The Giveaway is now over. I will announce the winner tomorrow. Thanks for participating everyone!
Yay! Finally! I am doing the book review I promised. It’s taken me a while to get this review published but I think it will be worth the wait. At least I hope it will be.
The publishers of the book, The Ultimate Guide to Homesteading (aff. link), offered to send me a free book for a review. I actually got to pick the book I wanted to review. Skyhorse Publishing has a number of books but OBVIOUSLY I was going to choose something related to homesteading. I was actually very thoughtful about which book I was going to choose. I didn’t want just any book. I wanted a reference book and that’s just what I got in The Ultimate Guide to Homesteading. This book is actually more like an encyclopedia. In fact the subtitle of the book is, An Encyclopedia of Independent Living, so an encyclopedia is exactly what it is.
Before I begin the review I want to share with you why I really chose the book. As I was looking through the homesteading books Skyhorse Publishing offers I did a few searches on the books that interested me to see if it would help me make a decisions. While searching for more information on The Ultimate Guide to Homesteading I found the authors website. Come to find out Nicole Faires is a very interesting person. Not only is she the author of a great homesteading reference book, a wife and a mother of three children, she is also traveling the country in a big blue bus. How cool is that?! Well, it may not sound all that cool until you hear the reason why.
Nicole and her family are currently touring the country in the bus they converted into a home. And they did a great job of converting it too! You have to see these photos of their bus home, called the Albatross. The plan is to visit organic farms across the United States. This adventure is called the Sea to Sea Organic Farm Tour. They will be visiting the best organic farms across the country and these farms will be the topic of her upcoming book, The Organic Farmers Sourcebook (will be published in the spring of 2013). The book will include hundreds of photos of these organic farms and the voices behind them.
Watch the video to learn more about the tour. If you are interested in helping the Faires family financially on their tour across America,visit this link.
Can you see why I would be interested in a book written by such an interesting person? Not only is Nicole’s current life interesting but her childhood also intrigued me. In her own words..
I am an adventurer, self-proclaimed eccentric, and mother of three girls. I grew up in a semi-nomadic homeschooling family and spent lovely years in rural Montana on a hobby farm raising chickens and growing my own food, investing my teenage life in learning to crochet, reading books by Tom Brown, Jr. and Masanobu Fukuoka, and dreaming of the Amish.
The Book Review
The The Ultimate Guide to Homesteading is not the type of book you read cover to cover. You certainly could if you wanted to but it was written in encyclopedia form so it’s better read as a quick reference book or a starting guide. In true encyclopedia fashion, you won’t find too many topics that are explained in great detail. But you will find good introductions , some great photos on many homesteading related topics. Nicole offers information on everything from, ‘how to build a food storage’ to ‘how to sheer a sheep’. To give you a better idea of what this book covers, the book is divided into these chapters:
- The Basics
- Building Shelter for Man and Animal
- Horses and Other Animals
- The Comforts of Life
- Health and Family
- Food, Field and Family
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