My Copy: 9781594859632 (image from bn.com) I was so glad to find this book while I was starting to work on my pollinator garden and the bee houses. It's got a slew of information about pollination and the bees themselves, but also things to watch out for in your yard or garden if you want … Continue reading Mason Bee Revolution: How the hardest working bee can save the world one backyard at a time, by Dave Hunter & Jill Lightner
I don't recall when I first heard about these types of products, but probably on some "more eco-friendly products" blog post or site. Probably saw them a few times and it didn't resonate, and then when I went looking for more eco-friendly cleaning products and methods, the idea of shampoo and conditioner bars popped back … Continue reading I used shampoo & conditioner bars for the first time, & was pleasantly surprised.
My Copy: 9781599639055 (image from bn.com) Well, I had to pick this one up again, but all the work brouhaha made me take forever to finish it. I kept going back and re-reading certain bits, but not because it was boring. Not at all--I was just really interested and have to admit, I needed the … Continue reading The Essential Guide to Freelance Writing: How to write, work & thrive on your own terms, by Zachary Petit
My Copy: 9781493026579 (image from bn.com) I gotta admit--the photos in this book make me drool over the lovely plant-life. The Backyard Gardener is a great resource for those who need some info before investing a bunch of money in gardening. (I kinda wish I started reading this before I went all-out in my quarantine … Continue reading The Backyard Gardener: Simple, easy, & beautiful gardening with vegetables, herbs & flowers, by K. Orzel.
It's a bit strange seeing as how I already have an acoustic guitar (well, an acoustic-electric). It's a pretty blue sunburst Ibanez. It was also the first guitar I bought. I got it as part of the promotion they had while signing up for music lessons. They had a limited option as far as guitars … Continue reading Why I got another acoustic as my last guitar (& I mean it this time)…
My Copy: 9781580177023 (image from bn.com) Being a newbie to composting--as in I bought a turnable drum composter and know enough not to throw cheeseburgers into the thing--I'm not sure how "complete" this book is. But it sure feels like it. The Complete Compost Gardening Guide has far more information about composting than I ever … Continue reading The Complete Compost Gardening Guide, by Barbara Pleasant & Deborah L. Martin
My Copy: 9781465409614 (image from bn.com) Well, this is definitely a book for beginners when it comes to home gardening, and I'm really glad I got it. It's not super-crazy detailed and is not complete by any stretch, but if you're totally new like me, this guide is a fantastic start. I'm determined to live … Continue reading Kitchen Gardening for Beginners: a simple guide to growing fruit and vegetables, by Simon Akeroyd
My Copy: 057117891X (image from austinchronicle.com, differs from mine because I got a British copy) I have to thank Werner Herzog for pointing this book in my direction, and it's so worth it. You could apply the labels of autobiography, shooting diary, and how-to to this book and it'd all be accurate. Rebel Without A … Continue reading Rebel Without a Crew, or, How a 23-Year-Old Film-maker with $7,000 Became a Hollywood Player, by Robert Rodriguez
My Copy: 9780470584774 (image from bn.com) I think we all have that book on a shelf where we wonder, "did I really need to get that book, and how many more years will it sit there before I read/get rid of it?" Well, I wish like hell I'd read Clarinet for Dummies a lot sooner--I'd … Continue reading Clarinet for Dummies, by David Etheridge
My Copy: 9781582973579 (image from pinterest) Comedy Writing Secrets is just as advertised: a book about how to work with comedy in writing. Not much more than that, but at the same time, MUCH more than that. The premise seems too simple, but there are plenty of great examples of how different aspects of comedy … Continue reading Comedy Writing Secrets (2nd ed.), by Mel Helitzer with Mark Shatz