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I recently finished reading Food from the Radical Center by Gary Paul Nabhan, and I greatly enjoyed the book! I am now reading the books Brilliant Green by Stefano Mancuso and Alessandra Viola and Compost Teas by Eric Fisher.
 
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Dave Burton wrote:I recently finished reading Food from the Radical Center by Gary Paul Nabhan, and I greatly enjoyed the book! I am now reading the books Brilliant Green by Stefano Mancuso and Alessandra Viola and Compost Teas by Eric Fisher.


I want to read Eric's compost tea book too!
Currently listening to Jane Eyre, read by the totally wonderful Juliette Stevenson on my tablet in my backpack whilst weeding the wretched but tenacious bindweed out of a patch of french beans and pumpkins....
 
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I am currently reading Storyworthy by Matthew Dicks and Brilliant Green. I recently finished reading Compost Teas by Eric Risher.
 
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Creating a Forest Garden by Martin Crawford. Such an awesome resource book. And, of course, an audio book - a bbc collection of radio dramas of Terry Pratchett books. So funny. Great for a giggle while Im cycling around exercising my dodgy hip.
 
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I don't really cook, but I garden.  So, I'm mostly just enjoying the front half of The Edible French Garden, by Rosalind Creasy and the photos in Beekman 1802: A Seat at the Table.  The Artisan Profiles in the second book are pretty cool too.  The Beekman 1802 farm is in Sharon Springs, NY.  The owners celebrate their local community and their fascinating neighbors.



 
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I picked up a copy of the Myth of Sisyphus on vacation, I think there is some good stuff in here but I may need to reread a few times to be sure. 🙃
 
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I just picked up the two "Roughing it" books by Mark Twain for my upcoming vacation week.  I'm staying in a cottage with no power on a lake in central Maine.  Looking forward to totally unplugging and slipping away from it all for one week.
 
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I recently finished reading Storyworthy: Engage, Teach, Persuade, and Change Your Life Through the Power of Storytelling by Matthew Dicks. It was an awesome read! I have just begun reading Grocery Story by Jon Steinman. I am slowly reading Brilliant Green, bit by bit before I go bed.
 
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I recently finished reading Grocery Story by Jon Steinman and have begun reading Are We Done Fighting? by Matthew Legge.
 
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Paul and I started an audio book written by Jim Butcher, the author of The Dresden Files. We both enjoyed The Dresden Files, so we were excited to like this one, Captain's Fury of Butcher's Codex Alera series. I don't know if it was the writing, the narrator (it was on Audible) or what, but it just was not engaging either of us.

So I pulled up The Rosie Project, by Graeme Simsion, out of our Audible library. It had sat in our library for ages because the summary of the book sounded a bit smarmy or trite.



Oh. my. gosh.

The first few paragraphs had us chuckling and thoroughly engaged! It's so endearingly funny about a guy with a very specific, rational mind (on the spectrum, so to speak) and how he struggles socially. I think it's just brilliant in how it juxtaposes this rational mind guy with the majority who communicate through niceties (lies), implied meanings, and social cues/rules that are akin to mind reading.

Perhaps kind of dry to some, who might not get the humor, but we've really enjoyed it so far. In fact, Paul has been nodding emphatically at the logic behind the main character's thoughts and reasoning in many places, even though we know his rationale will lead to not quite so socially acceptable outcomes.

A friend found the audiobook on YouTube, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ZGekkQgXcY, though I don't know if that's a licensed/legit copy and if it will stay available or get pulled.

 
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I really enjoyed the Rosie Project too. I guess there's a sequel, which doesn't get as high marks but I intend to try out, some day.

I'm reading The Cuckoo's Calling, by Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling). It's a murder mystery, very engaging and well written. Fun.

I'm listening to the memoir The Dirty Life: A Memoir of Farming, Food, and Love Paperback by Kristin Kimball. I've read it before, and am enjoying it a second time through. She's a bit of a whiner, but I appreciate that she doesn't clean up her behavior/personality too much. She seems human.

I think I already posted here about my favorite trilogy by Ken Stanley Robinson, on Science in the Capitol. I just re-listened to all three books and again enjoyed it.
 
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My current books are; Charcuterie and Artisan Cheese Making at Home.

Mostly because these are some skills I really want to know well.

