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I don’t tend to read as much as I used to. Truth be told like many aspects of my life I go through spurts. Sometimes for weeks or months on end, I will read a book a day, and then for months or even a year, I only flip through a few. I always HAVE a ton of books though and do like to create a little reading pile. Recently I got this basket at the thrift store with the intention of using it when we go to the park but instead it ended up as being my reading stash. So, let me show you what’s in my book basket for May 2018. Mostly stuff I am reading in spurts and flipping through. I’m not in a massive reading phase at the moment.
There is a fun display below with an affiliate link and if you make a purchase I may make a small commission. Only some of them are still available (my love of vintage you know!)
I do tend to read cookbooks. I don’t usually follow an actual recipe, so what I do is read the books and then when cooking I make it up based on what I saw, usually modifying it in multiple ways.
This month I have a vintage Williamsburg cookbook in my basket. It’s a small volume that is a reprint of some other old cookbook. There is a beautiful stamped cover, very old fashioned looking. It’s the “Williamsburg Art of Cookery, or Accompli?d Gentlewoman’s Companion.” The ? is because there is an authentic archaic symbol that I have NO idea how to type. The $2.95 sticker shows it me it’s vintage because I’m willing to bet there are not many items you can buy in a gift store there nowadays for $3, certainly not a well made and seemingly print-pressed book.
I also have a vintage Sunset Appetizers cookbook. My family loves appetizers and especially on busy nights (like right now, baseball season) I will make a tray of appetizers for dinner. This funky book went through the book sale I volunteer at (it’s over now sadly.) I snagged it for some fun new ideas.
Also more modern is the Inspiralized Cookbook. A few months ago I brought home a spiralizer, thinking it would be a cool way to work more veggies into our diet. Instead of a meat, a side and one or two plain veggies. This could mix it up. For the record, my husband said it was stupid. “I don’t understand why we can’t just eat vegetables.” However, he is the one that asks for spiralized stuff the most often. I saw this somewhere and got it for some new ideas.
One more old cookbook is in the stack. “Boyertown Cookery or The Boyertown Housewife & Kitchen Efficiency Guide and Companion.” Funny how the old books and their reprints have insanely long titles and the vintage one is just named after exactly what it is, and then the new one is all sort and sweet. This one is from 1978 but made to look old and in an old style because it was printed from the Historical Society. One recipe calls for “1 cent worth of sinnamon,” that may be fun to calculate and make.
Outside of cookbooks, I have several homemaking books. The modern classic The 5 Love Languages is in there, two books about clutter and organizing, and one about just doing the job, Family Manager.
I swear I think everyone has mentioned the love languages, so when I saw this I said what the heck, let’s see. The one I have is specific to marriage and relationships, but I’m sure some of the info carries over in other places. Turns out my husband and I are darn near complete opposites. Well, to be fair I’m pretty well balanced but he scored a single point in my highest scored style. He’s trying though. The whole idea IS pretty neat, and if it helps it helps ya know? Marriage isn’t easy, any relationship isn’t easy, and the work is usually worth it.
Cut the Clutter and Stow the Stuff is a GOOD one. My Mom actually got it back in February and I asked to bring it home and borrow it. It’s a perfect company to an ebook I have called “Decluttering at the Speed of Life.” The two combined REALLY help you figure out why you have stuff, what stuff you have, AND what to do about it. Even better they are realistic and help you work through it, not just saying “Throw it out!!” Cut the Clutter addresses personality types and how those types can work together in a household.
Also, there is Organizing for the Creative Person, which truth be told I don’t know if I like. We shall see. Honestly, it just strikes me flipping through as not very helpful, BUT I want to give it an honest try. I’ve mentioned before that cleaning is not my strong suit, so notice there are several books to try and fix it. I always aim for improvement, whether it works for not.
The Family Manager is neat. The cover looks like an issue of some cheap newsstand thing you’d find near the checkout, but the book is actually about an inch thick. Flipping through when I found it it covered some serious variety so I thought I might glean a few ideas from the pages. I will say, if you struggle with the idea of having value while being at home, this is probably the book for you. There is a good chapter about the work and title of Family Manager. There really is just scores of info on everything from managing laundry to children’s behavior. The writer really approaches it as a leadership position and gives advice on managing dividing the work, delegating tasks, efficiency and more.
Then lastly in the basket is two books for fun, the Farmers Almanac, and a journal. The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady is a beautiful book. Illustrated with watercolors and poetry and information about nature. Edith Holden kept lovely nature journals in the early 1900s and this is an exact copy of her book from 1906. Also for fun is a novel, written like a nonfiction book about food. I only just started it as I write this, but it seems neat. I actually found it in the cookbook section of a sale, but it is labeled as a novel. It’s called The Debt to Pleasure and is by John Lanchester. I love buying the Farmer’s Almanac. I just keep it lying around, read the articles sometimes (this year has a neat one with farmers chiming in on stuff) and then I read the weather throughout the year and see how accurate it is, and I like the ads. Mostly I have it and dream of one day when I make it big and have my 60-acre farm.
Lastly is my fun journal, then I rarely remember to update, Everyday is Epic. Hopefully keeping it in the basket near my chair will keep it off the ottoman but also in use. It’s a fun artsy journal where you record ideas and days with a marker of how epic it was. The pages are colorful and fun and just varied enough to keep it interesting.
I created this handy widget for all the currently available books in my basket. Some have a different cover than my copy. If any of them strike you fancy just click the cover and it will take you to the Barnes & Noble website to order one! (Please note, this is an affiliate link, and I will make a small commission from your purchase.)
Have you ever read any of these? Are any on your reading list? I’d love to know!!