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Book Club Mondays: January 2012 Books, Week 1

Good afternoon, Rosies! I am proud to begin the first month of what I call “Book Club Mondays”. I hope you can join me.

Here’s the deal: Every month, I will pick a non-fiction and a fiction book to read over the course of the month. Every Monday I will post updates about how I’m doing and get feedback on how you’re doing, if you’re joining me that month. If you have suggestions for books to read, please send them my way! I love to read about any type of book, although my preference is for fantasy/sci-fi, romance/romantic suspense, and historicals. I like the idea of joining other people in making a habit to set aside a few minutes each day to read, and a month to cover a book seems fair.

You should be able to find these books at your local library or discount bookstore, which is what I did. You can also find them on Amazon and Kindle. I will try to post the next month’s books by the last week of the prior month, to allow you plenty of time to acquire the books however you see fit.

If you wish to add yourself to the list of those who are following the month’s reading challenge with me, let me know via comments or by email. I will include links to your blog if you are posting about the month’s books.

At the end of the month, I will post a book review. If you have a review that you’ve posted, I will add that link, too.

The books for the month of January are:

Fiction:The House on Olive Street by Robyn Carr

Robyn Carr is a great writer, and I am excited to finally read this one and get it off my to-read list! It’s from 2010, so it’s not new. However it definitely relates to this blog, as it is about four women and how they relate to each other as well as the people around them. This is on the back cover:

“The loss of their close friend draws four women together. And a summer spent sorting through personal effects offers the perfect challenge—and the perfect escape.

Sable—her bestselling novels have made her a star, but the woman who has everything, in fact, has nothing but a past she is desperate to hide

Elly—the intellectual who has hidden herself within the walls of academia, afraid to admit she is tired of being alone

Barbara Ann—the talent behind twenty-six romance novels wakes up one day to discover she’s lost control of her career, her sanity and her family

Beth—her popular mysteries have become the only way she can fight against the secret tyranny of an abusive husband

In the house on Olive Street, away from their troubles, the four women discover something marvelous: themselves. And along the way they realize a dream. For, in telling the story of a remarkable woman, their own lives begin to change.”

Non-Fiction: You Grow Girl: The Groundbreaking Guide to Gardening

Taunton’s Complete Guide to Growing Vegetables and Herbs (Fine Gardening)

These two books are in keeping with one of my goals for 2012, and that is to plant a “Victory Garden”. The goal of victory gardens was to bring fresh fruits and vegetables to the urban American family during World War II, since rationing was taking place and enough food was hard to come by for many.

A great site called, Vintage Veggies, talks about the history of Victory Gardens. They also sell heirloom seeds, which is a great way to save money, be green, and have a sustainable garden that doesn’t rely on the Burpee stand at your local box store.

Some other useful links on Victory Gardens:
Within these Walls
Victory Garden Plans
Victory Garden Handbook

This spring I’d really like to plant a garden in my backyard. I am luck to have a little under half an acre (total lot size) to work on, but I know some have a lot less. I hope to cover container gardening as well in the Spring challenge. Perhaps I will plan to unveil that challenge in February, since that’s a good time to buy seeds, begin growing them (if doing that early), and get the necessary tools and space prepared for growing! My focus will be on being as organic as possible, while also keeping the budget low (under $100 for the entire garden).


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