Today we’ll run through some more fast book reviews from the 2022 reading list.
Less: A Visual Guide to Minimalism by Rachel Aust
A small, graphically interesting book with some quick ideas for simplifying your life.
Minimalism: Live a Meaningful Life by Joshua Fields Milburn and Ryan Nicodemus
More of an inspirational pair of autobiographies than a treatise on Minimalism. One good point I liked: Don’t ask what someone does for a living. Ask what he loves doing, as it’s a better measure of the individual. Of course, ultimate meaning doesn’t come from simplifying your life or even having great relationships – it comes from turning yourself over body and soul to Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. However, Ryan and Joshua do have some good practical ideas.
De Agricultura by Cato
A fascinating book of agricultural advice during the Roman Republic, written by the brilliant Cato. This book reminds me yet again how much I wish I had studied Latin harder in high school. I need to learn it properly so I can read classical texts in the original language instead of being stuck with translations.
Don’t Stop the Carnival by Herman Wouk
This is the most accurate look at life in the Caribbean I have ever seen. It’s really spot-on. The main character is a neurotic, amoral Jewish man with issues, but if you can get past his rather unsavory life, the travails he undergoes while trying to reinvent himself as a resort owner in the Caribbean are so true-to-life if you’ve lived there that it gave me flashbacks. Very funny story as well, with tragedy mixed in.
The Art of Fermentation by Sandor Katz
The most in-depth guide to fermentation methods ever created. It is a treasure trove of useful information, despite Katz’ sometimes solipsistic wanderings. A must-have for anyone interested in live culture foods.
Tom Jones by Henry Fielding
Highly amusing novel with some very memorable scenes. Truly an excellent story, with some laugh-out-loud moments.
Coppice Agrofrestry by Mark Krawczyk
Despite the SJW-style apology at the beginning for calling people who work in the woods “woodsmen,” the book has some fascinating ideas and covers a great deal of history and practice. An excellent resource with only a touch of cringe.