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Being a fan of many forms of literature, I'm digesting several collections of essays. I actually hold the essay up as one of our highest forms of literature for many reasons. I recently had two published over at Front Porch Republic and so what I'm reading lately are many of the essays there.
And, who can say no to a Wendell Berry or a Mark Twain essay. For both of those writers, most folks rightly laud their novels or short stories. I particularly love Twain's and Berry's essays. Here's a link to what one writer thinks are Twain's wittiest essays: https://theculturetrip.com/north-america/usa/missouri/articles/the-10-wittiest-essays-by-mark-twain/ . Berry's essays have been collected by various like-minded editors, but I think my most favorite is The Art of the Commonplace: The Agrarian Essays (multiple review here: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/146151.The_Art_of_the_Commonplace).
I'm also reading several "textbooks" on blacksmithing (Farm Blacksmithing and Elementary Forge Practice and Blacksmith's Manual Illustrated) and metallurgy.
 
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hau Dan, my favorite blacksmithing book is "The Japanese Sword" I can't remember the English author but the sword maker was Yoshindo Yoshihura (my sensi). I just love hammering hot metal into what I want it to be.

I have a first edition of "The million pound note and other essays" by Mark Twain. It is one of my treasures, along with my first edition Tolken "The Hobbit"
 
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I recently finished reading Are We Done Fighting? by Matthew Legge, and I have started reading The Tourist Trail by Jon Yunker.

For fun, I am reading I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith!
 
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I just finished reading Inferno by Dan Brown. He's not my favorite author to begin with, but I was given the book second hand. There were parts I quite liked, and the topic is certainly one we need to pay attention to, but I didn't at all like the bad guy's "solution" to the problem. I could see so many ways that approach could go wrong from the social engineering perspective.
 
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Up to book 7 of the Harry Potter series read by Steven Fry. Just asked him indoors if we were taking the Hufflepuffs on our ride today. I meant panniers. Cos that's the same....
 
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Talking to Angels: A life spent at high lattitude, by Robert Perkins
One of those perfect books that you read to the end, flip back over and start from the first page again.
PBS made a decent film, though very different and not as good as the book... let's see if I can dredge it up...

 
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I finished reading The Tourist Trail a few days ago, and I have recently started reading Among Animals.
 
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I recently finished reading Among Animals by multiple authors, and I have begun reading Permaculture Design Companion by Jasmine Dale.
 
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I just got "The Year-round Hoophouse - Polytunnels for all Seasons and all Climates" from our local library. I had thought it would be about all sorts of polytunnels, but it's really about the very large ones which I simply have no place for. Some of the chapters may still have useful info about specific plants. Ultimately, I really would prefer some sort of glass-based system. Using plastic to grow plants and extend one's season may use less embodied energy than having food shipped long distances, but it's still not as sustainable as recycled glass.
 
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I recently finished Maybe You Should Talk to Someone, which was really highly recommended and turned out to be delightful. My kid is having a rough time right now making some drastic changes in her life and this person also makes drastic change after drastic change, and it all works out. But in itself it was an enjoyable read, and more positive than recent books.
 
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Last night a finished An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz.  I thoroughly enjoyed the book as it showed me quite a few things which were not among my radar before, like colonization, war politics and genocide. I recommend this to anyone who wants to read about the history of the USA told from an indigenous perspective.
Before that i had read Braiding Sweetgrass By Robin Wall Kimmerer Which i would highly recommend.
And before that i had read Of Water and the Spirit by Malidomaa Patrice Some another book i highly recommend.
 
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I recently finished reading Permaculture Design Companion by Jasmine Dale, and I enjoyed reading it a lot! I am now reading Edible Paradise by Vera Grutink, which focuses making a permaculture kitchen garden.
 
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Jocelyn Campbell wrote:Paul and I started an audio book written by Jim Butcher, the author of The Dresden Files. We both enjoyed The Dresden Files, so we were excited to like this one, Captain's Fury of Butcher's Codex Alera series. I don't know if it was the writing, the narrator (it was on Audible) or what, but it just was not engaging either of us.



I went through that series too, with similar hopes and disappointment. The characters and world were just compelling enough for me to keep listening to the audiobooks, but had they just been in book-form, I would have given them a hard pass.

If you want more Butcher, I suggest you try The Aeronaut's Windlass. I think the series is still finding its feet, but it is certainly imaginative, and addresses some of the issues that we care about as permaculturalists, albeit from the underside.

