Saturday, February 17, 2018

What I'm Reading: 2/17/2018

I’m still working my way through  The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder in a group study of the book.

I’m still reading The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio:  How My Mother Raised 10 Kids on 25 Words or Less by Terry Ryan.  I went to read some more of it this week and couldn’t find it … I looked and looked for it, I mean it’s a library book and if I lose it I have to pay for it!  You know where I found it?  In my husband’s possession!  He had listened to me chuckle while reading it and so he picked it up and started reading it too.  Hmmm, I think I’ll ask him if he has it before I go looking for it again!    The book is both funny and sad; I’ll tell you more when I’ve finished the book.

And now for my ‘finish’ this week … Powerless, The Year The Lights Went Out by Suzanne Goldring ...  I finished it and I was not disappointed.
Set in the UK this book takes you through a year of living without electricity.  Here's the synopsis that Amazon gives for the book:

A nationwide power cut sends the UK into darkness and the lights are going to be off for a long time. There is no mains water, no petrol and no news. Towns and cities are chaotic and dangerous. Who will survive the months ahead without electricity? But out in the country, Sandra is determined to keep going. Can she keep her family healthy through the long, wet winter? And can they all adapt to life without power?

The book is written in a daily journal format and through it I grew to know the characters and felt drawn into the story as if I were going through it with them.

If you want to get some kind of idea of what a long-term grid down situation would look like, this is the book for you.  I really enjoyed it!

This is book one in a series of 13 on teaching children about herbs.  Yes, this is a children’s book written in a story format but don’t let that turn you off.  This first book is chalked full of simple to understand information on herbs.  If you’re a beginning ‘herb’ learner or if you just like to absorb your information in a very simple format, I recommend this book to you.  I liked it so much that I will be gradually adding the whole series to the 'herb books' library.
That's what I'm reading, what about you?
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10 comments:

  1. I am reading 'I Just Wanted to Live'. Written by a Jewish man who survived WWII from his perspective as a child during that time. It was an Amazon Kindle freebie awhile back. I almost quit reading as many chapters are just family history but once I got past that it has been very interesting.

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    1. Lana, I'll see if our library has it. Thanks for the recommendation!

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    2. Correction on the title, I Only Wanted to Live by Arie Tamir.

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  2. I have read "The Prize Winner of ..." and really enjoyed it - as you say, funny & sad at the same time.
    I watched a TV movie from the UK based on what would happen when the grid went down and it was shocking how quickly most people couldn't cope. It was done in a very realistic format as though it was a news documentary looking back on what had happened. It makes me even happier that I keep a fairly well stocked pantry and encourages me to keep doing so. We are constantly told to have a bare minimum of 72 hours worth of supplies but that 2 to 3 weeks would be better - plus to keep bottled water on hand - just in case and yet I'm always shocked by how little friends have on hand. They seem to think that since we live in the city food will always be available but it wouldn't take much for the shelves to empty - very sobering.

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    1. Margie, do you have the name of the TV Movie?

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  3. I bought "Powerless, the year the lights went out" and can't wait till we do the book study on it. Our library doesn't have the "Prizewinner of Defiance, Ohio" so I need to ask if they can get it for me. Will have to look into the herb one. Nancy

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    1. Nancy, I really enjoyed 'Powerless ....' It will be a good one for our group to do a study on1

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  4. I Googled looking for that movie and came up with the movie Blackout made in the Uk in 2013. This has to be the movie..It says it is one and a half hours long. Someone commented that they had seen it on You Tube so I will check there ... Sarah

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  5. I’ve finished Textile Collage by Mandy Pattullo. This is a very fast book to get through even though it’s ‘crafty’. I loved it and have been going back several times for pointers. For something less fun, i’ve just barely cracked the front cover of The Case Against Sugar by Gary Taubes. I live with a chocoholic. I used to be able to leave the sweets alone. Lately, i’m not doing so good. Hopefully, this will get me motivated. Then, I have a stack of herbals waiting for me to go through. The Big Book Of Herbs, A Tradition Of Soup, Traditional Medicines From the Earth, Chinese Medicinal Teas And an odd one, The Nature Notes Of an Edwardian Lady. This has great graphics and lovely writing. It’s in a diary format. I seem to be in a reading phase or maybe more of a collecting phase? ��
    Debbie

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    1. Debbie, you sound like me, I have 3 that I'm reading now and a whole stack just waiting to be read! I'll check out the ones you mentioned, some I'm familiar with and others I'm not.

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