Thursday, April 8, 2010

I Know I'm A Nerd. But, I've Come To Terms With That.

I have this little addiction.  I love books.  I have always loved books.  I think I love them too much.  The problem is - I don't have a whole lot of time to get reading in these days.

Let me give you a glimpse of my current book pile that I am working on (on top of my daily Bible reading).  Ready?

I did finish this one.  It's an easy read full of personal stories, great recipes, tips and really cute crafts.

This one didn't get read all the way through.  I had to return both of these to the library yesterday after renewing them once already.  This book is more of a reference guide to all things "homestead".  It has EVERYTHING in it.  We're talking from how much crop you can grow on different amounts of land, to starting seeds, to saving seeds, to canning, cooking; fruit and nut trees - what is the best type for your area, how to care for them, how to save the nuts and use them...; herbs - growth, care, saving, recipes...; sheep, goats, pigs and cows (both for milking and meat) - how to care for them, what each breed is best for, butchering, wrapping the meat, milking, making cheese; raising bees and much, much more; The list for this book could go on and on.  Let's just say that I was ecstatic to run across this little gem at our pitiful library and have added it to my "I MUST OWN THIS BOOK!" list. :0)

I received this book for free because I agreed to write a review for it (when I finish it).  It's all about the real life of Jane Austen.  I'll share more of the details of how I received it for free (and will have access to more free books) and how you can, too when I write my review.

My approach to reading this book has been different than any other book I've read.  It's not one that I have personally been able to just pick up and read leisurely.  It's one that I feel compelled to read when I've had a rough day.  Amazingly, there is always just the right thing that I need to hear that day when I do.

I am SO glad that I bought this book (with my Swagbucks, by the way)!  It is so rich with information that I want to sit for days at a time and read it.  But, my family expects to eat each day and they would frown upon running around naked because they had no clean clothes to wear - at least I think they would frown.  Let's just say, I don't want to go down that road!  I can't read this book if I'm distracted, though.  I need to be able to concentrate because it is full of important information (that I desperately need to know), case studies and medical report findings.  I read this one with highlighter in hand.  It has ignited a fire in me that I've seldom experienced.  It's really that good!

In this selection of books, I own three and had checked two out from the library.  Normally, I check out more at a time. I'm trying to restrain myself. :0)  I see so many books that I want to read because they relate to things I am currently wanting to learn and I check them out in my excitement.  I know - I'm a nerd.  But, I've come to terms with that.  Then, the reality of a busy day to day life sets in and I struggle to read them.  Cookbooks are returned without trying even one new recipe. 

On top of my book addiction - I subscribe to these magazines:  Country Living, Better Homes and Gardens, Martha Stewart Living, House Beautiful, Midwest Living and my free subscription to Weight Watchers Magazine.  At least I can digest the magazines in 5 minute chunks of time if I need to.  And, I usually do!

I have come to realize that I LOVE to be continually learning and trying new things.  I think that is part of my book obsession.  They open a whole world of experiences and how-to's for anyone willing to glimpse within their pages.  HOW EXCITING IS THAT?! 

So, I want to know - are there any other 'nerds' out there with me?  Do you love books?  What is your favorite kind of books that you like to read?  Don't leave me hanging, ladies! :0)

Hope you can find a few moments to get lost in a book today!


  1. Pam,
    I love all these book suggestions! I may have to look inot a few of those. Just as you, I love to read, but do not have the time to devour books as I would like. I often get sleepy when I sit down to read and it becomes such a chore to get through the chapters. I am reading "Dancing with my Father" (a mom in my co-op gave it to me) and I just took back to the library a Beth Moore book ~ the one about Paul! I've also been going through the Suzanne Sommers books, Breakthrough and Knockout ~ skimming them really by key words.
    I love my Midwest Living magazine and I also get The Old Schoolhouse magazine. Happy reading ~ thanks for sharing!

  2. Yes, I'm a nerd! (but you probably already know that)

    I think I'm going to copy your idea and show off my book pile, too!

    We go to the library at least once a week, sometimes as often as three or four times a week.

    Oh, and I'm raising nerds, too! The boy volunteers at the library and is part of their Teen Advisory Group.

    His book stack is often 8-10 titles at a time and he'll blow through as many as seven books in a week. :)

  3. Ain't nothin' wrong with bein' a nerd!

    I can't wait to read the Jane Austen review...I love just about ANYTHING Jane Austen (with the exception of a recent book entitled Pride & Prejudice and Zombies) Looove the Nourishing traditions book (though I still cannot stomach liver) and the Backyard Homesteader is on my must buy book list, too!

    My recent book pile includes novels and several 'raw food' books.

    PS...I've GOT to try that tooth soap!

  4. My problem is I steal way too many moments away to read books when I oughta be doing something more productive! You know I am a big time reader. My interests vary, but I will not read trash (curse words, raunchy romance, etc.)


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