Today we’ll continue reviewing the 2022 reading list.
I’m going to just give you one-liners this time, or it’ll be 2024 before we get through!
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The Complete Guide to Restoring Your Soil by Dale Strickler
5/5, great information. No-till focused, but lots of practical information and excellently laid out.
Soil Science for Gardeners by Robert Pavlis
4.5/5 I feel like Robert is trying not to slap down stupid people too hard. I also think he would not be fun at parties.
The Wheel of Health: The Sources of Long Life and Health Among the Hunza by Dr. G. T. Wrench
4.5/5 Fascinating anthropological study. Might even be true.
For the Love of the Soil by Nicole Masters
4.5/5 Nicole is somewhat solipsistic but knows her stuff. She also travels around by herself, with a horse.
The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (Book 5 of 8) by Edward Gibbon
5/5 Gibbon is top notch, as always.
Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog) by Jerome K. Jerome
If I could give this 6/5, I would. Hilarious. My son read most of it out loud to us as we travelled in the car.
Metabolical by Dr. Robert Lustig
4/5 Intriguing information, with good arguments against the modern food system. It will encourage you to eat better and not be a ham planet. Unfortunately still follows mainstream narratives on vaccination.
Satyricon by Gaius Petronius
1/5 Absolute degenerate trash. Nero should have burned this guy as a torch before getting after the Christians.
Skin in the Game by Nassim Taleb
5/5, Taleb is brilliant. Systems work better when people pay for their mistakes and are rewarded for successes. Without either, you get bureaucracy and misery.
The History of Early Rome by Livy
5/5 Livy makes it obvious why turning to the Caesars happened, even if that wasn’t what he set out to write. Lots and lots of arguing over land and troop levies, as the Republic holds off its enemies.
Dissolving Illustions by Suzanne Humphries and Roman Bystrianyk
5/5 A fascinating look at the failure of modern medicine and the vaccination scams throughout history. Eye-opening. Your doctor will hate this book.
Goodbye, Things: The New Japanese Minimalism by Fumio Sasaki
4.5/5 Interesting perspective, even if impossible for a large family to pull off. Fumio argues that things are controlling us and we should let them go. Lots of truth, though he is also highly neurotic. He’s also Japanese. But I may be repeating myself.
Thanks for reading – have a great weekend.
All these books. We need to build you a set of perpetual expanding book shelves. Hahahaha. Thanks for posting your books and reviews.
Add on a section of shelving every year, until all the walls in the house are solid shelves…
Thank you for the book reviews. I’m always looking for more books to read. I’m currently reading Southern Wonder Alabama’s Surprising Biodiversity by R. Scot Duncan. It explains the ecology of Alabama and at about 1/3 of the way through the book, I’m finding it fascinating. Mind you, I’m a science nerd.
I consider myself an experimenter – I just don’t believe in organized science.
(That’s a t-shirt idea Rach came up with.)
I want that T-shirt, I love it!
Even though I consider myself hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobic, I did look up the word solipsistic from your review. It is good to read and expand my vocabulary. Thanks.
Have you thought of adding The Book of Alfalfa by F.D. Coburn to your reading list?
I have not – we’re not in a good climate for alfalfa. But thank you for the recommendation.
Thank you for the short reviews! I’ve purchased and enjoyed several of your gardening books… thank you for those as well!
A couple recommendations for you:
WHICH VERSION IS The Bible? by Floyd Nolen Jones
“The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand forever.”
~ Isaiah 40:8
Gipp’s Understandable HISTORY of the BIBLE by Samuel C. Gipp, Th.D.