January was a busy month for me in the reading department. At the beginning of the month I received a Kindle as a late Christmas gift. If you had asked me 6 months ago if I would use a Kindle, I would have say “no”. I didn’t feel the need to have it as I had no ebooks to read. Since that time, though, my collection of ebooks has grown to over 127. Now, before you think I went out and spent a lot of money, these are all from books I have posted on here or similarly found for free on Amazon. I had been reading them on my laptop, which was working out okay. However, I started to see so many more opportunities to ready a bit here and there. These were often times it would have been impossible or impractical to use a laptop.
Before you this becomes a sales pitch I want to make clear that I fully see the purchase of a Kindle as a “want”, a privilege. It was defiantly not a “need”. I am a strong supporter of only spending what you have and living below your means. I could have gotten along the way I had been doing it. Please, don’t go buy one because you “need” it. There are few things in life that we really need. This isn’t one of them.
The gift of the Kindle was because the person knew how much I love reading and thought this would be the perfect gift for me. They were right.
I tell you all this to help explain why my reading went from 1 or 2 books a month to, well, a lot more.
The variety of topics is what kept it interesting. After reading a few books on the same topic in a row, my desire for reading greatly diminishes. If I keep a nice variety going, I am more likely to keep reading.
This list is in no particular order.
Favorite gardening book of the month:
Blueberries in Your Backyard: How to Grow America’s Hottest Antioxidant Fruit for Food, Health, and Extra Money (25-page Booklet) by R.J. Ruppenthal
I think they covered every aspect of growing blueberries. As I don’t have blueberry bushes, but am looking to get some, I’ll let you know in a few months how things are going.
Favorite non-gardening books of the month:
This month I have two favorites as they are the first two in a series of three.
Ready or Not (Aggie’s Inheritance) by Chautona Havig
For Keeps (Aggie’s Inheritance) by Chautona Havig
This is one of those books that I can not read in one sitting. I have slowly been working my way through it while exercising. It gives me time to then think through what I just read. It has already had an impact on me though, in that I’ve gotten rid of some time wasters. This was the encouragement I needed to deal with all the spam I was getting on this site. I no longer dread looking over at the “comments to be moderated” section. There are some other areas in life I am thinking of working on to make more efficient and less a waste of time.
Read this month:
Who Gives Up Adorable Little Girls Anyway? The Search For Our Biological Father (Tales of Adoption) by Janet Stephenson
This is a book written not as a novel, but as if you were sitting down flipping through someone’s journal. In a way, I think it is a very fitting format for such a topic. Life is not a book. It never works out or flows the way a book does. It is a very real read into the struggles and journey they took to find the answer put forth in the title.
The author, David Szalontai, gives an overview of how Fiverr.com works and some ideas that are popular or doable to earn money on the site. He also gives examples of some things he has done in the past.
If you are looking for plans with measurements and diagrams, this is the book you want. There is very little, if any, talking or conversation going on. The title explains the book very accurately – “Plans and Ideas”
A mystery novel and canning in the same book. That right there caught my attention. I enjoyed the mystery and canning part, but could have very well done without the sleeping/living together parts. This was a bit slow to read, but I was curious who actually did it in the end. Not to worry, I won’t spoil that part. But it was definantly not who I thought it was.
Or here for the NOOK version:
35 Chinese Recipes For Weeknights – The Easy Chinese Recipes Edition (Quick and Easy Dinner Recipes – The Easy Weeknight Dinners Collection) by Pamela Kazmierczak
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