Book It! – Reading Dilemmas

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I feel like I’ve hardly had any time for reading this month, with the local Fair, and other events going on.  But that’s not stopped me from finishing a few books.


The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals

It took me more than a month, but I worked my way through The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan.  I picked up my beat up old copy at a Half-Price Books Outlet. It was pretty beat up, but since I planed to highlight all over the book, it was just as well.

The Omnivore's Dilemma

I picked up this book at the recommendation of Wayne Humphreys, the Keynote Speaker at INFB Young Farmer’s Conference last January.  It’s an interesting look at the world of agriculture for someone like me, who is married to a man who makes his living as part of the “industrial food chain.”  I learned lots of things about growing corn, that my husband already knew by heart, but I also got a look at how some other people see the food industry.  I might even be interested in reading Pollan’s other books- but first I’ll need to let my brain rest a little bit.

13567038_10106505740396028_3173868834947061948_nWelcome to Night Vale

Welcome to Night Vale is the book by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor that follows the life adventures of two members of the community of Night Vale while they try to solve seemingly unrelated mysteries.  If you’re a fan of the Welcome to Night Vale podcast, you’ll have a pretty good idea what this book is like.  I learned way more about librarians than I ever needed to know, and the basically read the entire book in Cecil’s voice.  

You don’t need to have listened to the podcast to read this book, but I don’t know why you wouldn’t. Every episode is available for free, and it’s pretty awesome.  It does also give you background about the community of Night Vale, instead of throwing you into their world head-first, blindfolded, with your hands tied behind your back.

13528794_10106510152099938_4078848256413229547_nthe princess saves herself in this one

the princess saves herself in this one is Amanda Lovelace’s first poetry collection. And I certainly hope it won’t be her last.  I read this book through in half an hour, and then I read it again.  The poems are, at times, heart-rending, but always beautiful.  I highly recommend that you pick up this book of modern poetry and give it a try.  It’s available via Amazon Kindle and in paperback.

The Witch Tree Symbol

The Witch Tree Symbol is book #33 in the Nancy Drew mystery series. This is one I of the Nancy Drew novels I received from my mom for Christmas, and one I hadn’t read before.  It follows Nancy and her friends as they search for a furniture thief in Pennsylvania’s Amish country.  I always enjoy a good Nancy Drew novel.  They’re quick easy reads, and a great way to relax before bed.  And I always know that no matter what kind of trouble Nancy gets in, she’ll be all right in the end.



Books I’m Actively Reading

Hopefully you’ll see these books in the finished books section next month.

Beyond the Ice Limit by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child- This is the 4th Gideon Crew book and a sequel to The Ice Limit.
Hollow City by Ransom Riggs- This is the 2nd novel in the Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children series.
The Scarecrow of Oz by L Frank Baum- I’ve started this book, but not made much progress, because I’ve been using all my mobile battery for Pokemon Go!.

Books I’ve Put Aside and Plan to Finish Later

Let’s be honest. It’s been so long since I started a couple of these they will probably either become DNF (Did Not Finish) books, or I’ll have to start all over. I feel like such a slacker.

The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope
S. by J.J. Abrams

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