Thursday, April 10, 2008


6:26 p.m. / 18:26

I work in a library. You know that already; but it's relevant to this post so I thought I'd mention it again. It's almost unavoidable that a few times a year I'll drag home piles of non-fiction books that will never be read cover-to-cover, if at all. It's just too easy to bring them home when you're surrounded by them all day and it doesn't cost money. Usually they are in some way or another aimed at self-improvement. The latest batch seems somewhat aimed at domesticating me. It must be the newborn homeowner in me. So, take a look at what I've been reading. Or not reading.

The Lazy Gardener by Mara Grey

Gardening From the Ground Up: Rock-Bottom Basics for Absolute Beginners by Maggie Stuckey

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Gardening (2nd Ed.) by June O'Connor & Emma Sweeny

You Grow Girl: The Groundbreaking Guide to Gardening by Gayla Trail (see

Morning Glories & Moonflowers: A Guide to Climbing, Trailing and Cascading Plants by Anne Halpin

Down & Dirty: 43 Fun & Funky First-Time Projects & Activities to Get You Gardening by Ellen Zachos

Covering Ground: Unexpected Ideas for Landscaping With Colorful Low-Maintenance Ground Covers by Barbara W. Ellis

How to Invest $50 - $5,000 by Nancy Dunnan (That's the name on the cover, anyway. The library has it as an author-less book. *shrug*)

Go Green, Live Rich: 50 Simple Ways to Save the Earth (and Get Rich Trying) by David Bach (I'm a bit skeptical of this one.)

Green Chic: Saving the Earth in Style by Christie Matheson (We'll see...)

Skinny Bitch : A No-Nonsense, Tough-Love Guide for Savvy Girls Who Want to Stop Eating Crap and Start Looking Fabulous! and Skinny Bitch in the Kitch: Kick-Ass Recipes for Hungry Girls Who Want to Stop Cooking Crap (and Start Looking Hot!) by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin (They're vegan of all things! I was curious...)

Baking Illustrated: The Practical Kitchen Companion for the Home Baker by the editors of Cook's Illustrated

Basic Baking : Everything You Need to Know to Get You Started, Plus 101 Luscious Desserts That You Can Make by Lora Brody

The Cake Book by Tish Boyle

Have you ever read or consulted any of these books? What did you think?


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