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Books in 2015

I love to read and I love the process of critically reviewing a book and noting down my thoughts.  I hope you find it useful for finding books that you need.  Some of the books are sent to me to review, some I buy new or secondhand and some are from the library.  No matter where the book comes from I try to give my honest assessment.  Sometimes I read a book that I don't like for one reason or another, and I tend to not review that book at all, I don't see the value in writing about something I didn't enjoy.  I aim for about one review a month.  Sometimes I'm reading more than one at a time, but I at least try to FINISH one a month!


eight acres: books reviewed in 2015
One of my bookshelves!

I include affiliate links where possible, and I make a few cents in Amazon vouchers every time someone clicks on my link.  This year so far I've accumulated $10.95 in Amazon credit.  If you were going to buy something from Amazon anyway, getting there through my links doesn't cost you anything extra and I get some credit.  A big thank you to everyone who has done that, it helps me to buy  more books!

I'm always looking for more books to read, so please share with me books that you have found useful.  What are your favourite books around the homestead?  For animal care, real food, farming, gardening, sustainability, permaculture??


Here's what I reviewed in 2015:
Beekeeping books and resources

The Third Plate

Omnivore's Dilemma

Eat Drink Paleo

A Postage Stamp Garden

The Building of the Queensland House

Five Acres and a Dream - the book

The Raw Milk Answer Book

Happy Hair - The definitive guide to giving up shampoo



eight acres: books reviewed in 2015
A few new books to read

I recently bought a few books that were recommended to us and I have stack of beekeeping books to read as well.  Next year you can expect reviews of the following, and several more I expect:

Organic Farming with Worms (David Murphy)

One Straw Revolutionary (Larry Korn)
One-Straw Revolutionary: The Philosophy and Work of Masanobu Fukuoka


Advancing Biological Farming (Garry Zimmer and Leilani Zimmer-Durand)
Advancing Biological Farming


Beekeeping books and dvds:
The Australian Beekeeping Manual (Robert Owen)
The Australian Beekeeping Manual

Queen Rearing Essentials (Lawrence John Connor)
Queen Rearing Essentials

The Bee Book - Beekeeping in Australia (P. Warhurst and R. Goebel)

Natural Beekeeping: Organic Approaches to Modern Apiculture (Ross Conrad)
Natural Beekeeping with Ross Conrad (DVD)


Affiliate links included for the books that are listed on Amazon in case you want to get ahead of me!  You can see the images if you click through to the blog page here and you can find my full list of books in my Amazon book shop here.


          


Comments

  1. So many good books, so little time! I like your one-a-month goal. I'm a very slow reader because I save my reading for the end of the day and then I usually fall asleep before I get very far. I like your book store too. That's a great way to make recommendations, and I find the reviews useful as I try to sort out my own book purchases. Keep it up!

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