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As an aside, I just started to listen to "The Market Gardener" by Jean-Martin Fortier on audiobook, read by Diego Footer. I will offer a review on the appropriate wiki when I am done.

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I second Jordan's recommendation of Braiding Sweetgrass. I and a group of friends were so excited about it that we contravened the author's directions and bought sweetgrass on the Internet. We were just talking about the book tonight.

In the same vein "the mushroom at the end of the world" is a wonderful book. The same kind of syncretic multidisciplinary thinking as Kimmerer's, applied to history, anthropology, economics, and globalization, all via foraging with matsutake as grail and metaphor.

Right now I'm reading James C Scott's seeing like a state, on audiobook. all his books are great but they tend not to stand on audible very long. Also reading Doctor ingham's compost tea manual and waiting for Eric Fisher's to arrive.
 
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I managed to score a copy of Sepp Holzer's "Permaculture". He totally thinks through what Nature tells him, but just as Nature can be a bit of a jumble at times, I find that his sense of order and mine are a bit different, making it hard for me to see his big picture. Wish me luck!
 
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A good while ago, I finished reading Edible Paradise by vera Grutink, and I enjoyed that book! I more recently finished reading The Three Imposters by Arthur Machen and The Godmakers by Frank Herbert! I enjoyed both of those for different reasons. I liked The Three Imposters for its weird mix of fantasy, mystery, suspense, and thriller. I enjoyed The Godmakers by Frank Herbert, because the book addressed many ideas and concepts of what it means to be human.

I am now currently reading The One-Straw Revolution by Masanobu Fukuoka.
 
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I merged your stuff with the following thread. I hope that is okay by you.
 
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We have had gorgeous fall weather and it's forecast to continue for another week plus, but I know rain is just around the corner so I'm looking to bulk up my fun planned reading list.  Obviously there are a lot of permaculture / homesteading options to keep me busy but I'm wondering if anyone else is a "for fun" reader and if so, what do you read?  What are some all-time favorites or recently read treats?

I could list my favorite genres but will refrain from starting off that way since I hope that suggestions won't be for just me but for others who like to read.
 
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Reading east of eden currently. Always been a fan of steinbeck and vonnegut.
 
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I keep multiple books going at a time.  Currently rereading White Fang by Jack London. Working my way back through my Alistair MacLean collection.  Also reading for the first time The Year of Less by Cait Flanders, Inspiring Tiny Homes by Gill Heriz and the Authorative Calvin and Hobbes collection (with nephew).

A weirder combination than usual!

 
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Thanks!  These are great suggestions.  

I like reading working my way through a variety of books at the same time too :) - so I always have something to match my interest or level of brain energy/focus.  

I read the Year of Less and then passed it on to my sister who also enjoyed it.  I have read Cait's blog for years so it was extra interesting to read some of those details and to watch her grow.

Calvin and Hobbes is a favorite for me too.  I used to own them all and read them to my siblings.  Maybe time for a reread.
 
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Just finishing Blue Remembered Earth, hard sci-fi by a 16-year astrophysicist for the European Space Agency, and great Welsh writer, Alastair Reynolds.  First book in a trilogy about the first interstellar voyages (of course I read book 2 first, and don't have book 3), the science point of which is that the stars are vastly far away, we will probably never get much faster than 50% of lightspeed, it will take many years to accelerate to that, and therefore "ships" will have to be essentially planets  (hollowed asteroids, spun for gravity) where generations of people live out their whole lives without getting there yet.  There is not much about growing food aboard these (that was in the 2nd one), but a lot about actually taking care of practical business while living in space.  And the whole series is set in a completely inhabited, space-faring solar system, a century after the "Resource and Relocation Crisis", which Reynolds is confident we will get a grip on ourselves and honorably deal with.

Up next:  Death of a Swagman, Arthur Upfield's 1945 "Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte  mystery".  I ran across one of these a decade or two ago and loved it.  "Bony" is a half-Aboriginal detective in (1930s?) Australia.  I met an Aussie who said it was a TV show in B&W days.



 
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been on the list for Jared Diamond's Collapse for a long, long time, finally got that and am about halfway through.
Also reading Mo Rocca's Mobituaries, because I was a podcast junkie in a former life and miss Mo Rocca.
 
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