to Poland was a pain in the arse...  

I also ordered Kates "Natural Small Batch Cheesemaking", Josephs "Landrace Gardening", Brad Lancasers "Rainwater Harvesting", and a book that was highly recommended by Dakota Coen "Freshwater Aquaculture: A Handbook for Small Scale Fish Culture." Most of these should arrive in Spring when family comes to visit from the US.    

Hoping to gain a level or two...or three!?... on the Wheaton Eco-Scale after putting this knowledge into practice...  

Big dreams and visions ahead.  

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I'm currently reading (and enjoying) three books:
Fermentation Journeys by Sandor Katz
Doppelganger by Naomi Klein
Blackwater by Michael McDowell
 
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This morning I finished Doppleganger in the list just above and slotted in The Enigma of Clarence Thomas by Corey Robin to replace it. I'm not very far into it but it's already pretty interesting.
 
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I'm reading Enchantment by Katherine May, Cave in the Snow by Vicki Mackenzie and I'm just getting into The Forest Unseen which is about biologist David Haskell's experiment in observation of a one-square-meter patch of old-growth forest. I'm very excited about this one!
 
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Two nights ago, I finished Blackwater and started All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.
 
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MEND! a refashioning manual and manifesto  by Kate Sekules

Good overview of historical fabric/clothing practices in the first half.

I'm hoping the second half, which includes more about techniques, will have practical applications for me.

The problem is that many books like this are written by people who are "into fashion". I'm into staying warm while dealing with wet weather and animals!
 
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Finally getting around to Jane Austen - I found a single book that supposedly has her complete works, in chronological order of their writing. I think it would more accurately be described a her complete adult works, as there is at least one of her earlier works, missing. I've never read her books, and the Regency linguistic somersaults, herkeies, and back flips present plenty of challenge, on my foggy days, though they're no trouble, on a decent day.

I'm a few chapters into Sense and Sensibility, now. It's rather enchanting, and the character development, while gentle, is distinct.

Edited to add: 21 chapter's in,  and I'm NOT enjoying Sense & Sensibility. I find the storyline frivolous, tedious, and petty. The linguistic gymnastics are ridiculous, even though I've read my fair share of Regency period dialog, and the characters are utterly nosey & pushy imbiciles, to a one. Twenty one chapters. I was really trying to like it - or at least understand why so many others do... But, it's not working. I can't give Jane another moment of my life.
 
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A couple of these appear in posts above, but my current three books are:
Fermentation Journeys by Sandor Katz (I read this only in little chunks, so it's taking ages.)
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (almost done)
The Anxious Generation by Jonathan Haidt (just started)
 
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I have an interest in controversial books, especially books that are actually banned, either now or in the past (not just books that are controversial in the public school system, even though I like those too). Here ar few of my recent ones. Currently waiting on mein kampf, along with Mr. Wheatons book.

(Just to b clear, I don't agree with all the ideas espoused in these books. I just enjoy them for the fact that some people think I shouldn't be allowed to own them).
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