November Reading


On the Backroad to Heaven: Old Order Hutterites, Mennonites, Amish, and Brethren By Donald B. Kraybill and Carl Desportes Bowman. An excellent comparative religion study  that explores the unique worlds of the Old Order Anabaptists--a study of the different cultures, histories and ways of life of each group. Bought this book when we were in America in October.


31 Days to a Simple Life the Amish Way by Karen Anna Vogel. A month-long guide to simplicity and growing a good life through advice from the Amish. 


Grace in Autumn (novel) by Lori Copeland & Angela Hunt ... book two in a series of five... A small New England island is watched over and entertained by angels... VERY fun and sweet read this series!



Wife in the North by Judith O'Reilly. A London journalist's funny memoir of packing up her family, leaving the big city, and relocating to a very rural area... swapping high heels for muck boots, and finding her balance between family life and career. A book borrowed from the library, this was a fun, light read. 


Goodbye, Things: The New Japanese Minimalism by Fumio Sasaki. One man's personal journey and reflections on breaking free from the the toxicity of having TOO MUCH STUFF... how to downsize, finding the joy in owning less. This was on the new books shelf at our local library and was a great weekend read. It offers good advice for anyone getting started with some big life changes to live more richly with less things. 
Comfort Food by Jamie Oliver. Recipes designed for weekends--taking more time in the kitchen to enjoy the rituals of cooking, sharing and eating. I borrowed this from the library for autumn weekend slow-cooking ideas... Delicious book! 



Nigella Christmas: Food, Family, Friends, Festivities by Nigella Lawson. The ULTIMATE cookbook for end-of-year festivities. This is one we have on our bookshelf, and I pull it down each year for December inspiration. 


Vinter Fryd, a beautiful coffee table book with gorgeous photos and ideas for end-of-year festivities, recipes, flowers, decorations for Christmas and beyond the new year... by Finn Schjøll, a well-known florist, creative, and TV-personality here in Norway.  Another book I borrowed from the library for some seasonal inspiration! 


Isabellas store bok om kjøkkenhagen Another beautiful inspiration book, this time by the editors of Isabellas, a stylish Danish home-interior & garden magazine, this is the Norwegian translation... a great guidebook for learning about  plants,  growing vegetables, creating a kitchen garden. I found this lovely book at the library... I'm missing tinkering in the garden, and enjoying dreaming up what we could grow next spring!

LOTS of good and varied reading this month here... Stop by mid-week, and I will share more on reading, as well as some listening!

What about you? What books are on your nightstand, or coffee table, in your bag, or on your tablet/device...or even on your wish list?! Any recommendations?!


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  1. I really loved reading through your list. You have some great books to put on a list.
    I like the Amish culture for it's simplicity. I am sure those books would be a great read.
    I do like to read about varies cultures, religious beliefs and etc. Grace in Autumn sounds like a cute one. I'm in the mist of trying to say good-by to some things. I have a daughter and family moving in with us for a while so they can worked to get into a home of their own. I'm downsizing a lot of my not needed things.
    While on our mission I mainly read the scriptures and study our Preach My Gospel manual.
    I love to read novels and haven't been able to start one yet. There are also a number of other uplifting books that I want to read. When I can get back to this favorite pass time, I will make a list.
    Thanks for all the books you shared. I can tell some of them will be on my wish list.
    Sending loving thoughts, hugs and love your way!

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    1. Hi, LeAnn! I hope now your church work is changing, that maybe you'll have time for some extra reading. :) I don't read a lot of novels these days, but every now and then something light and sweet is OK. I think you'd like the book/novels series by Lori Copeland and Angela Hunt, with angels and the Lord looking over a special little small town/island.

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  2. that's so nice!!! what a lot of books you have been enjoying! :) I was reading through part of this cookbook: Cooking from Quilt Country https://www.amazon.com/Cooking-Quilt-Country-Mennonite-Kitchens/dp/0517568136 ... it's really enjoyable! sending you love from NJ on this (at least here) sunny morning!

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    1. That is a GREAT cookbook... it's on my wish list! :) I remember watching the PBS TV series based on the cookbook!

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  3. Oh, Nigella! She's fabulous and I love her cookbooks. Sure do miss her TV show. Looks like a great list. I'd especially like to check out that Backroads book, given my family history and what I've been looking at. But lots of really interesting ones. I would hope that the downsizing book is less annoying that Marie Kondo, whom I probably would have decked with a frying pan if I'd run into her in the street! I get agitated even thinking about her!

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    1. haha... I don't understand the Marie Kondo fascination either, Jeanie! This downsizing book I share of, is not so "annoying"...LOL! The author can be a bit repetitive in the sharing of his journey toward life with less, but has a nice, very honest simplicity about it, which I liked. Yes, you should read On the Backroad to Heaven, if you can. You might be able to borrow it through library inter-loan or something. I enjoyed that book so much and learned a lot!

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  4. I always love people's book lists! Nigella is a favorite of mine. especially at Christmas. there is a lovely simplicity and down to earth way that she cooks and lives her life...
    even though she's famous. and Jamie too!
    and I bought 'goodbye things' because every now and then I entertain an idea of holding a seminar about living a more simple uncluttered life. and I thought it would be nice to have a little 'library' for people to see what is available for inspiration.
    not to loan it but to let them browse through to see if they wanted to check it out at the library or buy it for themselves.
    it's always interesting to me how people discover this journey and what they say about it! it's truly such a wonderful unburdened way to live.
    then... I grow lazy and decide I don't want to do that at all! LOL!
    I used to be totally enraptured by the Amish. we have several communities here in the state.

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    1. I so agree, Tammy, living with is so much more! I like reading/hearing people's stories of downsizing things to gain more life. And I LOVE your idea of holding a seminar on the topic--and your "live with less library." Let me know when the European leg of your downsizing tour begins! ;) ((HUGS)) ...Oh, and I didn't know there were Amish in Oklahoma??!!

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  5. Oh, I do love your reading list Tracy! I have always been fascinated by the Amish as you know. I became acquainted with the Hutterites when we were out West, and the Mennonites when we lived in Ontario. It is a culture that I find absolutely interesting. Lots of tasty looking books here as well. I have downloaded the first in the series by Lori Copeland. It sounds right up my alley. Thanks so much for all that you share my dear lovely friend. Love you so much and hope you are enjoying the rest of November and looking forward to December! xoxo

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    1. You will love the Lori Copeland books/series, Marie! I'm reading the third one now--so much sweet fun! :)

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  6. Love seeing your books. Reading about Amish is always fascinating. Grace in Autumn sounds like a series I would enjoy. When we were in London last year we enjoyed eating at one of Jamie's restaurants. I had a delicious pizza and salad. Right now I am reading Irish Country Christmas by Patrick Taylor, it is part of a series about a country doctor in Ireland.

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    1. Hi, Marilyn! You would like the book series by Lori Copeland and Angel Hunt, I think. Just really charming stories and characters. I've not yet read Patrick Taylor--but mean to! :)

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  7. I love Nigella’s Christmas book and was actually browsing through her recipes yesterday. I haven’t come across Wife In The North, but it sounds like a good read.

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