Looking for reviews on some of the latest books about home, gardens, cooking, and more? Here are my reviews on some books that arrived in my mailbox during the month of June.
June Book Reviews
If you are looking for something new to read, here are my quick reviews of some new release books related to home, gardening, cooking, simplifying, or anything else that I found interesting! Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom of the post to enter to win a giveaway for some of these titles!
In the Gardener’s Guide to Compact Plants, you’ll discover fantastic, brand new dwarf and compact plant varieties you didn’t even know existed. And, you’ll learn how to grow more flowers, fruits, and veggies than ever before, no matter how much—or how little—space you have. It’s the perfect book for homeowners with small yards, urban gardeners, container growers, or anyone looking to grow a beautiful and productive small-scale garden.
Merissa’s Thoughts – This is a wonderful book if you love to grow things but only have a limited amount of space to do it in. Not only does it show you how to set up things practically but it will show you how to put together a beautiful garden as well. I love the design layout ideas! There is a full listing of types of plants to grow in compact spaces (trees, vegetables, flowers, etc) as well as how to care for the plants and how to deal with special challenges that might come your way.
Aly’s cancer journey is only the beginning of their incredible story. With grit, fierce love, and unyielding faith, Aly and Josh fight for her life and dream of building a family. They battle infertility, face heart-wrenching struggles while trying to adopt, and experience God in miraculous ways. Aly and Josh inspire readers to cling to life, faith, and love, especially when all hope seems lost.
Merissa’s Thoughts – I’ll be honest, I’m not really that into memoirs but the topics of this book had me intrigued. Having had faced some of these battles myself, I dove into this book. I love that the book is from the viewpoint of both the husband and the wife, I don’t think I’ve seen that very often and it’s nice to get a glimpse at two sides of the story. I also love that Aly not only overcame her struggles but she used them to pursue greater things like becoming an adoption consultant and a family therapist. This book is well worth a read!
We all need a personal sanctuary. A place where we can be in harmony with the natural world and nurture our bodies, minds, and souls. And this sanctuary doesn’t have to be a far-away destination—it can be in your own backyard. In Creating Sanctuary, natural living expert Jessi Bloom taps into multiple sources of traditional plant wisdom to help you find a deeper connection to the outdoor space you already have—no matter the size. You will learn how to design a healing space, how to harness the power of 50 sacred plants, and how to create recipes and rituals that soothe and calm. Hands-on, inspiring, and packed with gorgeous photography, Creating Sanctuary will help you find new ways to revitalize your life.
Merissa’s Thoughts – In Creating Sanctuary you will learn how to create a peaceful garden space, how to care for yourself, and how to grow herbs and make your own apothecary in your backyard. While I found this book to be interesting and to have some lovely ideas there was definitely a strong new-age principle to the book which is something I personally do not care for. I would use this book for the recipes and growing tips and ideas and probably skip the rest.
We all need sanctuary—and we can find it in our own backyards. From natural living expert Jessi Bloom, Everyday Sanctuary is a fully illustrated creativity workbook filled with writing prompts and exercises that help you create a garden that will nourish your spiritual and emotional well-being. You will learn how to deepen your connection with nature, establish practices that calm and nourish, and tune in to seasonal cycles. Guided activities will help you select plant allies for health and healing, design and install your own Garden of Eden, and create rituals and ceremonies that are meaningful to you. In the end, you will have an invaluable record of your intentions, choices, and experiences and a clearer plan for creating your personal outdoor sanctuary.
Merissa’s Thoughts – Everyday Sanctuary is a companion book to Creating Sanctuary so there were a lot of similarities between the two. That being said, I actually enjoyed the workbook much more than the main book. There was still a focus on new-age principles and more of a focus on how to create your space and how to use what you grow in it. I felt that the workbook had even more recipes using herbs than the main book. Overall, I think that both of these books had some value but they weren’t quite my cup of tea.
The skills that we learn bind our lives together. Do you want to know how to grow your own food? Or how to keep bees? How to forage for edible seaweed along the shoreline, or wild greens down by the stream? Maybe you’re curious about growing mushrooms or how to grow the perfect tomato. You’re invited to make these skills your own. Designed to be read with a pot of tea by your elbow and a notebook beside you, Milkwood is all you need to start living a more home-grown life. From DIY projects to wild fermented recipes, the in-depth knowledge and hands-on instruction contained in these pages will have your whole family fascinated and inspired to get growing, keeping, cooking and making. Milkwood is the name of Kirsten Bradley and Nick Ritar’s first farm as well as their school where anyone can learn skills for down-to-earth living. Kirsten, Nick and a team of educators offer courses on topics contained in this book as well as permaculture design, natural building and much more. Kirsten and Nick live on a small regenerative farm near Daylesford, Australia, where many things from the sprouted grain they feed their chickens to ingredients that make up dinner is homegrown.
Merissa’s Thoughts – If you are looking for a book about growing tomatoes, beekeeping, mushrooms, seaweed, and wild food, you need this book! Honestly, I’m not quite sure why those are the topics in this book but I feel like each of them is covered well. There are so many wonderful ideas in this book on how to live off the land…whether that be land by the sea or land in the middle of the country! I felt like the projects and ideas in this book are all attainable and I love all the simple pictures throughout.
Want to win these books? I’m giving away a copy of
- Everyday Sanctuary
- Creating Sanctuary
- Aly’s Fight
- Gardener’s Guide to Compact Plants
to one winner! Just fill out the Rafflecopter form below to be entered to win all of these books to add to your personal collection. Good luck!
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