Friday, 15 July 2016

Day 197 - Latest Book Read

A few of you have asked me if I've read this book and until recently the answer would have been NO.  It's been sat on my bookshelf  for a couple of years ... hangs head in shame at buying books and then abandoning them to the shelf with no love whatsoever ... completely unread.

I originally bought it because I read a glowing report of it somewhere in blogland and it sounded just so right for us and our ethos of eating homegrown and locally sourced foods ..... but I just couldn't get into her style of writing at all.  It just seems a bit bitty and jumps around too much.  One minute she's talking about planting the vegetables and sowing seeds, the next it's all politics and local problems, which would be fine I guess if we lived in the same country and I understood a little bit more about it.

Still I gave it my best shot, it's been on my bedside table for the last couple of weeks, and I've been dipping into it trying almost desperately, to get absorbed in it.  Last night I gave it one final shot and finally got to over the halfway mark but I then put it down after a flick through the remaining pages not willing to devote any more of my time to a book that just, in my opinion, this is just not for me.

So it's on to the next one.

Today is a No Spend Day


  1. Another for your bootsale pile then?

    1. For sure 😊

      We have our fingers crossed for good weather tomorrow.

    2. I hope your weather is better than ours is today! Its raining here again! Hope bootsale goes well for you. Remind us where does your money go towards? Topping up Housekeeping fund or holidays etc? Thanks

  2. I agree with what you have said exactly about this book. i just couldnt get into it at all. I have an older copy and have tried reading it a few times but it is too heavy going for me.
    Ones i that i do re-read again and again are Kath kellys "how i lived on just £1 a day for ayear" and also Paul Peacocks "precycle".
    The very first frugal living book i bought was over 30 years ago and is called "Look after the Pennies" by Joy O I Spoczynska. My copy is so old and battered some pages can hardly be read and cost about 50p from a bargain bucket of paperbacks in a newsagents in a bus station.
    I got the Dinner lady cookery book you mentioned the other week from Amazon and also the follow up one called "second helpings" they were 1p each but well worth the £2.80 each P&P.

    1. Yes, I love Kath Kelly's book too. I have read it once ... I need to read it again.

      I love the 1p used books on Amazon, as you say most of them are well worth the cost of P&P.

  3. I have a novel of Kiingslover's and noticed the same problem...My favorite frugal living book is called, Your Money or your Life. Have a great weekend and I hope it's a dry one for you.

  4. I really like her book, but agree it does roam. I liked her recipes and made a few. My favorite book of hers is 'Bean Tree's' something about when pigs can fly? But no sense to keep trying to read it just to read it. I use to feel I had to finish a book if I start it now , life is too short to keep reading something I'm not into.

  5. My copy of this book went back to the charity shop unfinished too, I don't like "giving up' on a book but I couldn't get on with this one. Good to know I'm not the only one.

  6. What a relief to find someone else who struggled with Animal, Vegetable, Miracle.
    I have made several attempts to read it and still it sits on my "Books to Read" shelf.
    In complete contrast is "The Dinner Lady", which I am reading on your recommendation.
    I found a copy in our library yesterday and am finding it fascinating reading. Thank you. Sue

  7. I did finish Animal, Vegetable, Miracle but only because I forced
    myself to since I paid for it (had it been from the library it
    would have gone back after about 20 pages). One of the things I
    found annoying was her "oh look I'm so special and virtuous
    because I'm obviously the first person who has ever attempted to
    live this virtuous sustainable life" attitude. Really grated on
    me in the end!

  8. Oh dear - I seem to be the only one that really liked this book! Well - it would be a boring old world if we all liked the same things. :-)

    Like you Sue I've been trying to work through the pile of books that I've accumulated and somehow never got around to reading. I've made a good dent in the pile (would be doing better if I could stop adding to it at the same time) but I think it will take me to the end of the year to finish things off.

    Has anyone read "not Buying it" by Judith Levine? It is US based of course but I found it particularly interesting because they live in New York - many blogs/books are more oriented to living in the country so it was interesting for this city gal to read about what these New Yorkers did. It was a similar year to yours Sue in that they tried to only buy food and bare necessities for personal hygiene etc. I think it's worth a read if anyone comes across it.

    1. I really enjoyed Not Buying It and have reread it several times (I
      ended up buying a copy - oh the irony!). It would be interesting
      to know how much consumerism they went back to after the year was

    2. I googled her today to see if there were ay follow up essays (especially since this all took place before 2008) but haven't found much so far.

  9. I enjoyed it too. I felt rather overwhelmed by all she managed to grow/produce as well as lecturing and writing!


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